Battle Coot continues to be undefeated.... Although this weekends fight was as much with the ice as it was with the birds. We never saw temps above 28degrees Thursday-Sunday and the morning temps were in the teens with hard WNW winds of 15-20mph gusting to 30 all but one day. Today was driving snow to boot. I spent those days hunting with my family, brother, cousin, and uncle. My uncle hasn’t hunted ducks since 1988. He was very skeptical of Battle Coot, so Battle Coot chose a place in the front lines each day, prominently in the kill hole. And things worked out the way they have all season. Bluebill, Bufflehead, Gadwall, Greenwing Teal, Goldeneye, Hooded Mergansers, Mallard, Ringneck, and Wigeon all fell for his trap. A lone Canada Goose and a Snow Goose also fell victim to his trickeration. (It should be noted that those two geese also were taken over a full handcarved diver rig. No plastic decoys allowed that day. Unfortunately no photos.) But the real battle was the ice and cold. The boats would freeze in, decoys would get snotsickles hanging from their bills and ice build up around them. It was brutal. More like November weather than October. At one point yesterday I was frozen to the bottom of the layout boat. Memorable for sure.