The Michigan season has been wrapped up for a while now, minus a 2-day late season New Year's weekend. Late goose season is still open, but I haven't seen any geese in a while, either. And we don't really have the equipment for goose only. I'm bummed. Are the rest of you ladies still hunting? If not, what are you doing now that the season is over?
I did get one last cool hunt in last week. I had to go to Tennessee to do it. lol. The hubby, his dad and I booked a guided hunt on Kentucky Lake for two days. The weather had been pretty crappy for duck hunting prior to us getting there. The group the day before we hunted got skunked completely. It was really warm out. But thankfully the temps dropped and our first day there our group of five in the blind shot a mixed bag of GW teal, mallards, pins, widgeon and gadwall. We had a total of 10 ducks. We embarrassed ourselves with our shooting on a flock of 15 teal, but the rest of the day we only let about 3 ducks leave our spread. Not on purpose. ;) It was so cool though, cause we normally shoot mallards, woodies, and a few teal. We'd never seen the others. And we have one of the pins at the taxidermist. We think we scared it to death, couldn't find a mark on it. lol.
The second day of the trip was all mallards. We had a good shoot the first couple hours of the morning, but then it started raining the rest of the day. The birds just stopped flying with the rain. We didn't limit out either day, and there were a few things that we would have done differently than the guide, but it was still a really cool trip. It was our first time hunting big water and it's really neat to watch the birds circle 3-4 times and then drop in. Normally we hunt little woods ponds or marshes and the birds are swimming in your spread before you have a chance to react. lol.
I had had some horrid luck duck hunting this year. My confidence was a little (read, a lot) shaky. I had a few "party" kills, but I hadn't yet dropped one duck in flight that I knew without a doubt was mine. Until Tennessee. The first day of the trip we had a pair of mallards work the side of the blind that the hubby and I were on. I pulled up on the drake, but Joe pulled the trigger before I was able to. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, wanted a duck of my own. I can't tell you how much. so I swung on the hen and bang! She dropped. It felt REALLY, REALLY, REALLY good.
I laugh when I think about how much money was spent and that I had to go to TN to finally shoot my first duck of the year. And it was Suzy.