Tuesday, January 22, 2013
At Least The Season Is Not Over...Yet
We continued on and I managed to spook a pair of mallards too far out of range. They circled back toward us and I tried pointlessly to call them but it was no use. I haven't called in so long I really suck. I mean REALLY suck. Not that I was ever that good before but I really suck now. I need to practice. Much of the rest of the time was a nice hike with a shotgun.
For the evening hunt we tried some of the regular spots but had no luck. Towards the end of the day we found a lone ring necked in a pond. Dad put the stalk on him as he crawled behind the tulies. It eventually became wise on him and flushed. With only a brief window to take him, my father took one shot but missed. By the time he was on the second trigger of his Merkel Model 8 it was too late. We drove around looking for ponds that I hadn't been to in years. I've avoided this pond as its difficult to hunt without a small boat. But since I was desperate I decided to take a look. There were two big ducks of unknown species among the coots from what I could see. They were too far and my cheap ass Steiner binos I keep in the car were not helping me out.
Beacause that ring necked flew toward an area near the canal. We headed back there to see if we could find the bird there. My father and I walked opposite directions as we were running out of light. After about 10 minutes I heard a shot and looked in that direction. I saw two big ducks way up in the air. I tried calling them up, they were having none of that. And so the day ended as did this trip. Not really a success in terms of bag nor birds seen but that is hunting. We have little more than one week left before next season so hopefully we have at least one more trip in us. Hopefully the old man will also get a bird.