August 05, 2022
Our ATV’s muddy windshield cut through that last morning’s dense, pre-dawn fog as we made our way to a duck blind opposite of a rice field. Behind the wheel was Bailey Fritter, a guide with Merlo Waterfowl Company. I was crammed between him and my friend Alfredo Rico, a fellow Guns & Ammo contributor and photographer. “Buddy,” a yellow lab, rode in the back with the shotguns.
We traversed a nasty stretch of road, which meant mud was flung all over Rico. Hehe, I chuckled at the fact that it covered him from head to boot, and his face was almost unrecognizable. But we had serious business to tend to. This was the final day of a three-day hunt near...