Bighorn Waterfowl Beat a Day in the Office
By Jackalope Jordan


Chuck Petrie didn’t find the Bighorn to be too productive on a recent duck hunt but it was better than his daily grind.

From Ducks Unlimited:

Montana’s Bighorn River is a duck hunter’s fantasy come true when conditions are right: huge flocks of mallards and smaller groups of Canada geese elbowing each other to get into your decoy spreads. When conditions are right. When conditions are right, the temperatures are in the teens and every pothole and reservoir in the country freezes over, as does the dam-free Yellowstone River, so all the birds gravitate to the Bighorn, which-it being a tailwater below the Yellowtail Dam- remains warmer and stays open year round.

As I unpack my gear at Bighorn River Lodge, however, the outdoor thermometer registers in the low 40s. Not exactly bonefishing weather, but not real ducky, either.

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