This will be a short post this morning. I spent a couple of hours yesterday getting my duck boat ready. I’m planning to take Peck and Kaia on a little recon run this morning. We hunt an area in the South end of Puget Sound. I need to check all our routes and waypoints to make sure nothing has changed too much since last year. I wouldn’t want to set out all our decoys and get the boat anchored in the pre-dawn only to find as the sun rises, that the boundaries of the refuge have changed or a new building is in place or perhaps someone has set out an anchor buoy and moored a boat in the middle of our hunting spot.
In preparation for boat hunting, I’ve trained Peck to enter and exit via the platform on the side of the boat. We did all this in small stages over several days. The training began with our trusty old canoe because it’s easy to get in and out of. Later we progressed to the duck boat on land at first, then moved to a nearby lake. By the way, all this training was done in the summer when the air and water were much warmer. All of this is “old hat” to Kaia who watches with a bored look as Peck is going through his paces. She does get excited when we finally move the training to the lake where she can enjoy a good swim.
I’ll bring along a few bumpers so I can throw them a retrieve or 2. I’m tempted to bring along a fishing rod as well. Neither of the dogs gets too excited about fishing though, so perhaps it’s better if I limit the “mission creep” and just stick to recon and a few marked retrieves with bumpers. We’ll see!