View Full Version : 2nd Annual Take a Youth hunting Contest!
03-19-2006, 10:26 AM
We did this last year and got some AWESOME stories and pictures (over 35+)- now is the time to (brag - LOL)show your fellow FK's our youth out in the fields and blinds enjoying the great things Waterfowling has to offer!!!
To celebrate a great 05/06 waterfowl season -we are going to have a contest/give away!
1) Post up a picture or story of your hunt or hunting experience with a future FlockNocker!
2) At the end of April – Moderators will choose the top 10 pictures/stories. Those top 10 will be then given a number from 1 to 10. We will let the Dow pick the #’s for 3 days and the 3 kids who numbers are picked will get a back pack filled with Crayola brand stuff again we have things for all for all age groups!
the other 7 will recieve goodies as well!!
A. One entry per kid meaning one win per kid (although you can post as many pictures as you would like).
B. Is open to all kids/all age groups and not just sons or daughters!
C. Picture/Stories must have some fun details of the hunt or experience to win. (can be of any kind of hunting - ie, duck or goose)
Our hunting future depends on our kids – lets see some examples and get a few young folks out to a hunt!!!
Have some fun and good luck to everyone!!!
Oh and yes you can use pictures that you have put up of this season already, but only this season.
03-19-2006, 10:40 AM
I guess I will start it off with a picture of my son on his first field hunt!! Not sure who was more excited - me or him! Day started out at a 2:00 am wake up but my son was ready and had his gear all on and set before the coffe finished being made!
When we got there - I have to say.....the rest of the guys who I hunt with (Diggler, Butcher, and several more) showed him the ropes on putting out dekes, setting up his blind and grassing it.
His eyes got as big as Pie plates when the first geese dumped in and the call to take'em was shouted. As birds were falling - I could see his head moving all about trying to see the whole scene!!!
Needless to say.....he wanted to "help" the dogs on getting the geese that remained with our spread!
Can't think of a better way to spend the day with my son and look forward to many more - I know he has already started planning on doing it again in September!
03-19-2006, 10:41 AM
Giving the day the ol Siskel and Ebert rating!
03-19-2006, 10:47 AM
Diggler helping make my son's first field hunt a memorable one!
03-20-2006, 06:26 AM
Also want to add - Top 3 will also receive a handcarved/painted feather (they are awesome!!) from our own Moderator -Jossie!!
AND...............thanks to bigredguy42 , the youth chosen first, will get a Poly PM-1 call!
Man we have some great members here!
03-20-2006, 01:03 PM
Bones - PM me your address. I believe I still have some DU Kahki Hats and White T-Shirts to send to each of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners. I think they're in my garage.
Wood Duck Wizard
03-20-2006, 01:34 PM
It was the first week of the season on PEI and my son Drake and I had travelled home to enjoy it. After 3 busy days I decided to let Thursday be a day to relax. When dusk was approaching I asked Drake and my Dad if they wanted to go to a small slough near Dad's home. Where I had shot many birds as a boy and my brother shot his first duck. Apon arriving I surprised Drake by telling him that he would be the main shooter with my Dad as back up. After several GWT buzzed the rig Drake was finally able to get my Beretta up in time and connect with one. MY BLF Blue (who is the great grand daughter of mine and my Dad first Lab) proudly retrieved the teal. Not sure who was the proundest/ most excited of the group. There was alot of fist pumping and maybe even a pround teary eye or two!! A 3 generations hunt to remember! It is all about tradition and family and this hunt proved it for me. I was so very happy to be able to share this "life moment" with my son and Dad!!!!
Wood Duck Wizard
03-20-2006, 01:35 PM
My Dad and Drake after thwe hunt!!!!
Love those smiles!!!
Wood Duck Wizard
03-20-2006, 01:58 PM
Here is another good hunt that occured close to home. It was a quick shoot at a small slough that happened to spill over into the corn field beside it after a heavy rain... The mallards liked the area and Drake and I were able to shortstop a few of their migration plans...
I call this photo Drakes with Drakes...
Wood Duck Wizard
03-20-2006, 02:08 PM
Here is an in the blind shot of Drake and my Dad on the PEI opener...
