Duck Hunting with Cousin Mike

I recently had the opportunity to go duck/goose hunting with my cousin Mike, who has been doing this his whole life.  We have been talking about doing this for years, and I somehow had never been hunting despite our families being close.  So, when the opportunity arose, I jumped on it!

Mike’s duck club is north of Williams, CA, which is about an hour and a half from my house. This meant getting up at 4am to get out the door and to the club by 6:15.  When I arrived, Mike was not there yet – it was completely pitch black with only the stars for light.  When Mike arrived, I was happy to see he had brought his son Jack and his duck dog Blaze!

We pulled the trucks onto the dirt road that led to the rice fields, parked, and began getting our gear together. (click below to continue..)