Ever have a REALLY BAD hunt?
well, as Ive not had much luck with outboards, the last couple being old worn out junk, I hobbled together a 15hrs for our "Breakup hunt".
Yesterday the ice went out here at Noorvik, and I with forum meber Randy H loade the boat, and as its flooding everywhere, we were out for a boatload of Beaver, Muskrats (Mmmmmmm!!!) Ducks, Geese, whatever.
All was well as we took off, 20 gallons of gas and some grub later we made it about 15 miles down river, dodging and dragging the small hunting boat of mine across the jams and pices of ice, getting into lakes and sloughs , and as we were almost to the point where we would work our way home the engine seized as we were negitiating some big blocks that formed a jam.
In about two seconds a large slab came to a slamming halt against our side and Randy made his jump onto th eice as the side of the boat was pushed under. I made the decision to abandon boat as well, but with my M-39 Sako in hand and the ice cartwheeling away, I had a 20 yard swim among small broken stuff untill I made good ice and hauled out with a hand from Randy.
Randy had managed to grab his travle bag, but that was it, food, a thermos and a rifle with 5 shots between us, 20 miles from home, standing on moving heaving ice that was going about 15 mph down tward the ocean.......
Some skipping and jumping and alot of crawling, I was ahead of Randy when I decided to just swim the last 50 feet to shore~~LOL!!~~ this time with my rifle on my back. Randy didnt wait either and joined me in a second.
On shore we built a fire, drank our coffee, at soaking wet sandwiches refilled our thermos and waited.....
No more camera, shotguns, .22lrs, all the shells, tent, stove, gas, poles, hooks, boat gear, ect. ect.
Your outlook can change in seconds......I'll never use an old outboard ever again.
About 2 hours later some neighbors pulled up and we were headed home after telling, retelling and making coffee for all there. Lucky we were dry by then, as the ride home was cold enough.......
I like to look at the good things........Im alive, and gonna have new stuff by the time I get another boat together I have plenty to start with already, so
Now I gotta go to the "Shop" and get to it, Spring is racing by and its no time to be walking!!!! ~~LOL!!~~
For now, I'll have to crew with someone else........