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  1. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

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    Well, the desperation card was played this morning...

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    While I was out with the dog this morning I noticed that the slight warm up along with overnight winds had opened the lake back up over night. So the decoy shed was unlocked, two long lines removed along with a dozen loose ringnecks and Battle Coot was put in to action once again. (Side note, the mice in the decoy shed already chewed through both long lines. Little Ba$tards)

    7:15am - 10:15am never saw or heard a bird. Decoyed 2-muskrats, 7-swans, and 5-bald eagles.

    Things aren’t looking very promising. I have a hard time with roost shooting. And while I do have access to one, I’m just not sure it’s right to bust up and shoot the roost.

    Keep trudging, not willing to give up yet.
     
  2. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

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    Battle Coot got back on the water today. This time commanding a rig of two dozen goose floaters and 6-ring necks.

    The geese we were there to target didn’t real the playbook, but a lone ring neck drake invited himself to dinner.

    Unfortunately, no pictures. I forgot the coat I was wearing did not have the magnetic pocket that my other coat does. So it didn’t automatically close when I put the phone back in my pocket. So someplace from the blind, to the boat, and out for the retrieve, she went for a swim.

    Most Expensive Ringneck Duck ever.
     
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    reddogge Senior Refuge Member

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    noweil Elite Refuge Member

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    You need a whole army of battle coots. 20201030_093619.jpg 20201030_092341.jpg
     
  5. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

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    Battle Coot isn’t going down without a fight. More ice issues overnight so plans had to shift as the spot we have a permanent blind on our farm pond locked up again overnight. So a shift in locations and a shift in tactics was in play.
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    What can I say, Battle Coot is a bit of a ladies man I guess. This time of year pickings get slim. Battle Coot decoyed a pair of mallard hens and three swans. 25-40mph NW winds for 20hrs tends to move things along. The birds that were here the last few days may have gone with the wind.
     
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    Rubberhead Elite Refuge Member

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    Chicks dig the guys in uniform...
     
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  7. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

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    I think this might be the last duck season 2020 update for the Battle Coot Army. Sad day indeed. Might try to give it another go, but it’s no fun getting g the truck stuck in a hay field in a foot of snow.

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    Canadian Boarder Battle Coot is posted up and plowing snow while awaiting ice fishing season to start.

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    These two had intended to take advantage of the federal holiday and get another hunt in this morning. A layer of ice under 6” of snow prevented our timely exit. So a hunt at the farm pond was ruled out as a result. Been two weeks since a duck or goose was seen on the waters here at home. So they sat and watched the mist and haze burn off while sipping coffee.

    After a close call with the township plow truck this morning the pintail and trailer has been put up behind the garage as well.

    The seasons seem to pass quicker now. 2020 seems a lot like the season that wasn’t. Early freeze moved a lot of birds on early, we have just been chasing the stragglers since mid October. Maybe I’m just getting old.
     
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  8. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

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    I was just sent this photo...

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    The Battle Coot protecting the Canadian border has found a new home in the fishhouse.

    Knowing the crowd as I do, I predict that decoy goes in the water a couple times before the thaw in the spring.
     
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  9. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

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    Battle Coot scared the elf on the shelf so bad he pack his snowflakes and left.

    He smelled gun powder and saw his chance to have some fun.
     
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  10. MJ1657

    MJ1657 Senior Refuge Member

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    Another Battle Coot finds a home. This courtesy of @Neighbor Guy went to a young hunter that was very confused when he walked out of the corn and saw a battle coot amongst our goose decoys. 20201206_154628.jpg
     
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