My son-in-law and I went out this morning to check out a place we haven’t been since early in the first split. We went by ourselves because we didn’t know what to expect, but when we got there, there we scared up bunches of ducks, mostly mallards.
After legal shooting hours, the ducks started coming back and we got an early two-man limit of 12 by 7 a.m. We had eight mallards, two pintails and two gadwalls. That was a pretty good hunt. I think what we are seeing is that folks have ducks some days, then none the others. It’s the same ducks in the area pretty much moving around to where they aren’t getting hunted much. We need some good cold weather to push down some new ducks.
The ducks worked good until they got within shooting range, then they were really checking out the decoys. They were spooky. The wind had them working, but when they get spooky and stick those wings out in the kind of wind we had this morning, they are gone pretty quick. There’s nothing more challenging than shooting steel shot in a 25-mile-an-hour wind.
Day 20 is in the books, and that’s one-third of the 2014-15 season behind us. Get out there and give it a shot and take advantage of the opportunities you have.