Morning or Afternoon Hunts
Up early in the crisp autumn air out to a grain field to set up the decoy spread for Canada geese. Early morning mallards may buzz the spread too. From Sept to Oct, fields are usually in swaths. The landowners usually call to ask us come and shoot the birds away from their crop. Concealment is second to none, as you just lay the blinds right in the swath and cover them up with the grain stalks.
For those who enjoy helping, it is always greatly appreciated. With extra help, the set up time is reduced dramatically, giving you a little more sleep in the morning, and a bit more socializing time before the first volley goes off. If you're one who just likes to sit back and take it all in, no big deal. The mornings and the sunrises are invigorating.
Afternoon hunts are generally for mallards, either in the grain fields, or small potholes. I don’t like to shoot up the roosts as it moves the birds out of the area a lot quicker. Cranes also frequent the area in large numbers for those who would like to take a “Lawn Dart”. Upland game birds are also in the area - sharptail grouse and hungarian partridge. Mallards are plentiful and we usually play the Green Game. We try and shoot all Green Heads, and for those who make a mistake, the costs are high!!!!
After the hunt we head back in, we get the birds to the cleaners, you clean up, and then join us for dinner, and a little friendly ribbing (For the guy who didn’t seem to have any birds fall near him).
Then it's lights out or wake up tired, and start all over again the next morning.