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Had decent window of opportunity this am,was planning solo trip to beautiful Honey Island Swamp and got new boat trailer perfectly suited for hauling yaks,canoe,pirogues,etc and got running boards adjusted yesterday evening,left home with plenty of time to hit an area that seemed to hold potential.Took my time unloading gear and made the all of five minute paddle to gorgeous island,saw a few hunters,most likely two hunters hunting together and rain was only slight,figured why not stick it out,await rain to cease and skies were dark and ominous at first,shooting time arrived and about ten minutes later saw nice solo and took chance but did NOT cash in but not too long later,pair came in perfectly got both and made immediate retrieve,based upon presence of ornery river otters.Funny thing is I heard ZERO shots from gents hunting nearby,heard ZERO from way deep in Swamp,never a good thing and just filled out harvest report via Internet,great way to fill out self-clearing permit and avoid having to stop at check station!!Got three woodies thus far and happy with that as regular duck season been such a bust!!!Love McClain trailer I just got from Hammond Academy and works superb!!Can't wait to get back out ASAP!!

Mandevillian
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   GB3
Wow Mande, what a die hard duck hunter you are. To go solo into public land, in the rain, pulling your boat and new trailer with the hot rod Lincoln is mind boggling. Congratulations on the beautiful pair of Woodies you were rewarded with for your efforts this morning! Also, I enjoyed having you and Nick, the Nuck and Futz duo, up at my camp, The Quack Shack, here in Lake Village, Arkansas this week. Always a pleasure hunting with you duck die hards!
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GB3,Yep today’s hunt NOT for the faint of heart and guess having tad bit of intel on where dem elusive and incredible-tasting Woodies tend to hang out paid dividends. Only had pair but saw few decent flocks and next few trips might be even more productive. That pair was fine and the drake very mature his hen had some pin feathers. Think I told ya older son smoked snow goose on his new wood pellet smoker and that snow was incredible. Heard Canada geese kinda greasy and got whole speck to smoke soon and might get older son to smoke the wood ducks. Have some fat azz rainbows from Ozarks trip and they are incredible on smoker. Thanks again for extreme hospitality.

Mandevillian
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   4422
Your article is absolutely beautiful. I really enjoyed reading your post. Keep blogging!!
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Good hunt. You can't shoot them from the house, gotta go.
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   tracyyy
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Delta,Ya hit de nail as squarely on de head as possible!!Duck hunting,particularly late-season waterfowling NEVER for the faint-of-heart.Rained quite a bit yesterday,predictably,and dat what dey makes nice rain coats and neoprene insulated waders for,no doubt!!!Scheming right now for few return visits and local marshes appear to be mud flats so gonna be extra-tough sledding for most folks!!!Hope to get in few more fine woodie hunts before season ends!!Weird thing bout yesterday's fine pair of woodies in that the drake a fully-mature specimen and his mate appeared to be much,much younger,fulla pin feathers!!Perhaps his original mate got shot and he found younger bride!!!Hard to beat taste and beauty of woodies and plan a few more wood duck hunts,love solo hunts-one hunter to camo,one hunter shooting,seem to do very well on solo hunts!!!

Mandevillian
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   flora33
Thank you for the pictures.
This is a beautiful location
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Fleur
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Just read neat e-mail from Delta Waterfowl and what they were hinting around regarding tactics for late-season ducks is exactly what I suspected was the course of action I typically take late seasons!!Lotta folks toss in de towel,meaning lot less hunting pressure and foul(fowl)weather hunts typically are the best with birds decoying like fools!Hard to beat few hunters and ducks that want to work or at least act like they want to work!!Takes a special breed of hunter to brave ridicuolusly low water plus frigid bone-chilling temps but those who manage to tough it out typically enjoy rich rewards!!!

Mandevillian
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   BlueShamu
Good shooting, Mande. I was up in Arkansas, last week….unfortunately, all for work. Glad I’m able to read about other people’s hunts! I haven’t even been in the woods or marsh this year for hunting. Hard to believe.
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   Brady779
Beautiful location and photos guys, thanks for sharing
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Wow! Congratulations on the beautiful pair of Woodies you were rewarded with for your efforts, Mande!

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   Jimhuang
Great place. It was a very great season. Thank you, my friends Romeo and Mark
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Hey Mande, what a day! When I heard you were out on public land in the rain with your dad, pulling your boat and new trailer with the hot rod Lincoln, I couldn't believe it. Congrats on getting that pair of Woodies!
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