Hi all. I'm Rob. I spend all my weekends up near Kinmount, Ontario. I haven't done an awful lot of hunting. I did some in my early 20's. Then I got married (funny, it seemed like a good idea at the time). Then, my shotgun didn't see daylight for over 20 years. Then, the day came and I saw the light again. I found a funny correlation between spending more time in the swamp and less time around the warden. I prefer the swamp. Some things have changed since then. Gun regulations got a bit stricter. Then came steel shot, and along with it, some different shooting characteristics. I've always used shotguns with fixed full chokes. I got a some ducks last year, but I missed more. This year was a complete write-off. The barrel on my trusty 20 got knocked way out of alignment (Savage 24 Deluxe, O/U .30/30, 20 full choke). By the time I realized the barrel was off, the season was half over. Then, the tranny on the truck blew. They're fixed now, but the ducks are hanging out in some southern swamp laughing about me.
I did most of my hunting in either a rowboat or a canoe. The small lakes (or extremely large duck ponds) that I hunt haven't seen a motor boat in forty years and I plan to keep it that way. There's enough crap in the water from the sky. I have my dad's Cocker Spaniel when I'm there. I tried to use him to flush Ruffed Grouse, but all the stupid dog would do was flush the deer in front of me.
There's nothing like the rustic charm of waking up to a frozen toilet seat.