The Story of a First-Year Waterfowler

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The Story of a First-Year Waterfowler

Postby Craxty » Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:15 pm

What can go wrong will.

Well, my first early migratory season is over. Today was my last chance to hunt. What I am about to relate to you I would normally never admit. But seeing that it was such a complete and total, catastrophic failure, I will swallow my pride and hide behind anonymity to give you veterans a good hoot.

Time Line
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3:00 AM – Rise
3:30 AM – Packed and on the road
5:00 AM – Arrive on site
5:05 AM – Stare into the darkness in absolute awe to the sound of what appears to be no less than the honks of 1000 geese. No joke.
5:30 AM – Canoe packed with gear and disembarking
5:45 AM – Paddle ¼ mile through thick marsh to destination in total darkness. Scare no less than 100 geese off the water and who knows how many ducks.
5:46 AM – Come to the realization that I left the decoys in the car
5:47 AM – Start ¼ mile journey back through marsh. Scatter a modest 25 more geese and ducks from area.
6:00 AM – Arrive at car only to realize that I never packed the decoys.
6:05 AM – Attempt to board boat and remain calm.
6:06 AM – Lose footing and fall into water. Jump up and tighten up wade belt. Remove wader straps to lose excess water that is leaking below wader belt. :eek:
6:07 AM – Come to the realization that the unknown splash I heard in the mayhem was my iPhone hitting the water and now sitting on the bottom of the marsh. :mad: The iPhone is 1 day old.
6:08 AM – Collect my senses and convince myself to push on, no iPhone, no decoys
6:09 AM – Make the ¼ mile journey back to the spot.
6:30 AM – Setup in the dense vegetation with modest light coming on. Realize there are 4 teal within 20 feet. Go into cat-mode for silence.
6:31 AM – Scare 4 teal off while loading shotgun. Realize that without decoys the chance of bagging more teal has plummeted to near zero.
6:35 – 7:00 AM – Sit quietly and try to enjoy the scenery and forget the complete debacle that has just occurred. Still in complete amazement over what still sounds like 1000 geese honking nearby. Getting extremely excited hearing the scratchy sounds of the nearby Teal mixing in with the honkers.
7:05 AM – The first flock of 15 or so geese fly right overhead. Resist all temptation to shoot before shoot-time.
7:10 AM – The second flock of 15 or so geese fly right overhead. Resist all temptation to shoot before shoot-time.
7:15 AM – Shooting time - Constantly scanning skyline and marsh with binoculars for any movement. Not a bird in sight.
7:25 AM – First set of honkers start coming my way.
7:26 AM – Realize shotgun is loaded with 6 Shot for teal. Scramble like hell to load BB (Anti-Aircraft Rounds) for oncoming geese. Manage to drop at least one shell into the Marsh.
7:27 AM – Gun is loaded Geese are directly overhead. Peal off 3 rounds. Miss everything. Scare the ever loving hell out of any duck within a ¼ mile. Watch them all bugger off into the morning light.
7:28 AM – Realize my middle finger is killing me on my trigger hand because I hastily mounted the shotgun for the geese and the BB round kicked and cracked my finger. Take glove off, stare at swelling and bruise. Drop glove in water. Pick glove up. :crying:
7:45 AM – See ducks coming in the distance. Quickly load 6 shot steel shells. Wait silently; realize through binocs, they are Woodies. No desire to repeat previous mistake.
8:00 AM – Watch at least 10,000 (no joke) small black marsh birds kick up out of the marsh and start buggering off. They fly right over my head. The exodus must have lasted 10 minutes. It was right out of Alfred Hitchcock.
8:15 AM – Hear honkers coming in the distance, from behind the tree line to my back.
8:16 AM – Realize I have 6 shot loaded. Scramble to load anti-aircraft rounds.
8:17 AM – Finalize load. Geese overhead, rip off 3 rounds and miss every shot.
8:20 AM – Realize it’s a good time to change position to get closer to where most of the ducks have been flying since I've scared every bird away within 1/2 mile.
9:00 AM – At new position. See a couple teal come screaming in flying 3-5 ft over the marsh. I actually have the correct rounds loaded. Take 3 shots. Miss all of them.
9:15 AM – Miss 2 more geese.
9:30 AM – Come to the realization the day has been a catastrophic failure; start the journey back across the marsh to the car.
10:00 AM – Packing up the car, watch as 3 of the largest flocks of geese I have ever seen, some in a double V formation, numbering easily over 100 geese each fly high over head.
10:01 AM – Remember that my iPhone is at the bottom of the marsh and completely freak out. :mad:

Amazing
Last edited by Craxty on Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:16 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: The Story of a First-Year Waterfowler

Postby Botiz630 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:33 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Priceless! Good attitude and what can I say besides, that's duck hunting!


some of my favorite lines:

Craxty wrote: Go into cat-mode for silence.


Craxty wrote: Scramble like hell to load BB (Anti Aircraft Rounds) for oncoming geese. Manage to drop at least one shell into the Marsh.


Craxty wrote:Wait silently; realize through binocs, they are Woodies. No desire to repeat previous mistake.


Craxty wrote: Remember that my iPhone is at the bottom of the marsh and completely freak out.


I for one sure hope you stick around :welcome:
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Re: The Story of a First-Year Waterfowler

Postby teddysberna » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:37 pm

Good story and timeline, but that sucks my man... Stick around, you'll read a lot more misery stories
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Re: The Story of a First-Year Waterfowler

Postby jsa » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:14 pm

Great read!

I think we've all had days like this. Maybe not exactly like this, but kinda like this. It's behind you now and you know to buy one of those little dry bags for the phone, wallet, license and stamps :thumbsup:

BTW, I lost an iPhone to theft not long ago. I'd much rather have dropped it in the lake than know someone took it....
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Re: The Story of a First-Year Waterfowler

Postby Botiz630 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:34 pm

jsa wrote:Great read!

I think we've all had days like this. Maybe not exactly like this, but kinda like this. It's behind you now and you know to buy one of those little dry bags for the phone, wallet, license and stamps :thumbsup:

BTW, I lost an iPhone to theft not long ago. I'd much rather have dropped it in the lake than know someone took it....


Sorry to hear about your loss, JSA, but here is a link for others to hopefully save some iPhones in the future.

http://www.apple.com/iphone/find-my-iphone-setup/
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Re: The Story of a First-Year Waterfowler

Postby tstroud05 » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:16 pm

WOW, funniest thing I have read in a while! I feel ya though... Especially the decoy debacle, I have done this more than once!
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Re: The Story of a First-Year Waterfowler

Postby Botiz630 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:34 pm

Oh and Craxty, wait until the foul weather comes later in the season, then you can call yourself a waterfowler.
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Re: The Story of a First-Year Waterfowler

Postby HNTFSH » Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:47 am

Botiz630 wrote:Oh and Craxty, wait until the foul weather comes later in the season, then you can call yourself a waterfowler.


It is kinda hard to get that 25lb spud bar in your back-pack for bustin' ice. :yes:
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Re: The Story of a First-Year Waterfowler

Postby alanwebfoot » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:55 am

I had a similar day back when ,,,an old apple tree an abandon barn with a hayloft and deer tracks every where ,,I left early with my muzzleloader for the first day of the season ,,tried jumping a tiny little creek now deeper from the rain all night ,made the jump but slipped in the mud down I went over my waist in the water soaked the gun right up past the flintlock,,went home stripped off hung up everythingto dry ,,pulled the load and dried out the gun just then I heard a horn ,,it was my neighbor leaving to go ,,,you guessed it deer hunting.
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