Hubby went out to again try his luck with the wood ducks. He got one which again landed on the other side of the river. He came back and got Freighter who took a nice line to where hubby thought the duck was sitting (in the cover this time). Freighter did not come up with the bird. He hunted the area a bit but kept swimming toward a dead tree. Freighter was directed back to the area where the bird fell but he still did not find it. Hubby decided to wade across the river to help him look for it. Lucky for hubby, he is tall and his waders were just high enough. The bird was not in the area where it fell. There were only feathers. As they were looking around, I saw a duck fly up from the base of the dead tree. Yep, it looks like Mr. Wood Duck escaped to fly south. Freighter must have winded him which is why he kept heading toward the tree. Sometimes you should trust your dog, even if he is just a pup.