January 04, 2014 at 6:07pm
There will always be someone willing to step on your toes. I got up early as can be last weekend. had the intention of sneaking into my button bush hole on the miss river side of the WMA i hunt. The river is up so its only accessible by boat. I could have easily hooked up my bato and took the easy way out. Instead i put the pirogue in my truck with the intention of 'slipping' in there un noticed. On the backside of this whole is a great roost spot that the ducks find every year. Mind you, I have only been duck hunting for 6 years, and hunting squirrels/rabbits/hogs since i was young. For those that think shooting up a roost is the norm for a great day are idiots!! Find the flight path and hunt off the roost. As long as you don't shoot it up they will always come back. I have shot 5 banded woodies in three years like this. two in two days and two in one day this year. instead of rumbling through with the nato and motor i put the pirogue in, said a prayer for the dangerous stunt i was about to pull and got going. In a 12 foot gator trax pirogue 8 decoys in a slotted bag,backpack,shotgun a mesh blind cover-to cover myself,couple snacks, I'm loaded to capacity with a life jacket on. The water is roughly 18 foot deep and a good way away from the main part of the river, no current. Either way its dangerous going through tree tops for 300 yards with the water being so cold. I get close to the hole find my way in and set up. Almost have the last decoy out and i hear a motor,A gator tail. Looked back and noticed they had come through and flagged a way in just outside of where i came in. Sound gets closer and closer until they come in the hole about 10 mph with me in the middle. If someone beats me to a spot I ALWAYS turn away! They were one step ahead and earned that spot for the day, not these guys!! Shinned these idiots with my headlight, shinned myself in the pirogue so they could see. Never slowed down and insisted they were going to hunt there too. c'mon, after all, they flagged a route in, that makes it theres!! After almost flipping me over they go around the button bush and set up right in the roost. No joke, less than 50 yards away!!! A couple bushes between us but very close. They are also in between me and the direction the ducks are coming from. They start setting up and when it gets quiet i asked them if they were serious, no response. shouted out again and said they could have came over ,as a group, since i was alone. Nothing! They shot at all the ducks that were coming right in my lane, were loud and obnoxious seeming very happy at what they were doing. Then i hear a couple cans pop and that indistinct slurp of beer foam. It was just speculation for a little while until i heard one say 'pass me a beer'. I called in a few ducks they shot out 75 + yards only to miss and deter me from getting my limit. I couldn't take anymore,i packed up and screamed at them that they needed to be taught some respect. 'Don't dare call yourselves ,sportsmen, y'all aren't even close' Red in the face and frustrated i could only think about getting even. Calmed down by the time i made it to the truck and let it go, went home. Theres something about the hunters with mud boats. No offense to you guys but they act as if they're unlimited for everything. unlimited to where they can go so since we made it we can be unlimited to everything else. It happens everywhere i go.. whether it be fishing around the house or hunting. there is ALWAYS someone ruining the day in their mud boat!! you can say its not the boat it doesn't drive itself, thats right. if you own one you are part of the problem!!!!!!