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yeah, came home with three mallards and a pintail the other day. i thought i would never get done with removing feathers from those birds.

on a down note..my Mossberg 835 decided to lose its ejector screw and ejector while i was shooting that last mallard. that ended my hunt at 8:35am. no one in this area has a part for it either so i am down for at least three weeks.

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Hey EA,

Congrats on busting the ducks :smile:

Sorry to hear about the gun though... sad

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yeah, a real bummer. my wife has a Remington Pump that i can use, but we shortened the stock a bit for her. i will probably end up using it once or twice while i am waiting for my gun to get fixed though.

the weather just kicked in up here...that good ol' pacific northwest wind and rain. this is supposed to help the hunting....though it sure doesn't motivate me to get out there. ha ha!! i grew up in the arizona desert...this raining 5 months out of the year has got me all screwed up.

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Nasty weather is great for waterfowl but remember to lead them according to the wind. I was on the ocean two days ago and had to lead about 8 ft on a 25 yd shot because of the wind. The ducks were like hitting minature F-18s.

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yeah, i've seen that. couple of flocks of teal and wigeons came by at close to Mach 2.

fortunately, growing up hunting doves in the desert has me used to leading fast animals. problem is, doves are small and you know they are moving fast. with the ducks being much larger my range and speed estimations are slightly off. it shouldn't take but a few hunts to get that dialed in though. for now i'll stick to the ones that are settling into my decoys and let the fly bys keep flying.

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I hear you on the climate EA. I grew up in semi-arid (not as dry as AZ desert but still arid) country, then lived in parts of AK and MN for awhile. Couldn't believe how GREEN foliage could be, of course, I still get shocked from time to time, like your "dry forest fern" picture from a while back. Hope you all gets lots of water after those nasty summer fires...

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no lack of water now..it started raining about a week and a half ago and it probably won't stop until sometime in april or may.

thank god for Gortex!

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good shootin chester looks like you had a good season man waterfowl starts here again soon but im looking forward to the end of the month when bear opens here

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