At the Kerry Club, the Wednesday (1-9-19) duck hunting lived up to my hype. The wind blew. The sky was full of clouds and ducks.
The wind speed was about 10 knots with strong gusts. The shooting was loud and continuous for the first half hour.
My hunting partner, Tom Billingsley and I didn’t rush. It took us about 15 minutes to adjust the decoys that surrounded blind 5, open the blind, ready the dog, put in our ear plugs and load up.
By the time we glanced skyward, the birds were wired. My first shot was a miss at a pintail drake. It didn’t take long to figure out that we needed to pick our shots and not waste our shells. On days like this one, misses are common and shells sometimes a premium.
We missed a couple teal. Then a diver came in humming along from my right side. He was on the deck. I put a big lead on him and he hit the water. I wasn’t sure what type of diver he was until Lola returned to the blind. It was a beautiful drake redhead.
We finally got going and hit some teal. Lola (she turned 12 last week) did a good job on the retrieves.
By nine o’clock we could see some of the hunters closing up their blinds and heading home. We weren’t in a hurry. We had a long way to go, but it appeared that there was no need to rush.
About mid-day, a pair of drake sprig appeared from the north and we called steadily as they approached. As they passed to the west of us, we stood and dropped both of them. Twelve down and two to go.
We waited around for two more sprig, but after an hour and a half we gave in to the temptation to end the hunt by shooting two more teal. The wind had died. It was so calm that put out our jerk strings. They helped a little as a few teal landed near the blind.
Around 2 PM we dropped two more green-wings. It was a very good duck day.
Hopefully the ducks will be around for the remainder of the season. We’ll see. Heading to the Delta for the weekend. That could be special.