Yeah like they said hang in there
When I was a kid it was nothing to shoot 4 boxes of shells a day,ducks everywhere you go.Those days are hard to come by now.
You have to do some homework, there`s ducks around but finding a good uncrowded place is tough.Use the dead days to explore the refuges drive around the hunt areas and look for birds with binos.Look for places the ducks want to be then wade out there and see where they`re going if it`s freeroam so you can be familiar with how to get there in the dark, if it`s a blind area use the map to figure out which one it is.One of the things I do on the refuges is listen for where the most shooting is going on and figure out which blind it is for next time, you need to see if the guys are just shooting at whatever is passing by or if they are actually working birds so I`ve come out and driven around and watched them with binos to be sure it`s worth marking down.
Anyways there`s so much to it we couldn`t possibly share everything we`ve learned but the best advice I can give has already been said, be adaptable, have several options, get a map and explore you never know what you`ll find
Don`t overlook this place (internet) the last time I went north I allowed extra time to check out a lake on the BLM website that included migratory waterfowl in the description of wildlife that can be found there.It was way off the beaten path and was worth looking into even though it was dry.In a wet year it may payoff you never know.
I still find new spots every year