The calendar year is just about over. People are preparing for parties and making resolutions they will never keep. My friends and I, on the other hand, are busy making fishing and hunting plans to keep us busy all winter long. This morning I got a call from a friend who wanted to do a combo duck hunt clamming adventure. How could anyone pass a day like that up.
Long story short. Tons of sea ducks. We tried a new spot and we were off the"X" and only shot two birds. Clamming was hot and heavy, because they don't move around. Happy New Year!
The other day I had a few hours to hunt in the morning. I got up and out of bed. As i went through my normal morning rutine of making coffee and brushing my teeth my hunting buddy sent me a text. He was not able to make it. I thought for a second about going back to bed and how good that would feel. But as I looked out the window i could see the flag hanging stright down like it was in a picture. The high temps for the day were going to be around 50, so i could not pass the day up, and besides, the boat was all ready hooked up to the Jeep. I got going and had no problem getting the boat in. On the ride out i was debating weather or not I should go over to my honey hole or try something new. I decided to try a new spot that I have always seen birds frequent.
The tide was almost all the way out when I got to the spot. I was glad to see that, as black ducks and brant like t frequent the uncovered rocks at low tide to feed on the exposed vegetation or what ever else they can find. It made the task of setting out the decoys a little tricky, but i got it. I decided to run 15 Old Squaw decoys mixed with 6 of the foam Herters decoys that I painted to look like Old Squaw on 2 long lines. Now I could tell the weather was nice and the surface of the Sound looked like a mirror. I know when it is really calm the Buffleheads come out of the harbors and zip around the open water. I threw in 4 Bufflehead decoys as well to pull a few of them in. I anchored the boat 10 yards from the decoys and got the blind up.
It seemed to take forever for the first bird to come in. I just got done loading the gun and 3 were already landing in the decoys. The first shot folded up the Drake and the hen next to him. The second shot killed the other hen. I was about 3 minutes into the hunt and i just downed 3 Old Squaw with 2 shots. I would have let the third hen go but its hard now that I no longer have a pump gun. Running a semi-auto is cool. Here in CT we can Kill 5 sea ducks no more than 4 can be Scoter and no more than 4 can be Old Squaw. I had several more flights come in but I just didn't want to end my hunt in 10 minutes. As the sun got a little higher I could see birds flying around all over. My day dreams were filled with images of a golden eye, scoter, scaup, bufflehead, or merganser coming in, but all the birds flying were old squaw. It was like someone shook a bee hive. Finally, I had a nice drake come into the decoys and I shot him down.
Sea Ducks are a separate limit from ducks and geese so I decided to stay out. I didn't have to wear gloves and the jacket came off. I did notice a pair of black ducks land about 100 yards away in the rocks. I was hopeful they would paddle up to my boat so i could jump shoot one but they went the other way. Some brant flew by but not with in range. At 830am i packed it in. What a great day it was.
Sea Duck hunting is getting a lot better. Today was just a great day to be out on the water, and I am glad I took advantage of it. This mooring saw temps in the 40's and no wind. It felt so nice when the sun hit. Even better, the birds were on the move. I was able to kill 3 Old Squaw drakes in about an hour and my friend got one as well. so for a 1.5 hour hunt before work it was great.