Craxty wrote:This is just beautiful. I'm new to this sport. I've had no one to learn from but I'm trying to learn as much as I can. I actually felt really bad because I thought I was cyber scouting. I actually had not idea of the concept. I looked at various posts from don and a couple of "the regulars" completely flaming everyone about cyber scouting. For being a "State and Forum Moderator" sounds like you should do some "cyber scouting" yourself before you go on a hunt. A little humility goes a long way. I'm suddenly no longer feeling bad that you ignored my PM about the trip.
On that subject unfortunately it just takes time and a lot of hunts in areas you've looked at during the off months. Between birds that migrate and weather conditions that change constantly - all you can do is look hard enough, at enough spots available to you and pick the one (out of several) you're gonna arrive at, at darkthirty. You'll have to factor weather, water, wind, and any number of other factors. All of this stuff you've made notes on during the year i.e. when would this spot be a good one to hold ducks. Then you have ag fields, roosting spots, pressure.
The best spots are the ones that are hardest to get to, hardest to find. And...if you shoot one will it require a dog to retrieve it.
Waterfowl hunting isn't like deer or rabbit hunting. Those take a vest, pocket of shells, and an 870. Most can't make the leap to be successful waterfowlers. It's a lot of work (all year) for not many birds.