Wish there were more mallards around because they are the only ducks willing to work the decoys. Already tired of watching pintails circle only to drift off before presenting a shot. Teal, well haven’t seen many at all and the widgeon are few and far between. Weather and lack of water aren’t helping as your know by reading previous posts so what are we left with, Mallards! Thanks goodness for the green heads because it would be a total bust to this point without them.
Wow, the 2013 waterfowl season as been a tough go thus far. Beautiful blue skies, mild temps and a lack of rain have resulted in very few birds in the area. My club, The Boondocks, has plenty of food plots to attract the most weary of ducks but with no new birds arriving from the north and the unseasonable warm weather there is little need for them to be out searching for feed all day. As a result, they are mostly night feeders that stuff themselves all evening and then leave before legal shoot to find a safe place to rest all day only to returning to feed again after shooting hours. This video illustrated exactly what I am talking about. All these birds started arriving minutes after shooting hours and left minutes before it opened the following day. This is a 40 second video but this scene continued for over 30 minutes until it was to dark to see any more.
Well things had to turn at some point and earlier this week we got the much needed rain we have all been hoping for. Sheet water started to show on the surrounding refuge grounds and just like that we had thousands of birds working the area again. Shooting still isn’t lights out like I expect it to be when we have a 2 week stretch of bad weather but it is a start. Just last night two of us enjoyed a 9 duck shoot in the last hour and a half of the day. Singles and doubles work the dekes and we made sure none of them left! So, here is to hoping this trend continues and we don’t revert back to nice weather and no birds.
If anyone is interested in a great artist who does amazing work look no further than Newton Smith. About 6 months ago I have Newton do a drawing of my late Chesapeake Reina and once I snapped this picture of Piper I knew it was time for another portrait. Thanks Newt!
If you are interested in contacting Newton you can reach him via his website at: http://www.nssportingart.com
Besides the name this is a great product. Invisaboykin has a much better ring to it. Anyway, I just received mine this evening and after a thorough inspection I think they have designed a near perfect dog blind. It was built to be used in the field as well as in the marsh. Adjustable legs allow you to hunt in shallow water or in water up to 34 inches in depth.. I’ll follow up once the season starts but at this point the construction and materials used seem to be top notch. I don’t expect to have any issues even with hard use. The blind itself would be very comfortable for a lab while being a virtual palace for a LBD. So if your in the market for a new marsh stand I would highly encourage you to take a look at one of these blinds from Momarsh. You can read more about them at the following location:
I’ll be sure to update this photo with Piper as soon as I can get it into the field!
Finally, the 2013 hunting season is now underway. I don’t know about you and your dogs but Piper and I have about had it with bumpers, wingers and blinds. It is time for the real thing…………
As usual Piper and I started off our season in the dove fields. The birds were flying but not always close enough for a good shot so while we did get our birds it took a while. This didn’t seem to matter to Piper who sat there steady as can be until the next bird hit the ground. Our work over the summer honoring other dogs really showed as she never even thought about breaking even with all the shooting going on. This bodes well for the duck season when she will be sharing the retrieving duties at the club with a number of other dogs. All in all it was a great start to the the hunting season and I don’t see a sophomore slump in Piper’s future.