Tuesday, January 31, 2012

1-19-12 to 1-29-12

WOW! All I can say about the last ten days of the season is that it was nothing short of phenomenal! While the bulk of the season was marginal at best, we went out with a bang. We had so many guys that wanted to get out on a hunt that we had to do some afternoon hunts to fit them all in. Thanks to all of you that made our season a success.

A picture is worth a thousand words in my eyes, so here they are!! All of these birds were taken from 1-19-12 through the closing day.

Hope you enjoy, Casey

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Today I guided Dan, Jason, Randy and Gabe on a duck hunt. The wind was blowing and the ducks were flying, but again there were a ton of sprig. We hunted until 9:00 and managed to kill 21 ducks before we headed out to shoot some pheasants. Hopefully the duck hunting is going to break loose with the weather that we are having and we can close the season with a bang!


Saturday, January 14, 2012


Today I guided Jack on a duck hunt. We got to the blind and could hear alot of birds moving around but had to wait for legal shooting light. As soon as we were legal to shoot here came the teal. I don't know where they came from as I have not seen many teal all season but they were here today. Within 20 minutes we had 12 birds and had to wait for another hour to finish up with our limits. The flight the first 20 minutes was nothing short of incredible, but as soon as it started it was over. It was a great shoot, and the way the weather is stacking up for next week we should finish the season strong.


Thursday, January 12, 2012


Another SUNNY day!! Boy am I getting sick and tired of staring into the sun, it seems to be the only weather that I have guided in this year. Although the forecast predicted clear and calm conditions we decided to try our luck as I guided Dan, Eric and Ken on a duck hunt. We got to the blind and there were not too many birds flying, but the ones that were decoyed well and by 9:30 AM we had our 8 pintail, a pair of widgeon, a gadwall, and a ross goose. While the hunt wasn't red hot it was enough to make these guys happy, as we did alot better than expected. The hunting seems to be getting better each day as the full moon is starting to retreat. Hopefully the combination of a smaller moon and a chance of weather in the forecast will allow us to finish the season with a bang.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Today I guided Pete and Larry on a pheasant hunt. The guys wanted to hunt ducks but with the weather we are having we decided to switch or focus and hunt pheasants instead. I planted 12 birds for the guys and they took 7 home with them. While my new pup isn't getting much duck retrieving action lately, she sure is turning into a hell of a pheasant dog and has even started to point them. It was a good hunt and I always enjoy watching the dog work.


Saturday, January 7, 2012


Today I guided Greg and Rogell for ducks and they brought along Joe as a spectator as he did not have a current license. We got into the blind and had a decent North wind but the only thing flying was pintail. We finished up with our pintail in short order and managed to add a couple of spoons to the strap as well. If only the limit on pintail was 7, we could have had a great shoot!!!


Thursday, January 5, 2012


Today I guided Ed and Michael for ducks. The weather was once again clear and calm and the flight was minimal. Around 8:30 the sprig decided to come out and play and it wasn't long before we had our limits of them. We waited until about 10:00 to see if anything else would come out to play but were only able to scrounge up a single widgeon. There were quite a few more pintail flying but all we could do was sit and watch. If things don't change soon, this will go down as the worst season ever in my book.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Today I took the editor of WON out for an on-the spot hunt. There were a ton of birds before legal shooting light, but as go time came the ducks went! It was pretty apparent that the hunting was going to be slow this morning as there was just not many birds moving but we made the best of the day and ended the hunt at 9:30 AM with 8 sprig and 3 mallards for the 4 of us. Today it was quality over quantity! You just never know what is going to happen in the rice this year, but you don't know if you don't go. We will see what tomorrow brings!


Monday, January 2, 2012


One of the guide blinds was thrashed and in need of some TLC so I grabbed the guys and we headed to the blind for a quick morning hunt and then a little blind work. The weather was the same old clear and calm but the ducks were flying and we made short work of them. The four of us scratched together 25 ducks and a goose by 10:00 AM. There was alot of big bills on the strap today but they will make good sausage. The way this season has been we will take what ever decides to fly!