Due to a number of different circumstances (new baby, new job, etc.) I have not had the time to get out and do much scouting this year. Initially, because of this I was going to sit out opening morning, but now that it is two days away the thought of missing out is killing me.
I live in the Milwaukee area so I am mostly limited to public spots that get heavy pressure. This is only my third season and I do not have a boat so I have yet to find any great spots "off the beaten path". That being said, I would like to try a new spot opening morning but it's one that I have not had a chance to scout (other than on Google earth). I don't think there will be as much pressure as my old spots (I could be wrong though). I'm thinking my plan will be to show up at first light so I am not stumbling around in the dark and hope I can find a spot far enough away from anyone else. I am fully prepared to get back in my truck and drive home if I can't find enough space...I will not set up on top of anyone else and potentially ruin a hunt for someone who has worked harder and showed up earlier than me. Ethics are very important to me. That being said, am I better off waiting until the afternoon to head out so I am not fumbling around at first light, etc.??
I realize my chances of a successful hunt aren't real high since I have no idea if this area is even holding birds, but it's more about just getting outdoors with my dog for a bit. Also, any pointers on opening morning decoy spreads are welcomed! Thanks!