RelationshipsOverRations Photos & Videos

1 week ago

I’ve had this image on my mind the entire week. Not with plans to post it but just a repetitive lofty day dream that won’t go away. We met @Caskey_ pretty early at a place we won’t talk about, unhooked the boat from the truck, hooked up to a wheeler, and launched with it on a muddy road that made me smile. I took this photo while driving. Higher ISO than I like and a slower shutter than I’m used to using while holding a tiller handle and standing on a seat! • Loading that sucker with more than what probably should have been put in it and went on about our business. Weaving in and out timber that had no trail and finally finding our “spot” that produced nothing else but plenty of over worked birds and laughs about how we screwed the pooch on that “last group”! I can not wait to do it again. This was from our very last weekend of hunting in LA and the birds reflected that. Day 1 is already making my mouth water. Please hurry November. • • • #TheDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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2 weeks ago

I call the photos from this day “The Lost Ones”. Thirty two days with @DryCreekOutfitters and for some reason these weren’t “unearthed” until just recently. • It was my 16th day. My dude Jeff came over and hunted a few days with us. He rented a car to drive over and we rode back to good ole LouIsiana together. • We were hunting a flooded spot in an ag field. There had been so much rain that nearly every field had some corner or low spot holding water. I can’t remember the crop but whatever it was, it was worth hunting. Birds would come over the backs of our layouts from the left side and then dump right in front of us thinking we were just part of the thick brush that had taken residence there. A terrible angle for a guy holding a camera but a spectacular scene for anyone watching, especially if they had a gun. The trip out was pretty much a laugh the entire way. Too many people on the ranger and entirely too much other stuff packed on. But ducks on roof and the rake, well they were necessary. • • • #TheDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #HuntDryCreek

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3 weeks ago

I can’t lie. I’m missing those Day 58 looks about right now. Words don’t have to be exchanged. Grunts and glares say all that needs to be said. Lack of rest and the plethora of receipts from too many gas station stops say the rest, but shouts and smiles make it all worth it. • I WISH my dude Jeff had an IG. Known this guy since kindergarten and I’ve probably spent more days with him in the last 8 seasons than I did with my wife. True story. Ask @BKShoemaker about it. I will say though, he talks way less than she does, but that’s okay, she lets me keep going. • • • #TheDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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4 weeks ago

Spent Tuesday with the guys I try to spend most of my time with during season. I guess you could call it a birthday goose hunt. On the first day of my 33rd year I was laying between socks just behind a turnrow waiting on white birds. Pics from that hunt coming soon. After the hunt we burned up the roads looking for more. I got home way later than planned and @BkShoemaker let me get away with it because “you better be glad it’s your birthday!” I admittedly took advantage of it. We ended the day at our “neighbors” (in laws) with a birthday dinner and a solid display of the alphabet and numbers knowledge. Lol. Thanks Drake. • Each year I have to ask myself how it could get any better. Each time I can’t answer the question but it seems to just answer itself as time goes on. • Thank you to everyone who reached out. Facebook “wall” posts, IG posts, IG stories, texts, AND phone calls. I appreciate everyone’s efforts to make me feel way cooler than I deserve to be. Luckily these things are only for a day because I’d have to buy new hats and cut the necks out of my shirts. You folks know EXACTLY how to make someone smile. • Photo from a public land hunt with @Saltwater_Smart while I was “working” with @DryCreekOutfitters. I’m already ready to go back and hang. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #HuntDryCreek #Birthday Credit: @wadeshoemaker

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4 weeks ago

I could tell you that all you need to live a full life is right here in this image. Well, everything but a lady and a baby. I’m a firm believer that those two are crucial to the fullest life possible, but that’s not what I’m here for. • I’m here to tel you that this image right here is plenty to get by for a good while. Friends, family, a black dog, and ducks in a Jon boat will get you a lot farther along than I used to think. It won’t take you all the way, but it will get you really really close. So thankful for this morning during day 2 of the last stop for the @RunAndGunTour 2018 at the Wings Over the Prairie Fest with some great dudes and a handsome hound. • • • • #TheDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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1 month ago

It was my first trip to Oklahoma since my first day with @DryCreekOutfitters. The hunt in Oklahoma prior to this one left us with 9 limits and a couple sprigs to show for it. This one wasn’t exactly the crazy nonstop shoot like the last one, but it did not disappoint. • We got there early enough to set out more full bodied ducks than I had ever set out and brush in a couple panels to helps our hide between some bushes. A couple clients left early to catch a flight and it was almost like a switch was flipped. They left and the skies woke up. It was a mid morning mallard flight if I had ever seen one. They’d approach from behind and fall into the decoys out front after less than two passes. The water was shallow enough for boots shorter than the ones we usually wore and contrary to every other piece of dirt we had hunted before, it was solid to step on. • I’ve got a feeling we’ll revisit this place again in the Fall. I won’t be mad about it in the least. • • • • #TheDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #HuntDryCreek

