I agree... one of the years longest weeks! Along with the week before bear season... the week before archery season... the week before trapping season... the week before muzzleloader season...
Been busy during my spare time painting up a few dozen sea duck decoys, fixing a couple layout blinds, fixing the "leafy-flage" cover on my sneak boat, scouting out deals on this seasons ammo, paint touchups on some goose decoys, making half a dozen land decoys out of some cheapy duck floaters... and there's still some small things left to do.
Need to make a new "jerk rig" utilizing a couple duck "butts" and no head feeders. Figured having those decoys creating erratic movement would be like putting up an "eat here" sign.
Also heading up to VT Army/Navy on Saturday to pick up a 50' roll of camo netting to make a blind for my center console. Want something to go from the water line and up above the gunwales high enough to hide a few guys sitting. Thinking it may be a bit more comfortable and easier to swing on the birds than laying down in a jon boat like we've been doing the last few years. Hopefully the sea ducks will still come near enough... never hunted them out of a bigger boat like this. BUT, ya gotta try, right!?!
Took a drive tonight and saw quite a few local mallards and geese. Scouted a bunch of duck ponds the last few weeks and it seems the woodies are around in good numbers this year. Water is so low in most of my smaller spots that the geese aren't using them like they have in the past. But we'll figure it out. The plan is to start with the woodies, move to mallards and then maybe some field hunts for geese/ducks.
Good luck to all.