Duck Season Nears End

January has been a good month for waterfowl hunting in the grasslands and the delta. With ten days left, I hope to get in three more hunts. God willing, I’ll be in the delta this weekend and the grasslands on Wednesday.

During the middle of the day. Rafts of ducks draw pintail away from our decoys.

During the middle of the day. Rafts of ducks draw pintail away from our decoys.

At the Kerry Duck Club the game has been numbers of ducks. Teal and pintail have been my primary target. Some hunters are adding  widgeon and spoonies. Last Saturday, while hunting with my friend Fred, we limited, but expended quite a few shells in the effort.

Water levels have remained shallow and very attractive to wading birds and waterfowl. These black-necked stilts are standing tall.

Water levels have remained shallow which is very attractive to wading birds and dabblers. These black-necked stilts are standing tall.

An imature bald eagle passes over.  Click to enlarge.

An immature bald eagle passes over. Click to enlarge.

Ducks and geese are plentiful in the delta as well, but not as accessible. Large rafts of pintail and white-front geese are visible, but they tend to stay in their safe havens and avoid our blinds. But, we are bringing home specs and pintails with regularity.

Specs are the goose of choice in the delta, but snows are found along side them in pasture land.

Specs are the goose of choice in the delta, but snows are found along side them in pasture land. These geese were resting at Sherman Island last week.

Our hunting area is sand hills and ponds. The white-fronts are using the seasonal ponds, which makes them vulnerable while snows are hanging in the pasture land. On Wednesday, my partner Tom and I brought home a pair of specs apiece.

 

Shovelers tempt us as we wait patiently for pintails to make a mistake.

At the KDC, shovellers tempt us as we wait patiently for pintails to make a mistake.

 

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