cannon wrote:AR Dave wrote:So it was a successful season after all!
It was a successful day, and there were a decent number of those spread over the last 3 months. It was an extraordinarily messed up season, no matter how you cut it. That said, to the extent I've sounded like a whine bag over the tough hunting this season, it wasn't intended that way. I'm just pretty transparent about our hunting, and the more time you spend down here, the more you're gonna realize that most people aren't. With rare exceptions (and I can think of exactly one such exception), if I post a picture of birds, those birds were harvested in the blind I was personally hunting. Unless someone is leasing a blind for the day, which I RARELY do, we hunt one blind per day, not several.
I enjoy seeing three-day combined piles of birds stacked up that came from 5 blinds. I love pics of dead animals. On the other hand, I don't have a financial stake in making things look better than they are up here, and if I say "we," I mean I was there for it. If I say they, I'm talking about birds someone took in a blind somewhere else. My "club" is equal to the blind I'm hunting on the farm on a particular day. If I have the privilege of hunting with my friend Cason down south, or on the rare occasion that I venture onto public land, those numbers don't go towards that talley. That being said, our season was pretty terrible, but, in perspective, I averaged 4 total hunters in the blind per average day, got skunked twice, and averaged about 15 birds per day of hunting spread across those 4 hunter averages. Problem was, "we" just didn't hunt as much as usual.
I love hunting for the sake of hunting, but I measure success or failure by the number of birds harvested on hunts where I was physically present. I just didn't catch near as many of those hunts this season as I'm used to. I'm typically there to see between 650 and 900 birds die out of the blind I'm hunting on my farm alongside that same average group of 4 hunters. This season, it was exactly 498, which is pretty bad, in my estimation, but legitimate, nonetheless. Thing is, the number of birds harvested per hunt was about where it always is. Number of days in the blind, however, was about 40% less than normal.
I agree.....we don't really look at the total number of ducks (even though we do document them) but we look at the average number of birds per hunter per day. that tells the true story. this year we averaged 3.9 birds per hunter per day..not too bad considering.