These were some more hard-earned victories! When we got to the pond yesterday, the pond was frozen. Of course we busted some ice to set the decoys, but when these came in, we shot them and they landed on the ice, deeper than we could break. We tried throwing ropes to try to get them. After about an hour of failed retrieves, we finally tied a large branch on the rope and fished them back that way. I shot the mallard drake and he folded immediately. The hen didn't stand much of a chance because I think we all hit her, and there were 4 of us!