Yes, forget about that shopping crap non-sense! I would rather go duck hunting on Christmas Eve! My friend and I planned on meeting up at his duck club in Los Banos, California, which was basically this great parcel of natural wetland, a great home for ducks to fly in and out of. A total difference from hunting in rice fields for ducks.
Duck hunting is a lot different from deer hunting. For one, shotguns are used and instead of being in a tree blind like the one I was in New York, I’m in a ground blind surrounded by marsh plants along with duck decoys to lure the ducks to come in close enough to get shot. Duck calls are important too as they emulate the sound of a duck calling other ducks.
And just like deer hunting, the early morning is the best time to go get started.
Sometimes, you get a spark or too from the shot going off!
And just as the duck flies over, I swing my shotgun to give the finishing blow.
As daylight breaks, we’re better able to see the ducks. The problem is that they can see us just as well even though we’re in camo clothing.
That’s why it gets more important to start doing duck calling and get the ducks to take a look at our position and hopefully, start flying close enough to us to get a shot at them.
This is where good teamwork comes into play during duck hunting. One of us can look one way and the other can look the other way since duck hunting is basically 360 degrees. When one of us spots a group or one duck coming in, we’ll concentrate our fire towards that direction. Mind you that ducks can be difficult to shoot down – I’ve shot few ducks that should have gone down only to watch them continue flying like it was nothing!
And the thing about duck hunting is that birds can all of a sudden come out of nowhere. This sucker came out of left field and I had to shoot without letting my friend know because it came so fast. This is not like clay pigeon shooting at all!
Of course, the good thing is that my friend owns a good hunting dog meaning instead of me going out there to retrieve the downed duck, we can stay in the blind and let the dog get it. I can’t tell you how many more ducks we could have shot had I stayed in the blind instead of chasing a wounded duck.
Lastly, after we were done hunting, here are the spoils. A great morning where if you get something, it’s already a good day. I couldn’t tell you how times I’ve gone out and shot and killed nothing. This was a better Christmas present than getting other crap that I don’t need!