We were supposed to have a half day of school before Thanksgiving break but a little snow storm made it a full day. Once I got the phone call, coffee was brewed and I jumped into the truck that already bore the proper amenities necessary for today's hunt. After rousting my dad, we made slow progress as we inched into heavier snow.
It didn't take long for set up, the Atlantic was already flooding well above the channel as the monster tide coupled with a powerful storm system put the blind at risk for "swamping". Three feeder decoys were cast to the best of my ability into the channel and we waded into the blind.
|Notice the water at the floor of the blind...|
|MoJo waiting for deployment...|
In addition, our snowstorm turned into a cold rain for a bit which in turn brought about a nasty chill that progressively worsened with the bitter Northerly wind. Once the tide turned ebb, a large branch grabbed one of my decoys and towed it downstream, out, or at least away from us. I quickly grabbed the rowboat and raced to procure the renegade deke.
Upon my return, Dad informed me that he was "too cold to hunt" and needed to go up to the house. We went up together and while he went inside, I quickly changed out of some cold wet gear and jumped into my second round outfit.
Today, I would not relent.
|There is a channel way, but the large tide brought the water...|
Shortly thereafter, I sat alone calling for my limit of one black duck. As the tide recessed, the shore grass exposed along the channel and forced more structure to guide any potential target. And sure enough, I found one which lighted above my decoys upon my hailing call.
Soon I was offered a five quack vocal where I responded with a lighter three quack return. This conversation lasted no more than three minutes as the duck made quick action downstream towards the blind. Once the black duck crossed the bead of the Xtrema2, the black had no chance as a quick one-two flurry of steel found the bird.
|A beautiful black duck...|
Thanks for reading,
The Downeast Duck Hunter