This particular morning we had zero wind and we were able to hear very clearly anything that moved in this wooded hole. The pigs paid us a visit on the opposite side of the pond. Amazing how much noise a half dozen hogs can make. They rooted and foraged for about thirty minutes completely unaware that we were only 100 yards away. (I did load my 3" BB's just in case they ventured too close to our setup.)
Legal approached and not a single bird was to be seen for 15 minutes. Then, it happened. A dark cloud of teal buzzed us and at first appeared not to be interested. A few peep's on the whistle brought them back for a 2nd look. The sound of 200 teal whizzing by was amazing. I picked out a single that was apart from the main flock and fired. Folded the beautiful drake and it landed in our deeks. Told Luci to "sit" and hit the peep's more vigorously. The flock responded and gave me another chance. This time, I aimed at the slow pokes in the back and let go with two more shots. 4 birds down.
I quickly reloaded and only had to wait another 2 minutes before a pair came in. Fired and got my 6th teal. Luci was beside herself as I finally released her to do her work. I could see the disapointment in her when she watched me pick up the decoys. Her look of "is this it?" was priceless.
And so goes 2016. A new chaper in 2017 begins shortly...