Took my Bro-in-Law out for a mourning of fun, and hopefully some shooting.
Got there real early to get set up and settled in, well before light. Again we had birds sitting on our planned spot. We made some noise getting to the spot, hoping to scare the birds farther out in the river. It worked like a charm. As we setup the birds slowly made their way across the mighty St. Larry, all the way to a bay on the U.S. side of the river.
This worked out good for us, as they lift off the river and head to the feilds on the Canadian side. After sunrise the birds slow left the river for the feilds, and we watched 1000's of birds head off to feed.
After all the geese were gone we decided to target the duckies until they returned from the feilds.
We managed 4 Mallards just in time for the geese to return.
I just learned how to properly make music with my Magnum Clucker. So I figured today would be a testing day for me. I have no idea wether my calling was perfect, or the decoys were perfect, or the birds were just stupid. But almost every flock of birds, that was in earshot of my calling, had to swing by to check us out.
I decided to let pass, all flocks over 25. Even they wanted to look see what the deal was.
The first flock was a triple. I smoked the first at 20 yrds, pulled on the next bird and folded it. B-I-L missed all three shots on the remaining one.
Next came a pair, I wait for the Bro-in-Law to shoot. we stand together, raise our guns together, the birds start to flare and I have a bead on the lead bird. Finally the BIL shoots, I see his bird rock, but keep on going, and lands out a bit. Walk out and finish it off.
Just a quick note I forgot to mention, This is his 3rd time waterfowl hunting.
I decided to hold off my shots until he fires, that way I can figure out where he is shooting. Turns out he shooting over the birds.He shoots left with a dominate right eye.
So now we get a single coming in. It his the 35 yrd stick and is cupped and crossing. I tell him to take em, 2 complete misses at 20 and 25 yrds. I snap off a shot at 30 or so and put another in the bag.
Next flock is a bit bigger, maybe 15 birds, I yell take em at 20 yards and dropped 2 while emptying my gun. Bro in Law folds 1 on his final shot.
Now with my limit I'm loaded for ducks.
A few flocks later we end the day. He's hitting them enough to rock them, but not fold them. Again a couple trip out with the chestwaders to finish off cripples.
Here is a shot of the setup from a distance.
The blind with a part of the setup.
Landing at 30 yards.
The end results.
Bro in Law with his limit and 2 bonus ducks.
Me with my limit and 2 bonus ducks.