I have to say guys..... Today it really clicked for her. She did a lot better on "place" today. Plus she did not break as bad. She actually held pretty tight for the most part. However, with every good there is some bad. She started dropping the bird at the check. (Opposite end of the tank) Then picking it up and just staring at me. I kept saying here and with the whistle she just stood there. So, she got a nick and here. Then she bolted to me. Held. Sat down. Then give.
We experienced our first duck out side the decoys. I shot. And said mark. Mark. Mark. And it fell dead outside the decoys and she bolted in the right direction but once she got to the decoys, confusion set in. She started romping around decoy to decoy. So I got up and walked out there saying fetch and pointing in the direction. After I walked about 15 yards into the water she saw the bird out there and off she went. I started walking back to the check saying hold and she caught up to me right as I got back to the tank. I said hold. She sat and I said give. This set us up for the next bird that came in also fell out side the decoys and she flew right passed the decoys and got the bird without missing a beat. We got the next few that were suicide spoons right in the decoys. Landing close to the blind. Also had some misses because I was trying to be picky with my birds and get the widgeon, but they were always the hardest shot and passed up on some close spoons.
Then for the finale bird. A lonely bull sprig came floating in outside my decoys. I was down to 2 shells. (I didn't think I was going to shoot a full box of shells) teal normally faces out the dog blind to the north, well this bull sprig was floating out on the south. I slowly spun around in my chair to the south and I look at teal and she spun around inside the dog blind to the side I was looking!!! I Let out a small smile and said sssssiiiiiittttt whispering. I look up and the bull sprig was about 35 yards. It was 1239 club stops shooting at 1, I saw the bull sprig do the bobble neck and knew it was a little Leary, but I wanted it. I raised up shot once, it did the rocket ship straight up, I adjusted my aim and boom!!! Caught it right on the neck and it did the helicopter. I look at teal and said Mark! Mark! She was holding tight right in front of the dog blind. The sprig was still falling then skadooosh hit the water about 65 yards out. I yelled Teal! She hit the water hard and went straight there and straight back. Perfect, almost like she has been doing it all year.
It was a great day. I was a little nervous not having a shooter but it went great! Got in the blind. After set up at about 1030 and was done in 2 hours with our 7 bird limit. She grabbed all 7.
I have video of the retrieve where she was dropping and starting at me. I also have video of the bird that landed outside the decoys.