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Shallow Water Mud Slingin’

The morning was a bust. Saw two skunks, two beavers and an otter, but barely a duck anywhere near my setup. Before heading back to the truck I wanted to inspect a beaver dam that I’ve been watching all year. Low water has kept me away from it and just enough water to skate back to it was the case on this day. The motor worked for it, but I was able to get in close to two sides of the dam despite random hard clay bottom in spots. Here’s a few clips of the digging, clawing and scratching required to simply get a look at this dam. I cut out the extended mud blasting efforts to save time, but trust me there were a few moments of slow progress or even hopping out of the boat to get turned around.

 

Rainy Day Scouting for New Water

Here’s a little banging around on the day after New Years Day. I was hoping recent rains would have flooded some new areas for the ducks, but at this point it still hadn’t runoff enough to flood them. It did rain another 2 inches two days after so another scouting run will be in order after the current freeze thaws.
After all this running around, I found a spot and dropped some decoys and sat in the rain for five hours. No shots fired and all but guarantee the ducks were sitting tight in the timber somewhere.

Midday River Scouting for Ducks

While there’s hardly any ducks being killed around here, there’s not much else to do other than run the low rivers and see what’s out there. Saw some interesting things but mainly just cruising up and down the river.

Scouting for ducks in the boat.


A little afternoon scouting to find a place to hunt. Terrible bluebird day for ducks but a good chance to run the motor for a few minutes.

Boat Ride Back to the Truck- opening day


Well it’s been a long year or two around here. With a baby in the house, what little spare time to hunt and fish there has been, hasn’t made it into the blogs. While things have settled down enough for me to get back into the swing of things a little bit, the blogging is slowly catching up.

New to the mix this year, is the Gator Trax boat from so many blogs in the past now calls my back yard home. The guys just weren’t using it so much anymore and when they did use it, usually it was up here with me. So it made sense for us to work out a deal, and so we did. I was reluctant as i already had a boat without a motor and barely enough time to get out as it is, but we agreed it was the right play. I now need to sell either the Gator Trax or my Geaux Custom to wash it all out, but we’ll get it done over the winter.

I picked up the boat right before the season and barely had a chance to run it before opening day. She is a little tired from sitting quite a bit in recent years, but fired right up for this jaunt into the wood duck swamps of northern Alabama. I ran the GoPro even though this was hardly the most exciting boat ride, especially with the cold-natured restarts that plagued me all morning. The boat seems to be loosening up the water-based carb problems that popped up last season.

Before the season, I bought a 35hp new take-off carburetor from mudbuddy, but the linkages were all too different and ended up sending it back and rolling the dice. The motor actually runs pretty good other than the random sputter-and-die routine that seems to be getting better as fresh gas runs through it. I still feel like the tiny air filter we rigged after the entire air cleaner assembly came up missing on a hunt a few years ago is part of the problem.

I spec’d and ordered parts to put a higher flowing air filter setup along with a water proof pre-filter. All of those parts finally arrived and are assembled and ready to clamp on. Hopefully the additional fresh air will help with some of the sputtering and the annoying dead spot in the throttle that always seems to kick in when you’re navigating the technical stuff.

Otherwise, the motor is in good shape with plenty of prop wear left for another season or two.

 

2014 Season Opener Wood Duck Limit


With as many ducks in the area as ever to open the season, i knew where to go to at least stay busy with wood ducks. Going here pretty much guaranteed that only wood ducks would be shot, but it also guaranteed ducks. I passed up on several easy shots, so many in fact that I almost waited too long. I finally picked out a few and knocked two down and waited for an easy third duck to round out my limit.
A sever lack of water and rain is going to be an issue sooner than later but for now, the gadwall and woodies will have to do.

Post-Hunt Ride in Brent’s Boat

After hunting Sunday morning (not it the rain thankfully) we made another lap around the area and turned the Camera on. I had the camera on the inside of the grab bar this time, to protect it from limbs. The view isn’t as good of the bow from that mounting location, but it’s still pretty cool.