I had my best year ever, but my standards were a little lower than the rest. I got 3 geese, 3 mallards, and 1 woodie. Sounds like a good day for a number of you guys. Since I had shot a total of 3 geese in my life before this year and less than a dozen ducks, I was pretty happy. Especially, since this was my first year of serious duck hunting and unfortunately didn't get to hunt a single day during the second half. I am looking forward to next season.
My young Chessie did much better than I had hoped. We only had to have one "discussion" when she broke with a pair of mallards coming in on the final approach. She handled all the birds on the water very well. Her first duck ran up on shore and then she didn't want to pick it up. She didn't want to pick the birds off land, but wouldn't hesitate in the water. We worked on that a lot and I think she is over that, but we didn't have any more unscripted land retrieves, so I'm really curious how she will handle the next live duck on land. Her last retrieve was a long retrieve on a crippled mallard which she handled perfectly even with this duck flopping around in her mouth.
I learned a lot and will be better prepared for next season. Can't wait.