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2 months ago

If you’ve ever wondered about prices or gawked at the quote you’ve been given for photos this may help. • I’m not gonna beat the dead horse here. Not gonna harp on the usual “my stuff costs this much” or “my time is worth this much”. All that’s true, but it’s been said time and time again. Truth be told, I think people pay for style and for consistency OVER the equipment we use and the time it takes to make it happen. Taking it a step further, most people don’t have clue or even care what we use. They just know we have something that does something and they want what that thing can do. Revert back to my OPINION of what they’re really paying for. • But no matter what my opinion is, the truth stands, equipment costs real money and the things we put it through may result in costing more real money. The camera/lens combo in my hand here would run someone about $4k if you were to go buy it right now. Being transparent, that’s not even close to a “high dollar setup”. I think it goes without saying that my 🍑 was a little past puckered up at this point. Insured, but no time to be without. This isn’t “look at what it costs” but know that I’m not scared to drag $4k through the mud and slop or put it through literal hell for the shot. Any of the guys/girls worth their day rate or project proposal aren’t either. We’ll do it without a second thought because we’re PROUD of what we do and we understand that we’re only capable because we’re crazy enough to do this. • *EDIT* I did clean this up. Isopropyl alcohol and makeup removal cotton patches made it happen. 2.5 hours of them... • • • Photo: @Tristan_Sullivan #TheDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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3 months ago

Fatherhood (and God Fatherhood) is an intentional act of obedience and discipline. I’m blessed to know men of character who are also quiet pillars of strength for our next generation. Amidst everything the hunting season throws at him @wadeshoemaker keeps his priorities in order. #intentionalfatherhood #fatherhood #godfather #beadad #parenting #takeakidhunting #mentoring #Repost @wadeshoemaker with @get_repost ・・・ Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science. - Bruno Bettelheim. • She isn’t technically mine to raise, but really she is. My favorite hunter, not huntress. My favorite girl. My most willing partner in crime. My only god daughter. J. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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3 months ago

Which one are you!? • First off, big thank you for taking interest on that turkey post that went up a week ago! Seriously appreciate that. Honestly wasn’t expecting it, but I was thrilled to see it! • But second, back to my heartbeat. Flooded woods and friends in the “winter” months of LA! Sixty days of chances to chase ducks (or ghosts if we’re referring to this year’s game) and more if we’re fortunate enough to travel. It’s hard to wait it out till November, it’s close to labor pains really. It’s something not many understand. Say what you want, not even all duck hunters do. As unfortunate as it sounds, even some that struggle with the wait now, won’t in years to come. For some it’s a part of them. But for a small few, it courses through every part of them, like blood from a heartbeat. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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3 months ago

The turkey’s eyes are such that he can see a bumblebee turn a somersault on the verge of the horizon. - Archibald Rutledge • • • • Photo For: @DryCreekOutfitters

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3 months ago

Best, best, and best. Number one in each respective category as far as I’m concerned and all in the same image. Friend, cooler, and boat. So ready for a few days with all three again. • I stood in the river with camera in hand while getting weird looks from a boat full of a family we didn’t know. Jeff, as always, was a stud. Carrying the cooler from point A to point B and then repeat more than once isn’t always easy, especially in the mud. Eventually the family giving us the weird looks came and said hi. Solid folks that were just worried we were checking their noodles. 😂. Totally understandable. Hope to run into them again one day. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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3 months ago

Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science. - Bruno Bettelheim. • She isn’t technically mine to raise, but really she is. My favorite hunter, not huntress. My favorite girl. My most willing partner in crime. My only god daughter. J. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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4 months ago

Mid morning. Pick up the dead ones. Rearrange the fake ones. Shoot more real ones. • They said there were 150ish birds on this tank. The sentence that followed made me pick up my jaw that had dropped in disbelief. “We could take 10 guys out there.” Ha. Not where I’m from homeboy. • Obviously the rules are a little different west of me. The birds piled in perfectly and the clients shot nearly 9 limits of wigeon that were trying to land on their boot bags. It was incredible and just one of many ideas that keeps me in my lane. Birds may be birds, but the “rules” are absolutely different over there. Can’t wait to get back to @DryCreekOutfitters with the boys! • • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #HuntDryCreek

