Monday, September 15, 2014

Early Season Goose

It's an odd thing, goose hunting in 90 degree weather.  The off season has been long, and the old Benelli and my pooch were itching for some action, so I hit the river for a couple hours early Saturday morning.  We only had one opportunity, but made the most of it...  One more month until the real fun begins!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dog Training Video

 I setup the iPhone5s to film Sadie on her Sunday afternoon workout.  I didn't get it exactly how I wanted, but it'll work.  I'm a duck hunter through and through.  I don't run field trials or hunt tests, just train for fun, and because the dog loves it.  Someday, when I have more free, time I'd like to get into the Field Trial game.  But for now, it's just me and my doggie having fun on a Sunday afternoon in May, and I'm just as happy running her up the Swakane as I would be at the AKC National Amateur Championships in Roseburg Oregon.

We're working on lengthening her out in heavier cover.  The marks are in 200-250 yard range, blinds are 150-175.  Wind is from upper left corner of the screen.  Best viewed in full screen, and even then it's hard to see that far.  Clicking the Full Screen button before you hit play with give you the highest quality video...



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Break Tradition

March and April are typically pretty slow months around here if you're an outdoor enthusiast.  Waterfowl season ends the last week in January, and Steelhead season, if there even is one, usually closes by March.  Its still too early for Springers or Walleye on the river,  and most lakes that are open for fishing are still too cold for the fishing to be decent.  One exception to that is Roses Lake.  Roses is open year round and is managed primarily for ice fishing for rainbow trout.   Meaning, the lake is planted in the fall with 10-12" keepers for ice fishermen.
 If you time it just right in the spring, when water temps are at least 47 degrees, the fish will be in a "good biting mood" and one can get easy limits of these now 14-16" fish and possibly pick up a nice 3 to 4lb hold over.   And that is exactly what we did last week.  Biggest fish topped the scales at 3-10 and 3-2 respectively and were on the BBQ that night.  Dink of the day was 13", and the rest were 15-17", perfect size for the smoker!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Wenatchee River Steelhead

Earlier this month the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife opened Steelhead fishing on the Wenatchee, Icicle, and upper Columbia Rivers.  The reason?
Recent analyses of the ongoing steelhead fisheries in portions of the upper Columbia River has revealed sufficient natural origin steelhead impacts still remain under the NOAA issued ESA section 10 permit. Re-opening steelhead fisheries in the Columbia, Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers will help to reduce the proportion of hatchery fish on the spawning grounds and further reduce competition between natural origin and hatchery juvenile production.  
Put another way:  Get your butt off the couch and go harvest some hatchery steelhead!  No problem, the Wenatchee River is about 5 minutes from home...
We finished the day with 9 steelhead in the net, and 2 fin-clipped keepers.  All were good fighters, with 3 being easily in the 12 to 15 pound range.  All had great color!  I'll be back out this weekend and every weekend until WDFW closes the river.  
Wenatchee Chrome
Dinner!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Snowshoeing

Not much going on right now...   We finally got enough show to appease the skiers/boarders...  ie, the slopes would be slammed, but the back country wide open-just how I like it.  About 16" of fresh snow from the past week greeted us, making for an enjoyable and relaxing Sunday afternoon outing/workout.
"No ducks?  but better than sitting around at home"
Perfect powder for some off-trail scouting
"Be wery wery quite, we're hunting wabbits" 

Friday, January 24, 2014

The End

 Waterfowl season ends Sunday, January 26.  Time to get nostalgic.  If you're a duck hunter, you can relate...





Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Good weekend of hunting


It was a good 2nd to last weekend of the season.


Saturday morning Bob and I barely had time to reload before we had our limits of widgeon in the boat.  To put it another way, the GoPro battery only last around 1.5 hrs and we still had enough battery left to put the camera on Sadie as she retrieved the last two birds of our limits.  More video coming when I have time...

 Sunday, Steve joined us.  The shooting was a little slower.  We had a bit of a time constraint as all of us wanted to make it home in time to watch both football games, but we still banged out 9 widgeon and 2 big geese, one of which was banded.




Monday afternoon my buddy Randy joined me.  Due to festivities related to the Seahawks win, we decided that hunting the last 3 hrs of legal shooting time was in our best interests-and had a full strap of Mallards for our efforts. 

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