Went back to the beaver pond today and got a little closer to the landing zone the birds were using opening day. A pile of birds were roosting there in the buttonbush, so I set up on the edge of them. Just put out four homemade dekes and tucked into a bush. I could've got a lot of pass shooting as they took off at shooting light but I didn't want to spook so many birds. So I waited for decoying birds. Had a trio of mallards cupped up within 8 feet of me when I fired. Missed the first two shots and got a drake at about six yards on the third shot. Even after that shooting, birds were still on the water around me calling. However that was the only flock I had come in. Had fun with the camera, then got to work by 9:30. Hopefully tomorrow morning I'll get myself in their landing zone. Here's some pics:
Thanks guys. Well I did find a nice little hole in the bushes over near where those birds were landing. It wasn't hard to see with the bright moon yesterday morning, didn't even turn my headlamp on once. And again the birds were roosted all around me. Half of the birds that tried to land in that part of the swamp came into that hole. However, all but one of them were woodies. So I ended up with my pair of woodies from a trio of birds that came in real nice. Going to give the spot a rest now and try it again in about a week. Oh, I also saw a flock of snow geese going over today.