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Old 12-11-2019, 05:36 PM   #14
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Was a off year for us.
A few good hunts some good memories, some bad decisions and too few smart ones .
Hopefully a few more good goose hunts.
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Was hit and miss all year. October opener: plans A,B, and C all failed so we called an audible and limited out on ducks and geese in about an hour. That was fun. Missed out on an epic diver hunt this year. Geese were tough, shot more on water than in the fields. Saw some new places and revisited some that I haven't been in years. The best part of seeing old places is remembering who I was with in the past. I went to a spot for teal season and set up in a spot that my dad and I always had good shoots. I wasn't worried about teal that day just wanted to remember being there with my dad years ago. God was on my side he sent three big groups of blue wing to the point and I managed five. Not done yet my son and I are headed to Oklahoma with some friends for sandhill cranes.
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Sometimes old spots and the good memories are my trouble.
But what the hell I love some of those places.
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Mine as well. Hard to say "no" when you have memories. I have been told that you should move on when a spot isn't what it was. I'm one of the few people left that still hunt "dad's spot" I don't care about the ducks the memories keep me going back.
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It sounds like most everyone had at least a couple of good hunts. Consider yourself lucky. I missed a good portion of the season due to an automobile accident; but it could have been a lot worse. And today I was cleared to be able to shoot a firearm. Look out late season geese. I have a pent up desire to harvest some waterfowl.

I went by Ada Hayden today in North Ames and there are a lot of geese staged there. I may have to see how educated they are from the students working on them all semester. I will probably wait until xmas time and let them settle down a little.
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Glad to hear that you have been cleared to fire away.
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I went by Ada Hayden today in North Ames and there are a lot of geese staged there.

Been picking away at em'! Glad your ready to get back in the game.
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Mine as well. Hard to say "no" when you have memories. I have been told that you should move on when a spot isn't what it was. I'm one of the few people left that still hunt "dad's spot" I don't care about the ducks the memories keep me going back.
I can relate. Got to the point I realized I enjoyed the memories of what "duck hunting" used to mean more than actually participating in what it has become. Packed it in after 50+ years. After a little drama when packing up the decoys to give away, I really didn't have that much trouble walking away.
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I can relate. Got to the point I realized I enjoyed the memories of what "duck hunting" used to mean more than actually participating in what it has become. Packed it in after 50+ years. After a little drama when packing up the decoys to give away, I really didn't have that much trouble walking away.
Good to hear from you! Wow, didnt have much trouble walking away?

I am having a mid life hunting crisis. I downsized blind boat a few years ago after my group broke up and son didnt have time to hunt with H.S. activities and started ISU Aug. Two falls of high Odessa and river too high to wade, dog died this past Sept, Son is freshman ISU marching band and basketball pep band and loves it so wont be hunting next three years at least, tired of 3 years hunting alone in and around long work days. Find myself thinking more about past hunts then ones at hand and future. Trying to sort things out!

Glad you guys got some good hunts!
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Similar deal for me. One of the young guys in the blind died a few years back and his best friend pretty much quit after that. Grandson has weekend sports which takes away he and my son most the time. Dad would have probably gone a couple years more but river conditions scared him away. My dog died about three years ago and I can't bring myself to go through that again. My favorite part was always getting the blind and decoys ready and trying to find that advantage through work and strategy. Now the river is a mess every year and you can just plunk down the $ and buy decoys that could pass for real birds.
Started to find myself resenting the hours I "wasted" in a blind and knew it was time to get out. If I can afford to retire someday maybe I'll go again some. I did it cold turkey. Haven't seen the river since the last time I went cat fishing before teal season. I'm still snow goose hunting, so that helps.

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Good to hear from some of you guys again.
I hit it pretty hard last season after finding out i wasn't going to die , this year i learned to slow down a bit and just enjoy the hunt, not ever going to turn it into work again.
Frog ,im lucky, I dont get to hunt much with my son anymore , but got a couple younger guys that are like sons i get to hunt with. They look out for me pretty good.
Timber hunter , i know where your coming from, without those guys i wouldn't have much drive for it.
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today was the close for the 2019 duck season.for me and mine.brutal day and loved every minute of it.iam lucky my body has not failed me yet in a big way.been a waterfowler for 50 years.have been a land owner for 40 years.have hunted for or fished for about every thing in north America.have carried on my back or have portaged and walked hand in hand many people young and old in to nature to experience sunrires or sunsets they may never have otherwise enjoyed.same with many of old dogs.Stu Mass and Dean Downer and Bill Smith are some who I have meet who go along ways to provide opportunities to other to experience the joys we love.do the same.always look to the next sunrise and don't fear the sunset.bad dog

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today was the close for the 2019 duck season.for me and mine.brutal day and loved every minute of it.iam lucky my body has not failed me yet in a big way.been a waterfowler for 50 years.have been a land owner for 40 years.have hunted for or fished for about every thing in north America.have carried on my back or have portaged and walked hand in hand many people young and old in to nature to experience sunrires or sunsets they may never have otherwise enjoyed.same with many of old dogs.Stu Mass and Dean Downer and Bill Smith are some who I have meet who go along ways to provide opportunities to other to experience the joys we love.do the same.always look to the next sunrise and don't fear the sunset.bad dog
Very grateful I have the honor to meet many on this site as well, on my bucket list is to hunt with as many as possible before my hunting days are over!
If I can help in any way to promote this sport I will.
Hoping to still get a couple more days in the pit blind before the Fat Lady Sings
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