Since Elettra came to stay with us for a few months of hunting, I’ve worked on her pointing and steadiness but have spent almost no time with her retrieving.
We started out before sunup and the roads were in bad shape. I stopped to help a guy who had slid off the road and down an embankment, so all the duck blinds had been claimed by the time we arrived at the river.
The other hunters got in a lot of shooting but I didn’t see any birds fall. They had a very strong tail wind of 20-25 mph, and I don’t think the other hunters were adjusting to the speed of the birds.
Several large flocks flew over my position on the bluffs, however they were either too high or presented a longer shot than I was willing to take.
After their morning flights ended, I took Elettra to McTucker springs which are some warm water springs. We came onto a flock of ducks and I got one duck with my first shot but missed my second shot – my first miss of the year.
I sent Elettra out three times and even though she swam over and found the duck, picked it up and even mouthed it, she wouldn’t retrieve it. The duck was in some tree limbs against the opposite bank, and all of my guys have had a little trouble with that particular scenario when they first start out retrieving. Elettra has made several good retrieves for me in the past but hasn’t retrieved a bird in a couple of years, and retrieving is just something with which we will need to spend a little time.