Team Duck Meat was at it again this sunday on the delta...
The day started off slow with really low water and not much wind.I made the decision to hunt a pond we jumped thousands of ducks in last week but the water was a lot higher then. I knew it could be a bad decision but really wanted to hunt this pond cuz we scouted hard to find it. The paddle in was tough but the water got higher as we got further and we started jumping some birds, so far so good. Once we set up and got settled in Pintail were working our spread just as we hoped.
We killed a limit of Pintail prob within the first 30 minutes which was great but the problem was that nothing else was flying! We hung out for prob an hour watching pintail light in the decoys which was beautiful and frustrating at the same time especially since i left the camera in the truck! So after watching for a bit we decided to make a move cuz it was still early. I knew some deeper ponds that would hold some greys and teal and thats what we needed to finish a 5 man limit. So after picking up and loading the boat we made a 10 minute ride to the deep water hole. As we paddled in I took a second to just listen and sure enough all i could here were greys and teal quacking away through the rouseau. Soon as we came around the bend the pond exploded with ducks so we hurried up threw out a handful of dekes and slid into the cane. Within minutes teal were buzzin our dekes and we drilled them. Soon after the greys showed back up and descended into our spread. Of course some of them landed out of gun range but some of them locked right in and Team Duck Meat's shooting was on point. We finished off our limit after a couple hours and headed back to the boat to do some more scouting.
5 man blind= 8pintail,4bwteal,8gwteal,1canvasback,2ringnecks and 7greys
After hunting the delta for a few years Ive learned quickly that pintail love these shallow water ponds mainly cuz these ponds stay shallow in the spring and summer which means the duck potato can grow thick and cuz its easy to get to when the water drops. Greys and wigeon on the other hand prefer it a little deeper where the wigeon grass can grow and they def prefer that over the potato. The trick is finding that perfect pond that can accommodate to all species. And that is the never ending quest of Team Duck Meat. Scout Scout Scout if you wana kill ducks when the water runs low.