Went out close to the bay yesterday after getting off work. I work at San Jose international, so it's a quick 15 minute drive from work (sans stopping by home to get the gun). Got out there about 3:20, and knew I only had about an hour and a half of light left, but wanted to make the most of it. This place is pretty wide open, making jump shooting a bit more challenging (just my kind of hunting!
) Within 25 minutes, I spotted a lone duck swimming in the slough 150 yards ahead of me, so I ducked down on the other side of the levy to creep closer. Of course, all the shore birds are screaming their heads off, so I figure the duck has got to be tipped off by now. I continue creeping along the levy, and when I slowly peek over the top, it jumps out of the water about 45 yards out, followed by a perfect nose dive straight back into the mud at the water's edge.... on the other side of the slough!
I remembered to bring my fishing pole with a big treble hook because the mud is more than unwadable.. after 10-15 mins of precision casting, I was finally able to pull it to my side, only to discover it's a hen spoony..
But with a little TLC, good marinading/cooking, I'd say the afternoon was much better spent than going home after work.. She was the only duck spotted yesterday, but I was able to bring down 2 geese last week. Brings the season total to 2 ducks/2 geese.. not bad considering the 4 birds were 4 of 6 seen all season. (come on, my shooting's not that bad, lol) Left the camera at home, but wanted to share...