FYI...Rogers Sporting Goods has a $100 per case rebate going on for Remington Nitro Steel shotgun shells. Last time it took about 3 months to receive a rebate check, but the after-rebate cost of $69.99 for 12 gauge 3â shells, thatâs a great deal.
Had a decent hunt this morning, one group was very, very kind to me, ended up the hunt with 5. Other than that, not many around. More wood ducks flying than teal. Back at them tomorrow.
Beautiful mount picked up yesterday! Taxidermy by Kevin Hynes. Unreal colors, picture does not do it justice.
Yesterday after the bad weather moved through, it became crystal clear, and buddy and I had the super bright sun directly in our faces (hate when have to hunt like that). When high flocks of ducks passed right through the sun and they would relieve themselves, the bright sunlight would cause those ducks to look like mini pressure washers! I had never observed that before so clearly. That proves my point that those ducks are all full of ____!!! None of those large flocks wanted to decoy, but at least we had a really good laugh!
Had best hunt of year this morning. 5 drake greys and 1 young drake duck that has characteristics of both wigeon and gadwall. Looks to be pretty young and not all colored out (too bad). Has blue bill with black stripe down middle and bill a little longer than regular wigeon bill. Feet are dull gold color more like a gadwall, not bluish grey of a wigeon. Head has faint green patch, but no white crown at all, actually crown is brown. Wings have a little more black than a regular wigeon, and has small area of green in speculum. Pictures attached. Opinions?
Opinions...this hen was taken today. Came in with a big greenhead (both stayed)! Strongly resembles a hen mallard except for:
Speculum a little on green side (not very evident in photo) not quite as blue as true hen mallard
White wing bars not as heavy and distinct as true hen mallard
Bill has more of an olive color, not the orange of a true hen mallard
Thinking a mallard/mottled hybrid or a Mexican Duck? Opinions?
Hey, who's making the toys for all the good girls and boys??? Not this guy, he's out huntin!!!
Step-son's first duck on Sunday, November 11, 2012, a mature Gadwall drake. He ended day with 4 Greys and 1 Dosgris.
Follow-up Note: Gadwall mounted by Jack Piniero at Beauty of Nature Taxidermy (985) 863-3802. Excellent customer service, very reasonable prices, quick turnaround time, willing to answer questions along the way, highly recommended taxidermist! He is on Facebook also.
What luck...4 teal knocked down with 1 shot...probably will never happen again!
Also repainted the 'ole pirogue as a project to help satisfy the itch before duck season!
Looking for any suggestions on reputable, reasonably priced duck hunting guide services within 2-3 hours of Slidell. Would like to make a hunt before the end of the season and bag something other than just greys and teal. If specific names, locations and prices could be shared it would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Took my step-son for his first duck hunt this morning...no teal...but he had fun nonetheless. I told him that a bad day hunting is better than a good day at school (or work)...he agreed!
First teal this year...very slow.
Nothing but mottled ducks flying today. Too bad they reduced the limit to 1. Could have easily got 7-8 this morning, as they were decoying like they do during teal season. Where's all the other ducks??? Horrible season so far.
Oh well...hopefully November will bring some ducks. Slow teal season but looking forward to the big duck season.
Saturday...The only duck that came in today could only be shot by the camera. He swam around my decoys for over 20 minutes! Maybe in November??? No teal in sight today...just mottled ducks and this woodie.
Second picture from Sunday's hunt...2 teal...that's it.
Slow morning...only managed 1 hen woodie. Maybe next time I'll find her a boyfriend!
Bagged 5 in a 5 minute period early on Sunday. After that, nothing. Pretty much the only thing I saw was a few mottled ducks. Could have shot a few more of them, but I was already at the limit of 3. Ended up with 3 mottled ducks and 2 ringnecks.
No ducks today, but nice scenery. Maybe next time!