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Jimmy from Cottage Grove

Any good duck opener stories?

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I had my first hunt this weekend with my one year old springer spaniel. Saturday we didn't have any luck, but she still had alot of fun. This morning we managed to get two geese, and a mallard. Not the best hunting. Yet it was one I will never forget. It is a great feeling watching my dog in action for the first time. She did look pretty funny a 39 pound dog, retrieving a 10 pound goose.

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Took my 4 M.O. chcocolate out for his 1st time yesterday. Pouring rain, bad spot, Threw out the deekes and said to my friend, Well wonder how long b4 he goes swimming, Splash! less then 4 minutes ancored!. Pulled him back in Waited until about 9:00 1st duck came by I said you shoot and I will handle the dog to see how he reacts to the close shooting. He shoots and miss's Dog Splash again, goes after the wad. So for me it was a excellent start!

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I have a 9 year old black lab/husky cross.

As soon as he saw the gun and camo, he was excited.

But the end of the weekend, he was tired from all the work getting ducks out (some in tough spots).

He even found downed birds for other hunters that couldn't find their ducks.

He even found a wounded duck of mine that ran 50 feet into the woods.

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    • I didn’t know grackles fished either.  Interesting. 
    • Was checking back to see you with a bird pic @Borch
    • So this is not a new thing!  Interesting.  I keep finding more and more complex behavior in so many of these "dumb" animals!  So many of them are anything but dumb.
    • When I was a kid, we used to have a pond in our yard. We would keep fish and minnows in there. The grackles would clean in out! We had to resort to putting a cover over it.
    • Last Thursday on a visit to my sister in Rock Rapids IA, we made a circuit through the Island Park there.  At the low dam just past the former railroad bridge which is now a walking path we saw a group of grackles fishing at the edge of the white water where it ran against the rocks at the shore line.  There probably were a dozen or so all told moving back and forth and some on the rocks at the other shore line.  In something like half an hour or less we saw various of the birds bring out minnows and eat them on the shore to a total of at least 8.  They also contested for the better fishing spots and tried to horn in on other birds' catches;   they would fly out to quite a bit up on shore with a catch to eat it there. I never expected to see grackles fishing.  I never heard of that before, but then it wouldn't be the first time I didn't know about something relatively common.
    • I've seen deer there, too.  I go by there on my way to work about 3:30 am S S & M.
    • Now they're gobbling...  seem to be getting a little closer.
    • Very quiet so far.  Maybe one distant gobble on the roost but couldn't tell for sure. At least the mosquitos seem to have calmed down in the last 10 minutes some. 
    • Brotha’ you got that right.   Actually I’m cooking hobos over the campfire in Ely right now.  Not a bad second fiddle.   I won’t be a cooking hobo in a blind this weekend.