i go to state as well... havent done much hunting around raleigh, i usually hike out to the coast... Its alot of work and alot of scouting with minimal results usually... I havent ever put as much time as i should around here cause the few times i have its just not worth the time... to many other hunters and usually your great spot is the great spot for alot of other people... But there are a few lakes with 30 minutes of state that you can hunt and some impoundments... good luck
"If you have to be crazy to be a duck hunter, i dont wish to be sane" Robert Ruark
Its always duck season, there is just a long break from february to september.