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4 months ago

There’s a very small number of guys that I chat with on a regular basis that I’ve known for their entire life. Here’s both of them. One since kindergarten and the other since his first breath. I hope to keep that pace until my last one. • This day was foggy enough that birds weren’t even visible until the 100 yard mark. They low and slow following the sound of our calls and the eventual sight of our spread. The fog would burn off, the geese would quickly find their way to the loaf, and we would pack up with smiles to head home. • The little one was a little over zealous in his help but that made it all the more exciting. The big one was understanding enough to go along with it as I ran to grab the camera. Uncle Jeff has a new tagalong whether he wants one or not and Drake has that look in his eye already. There’s gonna be many more days like this one, but until then, I wanna remember all of them like this. • • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #GunnerEffect

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4 months ago

I know we’re supposed to be swapping to a Springtime state of mind. Fish and turkey should be on our brains is what the calendar and attention graph says. • It’s honestly a struggle for me to shift from waterfowl to anything. It doesn’t matter the time of year or the temperature outside, I’m never okay with it. Thankfully snow geese let me put off the inevitable a little bit longer. Thankfully we don’t have to guess what this hound is picking up because all that matters is he’s picking it up. A rice field. Some dudes. A dog. A good time. • Photo For: @TrifectaAgency / @SunglassHut • Big thank you to the ones who gave me the nod to tag along! • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #GunnerEffect

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4 months ago

Recently @DryCreekOutfitters posted this image. It was followed by the simple caption that read exactly what it needed to. • It was a struggle to get into this field. @Tanner_Cobb urged us that “it’ll be aite” while @LeeMcc35 and myself were a little less confident. None of us were wrong. It wasn’t easy from anywhere, but we made it happen either way. • A few solid people from TN and some supposed slayers from South Texas were with us that day. The sky was black with ducks that morning and several met their end before it was over. It was one of my very first sheet water experiences and it did not disappoint. I was thrilled. • After several volleys and very climatic mid morning this was how we decided to leave the field. It had been a rollercoaster of emotions for all of us. The birds, the shots, the ending, and the exit. Neither of the fellas wanted me to take this shot, but I just couldn’t help it. We had a couple A-Frames, at least 7 dozen decoys, some seats, buckets, and all of our gear in one very loaded down @PolarisORV. We left nothing in that field but we took away some memories that will NEVER be forgotten. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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4 months ago

California Dreamin’ • Honest to goodness, we didn’t burn em up this day. My first “snow storm” which would equate to a Louisiana blizzard was enough for me to go home and call it good. I LOVED it. • We came around the corner and saw what we needed to see. Some birds, some wind, and a tule thicket big enough to hide two boats. This was midway through the final sit of the first day. Some sure enough boot lips gave it up. • Plenty more stories from the trip, and I’m sure I’ll eventually get to those, but this is about this day. It was literally Jekyll and Hyde. We watched the walls of snow approach and then in an instant the skies cleared and the sun showed up. Only thing is I really preferred Hyde over Jekyll. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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4 months ago

Believe it or not, sometimes I grab a gun. Granted the gun I’m holding isn’t mine but it’s a gun nonetheless. A wad of sprigs came in and a few decided to stay around. It really wasn’t up to them at this point, but those few were constant company the rest of the morning. Not really lively, but still a good time. • This one in particular hid for a while and when someone spotted him I grabbed the first gun they handed me and took off. I was on the end and rumor has it that I could’ve caught him in the air if I needed to. I was “flying”. I didn’t know. I just knew the fellas was trying to pull a smooth one on us. @Sullivan_Tristan seems to think it was possible. But that would be silly. That’s why I took the gun. Pellets fly with way less effort. • Thanks to @TravisBrubakerImage for snagging up my weapon and shooting a few my way on the return. I’m not real sure what was going through @_KileJones mind right then but I’m betting it was worth a listen. And King, well that guy deserves a 👑 after the mud he dealt with that week. @DryCreekOutfitters wasn’t dry at all this year. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #HuntDryCreek

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5 months ago

Not saved by the bell. • Tbh we had trouble finding a spot for this shot. No idea where to lay them and no idea how to set them up. As luck would have it we spotted these lockers laying in some thick and tall grass. We picked them up, broke the grass over that was in front it, and then propped them up with an old marine battery. Don’t ask how any of that stuff got there because we have zero clue. A slow early morning turned into an eventful late morning. Just another lesson learned towards waiting the mallards out. Guess the lockers were meant for us after all. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #HuntDryCreek

