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The Long hunt (stranded overnight)

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Made me feel like I was there. Great story. Neat dog too.
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Nice story, I enjoyed every word!
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Great story. Greys Harbor or Willipa Bay ? It looked familiar. Or am I wrong ?
Bill Stahl
Bill Stahl
AK Peninsula Hunting/Fishing Guide
11 years of seasonal bliss.


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Good Read!!

Thanks!!!
Chesapeake Bay Maryland

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Todd,
You have inspired me to go get stuck!! That was a great read. With my busy and stressful life right now that sounds like a vacation but if I could add 5 courses to the mallards and a bottle of 2004 Foppiano Petite Shirah to the dinner it would be perfect.

Thanks, the story is just what I needed!!!!

Jim/Fowlfishing



"Waterfowling is a numbers sport!!! It is not about the number of birds you shoot or the number of times you filled your limit but the numerous memories you create for yourself each new season. One day memories of the days afield and on the water is all we will have."
Jack Bucko 1939 - 1992

Hunting and fishing are the only 2 real sports......everything else are games.
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That was a fun story. I got stuck out in the woods one night while elk hunting w/o flash light. Rained like heck. I made a fire too, but I had no duck to eat... Glad everything turned out OK
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I hope you guys (and gal) have a good safe season.

Remember that even salty guys get stranded once in a while. Be prepared.





Don't just do something, Stand there!
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Outstanding read. Thanks for taking the time to write it. Hope to see if published some day soon
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Todd, long stories on an internet forum are always too damn long. You sir are an exception. That story was too short even for someone with no attention span. Thank you so much for sharing!
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Awesome adventure!!! Great reminder to plan for the worst and hope for the best!

The more time we spend in the woods and on the water the odds increase that we'll be stranded at some point. Glad you're safe and we're all able to read about a happy outcome!
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Todd,
Thanks so much for sharing your experience! Yes, your stories put us there with you. The mark of a good writer for sure.
I spent the night out "accidently" in the wilderness of Idaho on an elk hunt. Stayed too long over a fresh wallow and well, my heart raced as it got dark to say the least. I'm sure many of you here know the feeling, as darkness sets in when in unfamiliar territory. I distinctly remember tending the fire all night, laying close by it and having sparks pop unto my wool clothing. 30 years later those Filson pants and shirt still have the "reminder holes" of that night out under the stars. Blessings come when we least expect them sometimes.
Steve
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Todd thanks for taking the time to write that story. As someone said, you have a gift for writing and articulating fine detail. It was very enlightening. In my long waterfowl hunting career I too have been in similar situations, for one reason or another. [Most the time my fault] Things like a busted fuel line, motor breakdown, getting turned around [lost], tide too low, ect. If you go enough, it will happen, sooner or later, especially if you hunt coastal waters! Yet when it does happen, this is a time you can find out a lot about yourself if you want too. Often we may react different to stressful events than we thought we would, for the better or worse. And it sure helps to be prepared in advance, this can make all the difference needed. Great article, I felt like I was there too.
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Thanks, Todd, for that fantastic story. During a lifetime it is amazing how many stories can get stored in the old memory bank. In addition to your unique way of writing, I truly savored your collection of photos.
Allan
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What a great experience and story... as well as a good reminder to take more stuff when out on the water... survival stuff

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Todd~


Wonderful tale well told! Thanks very much!


Two thoughts:


That hawk keeping you company looks like a juvenile Northern Harrier to my eye:




(Were some of those shorebirds Black-bellied Plovers?)





Growing up along the Atlantic Tidewater (Long Island's Great South Bay), we were spoiled with a simple tide cycle - getting about an hour longer each day. Having to wait for the next tide if one got surprised was usually a reasonable proposition.


When I studied Phycology in college, the professor gave one of his last lectures on tide cycles around the world. I didn't understand it then how some could be so long - and still don't. When I banded Brant on Baffin Island in the mid-80s, we never saw a high tide on Foxe Basin.


Glad your preparation and skills got you through.


Merry Christmas!


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


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great story! glad you guys got home safe