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Not a shot was fired, but duck hunt was still a blast

by Ed Godfrey Modified: January 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm •  Published: January 19, 2014
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FORT COBB LAKE — Life is about attitude.

That was certainly worth remembering on a duck hunt at Fort Cobb Lake Wednesday morning where not a single gunshot was fired.

But that didn't matter for two duck hunters from Oklahoma City, both in their mid-70s, who were happy to be in a duck blind even though no ducks were flying.

For Roger Stephens, 74, Wednesday was his first chance to go duck hunting this season after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for colon cancer.

The cancer already had robbed Stephens of the dove season, so he wasn't about to let it steal the duck season, too. He was going to go duck hunting at least once before the season ends next Sunday.

“I missed dove season this year for the first time ever,” Stephens said. “I am big on the doves and big on the waterfowl.”

Stephens, who retired as a sales manager from Browning, has been a duck hunter for more than 40 years and still loves everything about it, except getting up at the crack of dawn.

“At my age, it's good that I don't have to get up that early in the morning,” he said.

The hunter Stephens shared a blind with Wednesday morning didn't have as much duck hunting experience. Terry Mock, 75, was introduced to the sport just three years ago by some friends who wanted his help in designing and building a duck blind.

They asked Mock, even though he was not a duck hunter and had never even seen a duck blind, because he once was commander of civil engineers for the Air Force Reserves.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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