*sidenote: I was informed tonight that tae-tae (pacifier) came from Chris' dad's side of the family, not his mom's.*
Well, despite the cold, I had a lot of fun! It was neat getting to see what all the fuss was about. But although I enjoyed my time, I most certainly am not a duck hunter! There is absolutely no way I would be able to shoot at a duck. I would never in a million years be able to hit them they move so fast. I hope to go again and watch, although not anytime soon. I'm going to wait at least until next year because now it is getting a little too cold for me to spend hours outside.
But anyway, about the day. This morning at 6:30, I tagged along with Chris and his uncle Bob. Oh, and Elly too, of course! Thankfully, last night was the night Casey decided to sleep 5 1/2 hours, so I got a restful night's sleep. We got up there and they set up the decoys. Elly was bouncing everywhere she was so excited.
Some ducks flew over in the morning, but they all kept landing out of range. One duck flew right in front of the blind, but no one ever saw it coming so they never got a shot in. This duck was so close you could have practically reached your hand out and grabbed it. Okay, not literally that close, but almost! After a while with no luck shooting, Chris and I went back where he saw one land on the water to try and scare it up. He was successful and shot it down. Elly went running in after it in really thick brush, which I thought for sure it was going to be lost for good. Much to my surprise, she found it! Amazing. Just amazing. It was quite exciting watching her work for the duck.
We ended up spotting some more flocks of ducks, but none of them ever wanted to come down. Chris and his uncle think they are trying to fly as much as they can before the storm comes tomorrow. I think I'm just bad luck. But I hope they are right and the ducks get tired from flying so much that they land in their decoys tomorrow. So despite only getting one duck, it was really quite fun.
I had hoped to take more pictures, but I was afraid that the shine from the camera would scare the ducks and I didn't want to interfere with their hunt. Also, they said that the white faces could scare off ducks, so I kept my face down most of the time. Next time I'll have to put mud on my face so the ducks won't spot me! Most of my pictures were taken when we were just sitting around waiting. I didn't really get any action shots. There is always next time!
What I got to look at while Chris and his uncle Bob put the decoys in the water. Not a bad sight!
Seeing some ducks in the air and getting excited. Unfortunately, they didn't come close enough for them to shoot.
Elly's retrieve. If you can spot her, she has a duck in her mouth.
Chris calling some ducks
One of my "shots". Haha :) Chris said he liked this one, so I thought I'd throw it in.
Elly waiting for some ducks to fly over
Chris' gun. Another one of my shots to pass the time.
Some proof that I actually was there!
The end. Notice the disappointed look on Elly's face?
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