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Cold, nasty conditions perfect for duck hunters

George Thwaites • May 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

CHURCH HILL — With the mercury hovering around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, give or take a degree, the predawn chill wasn’t as inhospitable as it had been only two days prior.

The worst winter weather the Tri-Cities has seen in quite a while has provided some of the best duck hunting conditions for avid waterfowlers like David Mullins.

“When it’s the coldest and nastiest, that’s the best time to go,” Mullins said. “Usually, January is the best month to go duck hunting.”

Mullins and hunting buddy Andy Wooten set up layout blinds and a decoy spread on a sandbar in the middle of the Holston River. It was one of several local hotspots where they’ve ambushed ducks since the seasons opened in late November.

Even in the dark, the snow-lined river beneath the pale, tree-studded mountain made for stunning scenery. While a few stray flakes were flitting, a handful of stars shone through a hole in the cloud cover.

Read the expanded version of this report in the print edition or the enhanced electronic version of the Kingsport Times-News.

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