I had the chance to go out west and hunt a few weeks back. We had a great time seeing a new part of the country and even better we got to hunt! I was shocked at how many birds were out there as we drove I80. Being an Ohio boy I have never seen numbers as impressive as I saw driving that. Makes me really start thinking about where I want to 'set up shop" after college. We were able to hunt in UT for 5 days and we had a great time and made two new friends in the processes. We were able to layout boat hunt all but the first day, and we met with so many birds which allowed us to be a bit picky on our shots. However we had to work for them as there was so much ice. The last two days I was there we had to reset the spread 3 different times as the ice kept coming in and locking us in.
The highlight of the trip was new years day, we got a late start as we normally do and didn't even get off the ramp until 11. As we made the 8 mile run we came across this area that was loaded with spoonies. the numbers were easily a couple thousand (we get spoonies in OH but never numbers like that, I had my heart set on a nice drake). We decided to set up on their flyway that day, we set 4 dozen decoys and we couldn't even get them all out before we had birds trying to sit down on us. I was lucky enough to be the first one up in the layout. I got settled in and didn't have to wait long for the first play, the tender had only gotten maybe a 100 yards away, when I had a nice green winger come right in the pocket. I made short work out of him and sat back and watched as group after group of birds would lift off of the raft and make their way low in my direction. As I said I had my eye out for a good looking spoonie, I decided I would hold off until I found my bird. I didn't have to wait long until I had another group start working me, maybe 10, and they made pass after pass coming right in the hole....I know I was driving the guys in the tender nuts at this point. But, as I would look off to my left I could see nothing but more birds coming. I just laid back and watched as the show unfolded in front of me. When the wads of birds got to me they joined the groups that were already circling the rig. More and more kept adding to the massive flock torandoing above me. With every pass the flock would make little groups would drop out and come right in and swarm the spread. I was in aww at the sight of these birds working me, there were so many that I would being watching one group and out of no where more would come in on the opposite side.
Finally I had a nice bird drop in, I sat up and crushed him at 20 yards and proceeded to fold his girl friend as she tried to make her way out. I was super excited to say the least. after that shot, the heavens opened up as bird after bird were fighting each other trying to get into the spread. Within in minutes I filled my 7 bird limit and was switching out. My hunt lasted 23 minutes.
As the three of us quickly switched out it was apparent that today was going to happen quick, to quick some might say. For the hour and a half that we were hunting it was none stop birds working us. I couldn't get enough of it. Heres some pictures of the couple of days that we hunted.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight with no vision- Helen Keller