The first split of duck season came and left before I could even blink my eyes. It’s hard to believe that we’re already 2 weeks into the second split in December – where the heck did November go?
Anyhoo… Let’s get rolling!
John and I hunted in Georgetown for opening day. It was a fairly warm morning – one that required a ThermaCell – but it turned out to be a beautiful day. Although we didn’t have any ducks to show for our efforts, we still saw plenty of birds throughout the morning. We just happened to pick the wrong blind to hunt, and the ducks never really came our way.
With the super warm weather up north, and our land still feeling the effects from hurricane Matthew, nobody had very high hopes for the start of the season. The ducks just hadn’t come down yet, and those that had were concentrated where there was still food. Still, it’s always good to at least see ducks in the air, so we were sufficiently entertained!
Part of my excitement for that first hunt was getting to try out my new Girls With Guns Waterfowl Jacket. The GWG girls were kind enough to send one to me to try out for the season, and I could not wait to put it to the test. I was pleased to find out that I can wear the jacket on all occasions – whether I had just a long sleeve T-shirt underneath it, or was layered up for colder weather. With the PrimaLoft Silver Insulation, the jacket never felt bulky, and never got in the way of shooting or picking up decoys.
If you saw my Instagram post, you know I took a spill that morning while picking up decoys, and the wrist cuffs on the jacket helped to keep my arms dry (even though I filled my waders with water). Shocking, right?
Hollis Lumpkin writes that she is a "simple girl living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, but I happen to have a great love for the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing." She is a duck-hunting freak. Hollis pens an exclusive version of "The Bright Side of the Road," for The WON. View all posts by Hollis Lumpkin