I picked up the lads after 9, then as they settled in went and moved the decoys into position for the morning's weather. Then back for a couple of beers before I passed out. The alarm went off and we staggered out of bed, except for Tom who stayed in his happy place - bed. I can't remember who cooked up brekkie on that morning, but what I'll never ever forget is the hunt that followed. We'd decided that with 4 in the maimai as well as dogs that we'd rotate the shot; whoever fired then moved off the platform allowing the next in line to step up.
With the wind, decoy spread and wall of noise calling, the ducks were almost on a string. Our shooting was nowhere near perfect, but by mid morning 4 limits was looming as a possibility. After last year's Monday hunt where Tony and I limited, a high bar had been set.... but expectations mostly don't meet reality.
By lunchtime, dad, Daryl, Greg, Tom and Larry were pulling out so I left the pond to see them off. Great to meet Daryl, an Aussie shooting nut. We'll hunt together in the future I'm sure. I went back out to the pond and the ducks started to come in again. The dogs got plenty of work in over the day.
|Zulu at work|
|Ted at work|
|Nera at work|
By 2.00 we had 35 odd down, and by 2.20 we were done - limited out. High fives all around! As I said to the lads, if I were a betting man I'd give the odds of doing that at less than 50%, so we'd had a real stonker.
|Lads 'n ducks|
I certainly remember who made breakfast the next morning! The alarm didn't go but I was awake at 05.30 anyway, so I got up, brewed coffee and tea and Cheiwe the food legend got busy again, this time filleting out fresh flounder! Into the pan the fillets went and oh my god, what an awesome breakfast they made.
Again there was an early flight and we got stuck in.
|Chewie and Matt, with Ted and Zulu|
We cleaned up the bag and hut, got everything shipshape and then got our gear, dogs and selves up to the landing. What a freakin great couple of days. Shit was spun, new memories made and a group of very happy lads got on the road for home.