03-21-2006, 07:11 AM
It was the last day of the north Zone duck season in CT and the duck count is down..We broke 400 yards of ice to get out from the launch, but thankfully the middle of the lake and a few of the edges where open. We picked the lee side of a small island with little ice and set in for the day. Although my anticipation was not very high spending the day with my 8 year old son Jacob is always fun. The morning started out slow but things picked up by the afternoon. At 30 minutes before shooting time we had our 3 man limit of mallards. We had opportunities at mergansers but even though it was a slow pick, we all opted to let them be. All in all it was a great closer of the north zone, spent with good friends and my best blind buddy Jacob. The high light of my day was when Jake turned to me with a big half eaten Snicker bar in his hand and chocolate all over his face and said " Dad, this is the greatest day of my life!" Man oh man brought a tear to my eye I tell ya.
03-21-2006, 07:46 AM
The next picture is from newyearseve my 8 year old son Jake and Littman. We had a good mallard shoot but there was more to deal with than just the birds. It was a cold snowy night with a dropping tide. The window to get out of the marsh was small. Basically we had about 15 minutes at shooting time to pick them up and get the hell out, or spend the next 3 hours in the dark, cold, and snow waiting for the water to return. I took the mud boat in hope of getting us out but with the combined big NW winds and new moon the water went out FAST. Needless to say we where stuck. I was concerned that it would be to much for Jake to spend 3 hours in those conditions but historically he can weather any storm. That boy never complained. It makes a father proud to have a boy hardcore enough to sit those conditions out with out a complaint. We spent the time watching birds fly against a dark snowy sky, while Jake asked rapid fired questions about ducks, decoys, tides, moon phases and such.
First picture is Jake and Littman. Littman is making that godawful call to his wife with the news of a late start to the newyearseve party. I think it started something like this...."HIGH SWEETY, we are running a little late?" Then it just went down hill from there:CL: :OM:
03-21-2006, 07:49 AM
The next is Jake and myself taking a walk on the bank warming up a bit. I think it was around 8pm by now. We have all had about enough of waiting by now.:CL: :CZ:
03-21-2006, 08:11 AM
The next 2 pictures are my 2 best buds, Jake and Zack. They are 5 and 8 YO now. Man they grow quick! This was a early season hunt that was memorable in many ways. Its always a great time having both the boys out, although they spend half their time on the deck of the boat beating the crap out of each other:PO: :CL: :CZ: ....."BROTHERLY LOVE!" I spent half my time breaking that up. You know the routine first they are cowboys and Indians then they are wrestlers then they are star war guys, it just goes on and on.:rof: :rf: :LAF: :NW: Anyway we ended up with 2 bluewing teal a mallard, a blackduck and a goose. The blue wings are unusual for this area as they are normally gone by the season opener. Warm conditions made it an easy hunt and on the way in my buddy's yacht club was having a dock party. We tide up and had dogs/burgers and few cold ones while the kids all played together jumping from yacht to yacht.
03-21-2006, 08:15 AM
Here is Zack my 5 yo. :TT:
03-21-2006, 05:37 PM
My father made sure i went hunting and i do the same for my sons. Jeff Jr and Brandon look for sat to go ---only if the school work is done------take a kid huntin so you dont have to hunt for your kids -the last photo is youth day goose hunting with my buddy George and his son we took them and 4 other kids and what a day http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/1goose/100_0395.jpg http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/1goose/thanksgiveing_001.jpg http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/1goose/100_0278.jpg
The Baron of Bufflehead
03-23-2006, 06:24 AM
Man there's some great stuff here already!
This fall my 9 year old neice expressed quite an interest in going goose hunting with Uncle Rob. She and her little sister both had a lot of fun playing with goose/duck calls on a visit in October and then out of the blue one phone call, Riley asked if I would take her goose hunting. I was pretty excited! We talked about it a couple of times and I sorta held back to see how eager she really was. So, when she kept asking all kinds of questions and never forgot to mention in a call or visit that she wanted to go, we set a date. It was a big family outing - my wife, brother-in law, my neice and my pal Bear Caller (he's like family).
