We got to the lodge about noon on Saturday, settled in our room and then headed downstairs to the front porch for a quick lunch. About 1300 we headed out for both my son and I's first wingshooting experience. The set up was six hunters working with two guides and three dogs (2 pointers and a flusher). It was an absolute HOOT!! I got a chukar, a quail and a couple of phesants while my son got several phesants and a chukar (although he center punched the chukar and there wasn;t much left ). Beautiful weather and a wonderful way to start.
After cleaning up we had drinks and then a wonderful dinner with our host, his family, the honored guests and each other. After dinner we retired to the saloon for drinks and some pool. Sal Guinta and I were both stationed in Italy at the same time and we had a great chat about our time there. Great dude and along with Drew (whom I had met before) are great examples for us all. I cut the drinks short in favor of bed as we had to be up for goose hunting at 0400 this morning.
So up we got at 0400. Off in the dark, we sat up a couple of hundred decoys and put 26 people in coffin blinds. I have to say I wasn't too pumped, but once it started I was HOOKED! Birds everywhere (it was opening day)!!! We hammered those poor jokers!! In an hour and a half we limited out- 108 Canadas and 2 Snows. My son absolutely LOVED the action. Sitting quiet and hidden and then the guide would yell "Get em boys!!" and up we would all pop letting loose. Awesome.
Since that was an early limit we had time to go to the lodge and eat breakfast before heading out for some more upland hunting. Another great meal and then back to another field for upland. This set up was my son, one buddy and I along with a guide and two flushing spaniels. A totally diferent experience but fun as well. Those dogs had a ton of energy and worked hard for us. We ended that session with a chukar and a pheasant for me and 3 pheasants for me son in about 45 mins. Wow.
The end of the weekend (except for packing and loading the coolers) was a "field lunch" and some clays. Lunch was a crab leg, shrimp, crayfish and potato boil Tired and full, it was a long ride home but a great weekend!!