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Blind Hope

Hunters and anglers must be the most optimistic folks on the planet….We spend countless hours working on equipment, scouting, planning, hoping that our efforts will result in the critter of a lifetime. Yep, we are eternal optimists. But with each heartfelt effort, we know the fall will bring rewards in terms of game, fun, memories and all the cool stuff we will see. Duck hunters are no exception…

My father-in-law and brother-in-law and I recently put our duck blind back on the pond. It was a half day of fun, hard work and hope of what such efforts will bring when those first webfoots cup their wings and siege our blind. We put a lot of work into “feathering” in the blind or attaching various plant material from the area in order to help the blind disappear. Few things are as frustrating as flocks of ducks flaring at the final moment for some unknown reason. Was it something I said? Something they saw on the blind? Chaos usually follows such incidents. Sometimes therapy is needed to remedy….

Dave (brother-in-law) also reconstructed the “kitchen” with a two burner stove and shelf. Hear me when I say there is no breakfast as satisfying as a duck blind buffet. Biscuits and sausage gravy over the skillet, scrambled eggs, toast, ham, and of course the potatoes…pounds of potatoes!

Now we are ready to go! The decoy rigs have been reworked too. We are solid for that first morning on the pond. We even reconfigured the dog boxes so they are off the ground and can better see the action. Soon the ducks will be here…and we will be ready! I need to stock up on potatoes….

Get em Out There
Jeff

The blind feathered and ready to go....Oh the anticipation!
side view showing lid (comes off for hunting)
View from across the pond...last thing a duck sees?

About jeff rawlinson

Jeff is the Education Manager in the Communications Division with Game and Parks where he has worked for the last 15 years. He oversees the Hunter Education, Boater Education, Hunter Outreach and Shooting Range Development for the Commission and is a devout hunter, angler, wildlife viewer, naturalist, father and husband. He holds a BS and MS from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been a Hunter Education Instructor for over 20 years, NRA firearms instructor and range officer, National Archery in the Schools Program Archery Instructor Specialist and member of the National NASP Board, sits on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Hunter Recruitment and Retention Committee and Education Committee. Jeff is an avid handgun hunter, loves to chase turkeys in the spring, squirrel hunting enthusiast and philosopher of the outdoors. He is an avid shooter and loves to spend outdoor time with family and friends. He has a passion for exciting others about the outdoors. A history buff, Jeff is a strong supporter of our North American Model of Conservation and tries to spread the message of its importance and relevance every chance he gets.

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