Monthly Archives: November 2018

Day 14: Dodging rain; shooting ducks

A lot of people like me thought it was going to be pouring down rain this morning and not a lot of people went. But those that were brave killed some ducks. It isn’t everybody, but it’s a lot better than it has been. There are a good many teal and gadwalls. Not many mallards.

I saw some pictures up in south Arkansas where there were wads of ducks working in the fields. They haven’t been there but two or three days and they aren’t far from us. Of course, the season is closed up there, so they aren’t getting run off. When they open back up, there should be some wads of ducks heading this way.

It looks like rain again in the morning, but we will see. I have killed ducks in the pouring down rain before, but I was a lot younger.  Sometimes they fly good after a big rain, too, and maybe that will be the case in the morning. Saturday and Sunday are the last two days of the first split, so hopefully we’ll get in some shooting.

Be safe.

Day 13: Ducks! We got some ducks

Screen Shot 2018-11-29 at 5.43.45 PMThirteen, as in Day 13 of the first split, wasn’t an unlucky number for us. Nineteen was a lucky number! We got 19 today and could have had a limit, but we didn’t shoot the shovelers. I’m not really into that. We had a lot of teal. The bad thing was nobody was hunting and the birds had shut it down by 8 a.m because there wasn’t anybody out there to keep them stirred up.

Screen Shot 2018-11-29 at 5.43.26 PMWe switched locations and that might have helped, but I just think some more birds are coming in. The season is closed in Arkansas, but some folks up there brushing blinds said a lot of ducks came in the past couple of days there. Hopefully they’ll keep coming in down here. At least we had a little stringer today.

It was a tough morning. We hunted a blind in a field that was rutted up bad from getting the crops out. The farmer didn’t have any time to fix them before all the rain st in and if we wouldn’t have had some strong dudes with us, we might still be sitting in the mud. We had to push going in and coming out. That’s not fun. But there is no limit to what a duck hunter won’t do to go get ’em.

The weather looks unstable the next two days, but maybe the weatherman will miss his forecast a little bit. Either way, it looks like Sunday’s last morning of the first split should be a good one. Hopefully the little off time will get some more ducks in here.

Stay tuned. Be safe.

Here’s a look at the weather forecast:

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Day 12: Encouraging words

I got a call today that we finally had some ducks in some of our blind areas so we are getting everything all geared back up and ready to go in the morning. We had some encouraging reports today for the first time all season. Some folks down on Hwy 15 did pretty good. Three guys got their limit by 8 a.m. They saw a lot of teal. That is surely encouraging.

There’s a big south wind, so I’m hoping that is blowing some more ducks in our way that passed us by the first time. I’ll have a better first hand report tomorrow.

And this weekend, it is going to warm up again and probably be windy. We didn’t have good hunts when it was cold, so maybe the warm weather will stop them here. Who knows. It’s our last few days until the first split ends so we have to make the most of it.

Be safe out there.

 

Day 11: Not enough ducks for gumbo

I can’t believe we have finished up 11 day of duck season and we don’t even have enough ducks to make a big gumbo.

It’s just been tough. Same old story today. Some folks got a few, but most folks didn’t get enough to make it worth going. There are some new ducks coming in and the weather is perfect, but it’s just going to take a bit. We are expecting a heavy rain again Friday, so hopefully the next two days will give hunters a little better shooting.

With Arkansas closing for the week, I’m sure a lot of birds coming south are holding up there. There is a ton of water and lots of food, so unless the wind and cold drives them on down here, it may not help.

Stay tuned. And be safe.

 

 

Day 10: Another slow day

IMG_0298I got a few better reports today. We had a little wind an it was really cold. The good news is that more people saw ducks,  even though they didn’t work a lot. It was something different for sure. Sounds like some ducks moving in on that front.

I went back looking for my big buck this morning. About 5:45, I saw something dark in the moonlight down the shooting lane and put up my glasses. There he was, about 75 yards away. But it was just too early to shoot. He just turned back around and went into the woods. About 6:10, a whole bunch of days starting working out into the lane. I just knew he would come back chasing one of them, but he didn’t. He’ll mess up one of these days.

