Last weekend I went accompanied some friends going duck hunting for opening day. It started with waking up at 3am and an immediate dose of strong black coffee. Everyone has pre-packed their bags so it was easy to gather your things in a daze of half asleep. We all pilled into the car and drove to 1000 acre park. I got the privilege of carrying the 12 decoy ducks which clanged together with each step in the 2 mile hike. It was a very dark hike. My eyes adjusted to see with the moon light, but my camera struggled. We finally got to the spot where we were to set up our blind and spread.
Now it was time to sit and wait for the sun to come up and hunting hours to start. To kill the time much coffee and breakfast was had accompanied by a whistling dixie played via duck calls.
The sun was not yet up and already a few ducks had landed in the spread 5 minutes til shooting hours opened. My friend Kevin eagerly checked his phone waiting for the official time to start.
Kevin ended up getting a duck minutes into the opening of duck season.
Duck hunting is very much a waiting game. We all sat very quiet with eye peeled to the skies. We enjoyed the beautiful morning air and sunrise. Far off duck calls and gun shots reverberated off the water from fellow duck hunters.
More waiting. Sipping on coffee, light beer, and smoking a cigarette are the only thing you can do. You talk in whispers and hand gestures if at all.
After about 4 hours the sun is up in full force and the ducks had settled down for the day. It was time to pack up the decoys and head back.
The day ended with only one duck but the season is early.