December 31, 2019 at 1:56pm
Getting to be somewhat routine,early wake-up head to fine Honey Island Swamp WMA and get very few chances at woodies but stalk for tree rats and today was somewhat of a nice change of pace,headed to yet another area known to harbor woodies and met fine group of diehards,looking to thin out de wood duck population,thank God Santa brought me ultra-fine pair of Lacrosse neoprene waders as dat Swamp is indeed quite flooded.Gents I met were cordial and we spaced ourselves apart and had marginal shots at missiles of wood ducks that gave us NO warning,other than small flock of three that screeched when they came from opposite direction vs de norm!!!Got fed up round 7:10 and headed to tree rat woods,saw handful of hunters and chatted with older gent in fine canoe,what a great idea to launch canoe and slowly stalk deer/hogs/woodies/tree rats,etc!!!Offered to lend gent a hand and his response sounded bout what I would say,'If I needs help launching,should not be headed out solo!!'Tried my best to locate tree rats and walked my tail off and was startled by unbelievable sight of two longboards fighting in tall tree with two hens in same tree.Took pics and video and spotted hunter,motioned him over so he could get glimpse of incredible sight and joked with him dat we would NEVER see this in Wild Turkey Season.Will submit for Wild Turkey Lottery for both Pearl River and Sherburne(where I luckily shot banded jake bunch of years ago)and hope and pray to get selected,preferably for Pearl River as Sherburne a shell of what she used to be,unfortunately!!!Gotta be one of the most incredible sights I have witnessed in over 20 years of chasing Wild Turkeys,guess it happens just have NEVER witnessed turkeys fighting in tall tree!!!Happy New Year to all-hope 2020 brings us some long-awaited waterfowl!!!Don't bother asking where I spotted this fine sight!!!