Bird Boys Of The Yucatan

Bird Boys Of The Yucatan

Their faces and hands scream years of hard work, and they hate to disappoint

He could have delighted me with many tales, for it was my understanding that in his ancestral rope there have been many of his kin who have worked the shallow-water mangrove swamps of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula for blue-wing teal. But my Spanish is somewhat limited. Yet there are two words by which we communicated throughout the morning as swarms of bluewings plummeted into the decoys. Muchos Patos! Many ducks. Sugar on a candy cane.

//

They bring to the sport an industrious, vigorous element executed to perfection and forever attendant as sentinels and listeners and workers.


Bird boys construct blinds from materials indigenous to the mangrove swamps to enhance concealment and allow for shooting freedom.



Their burnt russet eyes house many waterfowl seasons where the torrid climate has corroded and stamped their faces with many lessons.

Their genius and skillfulness to search and imprint on down ducks is hewn from the stone of duty.


Their work is arduous and yet is done with aptitude and zeal and there is much poetry in their endeavors in a place where the pipe of waterfowl is puffed to life.


With the blood of the ancient Mayan Indians coursing their veins, bird boys navigate seemingly forbidden, secretive corridors spinning your suburban compass.

The rhythmical composition of well-muscled arms and backs are the engines of power in the shallow water.

To hunt with them is perhaps one of the greatest of hunting experiences you can witness, for they have an internal monitor that services and charts their mission to complete their assignment.

The tightly woven mangrove swamps are well suited to hunt ducks in late winter, for there are no nights or days raw with wind and snow and sleet.

Bluewings are generally the first waterfowl to head south from the mixed prairie grasslands of the Dakotas and the prairie provinces of Canada in early August en route to the Yucatan where it is agreeable to watch these small birds on slender feathered wings drive into the decoys like drops of rain in the land of the bird boys.

Recommended for You

To date, Ducks Unlimited has played a role in conserving 14 million acres. Industry

Ducks Unlimited: A Duck Man's Best Friend

David Hart

To date, Ducks Unlimited has played a role in conserving 14 million acres.

Take it from a pro: Less is more. For Dogs

Dog Discipline Tips & Gear

Joe Genzel - June 20, 2019

Take it from a pro: Less is more.

The sweet, tangy flavor of orange juice combined with spicy jalapeños in this duck recipe will have your taste buds screaming for more. Recipes

Sweet Jalapeño Grilled Duck Recipe

Scott Leysath, "The Sporting Chef"

The sweet, tangy flavor of orange juice combined with spicy jalapeños in this duck recipe will...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Browning A5 Shotgun -

Browning A5 Shotgun - 'Gun Stories'

Gun Stories host Joe Mantegna talks about the origin and history of the Browning A5 shotgun.

Arkansas Snow Geese

Arkansas Snow Geese

Wildfowl Editor Skip Knowles took this short video showing all the Snow Geese flying. Let's just say, he had a very good hunt!

Women

Women's Waterfowl Lineup

SITKA Gear waterfowl product manager Jim Saubier shows off the company's full line-up of women's waterfowl hunting gear for 2019. From warm and moisture-wicking base layers to water and windproof outer layers, this is a complete system for women who love to chase fall and wintertime ducks and geese across the four flyways!

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

As Groves, Texas duck call maker Sure-Shot Game Calls celebrates their 60th anniversary during 2019, company CEO Charlie Holder shows off the limited edition Yentzen Classic aimed at commemorating the life and times of company founder Jim 'Cowboy' Fernandez. With a special autographed box and a laser engraved call body, the Cowboy Classic is a perfect way to honor the legacy of the 1959 world duck calling champ and inventor of the double-reed duck call. Calls

Cowboy Fernandez Commemorative Yentzen Classic Duck Call

Lynn Burkhead - January 28, 2019

As Groves, Texas duck call maker Sure-Shot Game Calls celebrates their 60th anniversary during...

Author John M. Taylor has broken down the top waterfowl shotguns for the 2018 season. Shotguns

Best Waterfowl Shotguns of 2018

John Taylor - September 25, 2018

Author John M. Taylor has broken down the top waterfowl shotguns for the 2018 season.

Jim Orth needed'a simple blind for hunting Lake St. Clair. A staffing recruiter and outfitter from How-To

Building a Duck Boat Blind on a Budget

Mike Marsh - May 10, 2016

Jim Orth needed'a simple blind for hunting Lake St. Clair. A staffing recruiter and outfitter...

See More Stories

More Worldwide

          The author recalls his first ever spurwing goose and a pass shoot on a faraway pan.    By Worldwide

Wide Wings Over Africa

Alan Jarrett - November 03, 2010

The author recalls his first ever spurwing goose and a pass shoot on a faraway pan. ...

          Fond memories give a waterfowler a reason to dream      By Alan Liere    I roll slowly to Worldwide

Missing Africa

Alan Liere - November 03, 2010

Fond memories give a waterfowler a reason to dream By Alan Liere I roll...

          Iceland provides a major staging area for graylag and pink-footed geese.    By Gary Worldwide

Graylag Geese in Iceland

Gary Kramer - March 17, 2011

Iceland provides a major staging area for graylag and pink-footed geese. By Gary

See More Worldwide

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×