We set up over decoys on the Clark Fork well before dawn this morning, but had only one bird come within shooting range all morning. Naturally the duck surprised us while we were taking a coffee break and escaped unmolested.
Shots rang out occasionally up and down the river, but judging from the infrequency of the gunfire, nobody was getting into a mess of birds.
As we were packing up to leave around 9:00, we saw a handful of ducks pass overhead, and saw a couple dozen mallards settled on nearby farm ponds, but we had already made up our minds to grab some breakfast at the Alcan Bar and Grill in Frenchtown, which received notice from my hunting partner for its tasty, scratch-made bloody mary.
Although we didn't see evidence of any migrating ducks passing through, we did come across a couple hundred Canada geese in a hayfield right next the mill. Shouldn't be too long now until the ducks arrive.