The past three weeks I've been locked up studying for two exams and haven't been able to get on the water. Finished them up on Friday and couldn't wait to hunt Saturday. Earlier this week I had noticed a lot of birds pushing out of the area with the cold front but hadn't seen many new birds come in. Friday night around 11pm I was about done with rigging, etc and noticed the amount of geese I was hearing overhead flying in front of the storm - conditions seemed prime.
We got to the ramp around 5:30 and were set up by 6:10. There was not as much shooting as I anticipated at first light. It was snowing hard, the winds were between 8mph and 12mph and the visibility was pretty bad but a really cool day to be hunting - the way waterfowl should be. Around 7:15 the birds really started moving, both ducks and geese. At 8:30 we went to pick up birds and the pull cord broke on my motor. I was able to jerry-rig it and get it started. After picking up birds we risked it, turned the motor off and decided to hunt a little longer. About 10:30 we had to pick up more birds and got it started one more time, but decided not to push our luck and get outta dodge. We ended up with 4 geese and 6 ducks (1 hen pintail, a drake wigeon, a hen wigeon,two greenheads and a black).