Early morning flights

DSCN0114There’s one piece of truth that helps hunters get out of a warm bed in the early morning hours: You can’t make memories while sleeping in.
Lone Star Outdoor News Executive Editor Craig Nyhus experienced this mantra as he stopped by his property this weekend in McLennan County to rest before he finished his journey to Boerne.
“I arrived just before 7 p.m. and saw teal using the same spot they had two years ago on one of the ponds,” he said. “It’s a shallow flat with less than six inches of water.”
Since Craig had somewhere to be by lunch, it didn’t leave a lot of time for him to target the teal.
“There was time for a 45-minute hunt in the morning before I had to get moving,” he said. “It didn’t take that long.”
Keeping the set up simple, Craig put out a dozen teal decoys and a teal Mojo.
“At shooting time, three came in and sat, and I couldn’t get them to leave or fly so I let them swim away,” he said. “Several small groups came in and presented easy shots.”
Craig hopped in the boat and picked up his birds while more teal came and landed in the decoys.
“It’s hard to believe some people like to sleep in,” he said.