Picking out the Drakes

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Picking out the Drakes

Postby AverageGuy » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:57 pm

Having a good week.

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Spud working a Cripple in the Ice Water River Current

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Drake Diving and Spud doing the same

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Drake Back up and Spud Wheeling to Grab it

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Got Him

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Worked in a Short Quail Hunt

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Re: Picking out the Drakes

Postby LongHammer » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:17 pm

Someone is going to need a bigger freezer! That is a pile of waterfowl. The dog looks great but I can't get past the piles of birds. Well done
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Re: Picking out the Drakes

Postby AverageGuy » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:24 pm

I usually stay away from the dead bird piles but I thought the waterfowlers amongst us could appreciate the exception. Eating goose now. Spud is asleep, I will be shortly.
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Re: Picking out the Drakes

Postby RowdyGSP » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:51 pm

I am assuming you picked out only the ganders as well for the honkers? I mean, I ONLY shoot male chukar. Seriously, great pics. I've always liked that Spud dog.
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Re: Picking out the Drakes

Postby AverageGuy » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:06 pm

Thank You Rowdy, He will turn 2 years old 2 days from now. I love the little snot dearly. Greg Moyer's dog is his Great Aunt.

We decoyed in a flock of Giant Honkers and knocked down 7, then 4 came in and none left, then we got 2 more. The retrieving got a little hectic in that current. Wish my photos were better.

I meant to mention I bought a new 12 gauge A5 for waterfowl. Really liking it, light, handles beautifully per everyone who shoulders it. 3.5 inch shells get old in a hurry in a gun that light. I shot 3 inch Tungsten 2s today to avoid the recoil. I use Patternmaster Choke tubes (Mid Range is what I used today) and cannot say enough good about them. The combination was highly effective.
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Re: Picking out the Drakes

Postby Bigearl » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:44 pm

Oh that looks like an awesome time!!!!!! Well done to you and Spud. He gets another season under his belt, and he is going to be a MONSTER! Congrats on one hell of a hunt and stellar dog!
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Re: Picking out the Drakes

Postby KJ » Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:10 am

Great hunt and awesome photography!

Oh, and the dog isn't half bad, either :wink:
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Re: Picking out the Drakes

Postby mtlhdr » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:00 am

Those late season greenheads are gorgeous. Way to go Team Spud!
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Re: Picking out the Drakes

Postby orhunter » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:21 am

Kent.... Nothing wrong with your photos. Enjoy each and every one. Of course, there’s always good subject matter.

Be great if you and Spud could be here for the spring test June 2/3. Want to see the big version of Spud. Last time he was around 7 weeks.
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Re: Picking out the Drakes

Postby Deacon » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:03 am

That is a day to remember! Great job capturing the chase of the cripple with the camera too. We shoot lots of nice greenheads here but the real beauties on that pile are those little greenies. They are spectacular. We rarely get them with nicely colored heads up here and never with colored up breast feathers.

Beautiful point and a real soft mouth on that dog too. He would be welcome in my blind anytime.
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Re: Picking out the Drakes

Postby AverageGuy » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:32 pm

Thank you, Gentlemen.

Harvey that was such a fun day at last year's test. We might have to do that again this year.

Deacon, you have a keen eye. I have never taken a drake GWT with a completely filled in breast. I had this one mounted a long time ago and its colors have faded some over the years, but he was pretty and clean enough to mount. Teal are probably my favorite duck on the table.

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Re: Picking out the Drakes

Postby orhunter » Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:07 pm

Kent: Call me an idiot but I’m driving to Wisconsin just to say hi to some Griff folks. If I can mix the social with a test, so much the better but not necessary.

A couple of questions on cooking ducks. Do any of you use a pressure cooker? Do any of you smoke your ducks?
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