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5 months ago

No shots fired for me over the last week. Not from a gun anyway. Spent the last part of the week with @HuntersHelpingHeroes and @SnowAddictionsGuideService holding a camera and hanging with some SOLID company. • Hunting these white birds has been rough all over and no matter what you throw at them, they still will make you feel like “less of a man” when they’re done with you. I’m not even an amateur but I know the difference between tough hunting and tough learning. I hope my truck bed or one of my buddy’s looks like this next time we go. I honestly hope you can’t see the bed for the geese. Realistically that’s probably not going to be the case, but I assure you it won’t be for lack of effort. Here’s to the weekend that hasn’t made it here yet. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #BoysAreBackInTown #DiveBombSquad

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5 months ago

Leaving tomorrow for a couple days at @SnowAddictionsGuideService with @HuntersHelpingHeroes. Expecting some good wind and mild temps according to The Weather Channel app (🤷🏽‍♂️). Was gonna hold off and post this photo later but I may forget or just look over it. • I was able to make another trip with the guys last weekend. It’s getting funner and funner hunting with some of the few I’ve hunted with longer than most. We never say where and unless something seriously life threatening happens, we probably never will. And even then we aren’t sure if that’s enough. Headed back soon, just not soon enough. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #BoysAreBackInTown

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5 months ago

I’m a few days behind on posting this, but that was sort of intentional. With all the fuss about corn and warm water (🙄) I figured a trip north was in order. Made it even better that it happened with these guys. Maybe one day we’ll pile white birds high together, but this was plenty on that day. My birthday. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #BoysAreBackInTown

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5 months ago

Spent Tuesday with the guys I try to spend most of my time with during season. I guess you could call it a birthday goose hunt. On the first day of my 33rd year I was laying between socks just behind a turnrow waiting on white birds. Pics from that hunt coming soon. After the hunt we burned up the roads looking for more. I got home way later than planned and @BkShoemaker let me get away with it because “you better be glad it’s your birthday!” I admittedly took advantage of it. We ended the day at our “neighbors” (in laws) with a birthday dinner and a solid display of the alphabet and numbers knowledge. Lol. Thanks Drake. • Each year I have to ask myself how it could get any better. Each time I can’t answer the question but it seems to just answer itself as time goes on. • Thank you to everyone who reached out. Facebook “wall” posts, IG posts, IG stories, texts, AND phone calls. I appreciate everyone’s efforts to make me feel way cooler than I deserve to be. Luckily these things are only for a day because I’d have to buy new hats and cut the necks out of my shirts. You folks know EXACTLY how to make someone smile. • Photo from a public land hunt with @Saltwater_Smart while I was “working” with @DryCreekOutfitters. I’m already ready to go back and hang. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #HuntDryCreek #Birthday

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5 months ago

Don’t Let Your Demeanor Be Your Demise • There’s so much more than persona and first impressions when you get to the point I am in life. One thing in particular has stood out for me this past year. Demeanor. • Each year I meet new people, hunt with more people, and walk away with solid relationships with some of those people. Some take shape right away and others aren’t even tangible until later on down the road. I’ve learned that persona only matters from a distance and first impressions are only good one time. The demeanor of a person has been known to make or break it for me. The way they “hold their nose” or the obvious interests they have when they’re around. • Listening and watching others has made me more aware of my own self and I’m thankful for that. I hope that I’m closer what I’m striving to be and I hope that I’m making leaps and bounds towards a better 30 something. My mom reminded me today that my birthday is tomorrow. Here’s to 33 and a more approachable demeanor. • • Photo: @Sullivan_Tristan #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #Demeanor #Birthday

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5 months ago

The inside of the truck on Day 59 of 60. Surprisingly organized compared to some. A lot of credit goes to most of my days being in one of many @DryCreekOutfitters rides but nonetheless we will celebrate the cleanliness of my little @GMC. • A few things to note. Caffeine comes in many forms. Good company the same. Sugary carbs aren’t bad either. Keep them close and you’re always in for a good time. @GlockInc on magnets and a @ProDriveOutboards hooked to your hitch helps a lot too. 😉 • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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5 months ago

For getting you there, back, and everything in between. @ProDriveOutboards has you covered even at breakfast. • I’ve spent the last two years in, out, and around this thing. It hasn’t failed me. Neither has the office that stands behind it. Now that the storm that is waterfowl season is over I can say without a doubt that I’m stoked to be a part of this team. Thankful for them. Looking forward to watch this grow! • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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5 months ago

