We had a long weekend of training. We had a great time, but boy was it windy and cold. We came home each night totally exhausted.
For this Monday Mischief I am turning it over to Freighter because he has some mischief to share.
Freighter here…I spent all weekend watching the big dogs train. On Saturday they were fetching these things that looked and smelled like ducks, but they were frozen hard as a rock. I decided it was really a frozen football dressed up like a duck. They tried to give one of those to me to fetch, but my teeth were hurting a bit and I couldn’t pick that thing up. Who wants pick up a frozen football any way?
Then on Sunday they had a nice fresh duck. They threw one for me. I scooped it up so fast and ran in the opposite direction from the people. I know I am supposed to bring it back, but dang that duck was nice. I ran so fast that the tall guy had to do a diving somersault to catch the check cord attached to me. I was planning to run to Florida with my duck but he caught me. Fine, but I wanted him to know it was my bird and I wasn’t going to give it up easily.
Don't Try To Catch Me
Because Its My Duck
Maybe I Will Try To Take My Duck In The Opposite Direction
If I Run Fast I Can Get Away
Its Mine I Say
Not Giving It Up
Go Ahead Pry It Out
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On the first day of spring, we took Thunder and Storm to one of our local ponds and threw some water marks. We need to get them in condition for more the strenuous training to come.
Nice Face Thunder
Nice Face Storm
Fetch The Bumper
The brown dawgs had an audience…
Have a nice weekend!
Hunting for Team Duckbusters was pretty tough this weekend. The winds were calm and they did not get into the ducks. They had a great time, but unfortunately bagged no ducks for the MiCBRC tournament which meant they had to give up the trophy. But it didn’t go far and it didn’t leave Fish Point because John won it with 4 ducks. Congrats to John! Last year he hunted with Team Duckbusters, but this year he brought a pal so he split off and took his dog Muddy.
Muddy is one of the 12 pups from the Thunder and Tule litter. Thunder was more than happy to let the trophy pass to his daughter. Muddy is a lucky pup and gets to hunt a lot. She has almost 50 retrieves so far this season, (maybe more by now).
The tournament was Saturday, but Thunder also went out hunting Friday evening and Sunday morning. They got a good draw on Friday and it was the best day for hunting. They managed to get 2 teal.
A Tad Blurry, But Thunder Had Two Retrieves
The teal were wrapped up and put away for puppies!
Before going to the draw on Friday there was an opportunity to walk around Fish Point and snap a few photos.
All Types Of Duck Boats
Off To The Bay
This boat belongs to Chris and it is the one they take if they hunt in the Bay.
Saturday for the tournament, it was a beautiful day with calm winds. Not the best for hunting and no birds ventured by.
Sunday they tried their luck again. The morning was foggy. They could only hunt a few hours and they waited and waited for the fog to lift, and it did, just when it was time to leave. No ducks, no shots.
Waiting For The Fog To Lift
What's This White Stuff?
All and all it was a great weekend! They even enjoyed a gumbo made with all those ducks they shot a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to Cindy and Gary for the hospitality and to Chris for the use of his boat. Thanks also to Jim and Cindy for taking these pictures!
Team Duckbusters will get that trophy back next year!
The weekend weather was dry, but windy. Saturday winds were gusting to 40 mph. There were plenty of ducks in the area, but getting the right spot to hunt and then trying to hit them as they whizzed by proved a challenge.
Saturday morning the hunters put in for the draw to hunt the Reserve.
When you hunt the Reserve, you have to enter a draw. Once your number is called, you pick your area in the order your number is called from the ones on the map. Obviously you hope to get called early because the good spots go first. In the first 10 is the best. There were something like 130 hunters and Thunder’s party was called in the 20′s (sorry can’t remember the exact number ). They got Area 20, which should have been a good enough spot. But alas all of the birds seemed to want to fly over 21. Those guys had a great day. The nice thing about that spot, the blind allowed Thunder to be out of the water rather than on a stand. It was awfully windy and cold to be standing on a dog stand that morning even with a vest.
Saturday On The Reserve
Saturday-On The Reserve
Sunday morning they did not get a good number in the draw so they tried the bay, but had no luck. Sunday afternoon they tried the draw again and were drawn in the top 10. They took the spot next to where they had hunted the day before. (You know the one where they watched the other party have some great success?) It was still fairly windy as you can see in the pictures. Unfortunately they had no luck. Drat! Waterfowl hunting is partly being in the right place at the right time and they just don’t seem to be getting it right. Would Thunder get any action?
Sunday-Blue Sky And Wind
Monday morning they decided to go out into the bay. They took great care putting out the decoys. It was still windy and a lot of new ducks had arrived overnight. The action was fast and furious and all together got 11 ducks. They limited out on Red Heads. At one point they shot a quad (four ducks down at one time). Thunder had his work cut out for him. He was lined to each bird and handled if necessary. He got all four. It was a lot of swimming. The birds were drifting due to the strong winds which made some swims longer than if it had been calm. Thunder also had to chase a cripple quite a long way, but he got it. They did give up on one Bufflehead because it kept diving and moving further out into the water before Thunder could reach it. One of the hunters grabbed one of the ducks that was starting to drift out because Thunder was busy retrieving another bird.
Thunder With A Pile Of Birds
Thunder got 10 retrieves total because he was the only dog. I think that is the most retrieves he has ever had while duck hunting. Plus, he was swimming with strong winds. He had a ball, but needless to say, he has been sleeping ever since coming home.
The Hunters--Jim, Cindy (Thunder's Breeder), Thunder and Chris
Thanks to Cindy, for the great weekend and invite up to Fish Point. Thanks to Chris for the invite on his duck boat. I understand a good time was had by all.