There’s something about fooling a thousand birds into kill range. You don’t forget it. When we start seeing waves of snows show up in Virginia we start thinking about Delaware and hunting the geese wintering on the Prime Hook National Refuge. Here’s a few GoPro clips from our hunt last Saturday.
“Dog on point!” Paul yelled out as he hit the breaks on the 4WD Mule. To the left was an English Pointer frozen in a mott of shin oaks. 3 of us jumped over a barb wire fence, loaded our guns, fanned out and walked quickly towards the dog. Safety off. I got parallel with the dog and the grass in front of me lifted off the ground. It exploded just under the tree tops into 30 bobwhite quail. In one instance I drew and shot twice through the shinnery, splintering tree limbs and kicking quail into high gear.
The fluctuating water levels in our lowgrounds and timber holes are always changing. The creeks and rivers can rise 4-8 feet from heavy precipitation. Every 10-12 inches of rise or fall will bring a duck hole out of play or into play. The last couple weeks we found one of our farm’s lowgrounds in play. Continue reading →
With this last front moving out and a new system moving in, The arctic air mass that follows will be laying down ice across the country. This week there will be drastic low temperatures up north forcing ducks and geese south. Continue reading →
For the last seven years or so a friend and I have talked obsessively about how to hold more ducks on our farms. His approach to waterfowl management this year has been crop diversity. His strategy has been to create several water-controlled impoundments adjacent to each other and plant them with corn and millet. After a lot of preparation and anticipation, a plan has come together.
This Saturday marks the opening of the 2013-14 Waterfowl season in North Carolina. The forecast is calling for highs in the upper 50′s and a low of 42 with a light 5mph WSW wind for northeastern North Carolina. These weather conditions are not ideal for hunting ducks but long range forecasts are projecting cold temperatures and snow for the latter part of the East Coast Winter.