Well, I didn't have to work on Friday so I was pumped to get on the water. A coworker of mine that was coming with had never hunted divers before, so he was even more excited than me. We planned to meet at the landing by 5am so we could get "the spot" before other people got there. Got to the landing before Aron did, so I got everything ready. The landing was iced up, so I needed to break ice to land the boat. No big deal, I have been here before. Turns out the ice was about 1 1/4" thick and took some determination to break up. I broke up what I thought was enough to back the trailer in without breaking the newly installed trailer lights from this summer. Upon inspection, it turns out I was unable to wade out far enough to break enough ice resulting in a broken tail light. Strike one. After landing the boat, Aron showed up and we are working on turning the boat and breaking our way out into the lake. It was cold enough where my controls on my boat were froze, so I was unable to rev the engine up to power through the ice. Strike two. So, I attempted to break up the ice in front of the boat with my push pole but ended up breaking the aluminum pole where the foot of the pole attaches. Strike three. At this point, I should have taken it as a sign that we were not meant to hunt. To top it off, I look out on the lake and someone had landed a boat on a private landing and had made it to the spot before us.
After some serious brainstorming and some swear words, I realized I could break the ice by sitting on the bow of the boat and partially standing on the ice which would crack the ice and lift the boat onto the ice before breaking through. Since our spot was taken, we went up wind of them to stay out of their way as they had made it to the best spot fair and square. With a SE wind, there was not much for options, so we had to set up in some pencil weeds, making us partially exposed. Early we missed on a flock of ringbills that came straight into the decoys, but were able to drop a hen merganser that bombed in. Aron brought his 9 month old yellow lab, so we were glad to drop any birds to get Scout some practice. Shortly after, two hen redheads gave us a great look and Aron was able to drop his first two redheads of his life. After it got a little lighter, all we could do was watch the show. We watched the group that beat us kill a 5 man limit of ringbills, redhead, mallards, bufflehead, and bluebills. It was fun to see, but would have been better to do. They left, and we set up where they were for about an hour and were only able to scratch out one more hen merg. Had a good opportunity at a pair of Goldeneye, but messed up. Overall, Aron had a great first diver hunt and cant wait to go next weekend now that he got his deer this weekend and is free for the last weekend of hunting in our area. The day continued, but I will write that up in another post.
- Aron's Deer
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- Friday's Take
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Quoted from my wife while I am tapping on my iPad, "Are you talking about ducks again?"