But within this landscape, it was harvested pea fields that captured most of our attention. To start each hunt, we combed across rows of pea stubble in search of what our guide called “the fine line.” According to Scott, this was the spot “where geese or ducks have recently stopped feeding and will start back up in the morning or late afternoon. You find it by looking for a combination of loose peas or grain, fresh droppings, and lots of feathers.”
With two decades of hunting and scouting experience to guide him, Scott repeatedly located this prime real estate. Hunt after hunt, birds piled into our spreads with a degree of conviction that implied they were reuniting with old flockmates for another feast.
This was definitely the case during our first duck hunt. As the day faded, the afternoon stillness was suddenly interrupted by the chatter of hungry mallards. Soon the sky was peppered with waves of approaching ducks. When birds began lighting among the decoys in the ankle-deep stubble, I remembered what Scott had told us before he left to scout for the next morning’s goose hunt: “Around sunset, these ducks should pile in here all at once.” His prediction proved to be right on the mark.
For information about hunting the Peace River country with Mick Scott and Maverick Waterfowlers, contact him at 780-356-2515 or visit his website, www.mickmaverick.com. And for general information about traveling in Alberta visit www.travelalberta.com.
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