Monday, September 13, 2010
Working for Waterfowl
When the opening day of Dove Season has come and gone, it means that Duck Season is coming up. This requires a significant amount of work around our Waterfowl Hunting Club.
The Club maintains 5 blinds on the water and 3 underground goose pits. Before the season begins, the blinds need to be cleaned out,and re-camoflauged. All the members pitch in and we cut local grass to conceal the blinds. We also repair any damage that the long off season and harsh weather inflicts on the Blinds. This weekend found us so engaged and some pictures above show the guys at work.
Likewise, we have to clean out the Goose Pits and get them ready. We also clean the decoys and get the boats,oars and life jackets squared away.
Then we turn our efforts to the Clubhouse and perform a thorough cleaning. This includes cleaning out the 2 fridges, scrubbing the floors and walls and bleaching all the cutlery and crockery.Next is serious vacuuming and cleaning all the sheets and blankets.
It is a considerable amount of work. However, as the Amish say: "Many hands make small work." So when we get a crew of 6 or 7 members all hitting the chores, the list gets checked off rather quickly. After the work is done we usually shoot some clay pigeons and then have dinner, drinks and finish at the poker table.
Early Teal season is already here and I plan to dodge the office tomorrow morning to join Charlie and his Chicago pal in a Teal hunt before sunrise and then be back at my desk by 1 p.m.