I'll tell you fellas, I don't know how many scouting trips I've made or how many times we've planned a hunt, but I was really nervous about this one. This was a first outing not only for a youngster, but also for my wife and brother-in law who were both very eager to see what it was all about. We agreed to make it an afternoon hunt, which I have only ever done twice before and never lined up myself, so that added to my stress. I scouted a few afternoons and had a field with a bit of traffic, but that was it. We had some great fields, but to keep it fun I didn't want to make it a butt-dragging walk into a muddy field. I decided on a winter wheat field, bordered by disced corn. The farm is not far from Lake Ontario, so I decided to do it there and hope for the best. All I wanted out of this was one or two birds. Most importantly, I wanted stone dead, clean killed birds.
So, we set up around 2:30pm. We put only about 6 dozen FB's out and set out blinds in the grassy border between the wheat/disced corn. It was a south wind, so we set to have birds fly over out blinds on approach into the spread. All the decoys were behind us in the wheat, for maximum visibility.
We saw a few distant flocks early. It was a positive sign to have birds moving around. At about 4pm we had 3 birds coming, but a flock of about 75 showed up on the scene and stole them away. I was pretty happy that we had some work and circle, almost in range. Our guests thought that was cool and I was happy we had at least had some entertainment. Not long after, we had more birds in our area. We called and flagged and finally worked hard on 4 we caught moving alone. They made an almost in range pass, swing downwind and then did it nice. I called it and there werer 2 very dead geese down in short order. BC and I had talked strategy and he was on board to make sure in such a situation that we went for 1-2 dead in the air birds (we took the gimme's instead of working at killing all 4 as we would if we were going for a limit).
So, we got 2 geese. I was ecstatic! All of our guests thought it was very cool. We actually saw several flocks after and worked one bird right to the ground. One bird bailed out of a flock and landed in the rig, after we had our 2 birds. We named him Walter and my niece wanted me to shoot him. I told her it was not fair to shoot him on the ground and 2 geese was all we came for. She was happy with that... but when he took off she said "he's flying now - shoot him Uncle Rob!". What a kid!
Here is the cutest goosehunter in Canada!
The Baron of Bufflehead
03-23-2006, 06:25 AM
A kid, a dog, and a bag full of treats = good times and making new friends easilly.:rf:
The Baron of Bufflehead
03-23-2006, 06:27 AM
Here's Riley in her "house" as she called it.
The Baron of Bufflehead
03-23-2006, 06:28 AM
Riley was a great flagger for the distant flocks. If only I had 1/2 her energy!!:Bn:
The Baron of Bufflehead
03-23-2006, 06:33 AM
After the deed. A happy girl and a very proud uncle! Riley ran out with me to pick up the geese. She was not shy at all about touching the goose and thought it was extremely cool that you could see their tongue.:rf: Afterward, Riley wanted to see and heft my gun, and then see the shells. I cut a shell open for her and showed her how it all works, and she listened very intently and asked some great suestions.
This hunt meant a heck of a lot to me, as it was a positivve experience for not only my niece, but my wife and brother in-law as well. Any such exposure we can give the sport is vital, as otherwise we are losing ground. My brother in law is not a hunter, but he had an open mind and I commend him for that. Afterward, he recounted the story to his wife with just as much excitement as Riley. He thought the whole experience, especially the decoys and calling, was very interesting. They both want to go again, and are anxiously awaiting turkey season after asking me questions about that too.
A huge thanks to Bear Caller who came out to help, even knowing the plan was for 1 or 2 birds.
A big thanks as well to Wood Duck Wizard. When I was nervously scouting, Wiz offered to have us use one of his fields and he even offered to help set up and just sit in the van and watch from the laneway. It was comforting to know I couldn't fail with so many buddy's "on board" for the success of this hunt.
It's great to have such great friends... as well as family!:cool:
03-25-2006, 06:06 AM
The boys had a day out of school at the end of Oct. So being the caring father that I am I thought I wuold Take a day off work Since it was a friday and Give the Wife a break So the boys weren't at home causing her head aches. NEVER even thought maybe we could go Hunting it was all ther idea. OK she didn't buy the story either. But anways we had a great day like all days we spend in the blind together. Heres a picture of the results the dog and I do all the work on these days and let the young ones do the shooting. Kody is 12 Karter 10 and are becoming pretty good hunters themselves. They love it and love to work at it to get better. Couldn't ask for more. Unless they wanted to buy their own SHELLS.
