Friday, December 31, 2010


With all of the talk about the high water I just had to venture out to one of my old flooded timber spots on the bypass and see if any ducks were utilizing it. We left the boat ramp at 5:30 AM and after a 1 hour white knuckle boat ride we arrived to find the pond flooded and looking good. We immediately got the decoys out and then hid the boat and slid in behind a fallen tree to see what the morning would bring. Almost immediately we could see wood ducks flying every where, but as legal shooting hours came the wood duck flight slowed way down as it some times will. We had a good set up and waited it out to see what would happen. Around 7:15 the woodys started to drift back into the pond 1 pair at a time and we ended the mornings hunt with 9 wood ducks and 5 mallards for the two of us. I took a picture mid morning of the birds hanging in a tree but forgot to get a final photo as I was freezing after standing in waist deep water all morning. It was alot of fun and I now remember why I used to love to hunt the flood water.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Today I guided Phil and Kate Buscaglia on a duck hunt. We hunted South of Colusa, and we pounded the birds. Right out of the gate there were ducks every where and they were listening to the call. We shot a bunch of teal and had some widgeon, mallards, and sprig mixed in. The hunt would have been short and sweet but it seemed like there was shooting every where around us for the first 2 hours, resulting in alot of flared birds. Once it quieted down the birds worked really well into 20 yards. We had a great time in the blind and I can only hope the shooting continues to be this way.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Today I guided Glenn and JP Macdonell on a duck hunt. We hunted South of Colusa and did fairly well. The morning started out with partial fog and then the wind and rain blew in. There were not a ton of birds flying but the ones that were seemed to be listening well. We ended the morning with 3 snow geese and 14 ducks for the 3 of us. Not red hot, but for this season we will take it!


Monday, December 27, 2010


Today i guided Mark Chiavetta and Randy Brumfield of San Jose on a duck hunt. The morning started off foggy and cleared around 10:30 AM. There was almost constant action all morning, but when the fog started to break it got really crazy. We had birds coming in from every direction and lots of them. We ended the morning with limits of ducks consisting of sprig, widgeon and teal. Another successful hunt with CICC Outdoor Adventures.


Monday, December 20, 2010


We have been killing a handful of birds every day and it seems like we have 3-4 real good days every week. One thing that is for sure, this season has been the most un predictable season that I have ever seen. Usually after the 10TH of December we can expect limits of birds almost every day, given that we have some kind of weather, however, not so this year. It seems as if you can take everything that you have ever known about duck hunting and just throw it out the window. There is no rhyme or reason as to what days are going to be good this season, you simply have to go and hope for the best. Looking back on the days of the season that have already passed it is evident that we have had some of our best shooting on clear, calm days which absolutely makes no sense, but that is just the way it is. Hopefully the rest of the season will fall into place and we can make up for what the season has not been thus far! Either way rest assured that we will be out there putting our time in and hoping for the best. Some people say that hunting is not all about killing birds and I would have to agree, but it sure makes it a hell of alot more fun!


Thursday, December 16, 2010


Today I guided Dan Todd, Chris Petros, and Bill Walker on a duck hunt.The morning started off a little on the slow side but sure picked up around 8:30 AM. There were no alot of birds flying with the clear skies but the ones that were sure decoyed well. We ended the mornings hunt with 24 ducks between us, and had we not let a few lucky ones get away we would have shot limits. It was another great hunt, with a good group of guys.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Today I guided Bill,Tom, and Arie on a duck hunt. With the clear skies I thought it may be a little slow but boy was I wrong. It was another excellent hunt and we ended up killing 28 birds for the 4 of us. The birds are no doubt Northern birds as they responded to the call well and decoyed perfectly. This was another great hunt and I hope the hunting will hold strong for the rest of you guy's that still have not made it up here yet.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010


It finally broke wide open today! We guided Ray, Rich, Tom and TJ on a duck hunt and we smoked them. Between the 6 of us we bagged 42 ducks and 3 snows by 11:00 AM. It started off a little slow but turned red hot from 8:30 until we were finished. There were birds in the air every where and they decoyed perfectly. These guys were a real blast. We laughed from start to finish and managed to do a little killing in between!  We ended the hunt with a mixed bag of birds, but alot of big ducks. It was a great shoot and I am sure that there will be more to come.


