The McLennan County spot that had produced on Christmas Eve didn’t pan out so well on Saturday.
A combination of a full moon, cold temperatures, a bright blue sky and a northwest wind sent the birds elsewhere.
We moved decoys around before legal shooting time, and it was so bright you could drive to the pond without your headlights and we didn’t need them to move decoys or set up.
The hunters, like a few days before, placed layout blinds along the bank of the pond that is normally about five acres in size, but now is between three and four acres.
Birds flew before legal shooting time and several landed just outside the decoys, but only a few small groups came in later, and the group of three hunters managed five gadwall and one wigeon.
The others were flying sky high.
But they’re still around, so we’ll try again.