Pintail are one of my favorite ducks. The drakes are gorgeous with their white and brown head and long sleek "pintail" feather that is their namesake.
They're known as a difficult bird to get to commit to your decoys. Today was NOT one of those days.
Your allowed to harvest no more than two pintail per day this year. I had my limit of pintail a few minutes after legal shooting time started yesterday. For the next several hours I watched as flock after huge flock of pintail just poured into my decoys. It was an amazing sight!
My gun barrel sits at idle while I search the sky for the odd mallard, or wigeon, or teal...or somethin' that I can shoot!
This is a view from my pit blind as some of the "sprig" started to pile in.
This cold, dry weather removed a lot of the sheet water in the valley and has concentrated the birds in areas where open water and a food source is available. Now if we can get some Mallards to show up, the huntin' is gonna be off the charts!
I was done withe my seven bird limit before 11:00 a.m. There weren't a lot of geese flying so I called it a day...A Great Day!
This dry weather also has all my steelhead rivers dropping into shape as well. Winter Steelhead are in fishable numbers up in the fly water and the lower North Umpqua and mainstem have good numbers of fish as well. Several of my coastal rivers are also fishing very well now too.
I have openings on Jan. 9th for duck hunting and duck and fishing trips are available on the 6th, 7th and 8th if your interested in getting out with me.