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Each year I'm less and less of a coach and more of just a hunting partner. I go to tell him something and he's already doing it. Very proud of him. Seen a fair amount of birds today to keep us paying attention and enough of them came in to meet his gun. Might just watch next year. This years goal is learning and using his calls. Man time sure flys. We were more hidden than it looks like.
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What's your best meals while cooking in the blind?
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Ok, so I killed my first solo gator in 2015 on a reissue permit here in Floriduh. 11 footer. I’ve never been able to pull tags in the regular lottery in 9 years until this year. Got one of my favorite duck hunting spots where during duck season I see 10 footers like I see whistling ducks. (Everywhere and up close.)
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Saw my boys picture on one of threads so I thought I would share tuna trip last Sunday July 26th. We were trolling by Pt. Pinos about 3 mikes out when we hooked a triple on BFT. We ended up losing one but boated the other 2 about 2 plus hours later. Estimated weight was 169 and 141.
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Really liked watching this video. Nice to see the parents taking the kids out.

My boys are long past the youth hunts, but those were some of my all time favorite hunts. I have a grandson that will be going on his first junior hunt this year. Can't wait!

These kids had a great shoot.
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With the season quickly approaching I was curious what new gear everyone on the fuge will be running this fall!? Personally I went in pretty deep. Revamped the entire full body spread and switched over to SX decoys. Whats everyone else testing!?
A lodge, cabin, RV, tent, back of the pickup? Back seat in the pickup, bucket seat?
My wife and I bought a bumper pull camper but Im still tenting and back of the truck sleeping
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I am going to start doing like week-month trips checking out state parks and national parks.

I originally was thinking of a mini van conversion like Toyota Seinna, now am leaning towards a Benz Sprinter.

Anyone have experience playing this game?

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The other thread got me thinking. I’ve never painted my decoys, and many of them are just about completely black. I’m not sure it makes a difference or not, but repainting decoys might be a fun project, since Covid has a lot of my normal summer activities all screwed up.
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Well I've searched around a lot trying to find what this Speck might be crossed with and can't find a thing ... Might be the first of its kind .... At first I didn't notice that besides the white wing tips the white on the breast is whiter and has a shine to it compared to a regular speck and overall a lot more White