Well, this past Saturday was the opening day and it sure turned into an interesting one.
While scouting I found a great pond full of mallards and woodies tucked away from some higher pressured area. This is public land, so we always have a lot of competition. We got up at 3:30am on Saturday morning, met my father-in-law and uncle at the parking area and headed into our spot. My husband carried a kayak in partially, and then paddled in to set up the spread, while the rest of us hiked in. We had GPS'd the route in the night before, because of some really nasty brush that we had to get through in the dark.
We got set up and then waited. A few minutes before shooting light, we heard the gunfire start in the distance and then it just rolled from the south to the east to the north, is was something. And we waited. A few mallards had landed, but it was still awfully dark and we couldn't really distinquish hens from drakes, but about ten minutes after we heard the first barrage of gunfire the greenheads just started pouring in! It was awesome! I brought the gun up, pulled the trigger, missed, pulled the trigger again and nothing. My gun had jammed!
GAH!!!!!!!!! At least the guys got some good shooting in. Unfortunately, they all dropped hens on their first shots. lol. Whoops. They had to be really careful the rest of the day, we're only allowed on hen mallard a day in Michigan.
Eventually, Joe got my gun unloaded but the bolt was stuck and it was inoperable. Throughout the morning he did give me his Citori to use while he paddled around picking up fallen birds, but I never got another shot of with it. I tried a couple times, but it's way too long and I kept getting the stock hung up in my jacket.
Oh well, that's the way it goes, right? It was still an awesome morning. It was my uncle's first duck hunt and he dropped three mallards. Joe ended up with 2 mallards and 2 woodies, and his dad had a mallard and woodie. We didn't limit out, but that's the best mallard shooting we've had since we started duck hunting last fall. All our homework was definately worth it!
Now, for my gun. Joe and his dad stripped it down and reassembled it that afternoon and it seems okay now. I'm going to take it to the range later this week, to make sure it's cycling things ok. I'm not sure what happened. I haven't had any problems while shooting clays, and I even had it checked by a gunsmith because I bought it used and it was given a clean bill of health.