The next morning as we got set up in the field I was pleasantly surprised to find that all of the blinds and the decoys were completely dry. Shawn has unloaded all of the gear the night before into his heated warehouse which made for a very comfortable morning hunt. The little things I find make a world of difference on days like these. As Shawn had predicted we saw many flocks of high flying migrating Canada geese and mallards all morning long. Together Shawn and I hammered on the calls but to no avail. And as Shawn had expected the birds using our cornfield the day before did not return due to the drastic change in conditions. As we packed it in for the day I realized that even the best of the best get burned once in a while which made me feel a little better about some of my past hunts.
After hunting with many of the top professional outfitters across the country, I have found one thing stands out above the rest. Every serious hunter knows there are going to be good days and bad days in the field that’s hunting. On the good days everybody is a hero but it is the days when either the weather or the game or both do not cooperate and the outfitter is still able to keep the spirits high and make the hunt an enjoyable experience for all that separates the men from the boys. I found that Shawn Eldredge is definitely a man amongst men.
You were the man Shawn!!!
Shoot one up there for me!!!
Your hunting pal
– Dan Wennerlind