Best duck hunt ever
|The Fletchers took six young hunters to the Potomac River for a day of duck hunting.|
Duck hunting is a sport that has not only been around for hundreds of years but has been a tradition passed on from one generation to the next.
On February 1, 2014, Brian Fletcher and his son Jake took the opportunity to participate in a youth waterfowl day, and took several area youths with them. Brian owns the company Cajun Lights in Deltaville.
In the summer of 2013 Brian built two duck blinds in the Potomac River with just this day in mind. “I love watching kids eyes light up at the sight of hundreds of ducks coming into the decoys,” said Brian.
What Brian didn’t know was that this day was going to be even more special than anticipated. “With the frigid temperatures that we have had in the weeks prior to youth waterfowl day, ice acted as our friend that day,” said Brian.
After using a backhoe to break ice at the ramp to launch their boat, they motored to their blind to find thousands of ducks congregated on open water around their blind.
“I have duck hunted in many places but I have never seen as many ducks in one area as I saw that day,” said Jake. “It was incredible. It was definitely a day that I will never forget and probably one of the best duck hunts that I have ever been on.”
After having a full-course breakfast in the blind, all six young boys gunned their limit of ducks and had a smile from ear to ear, “It’s not about the amount of ducks you harvest in a year, the type of ducks you kill, or the number of shells you shoot, it’s about the experience,” said Jake. “Those boys had an experience of a lifetime along with everyone else in the blind. We got to eat breakfast, fellowship, and luckily we got to shoot a few ducks.”
The Potomac River is full of duck hunting traditions dating back to the days of market hunters. Prior to 1918 migratory ducks were legally sold to restaurants and eateries for human consumption. As a conservation effort, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 outlawed the sale of migratory ducks in the United States. Duck hunting for game, however, has been a long tradition in the Chesapeake Bay region and one that is still cherished today by hunters.
As duck hunters, the Fletchers are passing this tradition along to the younger generation with hopes it will do the same some day.