Pulled a Quick One • This season played a terrible trick on a lot of us. Hopes and promise of an early push with plenty of water to go around. It was the polar opposite of last season. The year before we searched for water. This one had us searching for ground that wasn’t covered by 4 feet of it. To say we didn’t learn would be a lie but to say we could have been okay without that whooping would be an understatement. • I spent the majority of my year with @DryCreekOutfitters in Wichita Falls, TX and experienced a whole new level of hunting. I had less slow mornings than my guys and gals over here in the Southern part of the Mississippi Flyway. Luckily, I was able to spend my last few days of season in the woods with my dudes. Already looking forward to next year. Doesn’t matter the outcome. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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5 months ago

J’s First Flooded Timber • Her first river run was a good one to start with. A “balmy” 27* headed straight into the less than calm North wind. I made sure she had plenty of clothes on but as her *favorite* uncle I still worried it wasn’t enough. Each time I would ask if she was okay she would nod in acknowledgment and stare directly into the soul of that north wind. Almost as if it was welcomed. • It was a rush to set up. She held my arm as she navigated her first steps in waders and I held my breath as I watched it happen. As soon as we stepped into the woods she asked “Uncle Wade, is this flooded timber?” I let her know that it was and reminded her that it was my most favorite thing to do in the world but now it was even more my favorite thing because she was there with me. What followed was a smile and expression that only J is capable of. She glowed but tried to keep it low key. There was no hiding it. • No shots were fired. The few birds that flew over sky high we’re as exciting as they ever had been. I’ve never experienced the enamor of a hunt that I saw in her eyes that day. Not even when I was a kid. Monday solidified the answers to my questions. I’ve got a sure enough stud of a sidekick and my two boys have a big cousin that’s gonna be hard to catch up with. I’ve got a feeling she won’t let them fall too far behind. • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #Sidekick

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6 months ago

I’ve gotta be honest. I’ve been away from the house for longer than I ever have been. The last 42 days have allowed me only 10 to be with @BkShoemaker and our 2.5 year old man child. It’s been hard and tough and everything else you’d expect. • Those other 32 days were more than just time away from home. They were more than just work. More than just photos. They were experiences. They were lessons learned. They were emotions. I’d be lying if I told you that I had one single image that summed up the trip. Unfortunately I do not. Not for me anyway. This one will have to do. • A mud and blood stained @DryCreekOutfitters hoody on the back of @_KileJones during a wet, foggy, and nasty BANGER. I think it’s simple. I think it’s clear. I think it’s obvious. Hunt. Dry. Creek. • Thank you @R.Morgan91 for trusting and allowing me to photograph your clients and your crew. Thank you Dry Creek crew for putting up with for an entire month! Can’t wait for the next one. • • • • #TheyDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #HuntDryCreek

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6 months ago

GET YOU A HANDFUL AND GET YOUR 🍑 BACK DOWN! • At 0900 a recount was in order. Thirteen guns laid on their side between volleys and raised in haste when the time came. We all knew our lanes and we all stayed between our lines. Guns pointed where they should have been and birds falling when they should have. Bossman came out of retirement, “the champ” blew his goose calls literally better than anyone in the world could have, and the other 11 (including myself) played our respective roles. When everyone understands and plays the part they’re meant to play good things happen. We got muddy. We got bloody. We got tarred. At 0900 we entered triple digits. • Lines and lanes are drawn for a reason. They’re efficient and tend to help everyone get where they’re going safely and quickly. It’s when others try to clog up the exits trying to go somewhere they don’t belong that messes up the flow of traffic. <<<—Moral of the story ^^^. • • • • #TheDED #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #HuntDryCreek

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6 months ago

County roads are good for a lot of things. Some are obvious and some aren’t as much. This one may be the latter. • Didn’t plan to post this today, but too much cool happened not to. 😏. 120 with a Speck x Canada on this Wednesday. • • • • #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #HuntDryCreek

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6 months ago

I don’t post many of the images from @DryCreekOutfitters on my personal. Not yet. I especially don’t post many pile pics on my feed. Hunts both personal and Dry Creek’s. There’s more than one reason for that. Here’s one of my favorites from December. Good people. Cool scene. • Don’t worry. We’re still killing. • • • • #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations #HuntDryCreek

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6 months ago

Knee deep water isn’t always knee deep. • They see things differently than we do. They experience things differently than we do. It’s up to us to make sure it’s all a good time. • • • • #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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6 months ago

Around 400 people agreed with me that a boat breakfast is the best breakfast. So here it is. Boat breakfast in mid swing. • As soon as my hands touched the boat we heard quacks and that very familiar whistle. A three count later and they were breaking the canopy to land in the decoys we had left just minutes prior. We watched them land and then watched them leave. All for breakfast. Worth it. • • • • #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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6 months ago

