Had the last 2 days off work, due to the incoming storm, Hurricane Sandy. Figured I might as well use the time to my advantage and finish the blind for the season.
Got the rest of the grass done. Moved the top straps that secure the blind open to give the most open cockpit that would not impede movement by the hunters. Lastly, I added an additional strap so that the left side of the blind can remain up. Once the dogs are sent for the retrieve, we can easily lower the right side of the blind to recover the dogs. As you can see there are two dogs holes. I typically hunt 2 dogs. One will usually vie for sitting up on the bow, the other will have to settle for laying inside and peeking out one of the two holes. My dog, can jump for the retrieve from either hole. As you can see, she is a small English Setter. My buddy runs a much larger Deutsche Drahthaar. She will have to be on the bow to jump for the retrieve. She is simply too tall at the shoulder to make the leap. Besides, my little one is will to jump in the water from anywhere you say to. Not the typical English Setter.
On to the pics.
What will be the back side of the blind, with "Waldo" in the boat for reference on height of blind to height of the gunners.
Front side of blind, with two dog ports and Waldo in the front.
Front again with Waldo in the middle.
Front, one more time with Waldo Sr and Waldo Jr. This is likely how we will hunt if it is just the two of us and my dog.
Aerial view. The ducks will be able to see down inside like this, but we will leave the top open for diver hunting.
If we get into puddlers enough this year, we will try this configuration first. If I feel the ducks are flaring too much, I will throw some military camo netting over the top between the hunters to cut down on the "black hole effect."
Lastly, a gratuitous shot of my fancy duck dog. My little white wonder dog, Abby.
Hoping to add another pup to the mix in the spring.
Fear God, love your neighbor, and hunt ducks. . . . The Duck Commander