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Duck Hunters

Posted Monday, December 20, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Frony shot this picture of duck hunters. We don't know their names or when or where it was taken. It could have been in Southeast Missouri or Southern Illinois.

Southeast Missourian, Nov. 10, 1955

Hunters Smile over Successes; Duck Shooting is Now Good

by G.D. Fronabarger

Three tons of mallards in 14 days! That has been the take by hunters since the Duck Creek Management Area -- Missouri's new public shooting ground, was opened Oct. 28. In making this report the Area director, George Brakhage, noted that there are now 110,000 ducks in the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge section, 30,000 of them in the Duck Creek boundaries and the remaining 80,000 in the refuge proper.

But, the forecast cold wave for the Middle West is expected to send countless thousands more into the district and at least 250,000 birds are expected at peak population in the shooting area and its outlying land.

It has been good gunning and hunters have taken to the shooting ground like ducks have to it. Up until Thursday night a total of 880 hunters had downed 1980 ducks and Thursday 96 more hunters had brought down 250 ducks, all on the lot killed from 32 blinds.

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reminds me of Elmer Fudd somehow...

-- Posted by ...Rick on Mon, Dec 20, 2010, at 8:26 AM

Bow hunting for ducks; now THAT would impress me.

At least a duck is edible. Goose is downright disgusting. "Oh, you would like it the way I fix it," is a lie.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Dec 20, 2010, at 9:12 AM

I'm tasked with rescuing waterfowl from the waste evaporation ponds of a coal-fired power plant. I thought they were smarter than that.

I'm off wild bird.

-- Posted by Maynard on Mon, Dec 20, 2010, at 12:42 PM

I never saw those pilings at Duck Creek. For my money, that looks like the late Charles Bagby on the left, and the also departed Joe Perry Rice on the right with the Model 11. Bagby was a lefty and Rice had a Model 11, and they both hunted Duck Creek "back in the day".

-- Posted by Hugh M Bean on Thu, Dec 30, 2010, at 9:58 AM

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Fred Lynch has captured images for the Southeast Missourian since 1975, in that time moving from black-and-white to color, from film to digital and to video. The blog title is a nod to an earlier era of news photography and the 4x5 Speed Graphic: It's more important to be there for the shot than to worry about technical details.

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