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Ever have One Dem Dayz!!??

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Shoulda known today gonna be one dem dayz dat ya question ya sanity and it certainly was -start to abrupt end.Started with launching solo and having Southfork slide off trailer tad quicker than I anticipated and she ended up on opposite side of bayou,thinking quickly tried to retrieve by putting on chest waders but could readily tell dat water was tad deeper and not gonna happen so Plan B went into effect-call Chad Almquist,co-owner of Canoe and Trail Adventures and his mom lives literally right next to launch.After the obligatory good-natured ribbing,walked to his mom's fine estate,she assisted me with getting fine light weight canoe(red)and made my way through frozen bayou and retrieved wayward Southfork.She was an ornery gal today,refusing to start and battery starting running down,again no big deal,Wifey had given me nice jump-charger and hooked it up,still no go and almost considered making paddle-in hunt and coulda done it but time not on my side so I drove back to Chad's mom's place,returned canoe(shoulda borrowed green one-coulda used Palmetto branches and hunted out of green canoe)and did see fine doe across from launch,hint,hint-maybe I needs to climb in my stand while boat at Chuck Evans' shop,though he cannot take her til tomorrow.Bad news is I might be forced to do paddle-in hunt and not such a bad idea since I never shy from long-azz paddles to keep away from all but the die-hards like me and if it were easy,everyone would be doing it.Ducks nowhere near easy-to-get to,especially where I hunt and love it dat way,keeps folks away,unless they want the back-breaking push-poling,butt bustin' work I routinely go through!!!Hope to get ole Southfork back tomorrow evening but will have Plan B,C,D,E ready to roll some greenheads!!Like ole Phil says,smack em in de face,fellas!!

Mandevillian
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Had more than my share of dem days!
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Tony,Good news/bad news-at least good news is I did not get boat cranked up,only to have her act up way deep in the Marsh and also good news is my mechanic can take her tomorrow morning.Bad news is no guarantee that she will be fixed for Sat/Sun but also somewhat good news is I do NOT mind putting in the effort to find some paddle-in spots that should be productive,key word is 'should'!!

Mandevillian
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Mandevillian
That is a long paddle to get to where you hunt. I paddled in the lake a few times it is not easy. Last time i did i said i am to old for this and i am not doing it again. Paddling in protected bayous is one thing but in the lake with wind and waves is tough. I am sure the non motorized area will be packed. Good luck.
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hillier,No way we hittin’ole Lady P tomorrow(assuming Southfork not back up and running-mechanic suspects possible gas contamination with water)most likely gonna hit Lake Rd ponds and I kinda miss hitting areas left alone by folks nowhere near as industrious as me. Thanks and funny story when Southfork slid to opposite side of bayou.

Mandevillian
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Mandevillian
Your plan of attack has merit. I am aware of how it goes hunting in that area too. The early morning first light flight of birds can be ok but the shooting sharply declines after that. I am yet to try a late start but judging from your success it seems like the way to go. I got tired of paddleling in to my spots only to have other hunters setup close by and attempt to 'sky bust' ducks that were considering landing in my dekes. I know the effort it takes to get away from other hunters but not convinced it is worth all the effort. Its getting late in the season and I keep telling myself I am going to try a new approach. This might just be the weekend to give it a try. Good luck TC.
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dat swamp dude,Awesome news is that got my baby Southfork back and she rearing to go,think she foaming at de mouth like de Mandevillian and hope to smack some greenies in de face and got buddy coming with me next Th and I know he was bummed to hear bout motor issues but turns out minor carb issues and got her back this afternoon,plenty enough time to load up 3 Chapman pirogues and gonna use brand-new magnum Higdon flocked-head mallard decoys,extremely fine and possibly best-looking magnum decoys I have seen(foam-filled as well)!!!I really thought she had poor compression but mechanic,Chuck Evans,did check and said compression perfect!!!Gonna get lower-unit rebuilt(Katrina debris casualty)and she should be good to go for plenty more serious duck hunts-we do some extreme hunts-thus rarely see another hunter!!!Thanks,swamp dude!!

Mandevillian
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Interested to hear how you made out today. Plan on hunting big water Wednesday, is it worth the trip?
Thanks, Beau
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Mandevillian...

Did you guys go out today? Went out yesterday and shot a limit of poule d'eau. One bufflehead but that's it. Talked to people at the launch... a bit tough out there.
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Gonna directly contact you and Beau as folks getting peeved at my posting but no worry will let y’all know how I did both days. Interestingly enough not sure where my coot army went. 😬

Mandevillian
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Beau and BRDuck Squad,send me a personal e-mail(acyprusjr@yahoo.com)and I can let yall know how I did today and yesterday-NEVER have a hunter within no less than about 3000-4500 feet so not sure why some folks get tad irritated about my posts and I fully intend to keep hunting de only way I know how,smart,hard,efficient!!

Mandevillian
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