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A reminder... (triggered by recent discussion of how SLOW things are)
If yer still waking up on the right side of the sod + have the health, means, and opportunity to get to your favorite. lake, pot hole, river, etc -even just on occasion- .... or even just to take home one duck now & then, consider the alternative.

Like our buddy Mark Rongers is fond of saying: " God grants us only so many seasons; best enjoy 'em while we still can."
Happy New Year!






















MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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So well said.
James Woods
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Bob,

Amen to that.


The time was my entire life revolved around waterfowling.

Now a days, just getting the chance to experience one more season is a huge plus.

Ain't no such thing as a slow season.


VP











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Very True Bob. And the older you get, it is more about the ADVENTURE you can share with your friends, Grandchildren and family
in the great outdoors. It is not about limiting out.
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Good morning, Bob~


Great thoughts - well said (and illustrated)!


I especially like that Hubbard quote.


All the best,


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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GUYS , AFTER 60YRS. OF THIS WONDERFUL SPORT UNDER MY BELT, THERE IS NOT MUCH I HAVEN'T DONE OR TRIED, THEY ARE ALL MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES,I WISH THE YOUNGER NEW BREED ENJOYS IT As much as have.
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Thanks for your thoughts, quotes and pictures. Up river from you things have been really slow very few birds and unmanageable river conditions. So i have hunted deer more this year than previous years and found great peace just sitting in the woods. At 76 i am happy "to take it all in"and just enjoy being there. I did however take an 8 pointer the last day of muzzle loader season.
Now on to put and take pheasants with Mr. Rufus.
Bill
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I very much agree ,well said !
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Thank you Bob. Well said. Well presented with your gift for photos.

Happy New Year brother!
Larry
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Ain't that the truth Bob.

Such great pictures. Sometimes the good stuff is all of the things you get to see along the way.





Don't just do something, Stand there!
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todd tennyson wrote:

Sometimes the good stuff is all of the things you get to see along the way.


Quick in / quick out yesterday morning, but there was lots to see. Home by noon. What wind there was blew from the S/SE and there was a surprising amount of skim-ice early. Had a group of mallards (1 drake, 3 hens) come to the decoys at 9:20. Hens got a pass; drake stayed. Very nice buck browsing on the shoreline & hillside opposite where I had set up. Eagle "hunting" across from me as well.























Kind of a "golden" morning !





MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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Bob,

That's about as good as it gets.

A colorful blend of nature and art, plus dinner to boot. Smile



Best regards
Vince











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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I think this was one of the best seasons I have had in many years. Wasn't the amount of ducks shot but the way I was able to hunt when I wanted. No other schedules to keep me from going out when I wanted to go. And getting my very first band (after 45 years or so of hunting) didn't hurt either. Already checking out new spots for next year.

Mark
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Mark W wrote:
I think this was one of the best seasons I have had in many years. Wasn't the amount of ducks shot but the way I was able to hunt when I wanted. No other schedules to keep me from going out when I wanted to go. And getting my very first band (after 45 years or so of hunting) didn't hurt either. Already checking out new spots for next year.

Mark

That's the exact way I,ve felt about duck/goose hunting since I retired. In Years past I,ve bagged a whole lot more birds but since retirement I,ve been able to try a few new spots and new approachs that wouldn,t have worked in the past. Some have been great with many worthless from a birds brought to bag standpoint but still enjoyable from a pure hunting prespective. Best thing about it is if your hunting on a day by yourself and you wake up unmotivated there is always tomorrow . Unfortunately that was my story this a.m. but looking forward to Monday morning hunt even more now.
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Still getting out about twice a week and will continue to do so as weather and open water allows. There have been enough birds around for some shooting, and what birds show up have been responding well to both decoys & calling, providing opportunities to take a bird or two each time.

Temps supposed to be plunging through the weekend, so conditions may change for the waters I prefer to hunt, but we'll see.
One nice thing is that the late seasons for Canadas extends our opportunities to get out into February. Provided the sloughs where the geese like to roost for the night stay open, that usually means a few late afternoon hunts as the season winds down.

Went with all mallards for my duck decoys this week, and a few goose decoys just in case.


The "pickleweed" bag is in the boat for wherever shoreline cover allows for their use




Scooter at her usual post in the TDB, watching


Bringing in a fat drake


Those birds that are around have all been healthy and in prime plumage



MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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Bob

Excellent photography. I'm glad you are getting out and finding opportunity. Down here a lot of guys have thrown in the towel for the season. With about 2 weeks left there isn't much hope. We are getting a quick shot of cold but too little too late. Maybe I'll get a surprise but honestly it doesn't make a big difference to me. I've hit the point where I consider myself fortunate to be able to hunt with my son and his friends and consider every day on the marsh a blessing. So many people I know gave up long ago and I think they missed the best part, that being time afield with your children. I went to a friend's funeral today and he spent every open weekend of his adult life hunting and his son was with him for all of them once he was old enough. He told me about a year ago how lucky he was to be able to have that much uninterrupted time with his son because most dads don't. He was so right. He was 57. Enjoy every minute you can because it can all be gone before you know it.

Eric