We figured the waterfowl hunting was all but over with for the season. 1 - 2 ft of snow and zero temps moved most birds out. What hung around were all hung up on the reservoirs and lg rivers to the north and far to the south.
A couple of weeks ago we were taking a back route when we came upon a load of Mallards and Honkers standing around in this field on top of the snow. Upon inspection the wheat field had never been harvested (we harvest in Aug.), heads of wheat were sticking up through the snow and the birds were gorging themselves. Layout blinds w/snow covers dug into the snow were almost like a sink box. We packed in with a few dozen full bodies and we had a shoot that ya relive with friends for life. 5 hunters x 5 limits of both Mallards and Honkers. Packin all that gear in and out 200 - 300 yds in 1 - 2 feet of snow was no easy task. I thought, Good Lord, I sure hope this works out like I hope it does. It far exceeded my expectations!
Never give up. Ya never know!
Added note; we do that again, snow shoes and sleds will be the order of the day.