Last weekend was my yearly ladies hunting trip with a group called the Delta Divas. Guys from the Michigan Duck Hunters Association were kind enough to act as our "guides" for the weekend. There were eight ladies who showed up (a couple had to back out at the last minute). A great time was had by all, unfortunately I didn't get to bring any birds home. I missed the two that I actually had shots at. lol. Oh well.
My friend and I ended up in a little backwater off a river on Saturday morning. We had a couple wood ducks give us a look, but most of the birds we saw flying didn't want to investigate our spread any further. It didn't help, that it got pretty chilly first thing, and he ended up with skim ice around the dekes. We packed it up rather early, so we would got to the afternoon draw at a nearby WMU.
That's me, picking up dekes after the morning hunt. If you look close you can see the ice.
We showed up for the draw (a new experience for me) and we able to get a good field. Things were slow for a while, but as it hit a couple hours before shooting light, the birds started to lift from the holding ponds to head out to feed. It was something to see, just wave after wave after wave of geese flew over our field. But everytime we'd get a small group to start to circle and look like they were going to commit, they'd be pulled off by another flock of 50+ birds that would flyover. There were a lot of ducks too, but the ducks liked the group setup up in the field next to use better though. (They were running more spinners than we were). Which is okay, it was a couple of the gals and their guides from our Divas group. And this was one of the girls first time hunting ever. So I'm glad she got a few shots at some ducks. :) The draw was definitely an experience I won't forget, even though we didn't get any shooting in.
The next day one of the guys volunteered to take a couple of us girls out. Which was awesome of him. We went out on some bigger water to try a diver hunt. Also a new experience for me, we always hunt puddlers on beaver ponds, etc. Once again, the birds didn't seem to get the memo, that they were supposed to show up. We saw a handful of divers further out on the lake, but we did get a group of geese to give us a look, and one of the others in the boat dropped one from the flock. I whiffed again. :p But it was another great day and we had an exciting ride back to the boat launch. It was really windy and there was a lot of chop on the lake. I loved it. lol.
The bird of the day. (I'm on the right.)