Fear The Mighty 28

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  1. Paddler

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    Today was the 2nd Annual 28 Gauge Hunt. It started slow and weird. Not much was flying, and I think I dozed off a bit. I got up to get rid of some processed coffee, and when I turned around there was a new, small decoy in my spread. Somehow, a pintail snuck in under radar and was asleep on the edge of my spread, 18 yards from my pad. It looked like a nice bird, so I jumped it up and shot it:

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    It landed just like this, and went to sleep:

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    I was trying to take pictures of the bird, when I heard a drake mallard calling overhead. I looked up, his wings were cupped, so I shot him, too. I retrieved him, and was messing around with the camera again when the sky filled with birds. Mostly pintails, but lots of birds. So I hunkered down, grabbed my gun and looked up to see a flock on final approach. Finished my pintail limit:

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    I was 4/4 at this point:

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  2. Paddler

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    Then the GWT started to fly, and they were bombing in fast. Also, they were veering to my right, which is a difficult shot. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I finished up 7/10. Not bad for 5/8 ounce of steel 6s at 1300FPS and a Skeet choke tube:

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    Of course, right after I finished my limit, I had mallards all over me. Also, this nice little flock came in pretty as you please. Pardon my focus, I goofed up. But I thought utahgolf would like this:

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  3. Citori20ga

    Citori20ga Senior Refuge Member

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    Looks like a great day Jon. Beautiful pictures for sure.
     
  4. Extex

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    The last pic is a killer :tu
     
  5. Duckboy

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    Nice Paddler

    Looking over these photos just reminded me that I think I am going to be sick on thurs...:nutz

    Need to take the d300 out for some duck shots as well. Been trapped in the pelican case since Sept.

    Thanks for the inspirational photos!
     
  6. Paddler

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    Duckboy, you can relate to my difficulties yesterday. I had my AF mode wrong, in that the little button on the front near the lens was set to "S" instead of "C", and I had switched to single AF. I had many shots that would have been nice, but they were out of focus. I now have it on 51 point AF, in Dynamic 3D mode. I reviewed Rockwell's notes on the subject, and the next trip will be better. Those wigeons would have been killer.
     
  7. DucHunr

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    What a Great Colorful all Drake limit. Congrats ! One of those Drake Wigeon would have topped it off well !
     
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  9. silverkittens73

    silverkittens73 Senior Refuge Member

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    Geeshhh - wow!

    I have been off on vacation for a week and all I have done is Christmas Shop, Argue with kids, and go to a gazillion other engagements at my childrens schools.

    I NEED TO GO HUNTING!!!!

    Doc - I AM JEALOUS........
     
  10. Utahgreenhead

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    As always, great pictures. :tu
     

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