Monday, November 9, 2009

Getting Ready

Like I said earlier, Saturday is the opening day of Duck Season. We've got mixed feelings about it because we have to work that afternoon. Work, meaning standing up for several hours and becoming extremely exhausted. We're not sure we want to wake up at the crack of dawn to have a try. We're also very anxious about this year's attempt. Like I said, last year did not go well. At all. I really think we didn't know what we were doing or where to go. At the end of the season, RNH was finally successful with two kills. Yup, that it. Two. Dos. Deux.

Today we went down to the pond, excited to see if anything has touched the cracked corn we put out. Of course there is nothing. It would be so nice if the ducks would land in our pond. That way we could just go right down from the house, shoot our limit and call it a day. But no, they like to be stubborn. So instead we have to make the trek down to the swamp with all of our gear, making sure we don't forget anything, and have a go. Oh well!

After being disappointed by the pond, we decided to drag RNH's grandfather's boat, back to the swamp for the start of duck season. Last year he killed the ducks and we had to go get the boat to retrieve the ducks. It was a lot of work and we didn't think ahead. (Hopefully one day I'll have a good retrieving dog to do it for me!!!) Anyways. We dragged the boat down to the swamp, cleaned out a few duck boxes, and checked out the area. We also brought along the duck calls.

We could hear various bird noises. A lot of "tweetie" birds were flying around, doves and crows. No ducks. Yet.

We push the boat further out into the swamp, past a huge beaver dam. There! We could hear a wood duck! YES!!!!

We go further and spot duck feathers all over the water.

A little further and WHOOSH! About 10 ducks fly up. A little further.... SWIIIISH! More ducks.

We continued on through the swamp, every so many feet jumping more and more and MORE ducks! We were in heaven and SUPER excited!!!

Eventually we come across a pond that we like to call the "secret pond." Because it is surrounded by tons and tons of woods and we didn't know it existed until we lived in our house for quite some time. Its not our land, but we got a few shots off near the pond last year (didn't hit anything), but we're hoping to head that way again this year.

There were a ton of ducks at the pond.
On the way back we found a really easy and more direct route for getting to the secret pond. Maybe I should mention that we're having to navigate ourselves in a pretty wide john boat, through several small trees. The swamp water goes from being too shallow for the boat, to being too deep to wade in. It can be pretty difficult. The route we found back to our land was clear of trees and shallow water. At one point we came across a part where it was obvious that beaver had created a dam, but it was very old and we just knocked it down to be able to get the boat through. Now if we can only navigate through it in the pitch black....

I'm still debating on whether or not to go out on Saturday morning. I guess it will depend on what time we have to be at work. I don't want to shoot a bunch of ducks and then have to worry about getting them cleaned before going to work.
On another exciting note, RNH just bought himself a black-on-black Remington 11-87. He's pretty excited about it because it will be his first semi-automatic shot gun, perfect for duck season and just in time! I'm sure it will rub off on me and I'll have to buy one next! He has to wait for it to be shipped into the "Trading Post" here in town. It will get here Wednesday. I think he's taking off work early so he can go pick it up before they close! That's what a redneck would do!


  1. Show time should be at 8:45 on Saturday.

  2. Ugggh, thats what we were thinking. WE ARE GOING TO MISS THE FIRST DAY OF DUCK SEASON!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Great. Just great.