In the goose field this morning with @DryCreekOutfitters and we’ve got birds on the ground with more working in. Can’t say I don’t love it, but dirty water and clean canopy tops are my favorite. When I make it back home I’ll have 7 days to try it again. Sorry @bkshoemaker , you may just have to come to the camp to hang, I won’t be home long. • • • • #KnowWhereYouStand #RelationshipsOverRations

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6 months ago

I’m not super into the new year’s resolution game. I’m not a fan of the thought that so many can be so different over the course of a night’s sleep. What I am about is improving. Improving your craft, your crew, and your current situation. Improving anything really. • Here’s to better relationships, better responses to issues that may come, and better times than we ever thought possible. More selfless. Less selfish. More we. Less me. 2019 will be your banner year! Well, until 2020! • • • • #KnowWhereYouStand #HappyNewYear2019

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6 months ago

I’ll save you the spill for 2018. It was cool, it was fast, and it was fun. It was tough, it was tricky, and it was trying. • I think it goes without saying that 18 was good, but it needs to be noted that 19 will be better. It’s a new year, not new stuff. Just better being built on top of what’s already there. The best is really yet to come. • • • • #KnowWhereYouStand #HappyNewYear

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6 months ago

With only a few days left at home until we start Dry Creek round two and I’m honestly already looking forward to what’s ahead. There’s a lot of opportunity that Louisiana just doesn’t offer and this is one. I mean, birds are birds, but we hardly ever see these. It won’t be long now fellas! Get your Ignite ready! (😉) • • • • #KnowWhereYouStand #HuntDryCreek

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6 months ago

Yes. As a matter of fact I did put a limb large enough to be considered a small tree on top of the back end of the boat. You’ll have that on those big jobs. • • • • #KnowWhereYouStand #HideYourBoat

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6 months ago

It’s been two seasons since our “good woods” have consistently had water. This would’ve made number 3 and we fully expected it to fall in line with the previous two. Mother Nature had other plans, as she always does, and it’s almost too wet. With more rain in the forecast and river levels that are TBD, I’m gonna choose to focus on the few days I have left here in LA. • Hard bottoms, root balls, and canopy holes. Won’t matter if it’s sunny or grey, we’ll be in the woods somewhere, hopefully. Playing the shadows and a WILD version of Marco Polo till end of season. Texas in between, and timber on each end. This year is definitely not like the rest. • • • • #KnowWhereYouStand #HuntDryCreek

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6 months ago

*151* • Over the course of the last 16 days I’ve had the pleasure, opportunity, experience, and, debatably of course, chore of working alongside @DryCreekOutfitters. Some of the “killingest” guys I’ve ever spent time with made my exit even more exciting because I’m able to look forward to Round 2 in January! So glad I was allowed these 16 days and the 16 more coming up. @R.Morgan91 has a special group under the DCO umbrella and I’m STOKED to call them friends. • We got our butts whooped several times, but we won on most days. I guess that sort comes with the territory when you scout more than you sleep. We laid to rest more birds during my short stay than most hunters will ever knock down in a season. I’d tell you how many, but it doesn’t really matter. Not to them anyway. Their routine stays the same. • Hunt. Eat. Scout. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. It’s what makes this outfit successful and days like this one possible. See you fellas in 10 days!! Ready to “knock the soul” -( @leemc35 ) out of some more. • • • • #KnowWhereYouStand #HuntDryCreek

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6 months ago

A few ticks left on the timepiece and then it’s go time. We call this “wait o’clock”. • Feels good for the clock to still be on the countdown with 70dzn decoys put out and 23 blinds brushed in. Went quicker than expected. Now we wait. Oh yea, and a 151 bird day after a rush helps the hustle stay strong. • • • • #OpenerIsEverything

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7 months ago

Constant snow. Random shakes. Numb hands. Warm hearts. Happy place is putting it mildly. • • • • #OpenerIsEverything

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7 months ago

I like to put stories to scenes as much as I can, but sometimes you drive into town to make a deposit at the bank and there’s birds hanging out. I figured it may be nice to toss up an image of a live one as well. So, at least I got half of that accomplished. • • • • #OpenerIsEverything #HuntDryCreek

92018
7 months ago

We’re here for ducks. We aren’t being shy about that. These just come with the territory. • Rumor around here has it that these Butte Valley geese are big evil devils. Glad we could help with that. • • • • #Diverge7 #OpenerIsEverything

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7 months ago

Remember that thing I said about unfamiliar? Yeah, so, there’s that. • 4AM boat ramps, motor checks, and pregame jabs are all commonplace. The rest of it, not so much. • • • • #Diverge7 #OpenerIsEverything

