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  1. KwickLabs

    KwickLabs Elite Refuge Member

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    The last two weeks in October was sensational. Here are a few afternoon "scouting"
    photos using a telephoto lens. In and out early (not every day) was working really
    well until the owner decided to do one last mowing the other day (when they all had
    settled in). They have not been back since. :doh

    geese right in front of the blind
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  2. bang you'r dead

    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Almost too easy...........................................almost. Envious of such a cool spot. Ever get much for ducks???
     
  3. KwickLabs

    KwickLabs Elite Refuge Member

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    Once in awhile (in late Nov/Dec), some will drop in usually just before sunrise.
    Not very often, but enough to make a few attempts. It usually makes for a
    long wait before any geese show up. This year the wind break in the blind
    will make it easier. At 77 years old, I can no longer deal with very cold "temps".
    Sitting behind a tree on a bucket for several hours does not "cut it anymore".
    A "real" blind can make a huge difference.

    This is Daisy seven years ago. She is now thirteen years old and thinks she
    can still do "it". I am not going to try and find out.

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    In the past, "iced out" usually happens in December.

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    Easy? When you get older everything you do begins with "How can
    I make this easier. :h
     
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  4. Jon C

    Jon C Elite Refuge Member

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    I really enjoys your pictures:tu
     
  5. bang you'r dead

    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Gracie is 12, and I have her go in only off an easy shoreline for retieves. Her rear hips are bad, but she still does really well in the water and had a couple 200+ yd retrieves this season. I had one day where 4 others showed up at my pass shooting site, and she retrieved over 30 birds that morning, and it was a fight for her to come home with me. I know at some point she won't be able to do it, and she will suffer around the house for a day or two after a hunt, but I know she absolutely loves it and as long as she has the desire, I'll take her out.
     
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  6. keith_scumline

    keith_scumline Elite Refuge Member

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    Great looking spot for sure
     

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