My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

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My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby Greenhead_Wrecker » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:47 am

Let's start off by saying that this is my second year of waterfowl hunting and I am loving every second of it! About 2 weeks ago my friend, the one who got me into duck hunting, called me up and told me that he and his brother both pulled good reservations for Delevan and Sac refuge for November 23rd. Of course I accepted his invitation because any moment spent with my buddies is a great time and not to mention those have been the top shooting refuges lately. Friday comes along and we load the cart and all of our gear into the truck and take off. Our hunting group decided to get a hotel room, imagine 7 hunters crammed into one room LOL. Anyway, morning comes along and we went our separate ways. Well being that we have never hunted Delevan before we didn't really know where we were going to go. But, it just so happens that my buddies family friend saw us there and said he'd be willing to share his honey hole with us as long as we get him in on our reservation. Fast forward a couple hours later and it's about 6:29 AM. Shoot time is less than 10 minutes away and the birds are everywhere. I forgot my watch and was itching to shoot at the hundreds of birds pouring into our pond. We ended up shooting 13 birds between 3 hunters, although my buddies girlfriend didn't even shoot her gun. I got 6 and he got 7, all good birds no spoonies!! All in all it was a great day and probably my best hunt to date. I looked up the hunt reports online and 601 ducks were shot out of 180 hunters for that day. Amazing! How were y'all's experiences this past weekend?
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby wanapasaki » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:07 am

Nice hunt, the birds are on the move!
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby DuckFan » Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:06 am

Congratulations

Been tough going out there but you sure made the best of it
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby OGblackcloud » Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:51 pm

Nice hunt :thumbsup:
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby hntndux » Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:31 pm

Another Great Day in the Marsh..I love stories of the Young Bucks, getting their feet wet..been 40+ years for me and I still love every minute..maybe slowing down a bit..but still doin it..
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby fullpattern » Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:21 pm

Days like yours is what keeps my fire going. Way to get it done!!!! :beer:
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby nut4duck » Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:24 am

nice hunt.. :thumbsup: better check again on them spoonies .. seems there's a blue patch on the your right strap.. :lol3:
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby Greenhead_Wrecker » Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:08 pm

nut4duck wrote:nice hunt.. :thumbsup: better check again on them spoonies .. seems there's a blue patch on the your right strap.. :lol3:

Good eye! I must have forgot about that one :wink:


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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby nut4duck » Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:15 pm

Greenhead_Wrecker wrote:
nut4duck wrote:nice hunt.. :thumbsup: better check again on them spoonies .. seems there's a blue patch on the your right strap.. :lol3:

Good eye! I must have forgot about that one :wink:


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you can photoshop him out of there if you want .. :lol3: :lol3: but there is nothing wrong with spoonies.. they get a bad wrap
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby Nabs » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:02 pm

They get a bacon wrap at my house.
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby fullpattern » Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:38 am

Nabs wrote:They get a bacon wrap at my house.

Here! Here! fore the bacon :thumbsup:
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:46 am

A Spoonie in rice is almost as good as any.
But coming back in to the check station with a strap full of Spoonies, while everyone else is checking in limits of Bull Sprig and Greenheads does tend to cast aspersions on your manhood.
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby Gazelle » Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:17 pm

Fsbirdhouse wrote:A Spoonie in rice is almost as good as any.
But coming back in to the check station with a strap full of Spoonies, while everyone else is checking in limits of Bull Sprig and Greenheads does tend to cast aspersions on your manhood.


Cracked my arse up!! :lol3: :lol3:
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby rvrrat01 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:40 pm

Fsbirdhouse wrote:A Spoonie in rice is almost as good as any.
But coming back in to the check station with a strap full of Spoonies, while everyone else is checking in limits of Bull Sprig and Greenheads does tend to cast aspersions on your manhood.


Too Funny!

Congrats on the great hunt! You can use those spoonies to make a great "Spoonie Pot Pie". Google it up, easy to find. As for the others I use the recipe " How to cook a duck breast", a 2:38 minute clip on YouTube. Simply awesome!
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby WildernessWill » Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:58 am

Greenhead_Wrecker wrote: although my buddies girlfriend didn't even shoot her gun


Wow. Make the chick bunk out with 6 other dudes, drag her all way out there at a God awful hour, sit in a cold marsh and not fire a shot. She must really love your buddy. Your buddy must love those extra 25 shells too.


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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby RefugeRat4Life » Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:04 am

nut4duck wrote:nice hunt.. :thumbsup: better check again on them spoonies .. seems there's a blue patch on the your right strap.. :lol3:


lol Nut... the left strap with the head hidden :yes:
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby Mudblood » Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:29 am

Fsbirdhouse wrote:A Spoonie in rice is almost as good as any.
But coming back in to the check station with a strap full of Spoonies, while everyone else is checking in limits of Bull Sprig and Greenheads does tend to cast aspersions on your manhood.


Hey, I'll take what I can get! :grooving: Those sprig are too smart for me...

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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:07 pm

I once saw a similar picture of a fellow with a wad of Ruddy ducks, and just as proud a smile.
It's here in my scrapbook somewhere. I think I was 13 years old.
But hey! I wouldn't trade how happy I was then for anything. I think we've all settled for less than we'd like at one time or another, and been happy to have had it! Like I said, a rice fed Spoonie is a good eating bird. I've had my share.

But then again, there's days when you don't have to settle for less.
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby Mean Gene » Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:42 am

Fsbirdhouse wrote:
But then again, there's days when you don't have to settle for less.
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I have got to get up there to chase birds with you. :thumbsup:


Nice hunt Greenhead. Good story as well.
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:15 am

Not all of my water hunts may be over just yet for the year, but my sweetest little honey hole is frozen up tighter than a drum.
Could drive up to within 25' of the blind there. The decoys rest on a hole practically boiling with Rainbows, Browns, and Yellowstone Cutthroats. Most are in the 10"-14" range, but the area gives up an occasional 3 lb - 4 lb fish as well. Private land.
Gonna have to do a Hot Spring hunt, if I wanna hunt water for the rest of the season.
5" of snow on the ground this morning, and still coming down.

Field hunts should be spectacular these coming weeks. But most of my best fields were tilled and furrowed for Spuds next season. Weather stayed nice too long this fall, and the farmers took advantage.....but there's one or two left me I think!

Gosh........ I hate where I live. :-)
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Re: My Hunt At Delevan On 11/23

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:12 am

Oh no!
I should never have said anything about trout in that last post.
It brought to mind a nice 22" rainbow sitting in the freezer that was caught last fall.
Big enough to chop into steaks. Dipped in egg, a light coating of Farmer's Brothers seafood seasoning, coated with corn meal, and popped into a pan of sizzling hot olive oil.
Next to that I can see a big ole pan of local spuds, chopped into homefried O'brians, with red and green bell peppers, chopped onions, a tiny bit of sliced and diced jalapeno peppers. Seasoning salt and generous black pepper as well.
Scrambled eggs.
Hot coffee, with just a dash of Bailey's for color.
Breakfast for dinner!

Just had to dry a tear.
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