I was coming into Sacramento last Saturday night after a few memorable days of hunting the sink. As I was just about over the American/Sac River, I noticed a fellow hunters rig up ahead with the usual Ducks Unlimited sticker sported on the back and a refuge carts handlebars sticking out the back. As a fellow refuge hunter, I am always looking for new ideas for cart setups and designs, so I sped up a little to see their cart, which was obviously not a Cabelas/Jet sled setup.
As I got closer, I noticed it was a very famous, or infamous, truck by the info provided on the truck. I have had no problems with these guys, as I usually ignored the gossip and drama surrounding them, and was a couple car lengths behind them. The cart was pretty awesome, obviously a custom welded jobber, but something was tied to the handlebar and was dangling out the tailgate. At first I thought it was a piece of garbage, but then realized it was in fact a strap of ducks!
Now, at first I thought it was pretty hilarious, and even chuckled a bit as I passed them by. I shrugged it off as a group of guys who had had a good day and were proud of it, banging their chest so to speak. But as I got further down the road, I thought more about the strap of dead birds smiling back at the cars behind their truck and realized maybe I had a problem with it. I can understand (kinda) someone driving to the check station or maybe into Live oak or Gridley with some birds floppin around the back of their truck for everyone to see. But going down I5 70 mph at 6 in the evening on a Saturday? I dunno, it seems like that's just asking for the wrong type of attention. I would hate for someone who does not understand hunting to be offended by a strap of ducks staring back at them for 30 miles.
Anyways, that's my take on the issue. I hope the gentlemen who were in the truck see my take on their actions and maybe consider a different approach on their next hunt. Things are just starting to pick up out there, so lets enjoy the 2 months we got left!
"Ducks are like women; they are all good, just some are better than others."-Best 8:00am duck blind quote I have ever heard.