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Scott Kent of Alexandria shared this photo of his three kids enjoying some time in nature together on a Saturday morning “duck watch” this fall. (Contributed)1 / 2
McKenna Tabery of Alexandria is all smiles as she settles into her blind on her first duck/goose hunt this past October. She had to get by wearing her dad’s coat, as she doesn’t have any camoflauge of her own yet. (Contributed)2 / 2

Scott Kent of Alexandria has been trying to duck hunt with his son in the slough behind their house for a couple of years without much success. Kent said his animal-loving daughters have been pleased about that.

He convinced them to go along on a Saturday morning hunt this fall. Convinced they could “save the life of a duck,” they went. Following is Kent’s account of that morning:

“We set up decoys and got set up in the cattails and waited and waited and waited and then the duck call came out and got passed around the boat. Then they started playing Christmas carols on the duck call. It was a great duck watch. We never did get a duck to come in. The girls got cold and made several comments about never doing this again. My son was thrilled to hear that. I was thrilled to have them all in the boat having fun. This might be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for me to get my three kids in a duck boat with smiles on their faces, but I will take it.”

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Nine-year-old McKenna Tabery of Alexandria went on her first duck/goose hunt this fall with her dad, Chris Tabery. After helping set out decoys and get the blinds ready, she settled into her blind to wait for the birds to come in.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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