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Down and Dirty

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For this post we wanted to show some of the preparation that we do before we are out in a field to hunt. Greg and I get the truck loaded up together with our decoys, hunting gear, camera, and guns. We always double check to make sure that we have everything so that we can maximize the chance for a successful hunt. We also have a pretty good method for getting everything out in the field. We make sure the decoys are organized so that we can carry them or put them in our layout blinds and drag them to the spot. When we get out in the field, I pop the heads on our goose shells and Greg sets them out in their formation.

On this hunt, we also had our friends Pat and Michelle with us. We were able to get way more decoys out, and it was so funny getting them out to our spot because it was so so muddy! The boys carried the heavier decoys, and Michelle and I were in charge of the silhouettes, some of the big foots, and the camera gear. As we were walking mud was just getting caked onto our boots. We were literally like big foot and our feet were so heavy! For some reason the mud was also making us laugh so hard! We were getting stuck, having trouble lifting our feet, and dropping gear like every two seconds, and it was just the funniest thing ever! All of our organization beforehand did not matter because the mud just totally took over.

By the time we got to our spot we were all muddy, sweaty, and just laughing so hard! ( I was also happy I got a model shot in before our hunt because my pony totally fell out, and there was mud everywhere!) We all got everything set up together, and then we were able to watch the geese come in. The outdoors is just so fun, and on this hunt we all got down and dirty.

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A Christmas Goose

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Duck season is officially over in central Illinois, but Greg and I have started field hunting for geese! I absolutely love field hunting. It is super comfortable, and you can get all cozy in your layout blind. I even bring a sleeping bag and blankie with me so that I stay extra warm. They’re camo, too, of course! Hunting on the water for duck is not always the warmest or most comfortable experience because it’s wet, but in a field you can hide well and just stay warmer. If you are a new hunter or want to try waterfowl hunting I would recommend field hunting first because sometimes the lack of comfort while hunting can be shocking, and field hunting is the perfect way to ease into the sport.

At first we weren’t sure if we were going to get to field hunt this year because we didn’t have an official spot once duck hunting was coming to an end, but one of Greg’s super sweet coworkers knew of a farmer who had land with water, field, and geese, and the farmer is letting us hunt it. I am just super excited about this because field hunting is my favorite.

These pictures are from two hunts from this weekend. We hunted the eve of Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve. It was merry and bright (lol) to be able to hunt those two days together! We would have also hunted Christmas morning, but Greg and I hosted Christmas day for our families (totally magical and fun and more about that tomorrow). Plus,the weather was beautiful. Setting up decoys, Greg  and I even got a little sweaty and had to take off our jackets.

This is also a really sweet spot. Driving to the field the geese were swimming on the water. We didn’t harvest anything either day because we’re still kind of scouting the land, but we did see a TON of birds! Watching the sky while hunting is one of our favorite parts. Geese flew over us and we could just hear and see them so clearly. It is honestly fascinating watching animals in nature like that, and I always leave our hunting spot feeling a deeper connection to Greg and nature. It is a total endorphin high because your heart just gets pumping as the birds get closer to you!

We’re going to go hunt this spot again this Thursday, and hopefully have some better luck. We learned some lessons like hiding our layout blinds better, and we think we have the feeding times for when birds get to the field nailed down. We are just itching to get out again because of how many birds we did see on those 2 hunts!

My hunting gear: jacket – overalls/bibs – boots – sweatshirt

Greg’s hunting gear: jacket similar here – pants – boots – shirt similar here

Snow Storm Hunters

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Snow, snow, snow! I love snow. It just makes winter so pretty! This hunt started with the perfect duck hunting weather. It was chilly, but not too windy. We totally expected a really good hunt, but then all of a sudden, the snow started coming faster and faster. The visibility wasn’t great, but we did stay out for quite a while hoping that the snow would stop falling and that we could see some birds come in. They didn’t, but we had so much fun hanging out on the water even in the chilly temperatures!

