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Walleyedan: Last chance ducks

I'm writing to you on the eve of Thanksgiving. Although the holiday will have passed by the time you read this, I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving Day and that you also enjoy the remainder of this weekend!...

Elizabeth Eigen poses with a fine selection of migrating waterfowl on the shore of Gull Lake during a recent hunt.
Elizabeth Eigen poses with a fine selection of migrating waterfowl on the shore of Gull Lake during a recent hunt.

I'm writing to you on the eve of Thanksgiving. Although the holiday will have passed by the time you read this, I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving Day and that you also enjoy the remainder of this weekend!

We are to give thanks in all circumstances, right? Not always easy, but so very true. It was easy for me to give thanks to God the other morning as I watched the ducks come crashing into the last open water on Gull Lake, what a site (and what awesome sounds).

It was the last day of the waterfowl season here in the lakes area and boy was the timing ever right this year. The day before, Elizabeth (our middle child) and I spent the majority of the day sitting in this same area and it is where she caught the duck hunting bug. She shot some ducks and we both missed many more. But boy is that ever an awesome way to spend a day with a kid!

I asked her what she learned and she did rattle off a few things - you need to dress in many layers, you need to really lead the ducks because they fly so fast. She also learned some bird identification, some safety aspects and about shot patterns (how the bb's spread as they come out of your barrel).

You could say that she would have learned more in school, but I'm not sure that there is any better type of learning than sitting and watching the world go by on the shores of Gull Lake - or anywhere in the outdoors.

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The eagles were our helpers on this day, and Elizabeth thought that a remote control eagle would be a pretty handy tool for helping to jump the birds and keep them moving.

Enjoy this weekend and be safe as you venture on out in search of the fish. Time to pack up and head to grandmothers house!

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