A cold wait

Mia and Elettra run down the trail to the river.

Mia and Elettra run down the trail to the river.

Hoping to follow up on the previous day’s hunting success, I took Elettra and Mia on an afternoon hunt. Although we had a brief respite from the deep freeze (last night’s temp dropped to -17), the wind chill was still in single digits.

Mia and Elettra climb the hill to the duck blinds on the bluffs

Mia and Elettra climb the hill to the duck blinds on the bluffs

There was only one other hunter and he had already claimed the blind that I wanted, so I took Mia and Elettra up to the duck blinds on the bluffs. It didn’t matter since few ducks were flying, but what few ducks there were, they chose to fly over whichever blind I was not in.

Elettra and Mia in one of the duck blinds

Elettra and Mia in one of the duck blinds

So I switched blinds about every 20 minutes or so, partially to keep Mia and Elettra from getting bored, and partially to keep them moving so they wouldn’t get too cold.

The river nearly frozen over

The river nearly frozen over

I gave up on the hunt after several hours. While driving home I briefly considered hunting some warm water springs, but then decided I wasn’t really in the mood to clean any ducks that I might get.

Frozen beards

Frozen beards

Elettra and Mia happy to be home

Elettra and Mia happy to be home

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2 Responses to A cold wait

  1. jenniesisler says:

    Oh those poor frozen puppies (and their frozen human!) – glad they thawed out and were happy to get home:)

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  2. It was a cold breeze, that’s for sure. I think they would have lasted longer than I did!

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