Mia’s snowy hunt

Mia on point with nose to the wind. It turns out she was pointing a flock of ducks.

Mia on point with nose to the wind. It turns out she was pointing a flock of ducks.

Bad roads from our first winter storm wasn’t enough to keep me home, and the storm seems to have pushed a lot of ducks into our area because we saw flock after flock. And I would have just about limited if it wasn’t for my atrocious shooting.

Mia heads out for the first of two ducks

Mia heads out for the first of two ducks

Just after starting out, Mia went on point with her nose to the air. I eased around her which brought me onto the banks of the stream and eye-to-eye with a greenhead, and I missed my shot when he flushed. A large flock of ducks that I couldn’t see, flushed and I suppose the ducks were what Mia was pointing. They scattered and I missed my second shot.

Returning with the first duck.

Returning with the first duck.

We flushed several more flocks that didn’t afford me a shot, then came right on top of four ducks sitting on the bank. They flushed and I missed the next two shots, easy ones too. When my pattern hit the water I could see that for whatever reason, I was shooting under them.

Mia heads out for her second duck

Mia heads out for her second duck

We continued on and a flock of ducks passed overhead, this time I dropped one with each shot and Mia had a double retrieve to make. We hunted for a while longer and flushed a few more ducks but I wasn’t able to get a shot on any of them.

Got it!

Got it!

There were enough ducks flying to encourage me to set out several decoys. Even though I had on chest waders, the water was deep enough that I had to set them close to the bank; another step and I would have been in over my head.

Returning with her second duck.

Returning with her second duck.

We sat over the decoys for a while and other than two singles that passed high overhead, nothing was flying.

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2 Responses to Mia’s snowy hunt

  1. At least you saw some ducks. 🙂 Good job Mia! I heard that hunting was good last weekend here too with lots of mallards. Unfortunately hubby was not hunting and just as unfortunate we are having some very cold weather. I think the flooded corn in the managed area is probably frozen or will be soon. It was a strange season here.

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