03-25-2006, 10:08 PM
Well it finally happened. Wednesday was my birthday and my brother had called the week before to ask what I wanted. I had promised my nephew 2 years earlier that I would take him duck hunting. We live 4 hours apart, and my brother never cared much for hunting so making this happen was proving extremely difficult. I told my brother that for my birthday, I would like to go hunting with him, my nephew and my dad. I thought that there was little chance of this ever happening. I got a call late the evening before from my dad, wondering what time to meet in the morning. He said that he and my brother were just going to go along to watch (they could care less about ever shooting another bird) but they would be bringing my nephew. I had given my nephew the old single shot 12 gauge that I had grown up with the year before. At 6:30 I met them at the pre determined location and was shocked to see no one but me wearing camo. I had not even thought of this possibility. Luckily, extra coats, hats, jackets, etc., etc. live in my decoy trailer for just these kinds of emergencies. After outfitting everyone we were off. Knowing the attention level of my nephew was going to be short, I decided to initiate him to duck hunting by jumping several tailwater pits that almolst always hold some birds. Well the waterfowl gods were surely shining that day. Every pond was loaded, and the ducks were past stupid. My nephew even got several chances to reload and shoot again. Then to beat all, two of the ponds had pheasants hanging around them that offered easy shots to boot. I got to experience one of the best birthdays of my life. I saw my nephew take his first drake, and my dad and brother were there to boot. If any of you out there have never had a chance to take a kid hunting, find a way to do it. It will remind you how great this sport is.
03-26-2006, 05:51 PM
My son "Bait." He and I were out for a little Q time together - just the two of us. His second goose ever! Notice the other two birds coming in on the top picutre off Bait's right elbow. They're blurred.
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03-26-2006, 06:01 PM
Well, with all changes in my life this year I think this was the last day I got out? Anyway we got nuttin' and saw nuttin' but we had a great time. The bottom guy is Bait - he's 9. The li'l guy on the top is "Porgy." He's 3...
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04-06-2006, 07:57 PM
This is the last day of duck hunting this is my 6 year old and the face tells allhttp://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/1goose/shore392.jpg
04-10-2006, 08:09 AM
Without a doubt my most memorable hunt this fall was taking my 5 year old nephew out on his first trip to the duck blind.. It was great to see the excitement in his eyes as the birds worked the decoys. I know my brother was a proud father and I was an equally proud uncle when my nephew set the dog on a few downed mallards... I couldent believe his interest in the birds as he carefully looked them all over making sure every feather was in place. The higlight of the morning was when he picked up the goose call and tried a few notes at a single that crossed the far side of the lake..
a couple photos of the hunt.......
father and son on the hike out to the truck
working the call....
a hunter is born
04-30-2006, 09:54 PM
Here is a picture of my 3 "kids"... Malory (10) Gavin (5) and "Gunner" (about 2.5 months in this photo) We were on a diver hunt in Northern MN and ended up with this mixed bag. The kids had a great time out in the boat taking care of Gunner, he loved the hunting thing. (He was a little rough on the birds as he kept 'retrieving' them from the back of the boat and bringing them to me).
04-30-2006, 10:20 PM
The youth i took out this year i think are beyond hooked. The first was a great little guy who is the son of my dads friend. He was a real sport in not so nice conditions in the rain. The first day was quite slow but we got a nice mixed bag. Matt was the one who was in charge of getting the birds from the dog and puttin em on the stringer. Everytime a duck would get shot he would go " OHHHHH that was AWESOME!!!!!!" He continued to do this the second day as well when we had one of the best hunts of the year. It was a pooring rain day but there were some new birds around and the birds came in ones and twos and we picked drakes till about one when we limited. We ended up with 20 drake mallards 1 drake wigeon. It was a great day that Matt, his dad, and me and my dad. Matts eyes watchin those birds come in was great and the evil smirk when one hit the water showed that in the future this little guy is gonna be a duck hunter. Unfortunetly day two was so wet that a camera was a bad idea so there are only pics at home base.