Now, back to duck season. Wow. It’s been a slow start to the season. I’m still hopeful that this cold weather, heavy wind and clear days will continue bring more ducks later in the week. As I said, a few more people are killing some, but it is so scattered “hit and miss” may even be an exaggeration. The only thing I can say is hang in there. They’ll be here. There are still a lot of flight ducks headed south. Hopefully they’ll decide to stop in our area.

The season is closed in Arkansas this week and our East zone closes at the end of the day Sunday. Even though you may not have really used your gear a lot the first split, it will give you a chance to make sure you gun is clean, your gear is in top shape, your decoys ready  and the blind brushed and camouflaged as good as possible. You sure don’t want the ducks to get here and you not be ready.

Be safe out there.

Day 9: Relief on the way?

There’s no way to know, but I’m hoping that with this change in weather and some other things I’m hearing, things will pick up in the duck blinds around here later this week.  It’s going to turn really cold tonight and we are predicted to have cold and a lot of wind for the next three days. It should be clear, too.

I’ve also heard from friends up in Arkansas that a lot of flight ducks are being spotted. They are high and headed south. They won’t work, so maybe they are headed in our direction. It’s cold across the Midwest and that will help, too. We just have to wait and see. A few spots around are killing pretty good numbers of ducks, but nothing to get fired up about. In general, everybody is struggling.

Arkansas closes it’s split today (Sunday)and we close in the East next Sunday. some boys ark saw a lot of flight ducks heading south, wouldn’t work, headed south.  lot of cold in the midwest, too much to it this morning,

Be safe.

 

 

Day 8: Fog horns needed

Duck hunters needed fog horns instead of duck calls in this part of the country Saturday.

If you thought some of the earlier days of the season were bad, this day it was so foggy if was hard to find the blind, much less ducks. In fact, most folks said they haven’t seen that thick of a fog over that big of an area in quite a while, if ever.  We just still don’t have a lot of ducks, but it seems like a few more people are killing some. But most hunters are not. In fact, a lot of folks are just staying home. It’s just going to be a crazy first split.

Hang in there. One day soon, it will change. As a reminder, here’s a quick look at the season splits across the state.

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Day 7: Friday

It was Black Friday for shoppers, but it was Blue Friday for a lot of duck hunters again. We had droves of shoppers and appreciate you. But on the duck front — we just don’t have many ducks. Duck hunters are feeling a little blue… There isn’t much need to keep going over that, but it will change one day soon. That’s why we have a long duck season. We just have to be patient and wait for everything to come together. It usually does.

There are some folks killing a few ducks, but nothing fantastic. It seems like certain areas have gotten a few ducks and they have held there. The full moon continues to let them feed at night and once daylight gets here, they aren’t out and about very long before heading back somewhere away from hunters and the fields.

Be safe out there.

 

 

Day 6: Thankful

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We may not kill a deer or shoot a limit of ducks, but Thursday was a  day when we all needed to take time to be thankful for what we’ve got. America has a great outdoor heritage and we have the freedom to pursue happiness hunting, fishing, camping or in any other outdoor pursuit. Never take that for granted. And thanks to all those who serve who were unable to celebrate with family because they were protecting those freedoms.

Thanksgiving is a time to say “thanks” to our many friends and customers here at Simmons’ Sporting Goods. We appreciate you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Day 5: Wish I had better news

We wish we had better news, but the duck hunting is just slow. There aren’t a lot of ducks to start with and the water has them scattered out everywhere. On top of that, we have a blazing full moon and they are out feeding all night. There is some good shooting early, then they are gone into areas where there isn’t any hunting pressure.

screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-11-30-47-amHunter and his bunch went again and got four ducks and a specklebelly. That was it. They saw a couple of good bunches of ducks, but they were headed elsewhere. By 8 a.m., it’s over. We are hearing pretty much the same from everybody else. They’ve got their lips all pooched out wanting things to get better. Even the dogs have long faces.

I found a good alternative. You know how much I love duck hunting, but I’m actually going out deer hunting again. The deer are in full rut and the bucks are chasing does all over the place. I’m going to give it a few more tries because I know that will be over pretty soon.

Whatever you do, have fun and be safe out there. Tis the season to start Christmas shopping, too, so don’t forget to come by and check out what Santa has for your sportsman  at Simmons Sporting Goods.