Shoveling up some waterfowl!!!!!
Over the past few weeks the waterfowl season has been in full swing. The problem is, somebody forgot to tell the birds!!!!!! I am lucky to have a blind on West Loon Lake in Antioch Illinois and my friend Jim has a mobile duck boat with a pop up blind and between the two; I have been hunting just about every weekend. That is the good news. The bad news is the weather up north has been warm and most of the migrators are still in the central and southern zones of Wisconsin.
Added to this are some everyday problems that have been plaguing me such as my computer crashing and taking all of my videos and photos with it. That is why I have not been able to post and have limited pictures for this post. I also had a tough morning today losing my camera glasses, hunting waders leaking, and almost losing my car keys as well!!!! I guess worse things could happen, right?
Ok enough of the negativity! I just needed to vent a little. There was one bright spot in today's hunt however; my friend Jim and I bagged a new species of waterfowl for me, The Northern Shoveler. This is a really cool looking bird with a very specialized bill that is used for straining its food from the water.
This is a female specimen and she was checking out our dekes about a half hour after sunrise. I have been working on my calling and she needed little coaxing to make the final approach into our spread. The duck came in and we closed the deal with a good shot and she went down. I thought it was a greenhead but when I got out to pick up the duck, I could not help but notice the bill. I am happy to have gotten the chance to be out on The Fox River with a good friend, his dog, and now a new type of duck harvested.
I am hoping that my bad luck is behind me now and I have seemed to fixed my computer issues. Now to hit ebay and get a new set of camera glasses, hunting waders, and I am back in business. Thanks for listening!!!!!