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The Oklahoma Waterfowl Marathon, photo essay #2856202 12/20/11 09:35 PM
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I posted some silly pictures the other day in another thread, but here is the real hunt in a photo essay. Dave Speer and Sig1921 joined me for some NW OK waterfowling. Alternating between Geese and Ducks, we did 5 morning hunts and 4 evening hunts in a 5 day span.

On the road, loaded for anything. There is 237 Goose Decoys on that truck.



Cutting right to the first hunt. First day hunting just Dave and myself. We had to cart and set up decoys in the rain, but it was worth it. Birds decoyed well. First flock in cupped wings within 20 yards. We dropped 5 of those birds. Next bird in was a single that finished, Dave had his last bird with a 15 yard shot. We limited on Canadas faster than most Teal hunts.



I believe this was Dave's first dedicated Goose hunt and his first goose was one of a double. How cool is that!



So White Geese was now the game. We spread around the snow decoys mixing the spread and making a bigger footprint on the field. It worked and seemed to work for the Canadas too. We had this flock of Canadas circle us several times, but the two Snows stayed right in the middle of them the entire time. We never could take the shot. We did have Canadas land and hop around in our decoys three or four times. Dark, rainy, low clouds, and a cross wind. The conditions were perfect and the spread looked alive.



My girl Blaze coming back in with a Ross.



Finished with two bonus Ross Geese and a Snow.





Re: The Oklahoma Waterfowl Marathon, photo essay [Re: Sniper John] #2856236 12/20/11 09:52 PM
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Cool.

I still haven't been on a goose hunt either. I'll probably try to do a dedicated hunt next year.



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Then a couple days of mostly duck hunting. While scouting we saw nothing but divers, so we hunted divers. Due to the drought we had to use Canada decoys around the layouts to hide our presence on those barren points.





Dave with Bluebills taken over the Bluebill decoys he made.



I shot the first Common Merganser I have ever shot, and sent Blaze out. That thing flipped around her like a porpoise and attacked her. After a long dive, it got away. Turns out it was not so dead after all. No picture of the merganser, but here is Blaze just being Blaze.



One thing about Oklahoma red dirt. Blaze is the right color for it.





And yes, we really did kill Mergansers. Shovelers where no where to be found and we wanted Dave to feel like he was at home in the Hill Country so it was the next best thing. One of the hunts we were only one bird away from a 3 man limit on hoodies with a few teal mixed in. There really are birds on the end of the picnic table. The breasts have been fileted, frozen, and will do just fine used in some Jalapeno cheese sausage.









Re: The Oklahoma Waterfowl Marathon, photo essay [Re: Sniper John] #2856631 12/21/11 12:20 AM
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First day back to Goose hunting. Birds were present with the protection of the Refuge.





We had 17-18 dozen decoys out, but they looked like statues with no wind. The bright sun made some decoys shine. Despite the tough conditions, we did ok for what we had to work with.







Blaze starting to show her age. Look at all that white.







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The next morning Goose hunting again we had the cloud cover, but lack of predicted wind was a disapointment. Sillosox mixed in with the Snows was the only movement we had in the spread. Wind direction was entirely wrong for our location. And to top it off I had a gun malfunction with my Gold 10 that would only work as a single shot and had to be broken down after each shot to be able to load it. We were still happy with the results for the day. A couple singles did finish in the decoys for some exciting moments and we did have several flocks circle the decoys for a closer look allowing us to be able pick one off here and there over the morning.

Nothing like having a flock of Widgeons for live confidence decoys.





Picking up and leaving the place cleaner than we found it. All those shells we cleaned out of the blind combined with ours made for a neat picture.



Our road trip involved 5 morning hunts and 4 evening hunts in a span of 5 days. Beat up and tired, it was time for this waterfowling marathon to come to an end. But another will start soon. I'll be hunting public land Geese on a State Park in Kansas next month perhaps with a stop in the OK panhandle on the way, then on deeper into Kansas for a late season Pheasant hunt. I can't wait to hit the road again. Hope y'all enjoyed the pictures.




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Originally Posted By: Sniper John

Dang, looks like Beverly Hillbillies there. grin Good to see Dave kept his pants on in those pics. eek2 bolt


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I almost forgot this picture.




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Vey nice. Sounds like a blast


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Good stuff.



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Good looking Dog, It seems to enjoy posing for the pics.

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Enjoyed those photos John.


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Cool pics looks like a blast



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Thanks for the pictures, nice and it looks like ya'll had loads of fun.



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Great stuff John.



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Great pics and great read!


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coolpics Looks like an awesome time!


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Re: The Oklahoma Waterfowl Marathon, photo essay [Re: Sniper John] #2860643 12/22/11 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted By: Sniper John

Nothing like having a flock of Widgeons for live confidence decoys.





There were a lot of cool sights on the trip, but having a couple hundred widgeon on the ground in front of us whistling and chomping away was very cool.


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