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I found some older pictures
Back in the 2008 to 2012 period of time I had an absolutely wonderful,let alone beautiful spot to hunt at the ranch I still hunt now. This picture was taken in 08. I can remember it well. The very first birds in happened to be a pair of mallards and I took the drake. Chili quickly went out and got my bird and was back in the blind with me in no time at all. I recall grabbing the drake by the neck and hoisted him up above the burlap so that what light was available would shine on him and that is when I saw the band. Hot diggetty damn! Not 10 minutes had gone by when I had another pair come by and I needed to coax them in with my duck call. I consider myself a terrible duck caller but I can do the "lonesome hen" call maybe ok. So that is what I used and they made another swing by me. I pulled out front on the drake and when I squeezed the trigger that is when they made one of those quick shifts in mid-air and down came the hen. Back then I tried very hard to shoot only drakes and of course I most likely uttered some non printable material! There was enough light by this time and it was amazing how cuss words changed to "How lucky can a guy get?", when I saw the banded hen in Chili's mouth. There is nothing quite like the glint of a shiny leg band when the light catches it just right.

Here's the scoop on that hen. When I got the paperwork back on where it was banded, I already knew it was from Bosque del Apache NWR. No band could look newer than this one. I was also very familiar with the number system that the biologists used at this refuge. I did find this out. On the morning that the duck was banded I had helped the crew that day with the ducks that were banded. Yes, it was possible that I handled this hen prior to her being banded or I might have released her after being banded. I knew exactly where the impondment was and my guess was that she had flown a total of maybe 1.5 to 2 miles to where the beaver pond was that I hunted. The other bit of data was that she lived less than a week from the time she was banded to when I shot her.

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This hunt was on January 7th of 2007. Back then I had labeled it "A ton of color!"



On this hunt which was November 18th, of 2007, I started taking pictures with my little pocket camera because I already had my limit of mallards. The sun wasn't up high enough to shine on me yet but the light was good enough to see the greenheads and what I thought were two hens. One of them was a drake Mexican duck, so there were four drakes and one hen in this group coming into my decoys.




It was great fun to sit there and watch all the ducks come in to eat smart weed. They were very comfortable in that spot. The Rio Grande was behind mty back about 50 feet away. I left me decoys there all season and normally hunted it Monday through Friday. One Monday morning I found a dollar bill tucked in a spot where I would see it. Evidently the guy who hunted there on Saturday or Sunday had a good hunt. I never ever lost one decoy. Nice to know how respectful duck hunters are in this area.




In all the miles Chili rode with me on the 4 wheeler when I hunted this area of BLM land, she had only fallen off once. She was a quick learner.
All total it was close to 7,500 miles that we put on that 4 wheeler. We were packed and ready to go other than to get the ducks in a bag and into my decoy sled where I tied it down in back of Chili.




I was at Bosque del Apache taking pictures during duck season when I thought I might see a mid-air collision. They came very
close to hitting. If you look at the bull sprig you can see it is banded.



I wished I would have found this picture sooner. I took this at the
Beaver Pond (ranch) so you could get an idea of how scenic and very special it was to me.

There is way more to duck hunting than just shooting ducks.




One morning when the sun came up I just had to take this shot of Charlotte's web. I had been out changing my decoy set up when I spotted it.



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