Because I had an Oklahoma license I ended up hunting in Oklahoma and not with the main group of hunters. It was easily one of the more memorable waterfowl hunts I have been on. JJ paired me up with Brock Williams of Delta Waterfowl. He is quite a character.
We hunted a pond deep into Oklahoma and had some nice weather for the first day. Hunted off a beaver lodge in the middle of the pond. The decoys were actually placed on the far bank with the idea the ducks would not land in them but out towards us due to there being no wind that morning. To be honest we needed no decoys.
A picture of the pond I took later.
Even though it was legal time, I spent maybe 30 minutes just watching birds before I fired a shot there were so many. I did not get many pictures the first day. I had my camera laid up on the side of the beaver lodge and in the heat of a volley laid down next to it a Gadwall Brock's dog had just retrieved. It was still kicking. It kicked my camera, which rolled into the water.
1st days haul. Two limits of Greenheads and Grey ducks and 4 Magnum Canadas.
The Geese where a nice surprise. I had a handful of #4 Hevi shot loads in a pocket at ready for just such a moment because I knew the #6 shot I was shooting would not have worked. I was able to get a triple on the Geese, with my 2nd shot dropping two birds in one shot. They were lined up side by side less than thirty yards low, and head to head. And the third on the third shot. Brock shot a fourth I never saw until it almost hit me coming down over the beaver lodge.
A picture of Brock's old dog after the hunt.
My girl Blaze could not make this trip. She was busy working the THF booth at Texas Hunting Fishing show for JP.
I don't normally take tailgate pics, but I had to get one has they were mounded up in the bed and on the tailgate headed for the nice cleaning station JJ has out there.
Day one group shot.
Saturday eveing I sat on one of the Blinds to see if I could get a hog. It was a tripod close over a feeder, so I took my backup shotgun instead of a rifle. It was an Ithaca Mag 10 and I put on a deerslayer barrel. I had both slugs and 00 Hevi shot. Just after dark I pulled out the predator calls. I made a couple coyote yodels, and some soft dying rabbit sounds throwing in a yote yip here and there. Within 5 minutes I had a coyote sneak in behind me no more than 20 yards. I spun around and got a shot with the buck that spun in around at the treeline, but it was right at the back legs. In the dark, I crawled around through the cedars and brush for a while, but was unable to find it. It made for an exciting hunt though.
And a picture of the River from scouting after the hunt. It would have been considered if the ponds in our area had froze over.