I'll probably never be so happy with such an ugly bird again! I haven't shot a merganser in probably a decade, but got the itch to take my new pup after some on an old river haunt I used to frequent back in the day, so I made this merganser decoy and floated him for the first time on Saturday. There weren't many lawn darts around because it was still so warm around here, but I managed to break in the decoy with at least one bird. That was a nice highlight, as well as my dogs last retrieve of the day, which was a solid hundred yard mark on the river, which she NAILED! I was a proud hunting partner after that one!
Another highlight (or lowlight depending on how you look at it!!!) was I had a pair of hooded mergansers come in, which I have never shot before, and I didn't get a shot off. They landed about 10 yards from me, but on the other side of a low-hanging tree, so I couldn't shoot through all the branches.
Oh well, still cool to see.