After the onslaught of the first few really good days, things slowed a bit. If there was a south wind it almost paid to stay home. However, if there was a north wind, you had better be in the blind. In addition, all the beans had been cut, but the farmers were in the process of harvesting the corn. Waterfowl like corn. This late into the season, when the corn is out, the farmers may not get back into the fields to disc them. This is a good thing for the birds as it will make feeding a lot easier and with all the water around, they will stay.
This was the day I could go, and a southerly flow was in progress. Still, if you don't head to the blind, you do not get any shooting. Time to poke holes in the sky was around 7:30 AM. Arriving at the Big Chicken in Tekamah for breakfast at 6 AM would give everyone there plenty of time to get situated in the blinds.
|This is what sunrise looks like peeking out of the top the cover.|
It was starting really slow, then traffic appeared. They were small ducks made up mostly of teal, gadwall, and wigeon with a few pintails mixed in for seasoning. The nice part was we were seeing some mallards. That was an excellent sign of things to come. This late into the season, seeing the small ducks plus the first trickle of bigger birds, was truly amazing. The small birds usually are gone by now, but the nice weather keeps them around.
|Our main man Jackson with his owner ready to go into action.|
|Jackson in action.|
|Two birds out of the flock.|
By noon, it was all over with. The sky was totally clear, the traffic we experienced in the morning came to a halt, and it was time to go.
|Good looking hunter holding a couple of mallards on the way home. I wonder who he is?|
Good hunting, good fishing, and good luck. Hank
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