Here are the Ramblers last two days with me.
Monday I had an exam at 12:30, so I skipped hunting that morning and met up with some classmates to study. Near about killed me to miss it. After the exam I ran out for a quick afternoon hunt and bagged 3 bluewings, and lost a greenwing that dove in the weeds(don't know if y'all are counting those or not).
I took out classmate of mine out for his first duck hunt. Let me begin by saying this was the coldest hunt I've ever been on. In the high teen's, breaking half-inch ice, the water freezing on our birds and guns, trying to put on frozen wader boots. I loved it. We don't get many days like that in Fl. Anyway, he's in the Air Force about to start medical school so he can be a Military Doc. Some jack-legs decided to set up a little less that 100yds from us, even though we were the ONLY other group on the whole body of water. They ended up intercepting a few flocks that were heading up the shore to us, but oh well.
At first light a hen BWT came into the dekes, one down. Five minutes later three mallards came in, and I told him to take 'em. His first duck was a drake mallard, plumed out with 4 full curls! It was awesome. Would have made a beautiful mount.
The ducks weren't moving much after that so I went up the shoreline about half a mile to flush some birds down. I ended up getting a hen GWT, and he got a nice drake BWT that came into the dekes.
4 ducks (1 mallard, 2 BWT, 1 GWT)
His first birds.
No, I'm not a midget, he's just 6'8".
So total that makes 15 recovered ducks, 1 duck killed but lost, 2 coots (I just couldn't bring myself to go on a coot rampage
), and a snipe. Count that moccasin if you want too.
Now Inda and Bayou are going to make my totals look like childs play. Best of luck guys, the Rambler was mailed yesterday with a guaranteed arrival of Thursday between 12 and 3 pm at Bayou's house. Y'all also have some Hogtowne XX hot bbq sauce for that chicken in with the rambler.
On a side note, the Rambler is getting waterlogged, so put it some place where the leaking water won't destroy anything.