This last season can easily be described in one word - AMAZING!
The intentional use of "AMAZING" is as good a descriptive word that I can come up with BUT, pics do an even more formidable job in conveying just how incredible this last season has been. Check these out: http://fourcurlnation.com/book-a-hunt/pics-of-hunts
Came in this morning on a line to the decoys in 2's & 3's. My guide Todd got er done and put these guys on an amazing hunt to finish the season strong with limits.
Clear blue sky with 15-25mph winds out of the west. (Wind blowing Blaze ear in pic. LOL) Pond looked like it was going to white cap at one point. Not as high a volume of birds as in previous hunts. Had some come in and leave out just before legal. Only saw "maybe" 20 shootable ducks but the ones that did give us a look did 180's over the decoys and hung up in the wind. A beautiful thing to see for sure.
It was a cold clear morning. Warmer recent weather pushed many of my birds out. We basically shot what came in. Always fun to be out with the young guys that are enthusiastic for the sport. Both dogs were pissed with the lack of birds they have been accustomed to. LOL
They truly made my morning memorable. More often than I care to admit, I inevitably have clients that fall in love with the romantic idea of going duck hunting (it's a good thing) but unfortunately do not properly prepare themselves for the one of the most enjoyable aspects of the hunt, actually hitting what you are aiming at.
My clients this fine morning had obviously spent the proper amount of time on the range and were rewarded with plenty of ducks destined to be turned into sausage by one of my hunters, Scott Romano, Executive Chef, VIP Club of the same Frisco Gun Club.
This was the best hunt of the year, hands down. To all my local hunters, I strongly encourage anyone that desires to improve their shooting mechanics and kill rate to give the fine folks at Frisco Gun Club a call to set up a session or two in order to get dialed in before your next hunt. Afterwards, say hello to Scott and sample some of his fine cuisine. You will be glad you did both!
The morning results, all 36 of them!
Rolled the dice this morning with the setup on a 15 acre pond that runs SW (dam end) to NE (Skinny water). In my scouting the day before the 45 ducks that I spotted were piled in the skinny water but the wind was out of the N. Today, wind was supposed to be out of the SW.
I set up near the skinny water and prepped my clients with the possibility of having to move quickly if birds did not cooperate. I love it when a plan comes together. We had zero wind the first 30 minutes and dropped 12 out of the 14 birds that stopped in for breakfast. The next hour or so we only had 5mph wind and the decoying birds kept bellying up to the buffet. The remaining hour or so of the hunt with clear sky and stronger winds had the birds a bit more reluctant to visit but we managed to scratch out a few more to put an end to a fine morning. Dads spending time with their sons in the field is a great thing!
Think these two enjoyed their holiday?
Had a great hunt this morning with a group of first time duck hunters and one seasoned hunter. Started out just a bit off the "X" so we made a quick adjustment and it was soon hammer time!
Concealment, no movement, face mask or face paint along with little to, GASP, no calling and you can still have a good late-season hunt. Full choke and quality shells help as well. Remember folks, these birds have already seen and heard it all from Canada down to TX.
Had another great Saturday at the Nation.
Cold and wet, just how the ducks like it!
Look at my clients faces, think they seem to care about the weather?
This last Sunday was the coldest hunt I had ever been on.
23 degrees with 25 mph winds wasn't too bad. But contributing to the cold was a minor slip and plunge that took place as a result of me fighting and losing vs some briars at the waters edge. I survived and learned a valuable lesson. If you think you are too cold, you probably are.
Long story short, the birds, they covered us up!
Dan Mikals has more than 30 years of duck hunting experience both for fun and as a profession.