Once chores are done
, and the last of the wood is in for the winter ... we set aside some time for some late season fun ! The turkey flocks
in my area are spread out ... here are some young birds , in a constant search for food ..We all have different ways to unwind on our " days off "
.... Sean G. is a " sled head " from work ... he tricked out his 2007 Arctic Cat F1000 with some wicked flames and cat graphics ( 1st picture ) ... he also sent me some cool snowmobile pic's , and one in particular caught my eye ( 2nd frame ) ... it was not the average snowmobile trail shot ! My daughter
seems to volunteer our place as a home for wayward animals ...
, now a chubby little female rabbit shares the cage with the last of my turkeys ... there always seems to be a " stand off " when the rabbit is out and about ...I carry the camera as much as I can
... always looking for an interesting field shots .Although I am usually able
to catch some " hoisting jack rabbit " shots .... On the last two hunts
, the jacks seem to have wised up , and " give us the slip " ... like this one from a previous hunt .On our days off , we pack up , and head North , covering alot of ground
... I took pic's of many cool tracks in the snow , from field to field .Deer
hammer the last of the left over corn ...A young Menonnite boy
, puts in some " shovel time " after his dad had plowed the farm lot ...CH hikes
from one fence line to another from farm to farm , and I take mental note of misc tree stand ladders that need relocate ...Court P.
blazes trail on several fencelines as well ...Even VA
, gets some field time in , (I took this picture , the Saturday before his scheduled knee replacement the following " Monday ") .Jack tracks everywhere
... but they are always one step ahead of us .I log photo's
of my own travels from field to field , farm to farm ...As well as
other misc critter tracks .... jacks , coyote , mice etc.We even
had the dogs hussling for us one day ... Randy S. with his Springer " Abby " and my GSP " Axle " stretch their legs from farm to farm ...Some other cool shots
that caught my eye ... an owl ( low center frame ) that swooped at ground level across as farm yard , and a muskrat digging for tender grass ...Oh yeah , and one cool sunset shot
, I caught , as we drive home at the end of the day ...This morning
I find myself chasing longnecks ... Pydpiper , myself and the Petersen crew , braved the weather today ... worked birds a concession apart from each other , South/ East of my location , and did our part thinning the flocks !
Awsome to get out in the fresh air , and bring home some tastey waterfowl treats !Here are a few pictures
I did get before my camera got wet in the wind and blowing snow ..Pyd sets up
with his young son and settle in for what started out to be a nice morning ..We ran a small set up
with some magnum sized goose decoy shells ..In the slow streches of the morning
, Pyd's son kept himself occupied , and we had a moving decoy amounst us ! We had some nice flocks
, on and off all day ...It always amazes me
how hard " some of them " hit the ground when they drop out formation after being chased down with a swarm of BB or # 1 shot ! ... Others , needed some follow-up " ground dispatch " ! Although we did most of our shooting from the " pop up chairs "
.... we did do some " run and gun " for various fenceline cover ...And at one point during the day
.... Pyd. thought I was trying to dig some pit blinds ! That's what you get
when you try to park the Jeep between the plowed row / ruts ! Just got to get through March and into April .... then we'll be chasing turkeys !
Good luck to all that are staying on the Waterfowl this week ! .... Have a safe hunt !