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7 months ago

Leaving tomorrow to do some very familiar things in a very unfamiliar place. I’ll plan to come back a little more educated and a lot more humbled. Excited about what’s ahead and nervous about what’s now. I guess it doesn’t get much better than that. • Hopefully I can keep seeing all of it the way she does. Even the alarm clock, which is usually me, makes her smile when what follows looks like this. Here’s to keeping things fresh and treating each experience like it’s always a first. I know I enjoy watching her do it! • • • • #Diverge7 #OpenerIsEverything

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7 months ago

Enamored and intrigued. One of many trips to the strap for this one. Luckily, I know a guy that will help her with her habits. • • • • #Diverge7 #OpenerIsEverything #Youth

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8 months ago

A week ago I wouldn’t have written this in the same tone I am now. A few days in Venice with some incredible people who represented stellar brands in the fishing world. Wind and rain pounded us for the only days we were able to put the boats in the water. Water coming down, or sideways in our case, isn’t the easiest thing to photograph in. But it happened anyway. • This weekend provided plenty of plot twists. What seemed to be a foolproof plan proved to be closer to a game of chutes and ladders. Alarm clocks are only good when they work and plans are only good when they come together. Nothing went as intended, it never really does. But it happened anyway. • On Thursday @HomerunCharters and @Capt_CoreyGradwohl let me tag along to the lease in Venice and have a sure enough “meat haul”. Plenty of birds, more laughs about a smelly situation, and a couple soiled pieces of Sitka later, we made it back. Going back out in the rain tomorrow. Not what we had planned for the first Monday of our season, but it’s happening anyway. • • • • #Diverge7 #OpenerIsEverything #Home

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8 months ago

My life looks a lot different these days. Consumed by a 60 day season that’s brought me many friends and taken away many more hours of sleep. The difference will be my downtime, albeit there won’t be much of it, but I know EXACTLY where it will be spent. Home. • Tomorrow I head to Venice, LA for a writer’s conference called Confluence. It’s the second annual shindig that @FrontierSalesGroup has put on and it’s shaping up to be a little more of my flavor. It’s the “kickoff” to what will prove to be the busiest season of my life, ever. • I still plan to put plenty of birds in the bed of this truck over the course of the 60 day season. Not sure what will surround them, but I can guarantee that the ice bags from get togethers, “crocks” (rocks) from my yard, and sand buckets from “side” (outside), will be at least close to heart. • • • • #Diverge7 #YouthHunt #OpenerIsEverything #Home

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8 months ago

It’s been about 12 hours since this shot and I don’t even remember the joke, but that’s okay, because I’ll never forget the laughs. • Not that it matters, seeing as how this is what really matters, but there’s several ducks hanging on the other side of that closest smile. We had a BLAST. Some solid hits and some solid whiffs. Neither can wait for the next round. • Trey will always have an invite to youth day, he just won’t be able to bring a gun after today. J has 10 years ahead of her and she’s already talking about the trip that will make it 9. About two shell boxes empty. At least 10 packs of @welchs fruit snacks down, a dozen white powdered donuts, and some @Belvita to “top it off”. Nine birds down with 8 recovered. Now, only one week will till the big leagues. • • • • #Diverge7 #YouthHunt #KidsHuntToo #OpenerIsEverything

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8 months ago

This weekend is different. It is for me anyway. I have invites to hunt and I turn them all down. Respectfully of course. I thank them and expound on my jealousies because they’ll be holding a gun and I won’t. • For whatever reason, it makes sense to somebody that the East side of the state should open a week later than the rest of it. I’m not questioning the dates, just backfilling those that may not know. • Tomorrow is youth day. This evening I’ll have two “kids” in my truck. One on his very last youth hunt and the other on her 3rd with 10 more to go. Tomorrow is why I tell my buddies no. It’s why I stress and hustle like I’m running out daylight. It’s the sole reason, I believe, that what we enjoy today will be here tomorrow. I look forward to it every single year. I feel, as an adult who loves this sport, that it is more than an obligation to make sure my hand plays a part in the next step our sport takes. • I’m lucky to be in a place where hunting is second nature for most and first for some. It isn’t hard to find willing participants. I encourage you to find a few willing and take them out. Be safe and be smart, but please be fun. Good luck out there! • • • • #Diverge7 #YouthHunt #KidsHuntToo

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8 months ago

I’ve got a soft spot for yellow labs. I’ve got a softer spot for yellow labs that hunt. • I was in Texas over Labor Day weekend photographing for @R.Morgan91 ’s humongous dove hunt. One morning I asked to be placed with a hunter who had a dog. This guy just happened to have a yellow. We talked about dogs, birds, and life’s blessings that day. He and his family limited and I moved to another group. Super thankful for the people I’ve met on this road. • • • • #Diverge7 #Dove #Lab • Photo Via: @DryCreekOutfitters

