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DennisMcFeely

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Kemo Sabe

My partner Dana and I take a pair of Bull Sprig from a large flock of birds.

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Kemo Sabe

Morning got off to a slow start but we finished with a full strap of 14 birds.

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Kemo Sabe

On our way back to the club house

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Kemo Sabe

Back at my room, Penny takes a much deserved nap while Dana and I process our ducks.

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Irishwhistler

Aye Mates, 

A few o' me favorites from this year.

 

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Mikey 🍀

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DennisMcFeely

Fantastic photos 

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dogrunner

Cool looking ducks. 

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dogrunner

I’m not much of a waterfowl guy but I did take a few this year. 

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dogrunner

A couple more. 

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Grouseman_1

This mornings mallard hunt had some surprises; black duck, teal and jewelry. 

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Treerooster
6 hours ago, Grouseman_1 said:

This mornings mallard hunt had some surprises; black duck, teal and jewelry. 

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Nice hunt...where was the banded duck from and how long banded?

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Grouseman_1

We had to draw for it as it was in the mix of a good size group of ducks that came in and four of us shot. We hunted this spot earlier in the season and my son shot a banded drake mallard from Erie Pa which was banded this year. Will be interesting to see where this one is from. I’ll let you know. 

 

 

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Kemo Sabe

This is a picture of me and Penny at our club’s Blind 5. It’s a two man Blind, with single barrels next to each other. The other barrel is to my right, and your left in the picture. 

 

We have  21 shareholders (owners) and we rotate Blind picking order with each hunt. The hunting is often really good, but it’s not easy in the field, as we hide our duck boats in non-prepped tules usually at least 100 yards away from the blind. Hiding your dog on the blind island is also something each hunter  has to figure out on his own. My dog set up is from Mack’s PW, and it works really well. Decoys are removed after each hunt.

 

The club house itself is very comfortable. We each have our own room, toilet and shower, plus duck boat, mooring, motor, decoys, et al. We also have a formal dining room and separate bar and card room with a huge fireplace. Two caretakers work full time, and prepare our meals.

 

The club itself is located on a 1200 acre island, 750 acres of which we flood. We have a 28 foot  Farallon Boat that takes us the 15 minute ride from the mainland to the island. In my case, my house is 25 minutes from the harbor we leave from, and going and coming takes just 45 minutes or so, door to door. The only thing I bring is my dog and a change of long underwear.

 

Great place that’s lots of fun. Plenty of room to hunt with no more than two shooters per pond. Also, we catch lots of striped bass from the Sacramento River.  I love the place!

 

 

 

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charlo slim
4 minutes ago, Kemo Sabe said:

I love the place!

 

And rightfully so!

Just out of curiosity,  how and why are tules "prepped" (or not).

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Kemo Sabe
53 minutes ago, charlo slim said:

 

And rightfully so!

Just out of curiosity,  how and why are tules "prepped" (or not).

 

We take the water off of the club starting in April, and it's complete by June. Usually, by July 4th, we can walk on the area that was flooded, and do various projects. Flood back up is at the beginning of  October.

 

So, when the water is off, you can prepare various places in the tules to hide boats (i.e. remove/cut them as to have a slip to put the boat in) with a weed whacker.  That sometimes lasts, and sometimes doesn't (grows back in). The big issue is walking to and from the boat hide on those soft bottom ponds, about 100 yards each way, in the pitch dark. Then there's going  back to get  the boat after being in a gramped blind barrel. I'm working on my dog to "fetch the boat" right now......:/

 

If I had to haul my boat, motor, decoys,  gear, et. al from my house to where I was going to hunt each time, I probably wouldn't do much duck hunting. It's kind of cool just to go, bringing only your dog and a change of long underwear. And maybe a couple of cigars......

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