Photographer Craig Watson Joins Waterfowl Hunters for a Late Season Hunt
Late-season waterfowl hunting can be some of the most exciting hunting of the season, as the last remaining holdouts of ducks and geese make their final push south. With the Mississippi Flyway being one of the major thoroughfares for waterfowl, hunting with Dirty Rice Outfitters in the bootheel of Missouri can provide nonstop action. Dress warm, and be ready for plenty of opportunities.
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1 | Waiting for the Time to be Right
Preparing for a morning hunt at Dirty Rice Outfitters, operated by Josh "J.D." Driskill in Gobler, Missouri, means getting out plenty early and having a perfect spread.
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3 | Cue the Dog!
A hit mallard spirals down to the flooded rice field, where an anxious dog awaits his retrieve.
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6 | Retrieving
Guide Jamie Graue retrieves some of the kills during a morning hunt at one of the flooded rice fields at Dirty Rice Outfitters, giving their dog, Joey, a break.
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7 | Retrieving Again
Jamie Graue retrieves a goose during a morning hunt at one of the flooded rice fields at Dirty Rice Outfitters, where hunters from Realtree and Benelli shared some blind time.
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9 | Good Times in the Blind
Left to right, Bill Pugh, J.P. Fischer, Pete Woods and Jeff Woods enjoy a morning in the blind together in southeastern Missouri.
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10 | The Take
Guide Jamie Graue loads up the birds killed during a morning hunt at one of the flooded rice fields at Dirty Rice Outfitters in southeastern Missouri.
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11 | Good Boy
Joey get a rest and a pat on the head during a brief break between flocks on a flooded rice field in southeastern Missouri.