In about an hour we made it to the wildlife area and waited for another hour until all the reservations were processed. This being the second to last weekend of the season, more than usual number of reservation holders showed up. I believe 37 out of the 50 reserved blinds showed, a greater average than normal. We waited for an hour or so for those guys to be processed and hoped we'd be drawn for the remaining 13 empty blinds.
After finishing our meals, we headed back to the office. D1 had been refilled and A1 was now available. No one ahead of us seemed to want it. Refill number 19, the guy ahead of us debated whether he wanted it. Since this blind is deep and really only shoots well in the morning and without a dog he choose to pass. Ed and I debated whether we wanted it or not. I figured we should take it. Being very close to the end of the refill order, any "good" blind would be taken once it became available. So we'd be waiting for a long time. The mentality of both of us was it's better to be miserable at the blind with a slim chance at birds than waiting at the office being miserable with no chance at all for birds.
As we made our way to the same blind we hunted last timed, Ed who started a few minutes ahead of me saw three teal fly into the brush in the corner. After we dropped our stuff at the blind we made our way to jump shoot these teal. Ed would make his way at the other edge and I'd send the dog in to flush the birds out. The birds flushed out. At first it was just coots. Then within the coots the three teals flew out. Since I was staring directly in the sun and with coots among them it didn't register until too late that those were the birds we wanted! Once it dawned on me they we out of range. What a fool. That proved to be our only chance for the next hours and we gave up at noon. At the parking lot, I let Kaiser run around and he ended up finding a dead hen spoonie, either thrown away from a hunter or a bird that managed to fly away a hunter's gun before expiring.
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