Day 16: First split mercifully ends

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Who would have ever thought we’d be almost happy when the first split of duck season ended? Well, it was like that Sunday when the first split of the East Zone ended. The first split has been pretty bad, due to a lot of factors.

Now we get a couple of weeks off and maybe the weather will send some more ducks our way for the second split. Get some rest. Get your gear back in order and be ready to go. If there is anything we can do to help, come see us at SIMMONS’ SPORTING GOODS!

The following won’t make anybody feel any better about this year’s first split, but maybe it will give you some hope for the second ….it’s the Simmons’ Duck Report from the FINAL DAY of the first split in 2014:

SIMMONS’ DUCK REPORT from  Dec. 7, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 2.56.30 PMWe went to Arkansas this morning and had an awesome hunt. Seven of us had 42 ducks by 7:30 a.m. It doesn’t get much better than that. Half were teal and the rest mallards and gadwalls. There were tons of ducks flying. There was a light wind and they were really working.

It’s the most ducks since I’ve seen since opening weekend. Most hunters agree that it’s the best first split in the past 10 years because there have been loads of ducks. Some mornings it was tough, but you can always expect that. The folks that have water have done great. If you have water, you have ducks. There isn’t a lot of water in the area — the Ouachita and the Mississippi River don’t have much backwater and overflow isn’t flooded. But that will probably change later in the season as we get more rain.

MY HOW THINGS CHANGE FROM YEAR TO YEAR…TOLD YOU IT WOULDN’T MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER, BUT GOOD TO REMEMBER BETTER TIMES!

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