I think I am lucky that I don't know about 'the other site'. This is the only forum I know about and visit. Unlike many of you 'Techno-geeks", I am a techno-nothing so finding this site was a fluke. I am also a 'fuge hunter, who very seldom hunts FR and will go Blind waiting rather than fight the crowds and the drama of FR. I have no trouble answering questions about Blind sites and AP's at my chosen "home" NVR and have one spot in FR that I will hunt because it is away from the crowds and most of the time the ducks, but I get a few. I also put in for other refuges and when I get a draw to a new one, I appreciate the info I get from true hunters. I used to love to hunt the Lodge until it stopped being a wildlife area and started being a Zoo!!
I have shot more ducks in my 50+ years of hunting than any one person needs so big straps mean nothing. I hunt for the experience of watching the birds, watching the dog, enjoying the amazing sunrises and other sights and sounds of the early morning marsh. I sometimes think the only reason I still kill birds is so the dog won't hate me. If I can share, I will. And I hope someone who knows other areas will reciprocate and help a visitor out.
I asked under another post about Blind Averages being posted at Yolo since my partner got a number 1 ressie there. We have never hunted there and someone let me know that they are posted. I know you can't strictly go by the posting, but it gives us a start. That info is appreciated and we will hope we pick the right one, but it will be a learning experience regardless. I am looking forward to a new refuge.
If the only thing you think about is killing ducks, then you will NEVER truly enjoy the hunting EXPERIENCE!! Chillax and learn to take in the entire atmosphere. The best thing I have ever received from duck hunting is my partner. 9 years ago we were waiting in the parking lot for Blind waiting and we were the last two. A good blind came in, I asked if he wanted to join me, he did and now we are great friends who hunt together all the time. This friendship is worth a million heavy duck straps!!!
There is an old saying.(and I am old so I know it). You can't see the Forest for the Trees. If you 'can't see the Marsh for the Ducks', then you are missing most of the experience. Just my .02