Sometimes it all comes together.

Frosty puppy in the sunrise
Frosty puppy in the sunrise

As JJ and I were talking about where to hunt last night he casually mentioned that he saw some geese on one of our ponds we don’t hunt all that much. It took me just a few seconds to say hey why don’t we go hunting that tomorrow instead of the river and a plan was made. Gary, JJ and I pulled into the field that held the pond about 30 minutes before LST this morning and quickly made a pass with the head lights from a distance to see that it was still holding birds, to our luck it had several hundred geese resting on a spot they where keeping open.  We decided to hang back and let the first couple of lights go out to the field this morning so we didn’t spook them all off and then hunt them on the return. So we spend the next 45 minutes watching the sun come up.

enjoying the sunrise

enjoying the sunrise

 

you can get up already...

you can get up already…

This did cost us some ducks as small groups of mallards dropped in to the resting geese but the end result was more than worth it. We did end up having to push off several hundred birds after sunrise because they just wouldn’t leave the pond, even as we were setting up decoys they just kept circling and a few even landed in the water next to me. As hard as it was we stuck to the plan,  we where not going to shoot until all the birds we spooked off had left the immediate area so we didn’t burn the pond off.

Frosty puppy in the sunrise

Frosty puppy in the sunrise

Once we settled into the blind the bird started return in small groups, singles and pairs allowing us to quickly ended up putting 9 birds on the ground.  Then to finish the day out had a group of about 150 start working us. 30 to 40 birds ended up coming in and landing in the decoys while the rest kept circling. The dogs stayed steady so we waited let those in the decoys keep swimming and watch this group of hundred. It really was one of the better shows I have seen. The birds still in the air where very weary and just kept circling. As they did we would have multiple singles ,doubles triples and all sorts of groups break out of the main group and come down to land with the other birds until the final group came made the full commitment and came down as well. Once the final group came in we went ahead and shot our remaining eight Birds of which one was banded.

Nick's Band

Nick’s Band

Paige watching over her birds

Paige watching over her birds

Gary and JJ

Gary and JJ

What a morning and what a show to end it. As quickly as we could we picked up the decoys and head to the top of the hill to take picture hope we didn’t burn this pond and can make it back to its Saturday. As we where leaving about 50 birds where circling to go right back in. 🙂

 

~Nick

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