Swamp Wreck

Snow Goose

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There’s something about fooling a thousand birds. 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.  We set up a GoPro with the shooters and got a few clips to wrap up the experience.

By mid morning we had geese fly low and hook over the rig.  They started criss – crossing over us.  5 cut low from right to left and landed in the spread with about 800 behind them.  Seconds later there were a few hundred in range and we cut down a few.  A similar scenario played out about an hour later and we all looked at each other with stupid grins on our face.

 

Texas Quail

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“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.

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Lowground Hunt

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lineupweb3The 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 →

Crop Diversity + Water Control = Mallards

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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.

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