Our waterfowl season was jump-started with two back-to-back resident waterfowl shoots of 80 and 91 birds on very nice decoying birds (see first photo).
Morning Sun Retrievers owners, Kevin & Wendy McClarin of Crimora, VA, sent Pepper back up for a second year of retrieving for our operation. With just over 170 birds taken in the first two days of hunting, her season marathon started on a quick note. She has been a blessing both on the field and on the home front (second photo).
Fall bear hunters continue to see that this remains one of the most consistent hunts of the year, with all hunters seeing opportunities at taking solid bears. Hunters were into bears almost every night of the season, and most found success early into their hunts. We were thrilled to see that the big chocolate, that we have been hunting for the past two years, return on camera just four days before the first hunt, and at 2:40 pm the first day, he slipped up. This was after being nocturnal for two weeks this spring before moving off and not returning.
Sample photos show Rob Yule of Sartell, MN, with the big chocolate bear; John Fox of South Bend, NE, who returned for his third fall bear hunt in a row and anchored this great bear; and Justin Sedivy of New Berlin, IL with his big boar.
Fall seasons are fast approaching, with summer upgrades including the building of two new goose blinds. They will hopefully shed light on our waterfowl program in case of a wet fall and the struggle of getting the goose blinds into the field. The two new blinds, both 21’ in length should give us the ability to split the blinds when needed to pull the birds between the two blinds.
With the lack of berries in the bush, we anticipate a very strong fall bear season, and can only imagine quick success for our 2017 fall hunters. As you can see by this video, we had more then our share of exciting moments during the spring season that we are sure will carry over to the fall hunts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI5MSwLHh-A