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I was anticipating that this fall would be a banner year. Those of you that have been here know that I am an organized detailed guy…and I love to decoys birds. The mild winter and spring gave us more opportunity to prepare for the season; more than we have ever had. We also bought 580 Avain X full body snows, new flyers, put together a new sound system, designed a new concealment system, etc.
Our forte has been “dry field” decoying. We had no way of knowing that we would get 5” of rain during the outfitting season. We had wanted one more group of hunters, but were very thankful that didn’t materialize. Usually we might have to deal with ½ inch of rain but more than an inch is unprecedented. In my 45 years of living here there has never been anything like it.
But all was not lost. Actually, we had a fairly good season. When we could get to the spot, duck decoying was spectacular. Snows do finish better with full body decoys, and although we didn’t get as much practice using them as we hoped, we do feel like we are really prepared to dominate snow geese again. Crane hunting wasn’t as good as last year. Even new decoys don’t always make cranes follow their morning pattern in the afternoon. Further, since we didn’t target specks again this fall, I have sold most of those decoys to make room for 3 doz. of the new Avain X full body Mallard decoys.
One of the good things about adversity is that one can learn from it. We discovered that one part of our outfitting area has sandy soil that will take a lot of rain and still allow for driving in the field even though the roads can’t handle that amount of rain. I am writing this in the first week in November, most fields are still too wet to get into in spite of the sun and 60 degree weather we are having.
Concealment with full body snow decoys is quite different than with shells and socks. Trial and error has taught us that snows will fly over good full body decoys so guys should be placed further back in the spread (unless there is a high wind).
We were hopeful that our sharp tail and partridge numbers would be up and it did turn out that way, especially the grouse… but our clients were enjoying two field decoys per day so there wasn’t much time left for upland game bird hunting.
So, as I sit by the wood stove and reflect, I am very thankful for how it worked out…but would have to say that I am already feeling a bit hungry to do it again next fall.
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