I'm a Helena native, but living in Missoula and going to UofM (wildlife biology).
Buddy of mine and I got into duck hunting about 3 years ago. And from day one, I was addicted. I don't even bother with big game anymore. You shoot more in one day, dont' have a 300lb+ animal to drag 5 miles back to the truck, and best of all, if you limit out, you can come back the next day!
This year, I've finally got all my gear and can hunt like a maniac until January. My wife has come to grips with the fact that she's a "duck widow" until January. My biggest problem is keeping focused enough to keep from failing my classes.
I've got a 4 year old, and I'm still working on momma to let me take him with me. (any suggestions?). I finally got my brother into it this year. I've told him that duck hunting isn't a matter of life or death, it's much more important then that.
Always looking for a huntin' buddy, or maybe a stae wide hunt get-together at Canyon Ferry.
Also got my swan tag this year. Hoping to go to freeze out do nail it.