Chris Woods and I finally got together for our first actual hunt together since we welcomed Chris to our Pro Staff Team on September 19th. We of course did not actually meet up until about 10pm by the time I got all of my work done, my gear picked out, packed up and into the truck and then on the road down to Richmond, VA. As soon as we got reloaded into Chris’s truck and on the road down to his hunting camp, I was finally able to relax. The week had been slammed and I had spent the entire week dreaming about this hunt and it was finally here.
We got down to the hunting camp and crawled into bed as the alarm went off in what felt like minutes. To be honest we got around three and a half hours of sleep before Chris fried up some bacon and toast and treated me to a camp breakfast and we jumped into the truck and headed out to Kerr Lake. We got to the boat landing and it was dark and the lake had a really nice foot of fog on the crest of the lake and we had a short 2 mile trip up the lake to what looked to be a fantastic little spot.
We laid out the spread with some great little decoys and got the boat into position. Chris has spent some real time crafting a fantastic blind that lifts up over the boat and covers absolutely everything with camo burlap and it is an amazing little set up. Chris did the calling, I did the watching and Gracey(Chris’s wonderful German Shorthair) was along for lots of loving and the ride on the boat.
Over the next 3 hours we saw close to 350 geese and got shots off on 4 groups of geese and knocked down 2 geese. Both geese knocked down were taken down with the skill of Chris’s shotgun and I was not as lucky. One of the birds had a great Maryland Band on its leg and we were both pretty excited by that fact. The day ended with a trip back to the hunting camp and a well deserved nap.
It could not of been a better day and I look forward to many more hunts with Chris chasing waterfowl, upland game and whatever else we can get into.