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The Last Thursday of November is coming up this week again. I can't help but be excited. While its just another ritual the gravity that pulls me to it never weakens. It's a day that seems distant in February and January .......it sounds cool and dreamy in June and July ....... and by the time September and October roll around its worrisome that its so close and there is so much preparation to do. But from sundown the night before until half an hour before sunrise time goes into slow motion in my mind. Thanksgiving, the opening day of ducks season in Kentucky since I can remember is always kind of special . It's an annual marker in every year and a milestone to age and time and possibly wisdom ( that is still up for discussion with some of our wives and parents).
I'm 54 this year and have spent the last 45 thanksgiving mornings in a blind or boat or standing by a tree knee deep in the water with the man that I love and respect more than any other..... My dad. Throughout the years we've been joined by friends and brothers and and brothers in law and my sons but we have always been together on this morning. We have had our differences and disagreements thru the years but that always has taken a back seat on this day.
I always look forward to it as it opens our season of time together. Even though I dread the hurry and worry of someone disturbing our best laid plans or weather or conditions taking a sudden turn for the worse I look forward to it as a landmark.....the start of the season, the start of long conversations and long stretches of silence broken with muffled grunts of " three over the trees at 1:30 left to right" while turning my face to the ground but scanning the sky with my eyes. There's the hot sausage biscuits from the gas station store and a strong cup of coffee from the thermos and a peppermint cough drop.
Sitting in the blind before the first light of day and the first thundering shot from down in the bottoms.....before any ducks show up and the real action starts is a real special time. Usually nobody talks but we just sit in silence each listening to the wind or for ducks in the dark. For me this is when time kind of stands still...this is the fuel that burns the fire of a duck hunter. The times when we are still. When its dark without closing our eyes ...... you can't see but you can hear and you can feel the wind and you can smell....God you can smell. And you can remember the smells. The smell of mud and ducks and burnt powder and wet dogs...its enough to overwhelm you if you think of it all at once but man is it powerful.
I'll admit that after all of this time I still get excited . Yes I do but its different now and I suspect its even more different for him.....He's 85 this year and I'm going to guess that he has been in this game for 60 plus years and has seen really good days and really bad days and anymore he welcomes either as long as he is still out there in the game.
So here we go.....another round....hopefully not our last.
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We ended up having a decent hunt in the foggy woods but I have to say my mind was on him a lot and I missed him.
he called me while we were wading out and wanted a play by play of the whole hunt. We finally got around to talking about his injury and he is pretty optimistic about getting back after the ducks when the swelling goes down.

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This last week has been a tough for missing Pappas company in the woods and blind. That coupled with grey windless days then wrapped up with an event less ( migration wise) front and brutal cold that froze solid 90 percent of what I hunt and what few ducks we had either booked it south or rafted up on some big water to keep things open and ride out the snap.

I’ve learned thru experience how hard super cold is on gear and bodies so decided to spend some family time and focus on the thaw for hunting. The thaw is generally much better for migrations and reverse migrations than the initial cold front.

The last few days I’ve done some cooking and reading and reminiscing over old journals and photos from seasons past.

I came across this one that had “ Xmas Eve Ohio river - cave in rock “ scribbled on the back.
No Year but my guess is 87 or 88 but it could have been earlier. It was still in the hip boot days when we hunted almost exclusively out of the boat and we didn’t wear waders so not to be tempted to wade in the big rivers or lakes.

It seems like yesterday:

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This last week has been a tough for missing Pappas company in the woods and blind. That coupled with grey windless days then wrapped up with an event less ( migration wise) front and brutal cold that froze solid 90 percent of what I hunt and what few ducks we had either booked it south or rafted up on some big water to keep things open and ride out the snap.

I’ve learned thru experience how hard super cold is on gear and bodies so decided to spend some family time and focus on the thaw for hunting. The thaw is generally much better for migrations and reverse migrations than the initial cold front.

The last few days I’ve done some cooking and reading and reminiscing over old journals and photos from seasons past.

I came across this one that had “ Xmas Eve Ohio river - cave in rock “ scribbled on the back.
No Year but my guess is 87 or 88 but it could have been earlier. It was still in the hip boot days when we hunted almost exclusively out of the boat and we didn’t wear waders so not to be tempted to wade in the big rivers or lakes.

It seems like yesterday:

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Grilled Skin on duck breasts with sweet onion slice cream cheese and jalepeno.

Sandwich the stuff with the breasts and toothpick together.

Grill at 475 10 minutes on each side.

Fantastic.

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And scratch Banana pudding for desert


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Absolutely!
 

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Well guess who got back in the game today ?

He was an hour early after his hour long drive to the farm. I pulled up 20 minutes early and he had his waders on and everything loaded ready to go.
We had to hunt the mobility impaired spot but I got him a chair and did all of the lifting and wading. Didn’t bother me one bit.

It was a great hunt and we got a few delicious ducks to eat too.

And best of all I got to tell him how much I missed hunting with him this season. Yeah I got choked up. I know that one of these days I won’t get the chance to tell him that.

MAKE IT COUNT BOYS !!


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Going to dry age a few days and then brown em up real nice.
 

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Grilled Skin on duck breasts with sweet onion slice cream cheese and jalepeno.

Sandwich the stuff with the breasts and toothpick together.

Grill at 475 10 minutes on each side.

Fantastic.

D2659E75-751C-4C95-916E-EEDCD7BF8F16.jpeg




964213D3-7058-410E-BAAC-1E8E9DAEEEC9.jpeg



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And scratch Banana pudding for desert


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Will have to try that recipe.... looks damn good.

Ive been grinding a bunch of mine and about got duck burgers figured out. Add egg and flour to make it stick together. Chopped Onion and Worcestershire for flavor. Seer on a cast iron griddle.
 

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Will have to try that recipe.... looks damn good.

Ive been grinding a bunch of mine and about got duck burgers figured out. Add egg and flour to make it stick together. Chopped Onion and Worcestershire for flavor. Seer on a cast iron griddle.
leaving as much skin on as you can is what makes the difference.
 

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Well guess who got back in the game today ?

He was an hour early after his hour long drive to the farm. I pulled up 20 minutes early and he had his waders on and everything loaded ready to go.
We had to hunt the mobility impaired spot but I got him a chair and did all of the lifting and wading. Didn’t bother me one bit.

It was a great hunt and we got a few delicious ducks to eat too.

And best of all I got to tell him how much I missed hunting with him this season. Yeah I got choked up. I know that one of these days I won’t get the chance to tell him that.

MAKE IT COUNT BOYS !!


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Going to dry age a few days and then brown em up real nice.
Thanks for sharing!
 
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