Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Slow Rode

Once again I have found my way to dry land.Once again I'm glad to be home and better yet it's still duck season.I had entirely to much to get done over the last few days so I have yet to put the boat in the water.I guess it's all part of being grown up,which I'm not a big fan of.So coupled with running around town for the last few days I have been preparing for this weekends get together with both of my brothers.The plan, which I have yet to completely figure out,is out of my hands.I have simply been told what to bring and where to be at what time.So as much as I wanted to get out this afternoon and try my new sea duck decoys I didn't make the time because it simply wasn't there.I decided to take the slow rode because next week the duck season comes to a close and I don't want to burn myself out.This all goes back to figuring out the reason I want to go hunting.Is it just to say I went hunting,if so then that's the wrong reason and I need to reevaluate how I spend my free time.This weekend should be fun even if the birds don't cooperate.The camera is packed amongst the 500 pounds of other gear so I hope I get some good shots and maybe a video or two.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Guess What it's Cold!

Sitting on the boat in NYC this time of year is a blessing and a curse.On one hand the scenery of the frozen boats is awesome and the work is generally easy,knock on wood.On the other hand I wish I was home duck hunting.Seriously any other time of year I don't mind being on the boat but this time of year kills me.I missed the bird migration last year and it seems I may miss it again this year.As I'm sure everyone on the East Coast has realized it's freaking cold out.I mean ridiculously cold for this time of year.During a recent conversation with my brother,Swamp Thing,I noticed that at this time last year we were hunting in zero degree temperatures in Maryland.Although the goose hunting was decent the ducks had all but bypassed the area and ended up in North Carolina and parts South.The same seems to be happening this year and it's frustrating to say the least.The past few weekends have either brought snow,gale force winds or both.With almost all of the mid Atlantic frozen the ducks have held fast but they won't for much longer.Only time will tell I suppose.This shouldn't be taken as complaining but more of an observation.In a few weeks I hope to be chasing waterfowl in Virginia and Maryland so hopefully I can make that happen.