Fall Is In The Air

I don’t know about you guys but I feel it! Fall is just around the corner! I can see the leaves starting to change color, acorns are falling, longer night and cooler days. It’s about time! Summer can leave now and bring on that cold miserable weather please. I now find my self already programed to wake up at 3:00 AM just about every morning. Which is annoying at the moment because I can never fall back asleep so for now all I get to do is day dream about sitting in the marsh watching that sun come up. Is this normal?

 

- Whacker Thatcher

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Dogs and Dove

Well, September is here. Summer is wrapping up, THANK GOD!!!  Hunting season is just getting started. You know we are getting close to waterfowl season when we get to head out to our favorite spots and whack some dove. I usually use this time to freshen up my dogs skills. I don’t know how you guys work you dogs but I like to take it easy on them all off season. As dove season arrives I will use this time to start sharpening their skills again. I know I run them super hard during the waterfowl season and I want my dogs to last as many seasons as possible especially with the hundreds and hundreds of hours invested on training them. Some times I wonder if the dogs know that the season is coming. It always seems like they start to get super restless and anxious around this time. But then again that might be just me being super restless and anxious causing them to?

Whack ‘em ,

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Getting Ready

Been a while since I have posted but I have just been bussy hammering the piss out of the birds lately. But we have a huge weekend coming our way. Packing up for the trip up to Idaho. So beyond excited! Apperently the birds numbers are at levels never seen before. All the spots we have lined [Read more...]

Huge Week

Man! What a week! Very unexpected. Early/mid November is almost always way beyond SLOW for those of us who hunt in the central valley of California. But this year with it being the same story I have had enough so i made the call, time to head north and try to find them and find them i did! We went up to the Oregon border and it only took about 30 minutes of scouting [Read more...]

Two Extremes

So up until friday a was complaining about how hot is was in the Sacramento valley and how bad i wanted to feel cold. Well, i got it! Lows around 20 highs around 40. Snow coming down. It is freezing! But way worth the numbness! The first day up here was amazing. Got in monday afternoon to scout and found the birds big time and man did it pay off today. [Read more...]

It is time

Well, here we go… All packed up and ready to head north to hunt the Oregon border. Good bird reports, slow hunting here in the Sacramento valley means that I am all fired up! We are going to be up there for about a week filming. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough. Knock ‘em dead. -Whacker Thatcher

Up Up and Away

Well, the central valley is doing nothing but making me loose my mine so it is up to the mountains we shall go! Gonna hunt in the high country on a reservoir which just so happens to be holding a lot of birds. I am over sweating and ready to feel cold! Anything is better then where I am hunting right now. Knock ‘em dead! -Whacker Thatcher

Slow Times

Well I just it’s that time of the season right now. Temps hovering around 80, clear skies and no wind equals tough hunting! Patience is wearing thin. I am tired of scraping a few bird together every day so the decision has been made. Heading up to the north eastern mountains for the weekend to try them on one for the many lakes up there. The is off to the Oregon border on Monday for the whole week. If they won’t come to me then I will go the them! Never fun sweating in the blind starring at empty skies. Can’t wait to feel cold so it can actually feel like duck season! Knock ‘em dead. -Whacker Thatcher

Trick or Treat

Whacker Menke and I had a long weekend! It started off with a dry field goose hunt Saturday morning, which was a bust.Weather was mostly cloudy and about a 10 mph south east wind. Teps in the upper 50′s. We were expecting a field with a few inches of water because the water was supposed to be turned on 2 days prior but for some reason that never happened. Regardless we still tried knowing it probably was not going to work and as expected we failed. At least the layouts and the spread looked good. There were a bunch of different grinds of thousands of geese, mainly specks all around us but with a lot of other field getting water they just didn’t want any port of us. At about 11 we made the move to the refuge. We got into a decent spot but not a lot was flying. We managed to get 4 spoonies, YES, spoonies. not going to discriminate, especially when that’s all that is flying. But we did fold up a nice cackler and speck. It was a very long day! I guess it was just “one of those days.” Sunday! Well after yesterdays hunt we knew what to expect. A slow day. We knew we would be happy if we could just scrape a few birds. The weather was partly cloudy with a east south east 5-10mph wind. Temps. in the mid 50′s. We start off the day right by getting into the spot i wanted on the refuge. A day break the was a short little flurry of birds that had yet to make it to the close zone. We got 2 green heads and a drake widgeon all trying to land on the decoys. then some one flipped the switch to the off position. The birds were few and far between but the few birds that did come give us a look all worked great! The highlight wasthe 2 specks i called in that Matt and I shot at the same time and sucked the life out of ‘em as they were 15 yards with their feet down trying to land with the speck floaters. Later in the morning we got 1 more speck and another green head and a bull sprig. I really turned out to be a good day. Maybe because I wasn’t expecting to shoot anything or maybe it was the good company but it was one of those days that just came together. As I write this I can’t was until tomorrow to get back out there and do it all over again. Knock ‘em dead! -Whacker Thatcher

Check That

So, change of plans… Hunting a private dry harvested rice field in the morning in the layouts. Hoping to get our limit of specks and then it is off to the public land to try and smack a few ducks in the marsh in the afternoon. Fingers crossed the new plan works out!