Imagine taking a bucket of stirred-up hornets and throwing them in front of a hunter. That’s what it’s like when a flight of blue-winged teal suddenly swarms in over a decoy set. – Wade Bourne, Colin Moore, Outdoor Life Magazine.
On the waterfowl hunting front, Nebraska’s early teal hunting season has drawn to a close in the Low Plains zone. I wanted to share some photos of my very first early season teal duck hunt this past week in that zone. Yes, it was my very first teal hunt, EVER! I thoroughly enjoyed this new, challenging (let’s underline challenging), memorable outdoor experience in a gorgeous wetland setting along the Platte River in eastern Nebraska.
I have hunted many game birds and animals but never pursued anything quite like Blue-winged Teal. Trust me, I have great respect for this small, acrobatic, beautiful puddle duck!
Special thanks Kyle Simpson of Elkhorn, NE for presenting this incredible Nebraska waterfowl hunting opportunity and being a fantastic teacher! I learned a lot, Kyle, and your dog Cowboy did an excellent job on those blue-wing retrieves in dense marsh habitat!
I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed the hunt itself!
Remember, always take advantage of an opportunity to learn a new outdoor activity when you can! I’m 52 years-old and I hate to be cliché, however, I am proof that you can teach an old dog (me) new tricks!