Man where to start the whole thing was such a humbling experience. We went into the expedition not looking for limits every single day in the first few hours, but more to see the promised duck land and it did well to impress. We drove non-stop to have as much hunting time as possible. 30 hours from VA to a rest area on 94 in crystal valley to be exact. We had gotten some advice on what kinds of areas to look for so we picked out a little square on a plots map that met our requirements and went in blind for the first morning hoping to have a bird or two pitch in. It was nothing short of what dreams are made of. Sun rose and the birds started to do their morning dance across the sky and lots of them at that. I shot the bull can as a flock shot overhead from behind, then a pintail out of a small jag of 3, while watching the pintail go down, i managed to miss seeing the 25 teal that landed in our spread about 10 yards away. My firend starts blasting and I follow up with one as well. it was the kind of morning you could only hope for and to do it blindly was pretty awesome. That was our best day. the next two days were very cold, windless, and alot less birds on the move. we used those to scout and did have a few successful jumpshoots on some gadwalls, shovelers, and mallards. the next day after that lull, my partner was too hung over to hunt so i went out solo. It was really foggy which at homes means ducky weather. I managed to get 8 or 9 mallards to lock up and pitch in. Shot a TRIPLE ON THEM, all in flight. Went and picked my buddy up around noon once he had sobered up and found a hole with bluebills in it. We jumped them out and then threw out a couple decoys and waited. Sure as hell they started to trickle back in pairs and triples. Managed to scratch a few of those out the deal.
A couple of the VA forum guys wanted to try and give me a hard time aabout not getting full limits everyday and cleaning up, but that was not what it was about for me. for me it was comradery, seeing the duck capital of the world, meeting great people, and learning for our return next year. I will definitely be making the trip again!