94012
9 months ago

The Day Water Lost Its Splash • This was the day I realized my 70-200 autofocus had went out for good. It was a FRUSTRATING feeling to say the least. To be on shoot and have your most used lens “go down” is not a feeling you look forward to. Manual lens it is. • This was also the day we walked a mile in and busted ice with our feet another 1/4 mile to our spot. When this one hit the water it didn’t splash. It made us laugh hysterically and question what we had just seen. Not because it didn’t go through the ice but because @RedBeardJohn was actually the one who hit it. Jk. It was the reality that our water had lost its splash. • • • • #Diverge7 #SingleLadies #Hen

1.7k39
9 months ago

Teal season is over. Gone. Finished. Finito. Done. Now it’s time to see what November is made of! Won’t be long folks. • I stood on a 4wheeler battery pushed all the way to the tailgate in the bed of my truck going down a COUNTRY road moving at 30MPH for this. Jeff, who was driving, would yell “HOLD ON” as we approached the plethora of potholes that littered this dead end street. As we bounced over each set he would then yell “AITE” to let me know it was “safe” to stand on the battery again. Less bumps means less chance to get bumped out, right? Super sketch, but we got it done after about 3 trips. • • • #Teal #TealSeason #Boats

1.4k52
10 months ago

Here we go again. Teal time. • My buddy Jeff doesn’t have an Instagram so I wanted to sort of introduce him. He’s either in or around most of the images you see of mine. The epitome of a pal. • Known this fella since kindergarten. He’s been my best friend since we were 6 and was the best man in my wedding. Dude has been by my side and usually in whatever it was I was into throughout most of my life. He’s had influence on a lot of the decisions I’ve made and helped my habits of duckin’ for the last 10 years. Saturday we get to hunt together for the first time since February. Doesn’t matter what gets shot as long as it isn’t either of us. 😂 • • • • #Pal #Teal #TealSeason #TBT

78210
10 months ago

Teal season.... • I was able to hunt once this weekend. Couldn’t sleep the night before it. The last several hunts I’ve been a part of involved me holding my camera. The idea that I got to load my gun had me all kinds of anxious. I liked it. I appreciated it. It wasn’t expected. • It had to of been the hottest I’d ever gotten. The most strenuous pack in and out I’d ever been a part of. Was worried I was getting old until I turned around and saw the rest of the crew. We all rode the struggle bus that day. It was fun. It was hell. It’s debatable if it was worth it. It’s unanimous that we’d do it again. • • • #StruggleBus #Teal #GetOutside

9248
10 months ago

I wonder a lot what it will be like when my boy is old enough to go on a hunt with me. Earlier this week I found out that my wife and I have baby number 2 due in May. Now I wonder about that hunting scene even more. • I hope it looks a lot like this. I hope it happens often. I hope they love it more than me. • • • Photo for @DryCreekOutfitters #Dove #DoveSeason #DoveHunting

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10 months ago

Sometimes those gritty situations you get into make for the best memories. #GritHappens 📷 : @wadeshoemaker How many of y’all are ready to struggle a little this year? Coming in too hot sometimes ends up being a chore on the way out. • Getting out doesn’t always go as planned. Now that I think about, nothing went as planned this day. Well, except for the end result. • • • • #ShallowWaterNinjas #ChoppingItUp #OOSER #RecycledRhetoric #RelationshipsOverRations #DOHunt #DOWork #Duck #Waterfowl #DuckHunting #Nature #Wildlife #Outdoors #BuiltForTheWild #YETI #OnXHunt #BloodSweatGear #RigEmRight #SitkaGear #MoreThanACalling #ProDriveOutboards #FPR #MtnOps #WhatGetsYouOutdoors #PublicLand #KeepItPublic

622
10 months ago

I won’t say that it’s the most I’ll ever see in my life, but I can say that it’s PROBABLY more than I’ll ever see. • The fellas at @DryCreekOutfitters know the deal. @r.morgan91 runs a HECKOFA operation. Year round hog hunts, spring turkey, dove, and of course waterfowl. See you fellas again soon! • • • • #EurasionInvasion #Dove #DoveSeason

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10 months ago

How many of y’all are ready to struggle a little this year? Coming in too hot sometimes ends up being a chore on the way out. • Getting out doesn’t always go as planned. Now that I think about, nothing went as planned this day. Well, except for the end result. • • • • #ShallowWaterNinjas #ChoppingItUp #OOSER

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