On our third morning it got hot and heavy! We had hunted a pit that Gary and Cole had put in the night before at 1 in the morning. Did I mention that these two guides are the hardest working guys I have ever met? Well they were, every morning they were up before 3 a.m. setting decoys or putting in new pits. In the morning we were hunting in Wyoming and had seven of us in the pit with plenty of room to spare. The pits are huge and very roomy for all your gear. The geese came in like bees on a honeycomb. They floated in from the heavens and as Cole said “We powder puffed them”! They were in our face and we shot fantastic, we shot our limit by 9:15 in the morning. What a hunt. A 28 bird morning in no time at all, a lot of which were Lessor Canadians and Cacklers! We helped pick up the spread and headed to the Long Branch for breakfast. Gary’s wife the owner and the cook made a fantastic breakfast. We all ate like kings. I highly recommend the eggs benedict!
This is what we waited for all day, the duck hunt for ages. Cole and Gary had been watching this duck feed for the last three days and it was loaded. The only problem was that the ducks were hitting it a few minutes after shooting time each day. We took the gamble and set up on them that afternoon, setting up 70 full body geese, 2 dozen Dakota flocked heads mallards and 5 lucky duck mojos. The spread looked bad to the bone. We got set up by 2 p.m. and played the waiting game. Shooting ended at 4:58 and we had no idea when they would come so we wanted to be ready. Hours passed and 4:40 rolled around and there they were. They came from miles away and poured down into the field from the heavens. When you think about your dream mallard decoying action this was it, and then some. The first flock of 500-1000 mallards worked us and worked us as we were picky for the perfect shot.
“Here they come guys… Get ready” Gary said, 1,000 green heads cupped up at 15 yards is something you don’t get to see every day. It’s what every duck hunter dreams about. TAKE EM! We rose from the blinds and dropped 12 mallards in one flock with just 5 shooters! It was a rainout of mallards if I’ve ever seen one. We quickly grabbed the birds and got back in the blinds, now 4:55 only three more minutes of shooting time. Birds were everywhere. Gary was patient with calling the shot and one minute before shooting time we had a flock do it right and we dropped 6 more beautiful drakes making it 18 mallards in just two flocks! Although we only shot our guns into two flocks because we ran out of time watching the birds work was worth the price of admission. It was something for the ages and it is a memory I will always cherish. Gary and Cole put on a show for us and I’m happy to call them great friends and two of the most accomplished hunters I have had the opportunity to hunt with.