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Discussion in 'California Flyway Forum' started by BirdiePowPow, Oct 19, 2021.
You think he is that bored with a baby and one on the way?
I was thinking something fancy like Applebees.
Always gotta be thinking thru blind snacks as well. Applebees has a opening day duck season snack pack. Definitely upspend for the Cadillac Pack. Just ask ‘em as it’s off menu.
When I was a kid I hunted san Luis Reservoir and 4 bay just something to check into
Drew 23 in the lottery at Volta. Hopefully that’s good?
Well, I actually drew #84 at Volta. I was looking at the wrong line.
so I figured, screw it - go chase quails at around San Luis for an hour or two. But I got turned around and 1-2 hours turned into 3. No birds but I had a good hike. My WPG did great at finding random birds and spent shot shells - just no quail. I probably picked up 15 spent shells. Got back to Volta and my number had already been called but I was able to get in on the sweatline in 15 minutes.
I walked for like two hours with a duffle bag backpack full of decoys looking for a good pond. I checked out a few but they felt way too sketchy to wade in solo. Too deep with loose bottoms.
Eventually I found a couple nice shallow ponds with firm bottoms and some coots on the water.
I missed a couple mallards and learned to wait until they were in range.
a teal swam into my decoys but I didn’t feel right shooting it on the water - not knowing who else might be in the reeds. Do you guys shoot ducks on the water? I played him with the call for a while and it was interesting to watch him respond and react.
Just before sundown, a shoveler flew fast and low overhead. I cracked off a shot and he landed in the pond behind me. By the time I got up on the levee, all I saw was his tail swimming into the tules. I was too slow with the follow up. Dog and I spent 20 minutes looking but never found the bird. I was real bummed about that. Wasting animals definitely wasn’t what I was after that day.
But either way, I had fun and learned a lot.
Again, total noob going out alone.
I plan to use a moving dolly to haul my gear next time. The duffle bag killed me.
Lack of ammo is also really making me nervous in regards to the rest of the season.
thats an awesome story.