Photo by Jake Reeves, OakenElk

     "Get to the trees!" my hunting partner Corey shouted at Marty who was breaking ice in the decoys. A single greenhead mallard duck cupped up from the heavens had seen something he liked. Possibly the movement from Marty in the decoys who was breaking the thin layer of ice forming in the flooded rice field, possibly a chance at some open water to light in for a bit. I raised my barrel as the ducks feet made first contact with the water. My movements flared the big guy and I was able to make a clean shot on him as he backpedaled. Allie, my thick chocolate milkshake of a Labrador Retriever, made her mark and headed to the downed fowl as I was reloading my 870 20 gauge youth model. On the retrieve Corey said with much seriousness, "That duck is banded!" I looked up from the yellow shotgun shells and saw Allie halfway back with the prettiest banded greenhead I had ever seen. It was also the first I had seen on a hunt. 

     Moments like this are forever ingrained into a duck hunters memory and serve as bookmarks for looking back into our stories.  For those lucky enough, our fathers and grandfathers introduce us to the sport. I plan on continuing the tradition, either with my son when he is old enough, or others new to hunting I can take and introduce them to what a hunt should be like. For some unknown reason these beautiful birds introduce us to the best friends that we will ever make, and I hope to have until I take my last breath. 

Story Time

Food Thoughts

Going out to eat comes in a close second of things I like to do behind hunting and taking pictures. I've always wanted to review my favorite spots and here is what I have come up with on my list. These are limited to my area but if you are ever in my neck of the woods I will take you to one of my favorites. 

Cameras and Coffee

Being a camera geek can be a heartbreaking life. Seeing lenses and cameras that cannot be possibly justified buying, sitting in your Amazon or B&H Video cart, taunting you. It is hard on a person. I primarily shoot a Sony A7s but I find myself using my oldie but goodie, Canon T1i more frequently now. It is a more raw {no pun intended) experience than shooting my Sony. For fun I like to carry the camera my father Marvin Cypert handed down to me, A Canon AE-1 Program. The anticipation of waiting on film to process makes the photos even more exciting to see for the first time. The best coffee is hot and cheap. 

Puppies

Dogs are sent from heaven. Working dogs, sporting dogs, cuddling dogs. They all serve a purpose. People who have known me for even a short amount of time usually know my love for dogs and puppies is serious. 

My Family

My beautiful family on Dauphin Island, AL. It is one of our top vacation spots. All you do here is eat, drink, and build sand castles. It's perfect. 

Photo and Video Tips by Jake

I do not have many tips to give, but here is where I give them.

Photo by Jake Reeves, OakenElk

Food Thoughts

Going out to eat comes in a close favorite of things I like to do behind hunting and taking pictures. I've always wanted to review my favorite spots and here is what I have come up with on my list. These are limited to my area but if you are ever in my neck of the woods I will take you to one of my favorites. 

     "Get to the trees!" my hunting partner Corey shouted at Marty who was breaking ice in the decoys. A single greenhead mallard duck cupped up from the heavens had seen something he liked. Possibly the movement from Marty in the decoys who was breaking the thin layer of ice forming in the flooded rice field, possibly a chance at some open water to light in for a bit. I raised my barrel as the ducks feet made first contact with the water. My movements flared the big guy and I was able to make a clean shot on him as he backpedaled. Allie, my thick chocolate milkshake of a Labrador Retriever, made her mark and headed to the downed fowl as I was reloading my 870 20 gauge youth model. On the retrieve Corey said with much seriousness, "That duck is banded!" I looked up from the yellow shotgun shells and saw Allie halfway back with the prettiest banded greenhead I had ever seen. It was also the first I had seen on a hunt. 

     Moments like this are forever ingrained into a duck hunters memory.  For those lucky enough, our fathers and grandfathers introduce us to the sport. I plan on continuing the tradition, either with my son when he is old enough, or others new to hunting I can take and introduce them to what a hunt should be like. For some unknown reason these beautiful birds introduce us to the best friends that we will ever make, and I hope to have until I take my last breath. 

Story Time

Cameras and Coffee

Being a camera geek can be a heartbreaking life. Seeing lenses and cameras that cannot be possibly justified buying, sitting in your Amazon or B&H Video cart, taunting you. It is hard on a person. I primarily shoot a Sony A7s but I find myself using my oldie but goodie, Canon T1i more frequently now. It is a more raw {no pun intended) experience than shooting my Sony. For fun I like to carry the camera my father Marvin Cypert handed down to me, A Canon AE-1 Program. The anticipation of waiting on film to process makes the photos even more enjoyable to view for the first time. The best coffee is hot and cheap. 

Puppies

Dogs are sent from heaven. Working dogs, sporting dogs, cuddling dogs. They all serve a purpose. People who have known me for even a short amount of time usually know my love for dogs and puppies is serious. 

My Family

My beautiful wife, Leslie, and my ninety-to-nothing son, Marshall, on Dauphin Island, AL. It is one of our top vacation spots. All you do here is eat, drink, and build sand castles. It's perfect. 

Photo and Video Tips by Jake

I do not have many tips to give, but here is where I give them.