Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Seen some migration, and some sad news

The day got off about like almost everyday this fall.  Just a loner or two teasing us.  At about 11:30 I get an Migration alert, on my I Pad, from Ducks Unlimited, stating that there was an  migration alert on the Missouri River bottom, saying there was 840,000 mallards on the Missouri River.  Did we get a laugh at the report, yep, but about ten minutes later here was about 20 mallards coming into the lake.  Now this was different than any flock of ducks I have ever seen decoy in, before.  Out of the twenty there may have been Five that got into gun range, but never more that one at any one time.  They lit all over the lake.  Many yards apart, very unlike duck do.  We were discussing this as these birds swam and walked on the ice to get all together.  I just had to ask, where the other, 839,980 were.  Then about a half hour latter we did begin to see ducks.  There were many flocks, and some as big as 3-400.  And to be honest with the type of sky we had today with the heavy clouds, what percent of the flock were we spotting?  It was not possible to see more than a quarter a mile in any one direction, well enough to see ducks.  Also did see a flock of Canada's, that appeared, that they were migrators.  But most of the Canada's we did see, were the ones that, are staging at the little lake just north of town.  They were feeding out in the fields both south east and east of us.  Guess what I am saying, today has been one of the most interesting of the season for us even tho the bag has just a couple hands full of ducks and no geese.  I neglected to tell, we also seen around the ten o'clock hour, a little flock of Snows and Blues.  They showed no interest in decoying.    
Now a bit of sad news, but Ralph received word this morning, an old friend, also long time guide, for Ralph, Chuck Doral, passed way, some time this morning.  Chuck had contracted lung cancer, and has battled it for I am guessing, nearly a year and a half.  We and I, have had our fun, with Chuck.  There are days of hunting with Chuck that I will never forget.  Chuck had his fun, and Chuck left some fond, memories. He will be missed.  RIP Chuck.
Tomorrow is supposed to be just a little fresh.  So if you have the time, layer a few clothes on and join us here in the blind.  With the snow storm and the cold, that is moving in on us may be the recipe, for a great hunt on December 5th.  I know I wouldn't miss tomorrow for nuttin.
Please remember the troops tonight and every night in your prayers.  Also if possible, please check back.
We will see ya.     Carl 

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