slepe67, congrats on your first duck! My first duck was a woodie too! I shot him on the landing approach in SC when I was about 16! I did end up getting him mounted and he is beautiful til this day still! I got him mounted flying, with his back facing me with him flying in front of a piece of timber! Never had one mounted sitting, but i will say I do love a mounted duck no matter how he is mounted! there beautiful either way! I was wondering where ya'll are hunting! I just found this forum tonight, my dad pointed it out to me over the phone. I have been down here about 3 yrs and am dying to hunt down here. Ever since I have been down here, every duck season I go home to SC and hunt there, cuz I haven't found anyone to hunt with here! Really looking forward to hunting this coming up season if anyone wouldn't mind another fellow duck slayer tagging along! Looking to buy my own boat here pretty soon, usually just go home and steal my dads boat but can't do that down here! Thanks!
Also, on your question about duck spreads, i have been hunting for about 11 yrs and don't usually place out decoys if hunting for woodies, i have found out over the yrs that woodies don't care about your decoys nor if you try and call them. if you have a good spot found that they are constant ly landing in or feeding in, they will still land right up on top of you! i have shot so many woodies and had to duck outta the way to keep them from hitting me. Not bragging or anything, i think its just that woodies aren't very smart at all! And if anyone is interested in hunting in SC, let me know and we will work out something when i go home next season, i wouldn't mind showing someone how SC duck hunting is too! We usually can shoot woodies, mallards, teals, widgeons, and geese on a good morning! Just email me or PM me! your advice would be greatly appreciated too! i just wanna get back into hunting like i did back in high school when i had it just a drive down the road!
WAIT FOR IT, WAIT FOR IT.........TAKE EM'!!!!!!
"IF IT FLIES, IT DIES"