11/18/2013 Duck Hunting

I went duck-hunting last week with outdoor writer/photographer Joe Richard, arming myself with a Nikon, not a Remington 870 like Joe’s. Although I don’t hunt anymore I still love being on the marsh at sunrise with ducks in the air, and I was also interested in seeing just how cold a human being could get standing thigh-deep in water for four hours in Iowa in November (nothing a Thermos of hot tea and a hot shower afterwards didn’t cure). Although we were on the water, under the full moon, two hours before sunrise there were four boats ahead of us, so we got stuck a couple hundred yards off the flyway. We set up a burlap “hide” in the willows and Joe poled the boat away and hid it. Most of the ducks had been around for a while and seemed to know where the refuge boundary was but Joe coaxed a few into the decoys and shot a mallard and a green-wing teal for the freezer.  All images ©2013 Mark Tade, all rights reserved, no usage without prior written permission.

Poling in under a full moon and stars two hours before sunrise.

Poling in under a full moon and stars two hours before sunrise.

Joe Richard duck hunting 11/18/2013

Joe Richard duck hunting 11/18/2013

Joe Richard duck hunting 11/18/2013

Joe Richard duck hunting 11/18/2013

Joe Richard duck hunting 11/18/2013

Joe Richard duck hunting 11/18/2013

Joe Richard duck hunting 11/18/2013

Joe Richard duck hunting 11/18/2013