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This is a guest entry by Mike Healy from his home in Idaho.  Carl, his son and hunting partner, is thirteen.


When Mark and Adam Grinstead invited Carl and I to a recent duck hunt, we jumped at the opportunity to go.  The Grinsteads have hunted ducks for many years and are happy to share their knowledge with others.  I’ve never called anything other than predators, so I was looking forward to seeing ducks respond to the call and trying to film the action.


Earlier in the week, Mark and Adam each took their limit of ducks.  They spent two hours breaking a large hole in the ice so they could place decoys on open water.  Once the decoys were floating on the water, they waited patiently for the sun to come up.


Here is Mark with the harvested ducks.


310997_2440278218601_1601165238_32351214_1319482393_n.jpgMark Grinstead with ducks -- 2011-11-21




Here is Adam with the harvested ducks.


375698_2438285528785_1601165238_32350453_1638127881_n.jpgAdam Grinstead with ducks -- 2011-11-21




Zeus is Adam’s duck dog.  He’s eight months old and retrieving very well for his young age.  With maturity, experience and additional training he’s going to be a fantastic duck retriever.


Carl and I met the Grinsteads at the hunting area at 6 a.m. on Black Friday (no Christmas shopping for us!).  We walked to the blind and got situated.  Due to warm weather, the pond wasn’t frozen and Adam had an easy time dispersing 30 decoys.


Here are the video highlights from our hunt.






Thanks for reading.


Regards and good calling,


Mike Healy




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