I was surfing around, lamenting another 6+ months without duck hunting, when I found this site. Glad to see it. Seems like a great idea/resource.
Here's my intro: I live in the Augusta area, and have duck hunted the lakes of Central Maine for 25 years. I have always hunted all game, but a few years ago the passion for ducks just overtook everything else. So I decided to just concentrate on ducks and birds. The fall is too short, and I work weekday mornings. (Man! It would have been nice to have Sunday hunting!)
Now I have 2 boats and a canoe in the yard, and 1 boat and canoe still down on the bog (Oh well, pull it up and put a tarp on it. It'll be fine.). Yet I still feel I need more boats...
A few years ago, I hooked up with a guy who lives on Merrymeeting in Dresden. I hunt there a few times a year, but it's hard to forsake the 20+ year old "old faithful" blind down back, so I mainly wait 'til lake freeze-up (or if the lake is really rough). I have also hunted the Kennebec b/tw Skowhegan and Hinkley. I have hunted the river out of Wiscasset. We have gone for Old Squaw in Boothbay. And I just took my first Eider/Scoter hunt this year. That was a blast! I hunted Bluebills in NC for the first time this year. Also a blast!
My dog is a 2 year old Vizsla. He's a machine. We also hunt alot of woodcock/grouse. We are still hunting rabbits, to satisfy his desire. I wouldn't use him in the ocean, but he got a couple black ducks the day before the lake froze, without hesitation.
I am a firm believer in Hevi-Shot and Kent Tungsten-Matrix for old guns, although I do still shoot #3 steel over the decoys, if they are coming in well. This year I have fallen in love with the Patternmaster choke.
My main weapon of choice is my Beretta AL391 in Shadowgrass, but I will also pull out the Browning Auto-5 Magnum, Ithaca Mag 10, Winchester Model 50, Ruger Red Label, or even the Remington Model 11 Sportsman 20 ga, or Old Parker 16 ga.
I would like to start carving. I picked up a bunch of broken styrofoam billets on the last day of the Hammond Lumber tent sale this fall dirt cheap. I figure it's a good place to start. I am also interested in sculling and scull boats. Maybe building one. It never ends...