Being the only open water left in the county there were more birds on this chain of two small lakes than we had seen since we had arrived. There were also large flocks of every species of diver duck not to mention thousands of mallards working the area fields. But today we were focused and it was swans or bust! We made our way out to the point only to find that after 10 feet off the edge, it dropped off to over 20 feet deep. We were forced to set up back on a mud flat on the other end of the point, where we could get our decoys out far enough to be seen. With minimal cover we settled into a thick patch of thistles which offered a very nice make shift blind but very little wind resistance as the 35 mph winds ate through our gortex coats. We saw about 10 different flocks of swans pass overhead throughout the day but they were definitely migrating south. We lasted until 3:00 pm before the weather and hunger took its toll on us. With Mother Nature against us on this day, the swans had gotten the best of us. We reluctantly gave in and made our way back to the motel. There we met up with Chris and another one of Dave’s guides. They had hunted Canada geese in the field that morning and limited out in about ½ hour. Chris said that 10 hunters could have taken limits of geese that day. Although we went home with out our swans, I personally enjoyed the best diver duck hunting I have had in the past 10 years and the overall trip was a definite success. I will say that without the expertise and experience of our guide, I don’t know that we would have even seen a swan all trip as they were very selective in the sloughs they fed and roosted in, especially that late in the year. And let me say this, it would not have mattered if we would have killed a bird all trip, spending time with our guide and friend Dave Beam made the trip an absolute success and a very enjoyable experience. With all of the stories and light heartedness, Dave offered us exactly what was needed to last on a mud flat for 8 hours with 35 mph winds ripping through your skin, without firing our guns. For that reason alone I was able to offer Dave Beam our most prestigious award as HuntTheNorth.com’s 2007 Outfitter of The Year!