Slack Tide wrote:To be fair though....how is jump shooting ducks really that different than hunting pheasant? We have giant marshes with mosquito ditches that are cut into them in a grid...it is common that ducks sit in them to feed and get out of the wind...my entire childhood we walked those meadows for black duck etc...
It's VERY different, Slack. I spend almost every Saturday, Sunday and holiday in November and December chasing pheasants on the co op. We use pointing breeds and there is quite a bit of walking involved. Sometimes, everything is perfect. The dog casts and locks into a solid point. You and your partners converge on the dog, walk past a few steps and...nothing! Have the dog relocate, and she locks up again. Move in again, and again nothing. Relocate again, and this time you hear a whir of wings or a cackle about 75 yards off through the trees. Sometimes, your whole morning is like that. Sometimes, the birds hold well, especially when the cover's pretty tight. It isn't like a marsh where you can see 200 yards or more. Sometimes, you can't see your partner working ten yards to your side. You really need to be able to keep in touch, for safety's sake. Sometimes, the cover is so tight, you don't even have a shot at a fleeting bird.
I don't know how the marshes on the south side are anymore, but we still have some of the same drainage and mosquito ditches up here. Been a while since I hunted like that, but like you, I spent a good number of days in my younger years walking the bogs. Trust me, Pheasant hunting is very different.