The next morning came early. We were up and ready to go for our last morning’s duck hunt well before morning light. I was sure glad I hadn’t stayed out too late at the tavern the night before! We broke up into two groups again for the final hunt. The set up was very similar to the first morning’s hunt. I mean, why reinvent the wheel with so much success the first go around? We were hunting a small 10 acre ranch pond again, with a fencerow running right down the middle of it, offering perfect cover for our two A-Frame blinds.
As with the first day, we had ducks landing in the decoys well before shooting time. Always a great sign!
It didn’t take long after shooting time came that the guns were a blazin’. We had all different species of ducks; Mallards, Wigeons, Pintails, Gadwalls, Ringnecks and even a flock of Teal snuck through the gauntlet.
The action was so fast and furious it was hard to even keep track of all the downed birds. Since my girl Brandy was the only dog working this day, she and I spent most of our time picking up the birds and chasing cripples. I just watched as ole Brandy was having the time of her life doing what she loved!
By 9:15am we had to wrap it up, as several of the guys needed to catch a flight out of Dallas. Just as we were about to call the hunt for the day, a flock of big Honkers announced their appearance. It didn’t take much coaxing from our calls to get them to commit. Luke called the shot and four of the six big birds hit the water with a huge splash! Unbelievable!
Brandy and I collected the downed birds while the rest of the crew packed up the set. It was just magical, not only this morning’s hunt, but the entire trip. From start to finish, there wasn’t a thing I’d change.
Back at the lodge after the hunt, I met up with Dakota and Summer to say goodbye as I packed up my gear for the long trek back to Minnesota. I couldn’t express my thankfulness to them enough for such a wonderful experience.
It was my honor and privilege to name Dakota and Summer Stowers of North Texas Outfitters our 2021 HuntTheNorth.com Outfitter Of The Year!