Being seasoned duck hunters we understand that 5 minutes early is on time.
So as we arrived at the property and began to unload our gear it came as quite the surprise that one of us (not named Sheldon or Dan) informs the others that he left his waders in his truck - back at the meet up spot. 😲
Eh, we just filed it under "life happens" and hustled double time back to his truck. We could really tell that the guy (not named Sheldon or Dan) felt bad so we tried not to remind him that we will be cutting it close to be set up before legal hits.
We still managed to get set up with with a smooth 15 minutes to spare so we just enjoyed watching group after group of ducks begin dropping into our decoys. Was both beautiful and painful as time really seems to crawl the closer we get to legal shooting time.
The ducks continued to drop in and presented some amazing shooting. The dawgs, Blaze & Luci, both performed flawlessly. Not a single blind retrieve was required all morning as they stayed on top of their game. Competition tends to do that to these two.
Like the dog work, the shooting was flawless as well. Well, mostly...
There was only 1 bird that really stood out all morning. Mainly because it was the first and only Greenhead we would see all morning. As it continued its approach seemingly on a string directly towards the shooter not named Sheldon or Dan, I could swear that as a sliver of early morning sunlight hit its legs and I saw a sparkle. Sheldon seems to think it was doubled banded.
It was such a gimmie shot that Sheldon and I didn't even take the guns off safe. We just wanted to enjoy the show. Well, it was a show alright... and not in a good way. Poor guy had a rough morning that we will never let him live down. LOL
In the end we finished the hunt in less time than it took to get back to the truck, towel off the retrievers and take pics.
Love these retrievers and family members. Makes amazing mornings like this even more enjoyable.
Looking forward to next time fellas!