I had a good weekend minus the run in with the wardens over the hikers, read below.
I got a new guy, Dsabol on here, out here hooked on waterfowl in the attached picture. He had a blast. This was his second time out and he got on the birds this time. :getdown: And set the waterfowl hook DEEP! Congrats to Darrin. It's Darrin on the left and me on the right and my dog in the middle.
We saw one of the best displays of geese coming in and landing into the wind that I have ever seen. My friend said I actually stopped calling and said "That's freaking beautiful!" Another grroup of three birds came in while my dog was in the water and one almost landed on his head. Then they started to follow him with a goose in his mouth not quite sure what ws going on. They got luck as they stayed near the dog and got to fly away and live for another few days.
Also on a another good note. I got out fishing yesterday. I never did walleye fishing yet. Always doing bass and panfish. My buddy had his other friend cancel to go walleye trolling. He called me and I said "I guess I'll try it."
I only caught one, but it was 26.5", 7.3 pounds and I could hardly get both hands around it. I was about doing flips in the boat until I found out anything over 20" had to go back and I forgot to bring my camera.
The almost 70 degree weather brought out the hikers on the canal. They seriously angered me over this one. We made every attempt to control the height of our shooting. Never shot at a bird over 3' over the water. Let them land most of the time and threw sticks to get them to fly and they hang 2' in the air before the get speed up.
The hikers called the park police on us, said we where shooting at them and they had the shot to prove it. I asked to see the shot but the rangers did not see it either. The only problem is the hikers think they own the river and they wanted us off the river. We got met at the boat ramp by 3 Federal park rangers armed with AR-15's, two maryland rangers and two West Virginia police. Just because we were hunting on the river and even did everything legal and even made every try to be safe all the way around. We even had geese in our decoys for 5 minutes one time as we saw hikers and waited for them to walk away.
I guess the deer hunters got the same thing? The only thing that made me feel better was one of the Maryland wardens told me they had the same thing even happen to them at the same spot.