Hmm. OK then.
Well get familiar with http://www.myfwc.com
. Here is a good place to start: http://www.myfwc.com/hunting/by-species/waterfowl/
Read and be familiar with all the regs for waterfowl hunting and any other hunting you plan to do. Make sure you have the proper licenses as well.
Also, some guys may not see the "helping to pay thing" as a way to get in their boat. You might also offer your time, perhaps helping do some work on their boat, hunting property, etc. Up here in VA i refuse to take out the guys who just want to pay for gas and breakfast. I always took out the guys that helped my build my duckblinds on our lease, build my boat blind, and just came along for the ride when we were out scouting. Another hunter giving you their time is more valuable to me than gas money in my opinion.
Glad to see another waterfowler join the ranks. I would offer to help you out next season, but i will either be on deployment or back up in VA for the entire season. Good luck to you.