Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Early Season Split of Duck Hunting Adventures

In Virginia we get a 4 day season in the middle of October. It is a good time to harvest a resident ducks and a few migrators that have trickled in. Usually it is in perfect unison with the Wood duck migration.

We hunted a couple days of it and had a great time.


Friday night myself, Jake The Dog, and 2 of my good friends, packed up gear and hiked an hour through some of the thickest woods I have traversed to take a shot at a beaverpond on some public property. After many twists and turns and unneccesary zig-zags in the pitch black with just a compass we finally reached out destination. We strung a rope from 2 trees draped a tarp over it and tied each corner off to make an impromptu A-frame tent to call home for the night. By this time we were soaked from our walk from sweat and occasional rain along  and with everything in the woods being drenched from our days of rain.

It paid off with a few flights of Woodies and an early morning double for me. The experience itself is what I will remember for a lifetime. Good friends on a common mission that is not easily attainable for the struggle is what make it fun.
Afterwards we picked up camp loaded everything on our backs and hiked it out to head home for much needed sleep.
Monday morning with heavy winds and flood tides from the Noreast blow over the previous 5 days we decided to hunt a local marsh that was up in a creek in protected waters. We all got to the ramp on time, got to the spot and got the decoys set in good time. As soon as legal time hit we started seeing flights of birds and it continued until about 9am.
Ended up with 3 mallards purely due to letting a few pass us by to err on the side of caution as to shooting towards land with some houses in the distance.  Both of the gunners with me got their first mallard so it was a good day in my book. After sitting until 10am we called it, grabbed some lunch at Pops Drive-In and headed home.
All and all a great first split for the season! Now time to get ready for the 9 day North Dakota trip in 10 days!