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"Falling Short" (updated)

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"Falling Short" (updated)
In my everlasting quest to turn waterfowling into an adventure, I try to mix things up a bit. Hunting the same locations for the same species of ducks can sometimes become mundane, but I often notice that when I take a step away from what I consider to be "normal", I often return to the places that I love and the species that I have left with a renewed appreciation for both the quarry and the hunt.

In an effort to try something new, and take another step towards accomplishing a goal I once set for myself a long time ago, I headed out on a different type of waterfowling adventure, at least for me.

My company was a little lab named Phoenix, who doesn't really care what species I shoot. I think she just comes along for the "splash".

The goal for the day was a limit of adult drake bufflehead, which I thought was going to be fairly easy to accomplish. I was wrong. We spent a good bit of the day watching immature drakes and hen birds fly by. Every once in awhile though, we got lucky.

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As it turned out, the little black dog and I fell two short of our goal, which in a way is good, because at some point in the future, we get to do it all over again. She was proud of herself either way. Unless dogs can count, we will call this one a success.





Disclaimer: I am an amateur. I also am very limited in the tools that I have. Please understand that I am quite aware of this, and know that there is probably an easier and more efficient way get the same result I have struggled to achieve. Please don't hesitate to share it with me. Thanks!

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jon: Dec 20, 2012, 11:37 AM
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She must be able to count, because even with those 5 laying at her feet, she was watching for more!

I came one short of that feat once. Buffies were thick for about an hour and I had 5 drake buffies in the boat.
Then about 20 minutes passed without a bird seen.
So I got impatient and shot the next bird into the dekes, a drake bluebill.
Before I could even get out of the boat to walk out & get it, another drake buffies lands in the decoys.

Either way, great memories for all.


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

"Life is too short to drink bad beer."
Disclaimer: This post and/or report is not a substantiation of or reflection on the true accuracy of the present surveying methods. It is only a report on or comment concerning local observation and/or results. Your results and observation may vary based on your location, local water conditions, food supply, weather conditions and migratory patterns "
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The black dog and I decided to give it another go. Must have had some new birds move in because it happened a bit quicker than I expected. Pretty pleased that I completed this season goal of mine. I might not ever shoot another buffie again.



Disclaimer: I am an amateur. I also am very limited in the tools that I have. Please understand that I am quite aware of this, and know that there is probably an easier and more efficient way get the same result I have struggled to achieve. Please don't hesitate to share it with me. Thanks!
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Congratulations! Nice limit of buffies you've got there.
That would make one hell of a dead mount.


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

"Life is too short to drink bad beer."
Disclaimer: This post and/or report is not a substantiation of or reflection on the true accuracy of the present surveying methods. It is only a report on or comment concerning local observation and/or results. Your results and observation may vary based on your location, local water conditions, food supply, weather conditions and migratory patterns "
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Good shooting, Jon. Phoenix is a keeper!
Al