I grow up hunting puddlers with my dad. That is all I have ever known and my hunting for ducks stopped the first week in november because the marsh was all froze up by then here in Minnestoa. I stopped waterfowl hunting when I went to college and picked it up after I got out and hunted potholes for puddlers until it iced up. I went big water hunting for the first time 2 years ago with a now good friend of mine in his duck boat and was hooked on hunting over big water for all species. My goal even when I was young was to shoot every species of waterfowl we saw in the marsh minus the coot and now it is to shoot every species of waterfowl minus coot of course. I went from getting teal woodduck and mallards to shooting ringnecks, scaup, goldeneyes, buffleheads, redheads, canvasbacks, and even mergansers. All types of waterfowl hunting have there own rewards but big water diver hunting is just more rewarding because it does not limit your species down to a few types. I also went from owning a dozen mallard dekes to a spread of 80 that is going to be growing before season starts. On the topic of eating them my motto is if it flies it dies and if it dies its on the dinner table. I soak them in water for 24 hours to get most of the blood out but then just sear the outside of the breast and cut it up and put it in the crock pot with a can or two of cream of mushroom soup and put it over noodles even the girlfriend will ask when are we having duck again. I think we would all agree we all get amped up when any bird cups into the dekes either from a mile up like mallards or right on the water like buffies when you see the splash there is always high fives in the blind.