Year: 2021

Migrators Showed Up!

It was a rather nice day. The sun was out, the snow was melting. A big feed showed up next to one of our decoy spread. Finally, our plan to transition is complete. I will communicate it to all of you tomorrow. I want a night to sleep on it just to make sure I … [Read More]

Digging Out

We needed to get out of the house so we worked on the decoy spreads. One of them has a ton of snow in it. Some of the others not as much. It was a beautiful sunny day so the snow was melting. I think by Monday when we have hunter the spreads will look … [Read More]

Continuing To Move Hunters

This is why I hate a long-range forecast, and why it is so hard to base our hunting on it. You know what, tomorrow the temperatures will change.  The guides are restless. It’s just as hard on us, likely harder than it is on our hunters.  As of now, those hunting through Feb 28 have … [Read More]

Snowing Again

It snowed again! What the heck is up with the weather this year? It’s super stressful and hard to base a plan on an inaccurate 10-day forecast. Right now we are sitting at the house in Arkansas waiting for Monday when we start running hunters again. The guides are getting restless, we need the structure … [Read More]

Snowy Spreads

We drove to the crawfish field to see how the spread looked. It can be hunted with a little work thanks to the Deadly Decoy supports that don’t collapse. There are about 25-30% of our spread is juvy and blue decoys. Some guys like running all whites but I like a little color in my … [Read More]

You Know It’s Cold When

You know it is cold when a wood duck is at your front door. It snowed about 4 inches I would guess. It is hard to tell since there was so much drifting. We had a few feathered visitors. Curt’s truck jelled up so while trying to shovel snow so we could get his truck … [Read More]

It Cuts Like A Knife

Howling north wind and 12-degree temp made for a brutal morning hunt. The longest group lasted until 10:30 am. This is Iowa cold! I don’t remember it being this cold in AR since we have hunted here. Many of you have talked with my Valentine Denise. She said it is the 9th day in a … [Read More]

Hardcore!

  Watch this video on YouTube Everybody got birds today but these guys had a really nice day by this year’s standards. It was a cold one, but they braved it well.  The forecast this coming week shows snow Mon, Wed, & Thu. Each day 1-3 inches. On the bright side Sat & Sun Feb … [Read More]

Brrr

Some of you are starting to put the cart in front of the horse. You need to take a deep breath. The weather is going to play out how it plays out. There is nothing neither you nor I can do about it.  Just to recap I gave those hunting this weekend 3 options. Hunt … [Read More]

Winter in Arkansas

Watch this video on YouTube Yesterday morning my farthest east fields turned around because of icy roads. There were vehicles going in the ditch everywhere. It was just not safe to continue. The rain and sleet continued through the night and only one group decided to brave the ice and cold this morning.  I drove … [Read More]

Finally – Some birds that want to work!

There were a lot of birds that came from the north today. In them are some birds that like to decoy. It wasn’t anything crazy but it was way better than watching birds fly on by not even breaking a wing beat.  High field shot 39, they saw a ton of geese. About 11 am … [Read More]

There were definitely birds coming from the north today. Some of the flocks are starting to work, nothing huge yet but they are giving us a way better look than last week. Tomorrow we are going to reset a field we pulled on Saturday to a new area. The day after the youth duck hunt … [Read More]

Friday Was A Little Better

We are back in the field today following the youth duck hunt on Saturday. Friday we had a couple of fields in the average range. It was the first day we saw migrating snow geese break up and work the spreads. That was a welcome sight. The extended forecast looks cold, how cold depends on … [Read More]

Rain Day

It rained most of the day, some fields harder than others. A little improvement from yesterday but that bar was not too high. Hunting remains slower than average.   

A Slow Day All Around

Today was a really slow day. There was a ton of birds that came from the north over some of our fields…tons…but they didn’t want to play in the morning. It was once again cloudy in the morning but cleared off in the afternoon. There wasn’t much of an afternoon flight. Slow days happen, it … [Read More]

Slower Than Normal Start

A lot of birds came from the north today. Cold with a northwest wind, not what we typically see this time of year, but we play the card mother nature deals us. High field shot 20, and low was a 0. Every dog has its day, and today was not ours. There are a lot … [Read More]

The Fields Are Set

We are in the house, the fields are set, & anticipation is high. When we hopped into the trucks to go set the last spread it was 52 degrees at 7 am. All-day the temps dropped and the wind switched from the south to the north. It is almost 9 pm and snow geese are … [Read More]

Keep Calm & Stubble On

Everything is done that we can do right now. All but one field is set, it would be but when we got to the field there is 30 dozen speck and snow full-bodies in the field. I text the farmer who is on vacation in FL and he said nobody was supposed to be in … [Read More]

More Decoys In The Ground

Lining up the flyers… The guys saw some birds today but not as many as yesterday. Yesterday they saw a bunch of snow geese both going north and south. Today it rained and snowed. I’m at home yet, but from the weather forecast, it looked like most of MO got a little snow out of … [Read More]