04-30-2006, 10:24 PM
Day 2 with Matt!!!
04-30-2006, 10:38 PM
This hunt was one that I will never forget. Not only was I able to share a great hunt with my son Gavin, but I also witnessed one of the funniest hunting moments of my life. We didn't have any clients in this field on this particular morning, so a few of the guys I guide with called a couple friends and had a "fun hunt". The birds were working great, we ended up with an easy limit of Canada, a bonus Blue (very rare for this area) and 3 drake Mallards. I didn't mention that one of the guides had his 4y/o BLM "Tank" with... When we dropped the mallards, two were clean kills, the third was hit hard but still walking around in the decoys. Tank went out to pick him up and the duck clamped on to the dogs nasal septum (the fleshy part between the nostrils)... Well Tank was spinning around in circles and the duck was holding on in what looked like a game of "airplane" that I played with my dad as a child. well the duck eventually let go of the dog and proceeded to start chasing tank (now known as 'tinker') around the field. Watching that duck chase a dog around in the decoys is a vision that I will not soon forget. Nor shall I let Tinker's owner forget about it. :OUCH: To fully understand this story, you would have to know that for the last two years all we have heard about was how great "tank-miester" is, and how he's the best hunting dog ever to walk a marsh... the bragging has slowed considerably.
Gavin still talks about this hunt.
04-30-2006, 10:44 PM
Here is my hunting buddy Gavin again. He's holding one of the 'attack mallards'
04-30-2006, 10:44 PM
My second story is with my lil goose hunting buddy. Blake is quite the goose caller as well and is learning to listen to geese more than tapes and other things. He is now 11 and loves goose hunting but comes from a duck hunting family so it is up to me to fill that gap. This particular hunt was the end of the year and Blake was just itchin to kill a goose. I think we can all remember the days when we would do anything to shoot one so we got a spot marked out and setup to hunt some geese and we knew it would be an afternoon spot so we setup for the long haul. Blake also has a few spots where some honkers stay and rest on the water during the day and is a great jump shootign spot. We are telling him to wait and wait and wait. But he cannot take it any longer and has to go see what is at those ponds. So he takes off and leaves us with the job of killing some geese. About a half hour after he leaves here they start to come. It is me and my buddy Bennett and we have a flock of five come right in and we get 5 out of 6 honkers. Then a single comes in and Bennett cleanly folds him. This is all in about 20 min. Then a cack comes in and boom he is done. I call Blake to see when he will be back and he had just unsuccessfully snuck up on a pair of honkers and missed. I tell Blake about our good fortune and he is sick that he missed out on it. When he gets back we sit there for another hour and i am expecting to see geese soon and honk honk here comes a pair. Blake cleanly misses them and i really want him to connect but there is an hour left and not a whole lot is happening and Blake has to be home before too long. We pick up and Blake is sick and i tell him that i will take him to a slough i know of and we will give it a try. We do so and we immedietly hear geese on the water. I get Blake into position and i come around the honkers and get within about 20 yards of em. Then i stand up clap the hands and they are on their way right over the top of Blake who is about 150 yards away. They came over him abotu 15 yards high and boom boom two geese down and i hear a WOOOHOOOO across the field. I think that pretty much sums up that story.
04-30-2006, 10:47 PM
Heres a picture of Malory sweet talkin the geese...
04-30-2006, 10:49 PM
And here's Gavin following his sisters lead...
04-30-2006, 11:00 PM
It may not look like it in the photos, but it is about 5 below zero (F) out there. Malory and Gavin both had a blast playing and staying warm in front of the sunflower heaters.
05-01-2006, 07:01 PM
Give me a couple of days to sort out all the terrific pics and get a vote on the top ten and we will then let the Dow pick the winners.
Just so you guys are aware - in addition to Art (Bigredguy42) donating a call - Mark (Woods and Water) has as well! - These guys should be applauded for the very generous offer!! It's guys like these that make this site what it is - THE BEST!
(I also got an echo call that will be thrown in as well so all of out top 3 youths get a call!)
Congrats to all - in the end - we are all winners!!!
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