Schell Memories

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Published on: Dec. 2, 2008

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the group, and he was nervously waiting his chance.

“Give me five—I’ll bring you luck!” I said. He whacked my hand, smiling. I smiled too as I remembered a special hunt 20 years ago when David, then 13, stepped to the window to choose for us.

Previously, Ken had announced that Number 41 would be the first cube that morning. After the reservation holders were finished, a representative from each party eased toward the windows hoping to draw a number close to 41. I followed the boy, and he drew 47, which was a good low pick.

I reached in the box and withdrew cube number 76. I did the math in my head. “It’ll be close,” I told Dave.

After the position drawing concluded, parties were called to the windows starting with number 41. As groups chose their blinds or A-pool positions, the room slowly cleared, except for those of us who were hoping for a chance at one of the remaining blinds or spots.

They called out number 76 and we stepped up. The guy at the window said, “Only B-2 is left and it could be a sleeper.”

We took it.

I think all of Schell’s blinds provide hunters a chance to work the ducks and geese in their area with no crowding. They can arrange decoy sets to make use of the wind and bring the ducks and geese to within good shotgun range.

Through the years I had experienced some good hunts in B-2, and the 20–30 miles per hour crosswind and cloudy sky that day pushed our expectations up.

I reminded David that it had been almost 20 years before—to the day—that he drew B-2 from the old-style squirrel cage that they used to hold the blind positions in.

“I remember, Dad,” he said. “I got my first goose and mallard drake that day.”

We left the office and headed for a small cafe near the area for a big breakfast and more waterfowl stories. B-2 was a disabled-accessible blind designed to accommodate wheelchairs. One could drive right up to the back ramp of the blind to unload gear, so there was no need to hurry. Our late arrival allowed us to get refills on ham, eggs, biscuits and gravy, and coffee, as well as memories.

As we changed into our waders in the warm office waiting room we received some tips for hunting from B-2 blind from Ken. We also showed him pictures of last

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