January 23 at 6:07pm
EZone bout to wrap up and had an inclination dat a few teal and possibly few big ducks might be hanging round the same general area de Nuck and Futz Duo hunted last Sat and made a nice solo hunt this am,found water predictably low but knew dat levels would be rising with E portion of ENE winds and got set up after longer-than-typical paddle in(water levels dictated leaving SouthFork good bit N of where we usually dock her)and shoulda known dat I was in for it as nothing but shorebirds seemed to want to light in my pond and guess I was asleep at de wheel as two big ducks suddenly materialized dead-to-rights and I was not on track as by the time I raised de ole Beretta to blast away,dey heard blind rustling from barrel(my bad)and I did NOT blast away,letting two fine ducks escape!!!Next few ducks singed me and finally found de mark on fine drake green wing(when I went to clean him,looks like he got hit with EVERY pellet!!)Not too long after had four blue wings show up took closest one and missed de mark on first blast rocked him on second and he was high up and did helicopter move,indicative of head shot and I quickly retrieved him and did have few more chances but could NOT convince huge flock of greys to commit and was running short on time so I headed back,two fine teal in tow and were it not for the Law of Gravity,not sure my BB's woulda hit de water,unfortunately.Hate horrendous shooting days and today was about my worst in long time.Woulda,coulda,shoulda had my six and did have pair of mottled ducks about seal de deal but dey some educated ducks,PhD in duckology!!!Got one more EZone hunt in de ole body and want to take Wifey to Trestles this Sunday and Dave Raggio,AJ Fishes Trestles fishing podna,told Wifey we may see them out there this Sunday and should be decent trip to dem Tracks!!!