We've had weeks of periodic rain showers in E Idaho now, and even when it hasn't been actually raining, it's been cloudy. This combination, plus the shorter hours of actual daylight, should result in an absolutely spectacular fall leaf change. Deeper colors of golds, reds, and everything in between. The only thing missing just yet is.......well, the frosting on the cake so-to-speak! Frost! A couple of those should set things off nicely. The prediction for the next ten days is lowering temps. I don't see an opening day duck hunt like we had two years ago. Bright blue skies, and hot temps. Looks like we're in for a good one. Cool weather, and all things as they should be. Harrah Autumn!
Been painting the cheek patches on some Honker shell heads today. Black flocking arrived for same yesterday, and that will probably occupy most of next week that isn't spent scouting. Had to bring painted heads back into the garage from where they were drying in the sun, because of the threat of yet more rain, but I'm loving the rain. Bought 24 used full body duck decoys the other day, but have garage so loaded with the goose decoys, I haven't been able to pull them out of the bag to really check out as yet, nor to refurbish my duck floaters. Three weeks to go, and that old "Plenty of time left" is running out fast!
Seeing some highs in high 60*s, and some lows in the high 30*s forecast now for the next ten days. Rains from the south forecast to dry up, but that should allow the lower temps to set in. Alrighty then!
Those look great! Wasn't the weather crazy last night Thunderstorms for 5 hours or so or should I say Lightening. storms rain hit heavy for only 20 minuets . Should be interesting to see if we frost tonight.
I think the weatherman is teasing us. Says there is a freeze warning for the area tomorrow morning, and then posts a 35* temp for tomorrow's low. Frost on the pumpkin?
Regardless, I think we are going to be seeing dust on the mountain peaks very soon now......and dare we hope for the valley? Hoping for the first really big, cold Autumn storm Oct 5th. Will be listening for that first early flock of Whitefronts coming thru on a nightly migration over the next couple of weeks. Seem to hear them the last week of Sept about every third year.
Boat is going in the water one way or another this coming week. Got to catch those big rainbows, and browns with the cooldown that's coming.
Well, I was thinking I'd probably get them paid off first, and then alter them. On the other hand, the fellow I'm buying from is a pretty reasonable sort, and if he has to show up at the front door to repossess them, they'll be a much better match for the new ones I've seen him order. So on the strength of that, the yeas have it. Ordering flock tomorrow.
black is the most important color on decoys. From an airplane, black is the first thing you see at a distance, even with a white bodies canvasback drake you will see the black long before you see the white. I'd go ahead and flock the tails on those canadas and the heads on the mallards at least. Since I started hunting over flocked decoys 5 or 6 years ago i haven't looked back, the black is just blacker than painted black and shows up much farther away and the ducks and geese love it. Here are some of the new tanglefree canadas i flocked and painted for a friend in oregon last week, sorry about the color balances from the indoor photos.
here are some dakota mallard heads after 3 seasons. We've flocked them black before painting the green, but honestly you could flock them black and leave it that way and be just as effective.
I prefer to have my decoys completely flocked, not just heads and tails.
I'm afraid I'm gonna have to wait just past opening day to flock the Greenheads, as WoodDuck31 has shamed me. His mallards are great, and now I have to get an airbrush, and learn how to use it effectively. I don't expect to master the thing in so short a time, but I want something reasonably close to his mallards as pictured. Close as I can anyway!
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Your flocking looks great FS. I agree whole heartedly and its better to have a fowl brain then to be brain dead Wood ducks decoys are amazing he has had lots of practice up there in boise I am saving up for some touch ups for next year. When are you getting the flocking I would be interested in watching how you do it.
I'll be passing thru Blackfoot in a couple days just to enjoy your New Fall colors ! I mite take some time to look around , as some pipe-fitters have a way of tying-up all the good spots . I've got to visit my Brother in Thayne and it's only 2 hrs away , I think ?
Bino's and Spotting Scope will have to do for Now !
Today's youth hunt was rather tough, the field we choose had a ton of birds on it earlier in the week but this weather really messed with the birds. We had a few small flocks pass over head, but there really wasn't anything moving at all. We only heard about 5 shots come off the river this morning as well but we managed to scrape a couple nice big honkers. A wise man once said, Take a kid hunting on the weekends and you won't have to hunt for him on the weekdays.