Been browsing the forum for awhile and thought I'd finally join. Seems to be a vast wealth of information here and for that I am thankful. I am a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, hence the posting in the NC section of the forum.
This was my first year duck hunting thanks to a good friend of mine taking the time with me to show me the ropes so to speak. It's become an addiction and I have to say I love it. Due to an upcoming deployment I will miss next season, however that just gives me time to acquire needed gear, study, and work on my calling before I go out again. Once I return scouting will be a high priority before the next season as well. I can't kill birds if I can't find birds, and I like to do my own footwork, not like some folks I have seen always asking where to go. I look forwards to learning from and participating in this community.
I do have a few questions however on some gear that I am looking at. I already have camo and several warming layers (I deer/turkey/small game hunt as well), however the waders I used this year were my grandpas old fishing waders that leaked all over the place. I've been looking at Cabelas Super Mag waders and Northern Flight Single Strap waders, as well as the Lacrosse Brush Tuff II waders from L.L. Bean. All seem favorable however does anyone have experience with these? Pros and cons? I have been looking at Flambeau Storm Front Decoys as well since this year we used my buddies decoys. I've read good and bad about them, seems the largest issue is with the paint on them wearing quickly.
I have a Remington 887 that has done me right this year through about 1k shells on the skeet / trap range and the blind. Having done a bit of competition type shooting before (USPSA/high power/3 Gun), wing shooting is still something I am becoming accustomed to.
I'm still working on my calling as well. I picked up a Buck Gardner Double Nasty and 6 in 1 whistle and have been utilizing Bucks CD in my efforts to learn. I took my calls out a couple times this year when I started becoming a little more confident in my calling, though they mostly stayed in the truck. I managed to turn a pair of gadwell into the spread on a hunt, but there is still much work to be done on my calling skills.
I figure I've rattled on enough, thank you for having me. I look forwards to learning and participating and killin ducks!
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