Duck Season 08-09 - Ireland-Photo
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This was John Garcia's Ruger Red Label. Christy, her brothers and I bought it for him for his birthday about 6 or 7 years ago. He loved it, but I think he thought it was "too classy" for practical hunting. I can't say I disagree with that. When he passed away last July Jonathan had to figure out what to do with John's guns. He felt I should have the Ruger. 

I imagine it will see lots of use for upland birds in the future, but a double just isn't my idea of a duck gun. In John's honor, however, I wanted to get it out at least once. 

Erik and I got into the blind around noon. I carried the Ruger out in its break-down case. I took the pieces out, put it together, and dropped a couple shells in it. Within a minute three pintail began working the decoys. They ended up drifting over the top of us about 30 yards up. 

I shoulder the Ruger, swung with the bull on my side, and squeezed the trigger. One shot, one bull, and I was done. I took out the empty and live shell, broke the Ruger back down, and put it away. 

That was for you John.

This was John Garcia's Ruger Red Label. Christy, her brothers and I bought it for him for his birthday about 6 or 7 years ago. He loved it, but I think he thought it was "too classy" for practical hunting. I can't say I disagree with that. When he passed away last July Jonathan had to figure out what to do with John's guns. He felt I should have the Ruger.

I imagine it will see lots of use for upland birds in the future, but a double just isn't my idea of a duck gun. In John's honor, however, I wanted to get it out at least once.

Erik and I got into the blind around noon. I carried the Ruger out in its break-down case. I took the pieces out, put it together, and dropped a couple shells in it. Within a minute three pintail began working the decoys. They ended up drifting over the top of us about 30 yards up.

I shoulder the Ruger, swung with the bull on my side, and squeezed the trigger. One shot, one bull, and I was done. I took out the empty and live shell, broke the Ruger back down, and put it away.

That was for you John.