Well I asked my wife who is quite a girlie-girl (simply not a hunter) to head on out this weekend for a duck & pheasant hunting extravaganza...unfortunately I asked a month ago & didnt know Brutus the storm from hell was on its way. We packed & headed up to G Falls Friday eve later than we had hoped for (i.e., no scouting & driving into the belly of the beast under darkness). Was also lugging my new 6x10 as opposed to my 5x8 so why not make it that much more interesting. Oddly enough we didnt start hitting black ice until roughly 25 minutes outside of Simms but made it into The Falls relatively easily. Temps were dropping aggressively & I was just dreading getting up at my usual time as my wifes two least favortie things is being cold & getting up early...awesome! Anyway, we headed out & would have been set up around 715AM but I managed to head down the road to gravel road to my friends house & honey hole warm slough to some serious snow accumulation. No sooner did my wife say "we're gonna get stuck" than the wheels on my tahoe started spinnin'. Out comes the shovel & some sweat & 45 minutes later I was backing the trailer up 100+ yards on a skinny gravel road with snow grooves (Phutch & Ray feel free to insert jokes here) & we were off to find plan B. Snow was falling, wasnt seeing anything flying or hitting the fields so why not chase some pheasants. My wife hasn't ever shot a gun before in a hunting situation so she was a bit nervous but we did see about 100 birds milling about in the wheat where we were headed. We started walking & the ditch erupted, literally I think 200 pheasants & some deer started heading for safety. I did my best to coach but she wasnt too confident, didnt fire but loved watching the dogs work. Needless to say we walked away to hit up another spot, 1 rooster I plunked in the bag & tried for some more. I sincerely wish I was running pointers at this juncture as opposed to labs but oh well. We kept after it & she fired a few shots but the birds got more skittish...ok, lets get on the ducks. Hit up a different warm water slough that was muuuuuuuuuuuch easier to access after checking in with a few farmers & off to chase the green we go. Kicked off roughly 300 ducks & some geese who proceeded to immediately hit the river so we played the waiting game. It didnt take long before they started coming & come they did. She was able to fire the 28 gauge at more than a few before hitting her first duck which was a hen sadly (her words not mine). We walked away with 8 drakes & 1 hen & had a blast. I dont think she will be joining me again but she did have a lot of fun. We ended up getting up late this AM as it was below zero & i didnt want her to hate the day entirely but bagged 3 pheasants.
Take a newbie out hunting as you never know. Best birthdayI have ever had. Thanks to my wife Molly.