: Well Gents, "HELL" has officially FROZEN OVER ... Why do I say this? I'm a Diver guy, love hunting them ... ALLLLLLL about them, hands down, my passion. Not just waterfowling, but diver hunting ... So The story begins
Wind, ... now most of us BEG for wind during the season, but as my Daddy told me, "Watch what you wish for!" So I get the Rambler Thurs Night, ... Fri morning Columbia Basin Local (CBL) and I head out to our DIVER spot, "literally" we have smoked I kid you not ... 100 Buffies out this one "Honey Hole" this year alone! I'm thinking we are gonna SMOKE'em over the rambler today!
Wind forecast for the river is S to SW @ 15-20mph with gust up to 35mph ... Ok, alittle over kill on the wind. River is white capping left and right, blind needs re-enforced with heavy lumber just to keep it up and not blown in our lap. Set up is 6 Buffies on 1 Long line at the bottom of the hole, 2 more set up on 2lb droppers to keep in place on the river. 3 Bluebill deeks, 2 are Herters and the Rambler are set center, along with a makeshift diver spinner. At the top of the hole are 3 Goldeneye deeks on a short long line. Small spread, but this late in the season, it will do the job.
10min prior to shooting light, a Goldeneye Hen lands RIGHT in the pocket ... Took it as a good sign. .... Pause for a cup of hot coffee and CBL and I are ready to roll. 7:25am, Buffy Drake in the bag ... 8:15am, Buffy Drake in the bag. NOOOWWWWWWW, one would think the numbers are going to start piling up ... WRONG ... That was the last DIVER of the day. Not the last duck, the last DIVER !!! A Drake & Hen Mallard land in the pocket, bagged, followed by a Drake Gadwall and followed by a Hen Widgeon. I can't keep the freakin puddlers out of the spread, GOOD GAWD!
So, at Noon, we pack up as the gusts are not 30mph, but climbing ... Blown off the river! CBL has to get to a Honey Do List and Mama's Birthday are on his agenda. So, we part ways, 6 birds in hand.
I decide to go to a little spot that might be outta the wind, protected. I take the Rambler, and ONLY the Rambler ... and off I go to a back bay. Wind is just HOWLING but low and behold, I'm there 10min, easy set up, one deek ... and I have a Drake Gadwall in the bag, one shot, maybe a 9 yard shot in my face ... 25min later, I have 4 Mallards battling the wind, ... Now way they are gonna ... Good GAWD they did, ... Picked the drakes out, and BAMMM BAMMM two more Drake Mallards in the bag.
Allllllllll an Alllllllll, .... 9 Birds over the Rambler today. Tomm is gonna be ROUGH as they are forecasting a 40mph SW wind, with gusts to 60mph! I'm gonna give it a shot, but don't think I'll be able to keep the decoy off the shore!
Thanks to CBL for the blind conversation today ... A bad day on the river beats a good day at the office, "anyday"!
Rambler and Morning Hunt Bounty
Afternoon Bagged Puddlers
Decoys and Rambler