I am/was in the same boat. This is my first season of duck hunting and both DHC and ifish.net have been wonderful in helping to shorten the learning curve. I have met some great folks on DHC and have hunted with them too!
My advice is to post good questions, respond to some questions and let people get to know you a little.
I would also say....look at Sauvies Island....as it is a great resource to hunt right here in the local area. It is kind of tricky to figure out the chip draw thing on the westside or the reservation/overflow thing on the eastside, but with a little help you can figure it out.
You can also use the search tool on DHC and you will probably see that someone else asked the very same questions...if it is a newbie question...heck...I probally asked it too!
Feel free to PM me with any questions you may have. We live close to each other too as I am in Oregon City. I will try and answer any questions I can, but keep in mind this is my first season. I only have 9 hunts under my belt.