Hunted tonawanda sunday with my two cousins, 19 and 16. My younger cousin took a dip on a retrieve at about noon and had to leave but still managed a couple mallards. Then the remaining two of us stayed until we limited out. Lots of birds flying all day long and we managed to decoy them very well. We had the entire refuge to ourselves by 1:00 and the birds were steady all afternoon. 14 birds total, including, gadwal, drake wigeon, pintail, gwt, and a few mallards. I will say what I witnessed early on made me sick, guys shooting at high birds, no attempts to retrieve cripples and people setting up on top of each other. I was in and set up by 5:00 with 3 doz decoys and a 15 min canoe ride and I had guys set up within 60 yds of me on every side before shooting time. Wouldnt let birds work at all and then the birds would need to make it through a gauntlet of shots after the first skybuster let loose. We took 4 shots before 11 because I refused to join in. Then we moved the spread back in to a open pool and cleaned up after everyone left. Here's a pic of sundays pile of 14 in my kitchen.
Monday the birds were not flying at all, two of us managed 2 teal on early morning low flocks and decoyed a flock of 6 mallards at about noon that we took half of and took a single black duck right before we packed up before 1. I thought we did excellent for the amount of birds in the sky and the fact I personally took 4 birds and only spent 9 shells all morning. So far In the first three days of the season I have taken every species of puddler I can think of except a woodie, which we had a perfect drake in the decoys yesterday and had to yell to get him up away from the decs, 5 shots no bird at 25 yds... Had to laugh it off. Keep those pics and stories coming guys, I eat this stuff up if you can't tell. These are the fastest 60 days of the year so lets make them all worth while. Great to see the dogs get to get some work in after a long off season of prep work. Great pics, keep'em coming!