How did everybody who hunted the flats like that tide? It sucked for us hunting cottonwood. My quad was floating for a while, and trying to not swamp your quad while riding through the big holes out there in the dark was not fun. I had a knot in my stomach the whole way out. But we were able to punch through and make it out to my duck spot.
It took us so long to get out there we only had 23 min to set up before shooting time, so I hussled up and got all the 3 dozen decoys out in a record 17 minutes. My buddy got the mojos assembled and set up by the time I finished that. By the time we got the spread ready we had 2 minutes. Thats when the birds started pouring in. Three flocks, one I was sure were mallards, the second were teal, and the third I think were mallards or pintails. The problem was, they rocketed through the decoys and took off before shooting time. Then shooting time came, and nothing. I was thinking this was going to be another slow day. But about 15 min later a single came in, then it became light enough to see around us, and there were lots of birds moving. Mostly flocks of about 15. We had a few come in, and the usual singles and doubles. At one point during the hunt I noticed a cupped bird out of the corner of my eye, and looked up to see about 50 mallards cupped and coming in. I shot all three times and missed. I was pretty embarassed about that. My buddy kept having groups of 3 or 4 widgeon come in about 15 feet from him. He had to let them get out a ways before he could shoot. The shooting stayed pretty good today until about 11, then it slowed down considerably. The final count was 6 mallards 1 pintail and 1 GWT for me, and 3 widgeon, 2 mallards, and and a GWT for my buddy.
I think the northern birds are starting to come in now. It's only going to get better and better.