My favorite part of this hunt was the blind that we hunted out of. We had to drive the boat out to the blind and we sat above right above the water. The best part of all was that the blind had a heater in it! We didn’t know that it would have a heater in it; so we didn’t have a lighter. Greg and our friend Pat played around with it, and Pat was able to get it to light using a battery and some paper towel. It was super cool and totally felt like Survivor or something lol. That really helped me stay out really long in the chilly weather which made Greg super happy! Hopefully, we’ll get one more kinda snowy hunt in before the season ends (but this time maybe we’ll see some birds)! 🙂

Wedding Bells

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We  traded in our camo this weekend for some fancy gold! Greg and I had the most wonderful weekend at one of our friend’s weddings. We stayed in a hotel, danced all night, and of course enjoyed some yummy wedding cake! We could totally feel the love in the air throughout the entire night. I just love love so much, and it was so beautiful to be able to be a part of such a fun, magical night. My favorite part was when we all went outside and lit sparklers and the bride and groom walked through our sparkle tunnel! Also, the bride and groom are such sweethearts, and they looked amazing and were just so welcoming. Their wedding also made us so excited to really get started planning ours! We’re actually going to go check out our venue this weekend (I have butterflies). We will keep you all updated on all of our planning. Anyway, I wanted to write a top five from our weekend, so here it is!

5. Our late check out at our hotel because we got to cuddle for extra long on Sunday morning! Also Greg had on the softest t-shirt (perfect for cuddling)

4. The beautiful weather, warm and crisp, the perfect combination

3. Getting all dressed up with my handsome man

2. Our trip to Starved Rock! I will post the pictures from that trip later this week 🙂

1. Dancing all night with Greg! Dancing with my soulmate makes my heart happy.

xoxo – Cassie and Greg

Our Wisconsin Weekend

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This past weekend Greg and I went hunting in Wisconsin! It was the perfect little weekend getaway. We drove up on Saturday evening, stayed at the Lake Lily Resort, and got to hunt some place we have never been to before together.

Our hunting trip started Saturday night with our drive to Wisconsin (we always love being in the car together), a quick trip to the Walmart in Kenosha for a hunting license, and some nachos, wings, and grilled shrimp when we arrived at Lily Lake! We also got to snuggle up in our hotel room before our 5 am wake up call to go hunt.

Greg researched this hunting spot a ton. We totally thought that it was going to be the perfect spot to hunt, and we were hoping to see tons of birds! We were also totally prepared with our new wadders and decoys, but when we got to our spot the lake was dried up! It just made me think of The Notebook, where Noah tells the story of how this lake froze, and the birds flew off with it! I think the birds must have flown off with this lake last year lol. Luckily, we were able to set up our decoys in a flooded field and spot a few birds.

My favorite part about being in Wisconsin was running into the different hunters. Hunting is such a big sport in Wisconsin. In just a few hours while we were watching for ducks and geese, we ran into a group of deer hunters and two groups of pheasant hunters! We also met the cutest little hunting puppy named Boo.

Hunting in new places is so fun and totally feels like a mini vacation. We are so excited to take more trips this year!

Hunting Gear for Cassie: waders – coldgear turtle neck – hat

Hunting Gear for Greg: waders – similar here zip up – similar here hat

Early Teal and Goose Hunt

First official blog post! Greg and I have been hunting/fishing/adventuring for 3 years together now, and it has been such a big part of our relationship! I honestly feel like each time we get to spend a day in the outdoors together it brings us so much closer. We totally reconnect in  our little private escape as we discover and explore together. So, we wanted a place where we could share one of our biggest passions and hobbies with you all.

This past Sunday we hunted early goose and teal. I love early season. It’s still warm; this is great for me because I love being warm! It also gave us the chance to work some kinks out before we’re hunting in what I think feels like arctic temps! We were able to get our blind set up, but it definitely still needs some work. It’s crazy how heavy grass and straw is! We were also able to get our boat in the water effectively. Getting the decoys in was another project. Greg was ready to strip down and swim around because the spot that we were in was too deep! We did get all set up, though, just in time for shooting!

Overall, it was a really great hunt for early season. We got 2 geese and a teal! Also, any day we get to spend on the water together is a great day! 🙂