The start to this year’s waterfowl season has been one that has been very up and down. It’s been very slow for the first 9 days of the season with the migration not starting until this week. We received our first true taste of fall and winter starting Tuesday morning so we decided to take a short hunt out to try for ducks. Kansas has a two-day goose closure on Monday and Tuesday so we knew we would defiantly have geese around. Just as we finished setting up we were greeted two minutes in the legal shooting time by a group of about 40 geese. Knowing that we couldn’t do anything to them, we just took pictures and enjoyed the morning, which provided a show for the next 3 hours as several hundred geese landed in our 12 goose floaters.
Tuesday’s results were limited with just a few mallards that we where thankful to have, but we quickly devised a plan for Wednesday morning where five of us made plans to be “sick” and head out for a hunt hoping for the same results and numbers of birds that we’d seen the day before. We set up with eager anticipation knowing that there were a lot of new birds in the area that didn’t know the whole game yet. We were quickly greeted with multiple flocks of single and doubles honkers mixed in with a few ducks. We where very excited to be able to put a good number of birds in the decoys fairly quickly since one of our hunters had to leave for work by 830 and he was able to fill his six birds. The other four of us proceeded to enjoy an incredible morning of great gunning and even better dog work filling out most of our 24 birds by about 1030 in morning.
We also added an 8 bonus ducks of which Dakota being the only dog out there had to do most of the work. She brought back over 30 birds with many of them being long swims in the water and for a 10 year old Labrador that’s a lot of work, she’s a rock star. The first great hunt of the year two birds short of a six man do so I meant with 8 bonus ducks provided our first great waterfowl hunt of the year.