Saturday, January 10, 2009

Hunting with the Nutty Professor


Had a chance to try and get my brother the Nutty Professor involved in duck hunting.After relentless checking of the weather and tide,it was decided that a boat was out of the question.The reasoning behind this is because with a steady Southwest wind and a full moon all of our creeks have no water.I mean absolutely no water,well a little but not much.So the decision was made that a canoe and some good chest waders,were in order.It was a bit of a struggle getting back to the "magic spot" with the long paddle and the mud to our waist.I just look at it as exercise.We got set up and had a few surprises that lead us to take worthless shots.This spot holds mainly local birds that return right at sunset to roost.The one mallard and two buffleheads that we missed I knew would be nothing compared to what would happen when the sun started setting.The problem was the birds showed up fifteen minutes after shooting time.It was a spectacular show,just like last time.I'm glad my brother had a chance to take a few shots and see some birds.I hope he sticks with it and has the want to hunt next season when he gets a chance.Better yet he should use his vacation to go hunting,I'm sure his wife would love that idea.So no birds in the freezer but once again an awesome show from mother nature.I really needed a stress free hunt.Sure I do wish we would have downed some birds but I think we made some memories.We had chances and I wouldn't say we botched them but we could have done better.Looking forward to hunting with Swamp Thing on Monday and then again on Thursday,Friday,Saturday.Yes it's that time of the year!

3 comments:

The Downeast Duck Hunter said...

Tug,
When you put the term "wife", "vacation", and "hunting" in the same blog entry you are preparing any man for a disaster!!!

I had a visitor to my blog who had googled "duck hunters wives support group", so your brother may want to quietly edge into this noise. If not, he'll be staying at your place!!!

All jokes aside, I got quite a tickle about your problems with tide. For me, tide is an equal into my successes with wind. Both need to be correct in order to do well...

Keep blasting, I've got to go turn the furnace up...

Swamp Thing said...

They refer to themselves as Duck Hunting Widows down here.

Sounds like you got it pretty right T. To me, low stress+no gear snafus+nice scenery is the expectation, having birds work the area and knowing you have a good setup is a bonus, and taking home birds is the ideal. Then again, we've had 5 bad years in a row, so I have lowered expectations. I'm really happy that you guys got out and "did it right." You can't control whether the birds fly 5 minutes before or 10 minutes after shooting time.....just enjoy the show like you did.

tugboatdude said...

I agree with both of you.I kept thinking man we could have had some birds.Then again it would have been unethical,illegal and I would have a ticket to pay.It's just not worth it.The rules are there to be followed and one day those nirds will screw up and show up ten minutes before sunset.