Well, after a long deployment, I finally got the oppotunity to go hunting this morning, despite having to show up to work for about an hour and a half. I went to one of the lakes on base with just a few decoys and my pirogue. I got setup about 10 minutes prior to LST and was feeling optimistic, despite heavy fog. I knew I only had about 1 hour to hunt before I had to pack it in and go into work. Well, I saw probably a dozen or so birds, 2 came by right at LST and the fog obscured them enough to keep me from seing them til they were gone. Saw a nice sized flock of about 6-8 birds but the were too far out and then saw another 4 birds too far again before I started packing up.
After I finished up my litle bit of work I decided to head back out and see what I could manage. Got back to the lake around 1115 and started paddling to the far side of the lake. I could see birds swimming on the water earlier, but had no binos, so I brought them with me this time around. As I was paddling I could see a couple of birds all the way across the lake, but still to far away to make them out in the binos. I kept paddling, and the birds didn't seem to be in a hurry to get away so I would paddle little and them check them out with my binos. It was a pair and I could tell they were ducks, just unsure of the species. As I got closer, I decided I would take on if I got close enough. I thought it was a pair of hen canvasbacks, and I knew I am only allowed one. Well, I took my shot and and here you go. My first duck in AK and my first White Wing Scoter.