Sunrise, Sunset (A Tale of Two Hunts)

Since the prospect of too much wind postponed our Kansas upland hunt, Tom and I were on board to help our lease members install our two goose pits last Sunday. We arrived out in northeastern Colorado with his father-in-law Dick for an early shoot from our creek blind. It turned out to be a morning of few opportunities. We picked up the decoys, a mallard and a green-winged teal in time to join our crew to assemble the blinds before the backhoe and truck arrived. With the blinds dug in and everyone else heading home, Tom, Dick, and I decided to give the pond a try for the last two hours of the day. Before Tom could get back from hiding the truck, Iris had already retrieved four ducks from two flocks. It just continued from there—ducks decoying without hesitation in the late afternoon sun. By the time the action ended about twenty minutes before sunset, Iris had delivered nine gadwalls and two drake mallards. What an unexpectedly satisfying hunt.

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