Sunday, January 11, 2009

only one

Well, if you're only going to get one duck in a morning's hunt, it's pretty hard to beat a nice big mallard drake that decoys in and turns out to be flashing some jewelry.



Other highlights of the morning were an amazing moonset, for which I had forgotten the camera, lots of sky-high snow geese, cranes, being buzzed by a pair of widgeon traveling at least 60 mph before the shooting started, and the previous night's spinach and onion quiche for lunch.

8 comments:

Live to Hunt.... said...

Very nice! Congrats. We've had a good season for bands, one for me and two for the Hunting Partner, including a $100 reward band. Way to go!

mdmnm said...

Live to Hunt-

Thanks, and, you guys really have had a good season for bands! I picked up a banded Ross's Goose a few years ago, but this is the first one since then.

Finspot said...

Nice job. Do you tie flies?

mdmnm said...

Finspot,

Thanks!

I do tie, but have a substantial supply of mallard flank. I was looking at those long flank feathers and thinking I should save them, though. To tell the truth, I have a preference for hair wings as they float better. Give me a shout if you'd like some flank feathers or wings for material.

Anonymous said...

Yep, sometimes one is all you need to have a great day! Taku

SimplyOutdoors said...

A banded bird. That is a pretty cool kill.

I have to be honest, and tell you that I've never duck or goose hunted before. I play duck, duck, goose when I was a kid, but I'm sure that doesn't count.

I have been reading a ton of waterfowl blogs, though, and I'm thinking I might have to give this style of hunting a go.

Thanks for stopping by, and leaving a comment on my book post. I appreciate it.

mdmnm said...

Simply Outdoors-
I've only been waterfowling (as opposed to occasionally jump shooting ducks) for about nine years and I have a pretty basic outfit. I hunt a small river on foot and have a good decoy bag, waders, a call and a couple of dozen decoys. That basic outfit is enough to get you started and it's a lot of fun, somewhere between calling in turkeys and sitting in a deer blind for activity level.

Good luck with your book hunt! Bodio's Querencia blog on the sidebar also has lots of good book information.

Hunter Angler Gardener Cook said...

Had the same experience Sunday - one bird, a banded snow goose! Nice when the Duck Hunting Gods smile on us...