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Saturday, September 28, 2013

DAY EIGHT - Test Five – Flight C – Pearly Gates – David Christianson and John Marchica

"Pearly Gates" is a water triple with a blind using all ducks. It is shot around the horn left to right. Decoys are situated to the right of the line at the end of the levee bank. Handlers walk up the levee to the line. Each station has been instructed to blow three calls of their duck calls and then shoot and throw. The left bird is thrown to the right onto land. The middle bird has a flat throw to the left with a splash. The right hand bird is thrown left angle back. The blind is across the pond over a long point, reentering the water through some brush and into a back pond. The bird is up on the bank and there is no diversion shot.

It was muddy, cold and wet when we arrived at the "Pearly Gates." Flint Oak had set up their Lunch Wagon giving free, hot coffee to the contestants – THANK YOU! As the front came through earlier this morning, the temperature dropped 20 degrees. A huge, dark cloud was visible to all. As they watched, a funnel appeared to drop out of this cloud and then get sucked back in. Despite that, most everyone coming off the line had a smile on their face, the satisfaction of having just completed the 2013 Master National. 

Making the best of a bad situation…



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Three Ponds

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The Burches

Duck Blind

Pearly Gates

Mitchell's Pond

Roy's Pond

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2013 Master National Training Grounds Guide