Monday, December 13, 2010


Today I guided Garry Pohrman on a duck hunt. We had some good shooting early but it slowed down around 9:30. We ended the hunt with 8 birds on the strap and only a couple got away that we should have had. Again there were alot of high birds and the refuge was stacked full. As soon as we get a storm and a little wind there is going to be hell to pay. It looks like we are going to get some weather tomorrow and I will be waiting for them!


Today I planted some more pheasants for Scott Harrison. He bought a new pointer out of Washington and he worked beautiful. It was apparent that the dog had never seen tules before but he will catch on quickly, i am sure.


Sunday, December 12, 2010


Today I guided Edmond, Oliver and Keith on a duck hunt. The hunt was a carbon copy of last Sunday's as the hunting was slow early and then turned on around 10:00 AM. There was flock after flock working us from 10:00-1:30 when we finally called it quits. We ended the day with 16 birds but it was not for lack of birds. I think Winchester forgot to put BB's in our shells when they loaded them! Never less we had a great day in the blind and alot of fun. 


Saturday, December 11, 2010


I got an invite to hunt with my buddy Big Shot today in the blind that he leases from us off of Packer Road, so I thought I would give it a try. Cade and I met Big Shot in the parking lot and headed to the blind. The skies were high fog and there were alot of birds moving around. We ended up having a great shoot, killing 14 birds for the 2 of us shooting. The birds were mostly teal but you will hear no complaints from me. When we finished up my 5 year old son Cade let us know that it was his superior calling that brought all of the birds in! I guess the whistle that we gave him did the trick. It was alot of fun and you cannot put a value on the smile that Cade had the whole morning.


Friday, December 10, 2010


Today I guided Garry Pohrman and Kiuya Brown on a duck hunt. It was evident right off the bat that some new pintail had shown up as flock after flock decoyed in at 20 yards. We could have shot 28 sprig without a problem, but stopped at our 2 a piece and watched in amazement as they just kept coming. We did manage to pick off a couple of teal and a few widgeon ending the day with 12 birds. I know it can get frustrating when there are nothing but pintail flying, but they sure are neat to watch. I got some great video footage  that I will post as soon as I get a chance.


Thursday, December 9, 2010


Today I guided Greg and Logan Macdonell on a duck hunt. The ducks were not cooperating but we made the best of it and ended up bagging 10 birds. All of the birds seemed to have on ear muffs today, as they paid no attention to the calling what so ever. The last 2 days have been tough but I think it is getting ready to brake wide open. There seems to be alot more birds around now so it could happen any day. Until it does we will just keep picking them off 1 by 1.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Today I guided Pete Harris and his Father In Law Larry. We hunted South of Colusa and managed to bag 10 ducks and 3 geese. We should have had a couple of more birds but they snuck in on us when we were not looking. There were alot of high flyers today and the geese seemed to be staying just out of range. All in all it was a good day in the blind with a couple of great guys.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Today I had the pleasure of Guiding Scott Harrison and Garry Pohrman on a duck hunt. The guys were sure shot's and managed to knock down 12 ducks. I was very happy with the hunt as it was crystal clear and dead calm. All of the birds that we killed were quality birds that responded very well to the call. I think there are good things to come as there seem to be more Northern ducks showing up every day.


Sunday, December 5, 2010


Today I had the pleasure of guiding Edmond Jin and his buddy Keith. The hunting started out a little on the slow side but got red hot around 9:30. We managed to kill a total of 14 birds but it took 7 boxes of shells to do it. Alot of the birds flying were teal and we just could not seem to get our lead right. It was alot of fun and the guys really enjoyed them selves. Edmond says he will be back for sure!


Saturday, December 4, 2010


It looks as if the new ducks are starting to arrive. Today I guided Jim Rees from Coalinga, California on a duck hunt and we had a blast. The birds were all over and were responding well to the call. When it was all said and done we ended the morning with 9 birds, however, I think we both had bent barrels. There sure were alot more empty's floating around in the water, then we had birds on the strap! Oh well, that is how it goes some days.....Right?


Friday, December 3, 2010


Today Scott Harrison and Mike Frederick came out to shoot some pheasants. They again hunted over my pointer Toby, and managed to bag 15 out of the 20 birds. This was only their second ever hunt and it looks as if they are hooked. They are great guys and I am sure that you will see them pictured on the Blog again.