For those that were on DHC for a while, our friend Coldweatherfan recently passed away in October. He hadnt been very active on DHC over the past 2 seasons but some of you on here had the pleasure of hunting with John, or at least arguing over a decoy setup with him once or twice. John was an older guy that I came to know through a classmate in highschool 10 years ago now. He was my friend's step dad, that had 1 passion, and it was waterfowl hunting. Although my dad loves to hunt(mostly deer and small game), John was that old guy in my life that had a "father son" relationship with me when it came to hitting the river or drinking a dark and stormy, or a cold beer on Friday night.
I got his boat from him back in August when I think he knew his end was near. We signed the paperwork and he was happy to know that he no longer had the problems of boat ownership, but he knew his boat would be in good hands with someone that would be sure to take all his old hunting partners out. I promised John that it will always be his boat, and any time he wanted to use it, he knew where it was and he could take er out, I was only holding onto it for him. Sadly, I wont be getting that call from him to hit the river this year.
Now that the sadness of losing John has passed, its been time to celebrate his life and get his boat back out to the place he loved. Forgoing any private land hunts that may or may not be better or worse, we are going to hit the Potomac river since he loved being out there in the cold of the morning in November. For the opener on Saturday, I invited his oldest hunting partner from when they were kids, and the newest person that John got into waterfowling just last season to join me on his boat and go to his favorite spot on the potomac. We will throw out a few of John's hand painted decoys, and see what he sends us. Im just hoping that the river is going to be up enough to get his boat out there without taking the motor off. I have to do a little scouting over the next 2 days, and a little bit of electrical wiring and put the new registration stickers on his boat. If any of you recognize his boat on the upper potomac, its not a ghost, its just us. Im sure Coldweatherfan will be in the boat with us in spirit though. Hope to post some good success pictures, and good luck to you guys on Saturday.
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