The best laid plans of mice and men, and in this case we relied on the weather forecast. Southerly flow, especially from the east is not good for our situation. Westerly flow is better, but when it is right out of the north, Katie bar the door, the birds are on the way. This is what happened on a beautiful weekday morning. The forecast was for winds out of the north.
|Shooting time. Notice the calmness of the water.|
We arrived at the lake well before shooting time. There must have been at least 12 hunters and we split up into the middle and south pits. The lake was totally empty with the walk in and that is a bad sign. Still everyone was relying on the forecast. We expected the winds to pick up at any time and blow from the north.
RedHead Deluxe Hand Warmer Shell Belt
|Several of our club members wear this setup. Keeps shells handy and your hands warm until you are ready to shoot. Click on the link above or the pic to order from Bass Pro.|
Benelli 12 Gauge Super Black Eagle II Semi Auto Shotgun
|This is the gun I shoot. You can buy it through Bass Pro. Click on the picture or link to purchase and for pick up instructions. If your wife says anything, just tell her it appeared. Works for me.|
Duck Commander Series Hot Shot Motorized Mallard Decoy
|Our club operates two of these decoys. They are very effective and help draw the birds into the lake.Click on the pic or the link to buy from Bass Pro.|
After total daylight, everyone was standing up in the blinds and for most of us the top of the pits are shoulder high. The talk was about patience. If we just waited a little longer, the wind would switch and there would be action. Food was passed around, coffee was guzzled down, but there was never a discouraging word. Well maybe one or two.
Nearing 11 AM, hunters slowly gathered up their gear and started to head back to their vehicles. At that point there was only half of what we had started out with, and by 11:30 I was ready to hit the bricks.
QuietWear Reversible Fleece Radar Cap
|I wear this cap in the blind when it gets really cold. Click on the link or the pic to buy from Bass Pro.|
Checking the weather patterns for the next few days, showed a major low pressure developing in the pacific northwest with high winds and a lot of precipitation. That should stir things up.