Spice of life

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  1. bojingles

    bojingles Elite Refuge Member

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    Variety. We all often get too comfortable
    Hunting the same ponds and chasing the same birds, week after week. Nothing necessarily wrong with that but in doing so we fail to explore all that the waterfowl
    wolrd has to offer. Recently, myself and fellow fuge member, fugework did just that.

    We pulled out of town at 830pm and arrived at our deistination five hours later and tried to catch some shut eye in the truck. Quickly learned that tweakers linger at such hours—morning couldn’t come soon enough.

    Arrived at the spot a buddy of mine had secured the night before and we began setting up the spread.

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    After years of talking about doing it, we were finally, doing it, spreading our wings and going brant hunting.

    Having driven in at night, we had no bearing and no idea what to expect We were pleasantly surprised with our surroundings.
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    Eel grass is the primary source of food for the pacific brant, and we were thick in it

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  2. bojingles

    bojingles Elite Refuge Member

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    Having never been brant hunting, I had no idea what to expect. I assumed that the brant flew in an innacrobatic straight line as plain and boring as the straight line decoys that are so common place in the salt. Boy was I wrong. We quickly learned and witnessed just how acrobatic, vocal, and fun these birds are to decoy. Some
    Shots were made, some missed. Some brant wanted in, some didn’t. It wasn’t lights out, but it definitely was a lights on moment. What an incredible bird, and an incredible variety of waterfowl we are blessed to chase. 7BE20EA7-D281-4522-A5EB-02D7FDEDA99C.jpeg 7C92372C-DC74-4E48-8A5E-C369C965E1AD.jpeg FB3219E0-C6EF-41D7-A7B4-D9C34416E9BF.jpeg 0CD79461-33DC-42E4-A59F-17774AC8B816.jpeg
     
  3. Humboldt Hunter

    Humboldt Hunter Senior Refuge Member

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    Nice write up. Did you guys check out the jetty afterwards? Stop in Loleta and hit up the cheese factory? If you guys make another trip this way, let me know. I can give you a few pointers. Right across the bay is a refuge. Maybe next time take an extra day and hunt the fuge too!
     
  4. OGblackcloud

    OGblackcloud Elite Refuge Member

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    Nice !!
     
  5. Cocklebur

    Cocklebur Senior Refuge Member

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    Epic! Good work guys and nice write up
     
  6. drahthaarducker

    drahthaarducker Elite Refuge Member

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    Sweet. I'll 2nd the cheese factory
     
  7. Brottboss

    Brottboss Elite Refuge Member

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    Pretty damn cool.
    Thanks for sharing your bucket list hunt.
     
  8. Mort

    Mort Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Nice...what do they taste like?
     
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    JRS Elite Refuge Member

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    Aleutians are the most similar working bird I have hunted. Working either or is always a blast!
     
  10. bojingles

    bojingles Elite Refuge Member

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    Im told they are excellent table fair—steak like (similar to a speck). Will report back after we cook them up
     
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