Hey gentlemen, sorry I am back late to the party. Me and my buddies were not there to kill limits of Ruddy's but that is the hand we were dealt and I for one loved the shoot. I got to kill a limit, which as we all know is not a common thing in NC. We did NOT shoot any birds on the water. There was no need there were so many flying around, so it was good practice and good fun. And these birds were moving, so trust me when I say that it was sporting. I have never eaten a Ruddy, but our guide said they tasted alright so thats why we kept shooting them. You better believe we brested every single on of those birds, and if I don't like the way they taste I will make jerky and feed them to the 5 dogs that I have between my girlfriend, sister and brother in law, and my parents. I would never waste a bird so you have nothing to worry about. As far as shooting Ruddy's, we drove a long way and spent a good amount of money, lets just say in those situations if its flying its dying. And you would be hard pressed to find any other duck hunter that isn't made of money that wouldn't do the exact same thing in our situation. There weren't very many other birds around but there were about 2 million Ruddy's so we had fun with what we had. Taking turns shooting at singles and doubles that would scream in to the deecs. If you ask me that's what hunting is about. Getting to shoot, getting some kills, missing some birds, and having a lot of laughs. Which is exactly what we did. Like I said Cliff did everything he could possibly do to put us on birds. He can't control the weather, and he can't control the birds, so all in all we had a heck of a day and I am proud of our Ruddy hunt. Beautiful place and I hope to be back there next year with maybe a few more Pintails and Mallards in the bag! At ease gentlemen.
"The value of any trophy from the field depends not on its size but on the magnitude of the effort expended in its pursuit" - Aldo Leopold
Bird Count for 2014:
2 Wood Ducks