Slowly but surely Piper’s retrieving numbers are on the rise, 88 and counting. We are way behind last year but we are hoping that the end of the season brings lots of birds south and many more in the decoys. Our early season was plagued with unseasonably warm and dry weather leaving us with low numbers of local birds to hunt. Add to that the fact that the wildlife refuge was bone dry and you have a recipe for disaster. With the exception of opening morning we were getting skunked on most every outing. Finally, the cold arrived, but it arrived in force freezing us out for over a week. Finally we cut a hole in 4 inches of ice and things started to get hot. We took advantage of things for a few days but today things slowed again. Just when you think the good hunting is hear to stay the Waterfowl Gods toss you a curveball.
As we look toward the final push this season, I’m feeling like we are going to get a few big waves of birds that will make for some incredible shooting. The club still has feed available so once things get wet the birds will find it. As soon as that happens we will be one of the few clubs in the area with plenty of feed. Here is to hoping that the rains hit the valley soon. Forecast calls for rain to start Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!