Well yesterday was the end of my first season of duck hunting. Hunted Lake Bistineau and went to the river twice. Some things that I learned:
1. My buddy and me built one floating blind and moved it around. Blind hunting was fun but the real success came when we started using waders and really picking up and moving around. Wader hunting was my favorite.
2. More decoys was never best for us except out on the open lake. Ended up using no more than a dozen.
3. Shooting got a lot better as the season went on. But I still had times of "how in the heck did I miss that shot???"
4. Ducks really do get call shy. Motion in the water was the most important thing.
5. Duck hunting can get real expensive if you let it.
6. I had so much fun every trip, even when we didn't shoot much. Saw and experienced God's beauty that most of the home bodies don't even know exist.
7. And the controversial belief - there are too many people that set up multiple blinds all over public land trying to claim every hole. There are guys that have 4 or more blinds scattered about. Then they don't hunt the blinds. You want to respect others and blinds, etc. but you also want to be able to hunt, too. By the end of the season I felt like having one blind out that we weren't using was wrong.
8. I'm already thinking about what we will do next year and how we are going to do it. Yes, I am addicted to quack!