I have 11 birds so far this year, haven't lost one. My advise is let em work and get in close, if you don't take the 50 yard + shot, you will see where they are at. Not to mention it makes the shooting easier (I am just under 75% this year). As for the smart weed, I remember the last few years of high water during the summer and no cover during duck season, so as much as I would hate to say it, I agree. You just have to find your path through the stuff and go thru it. I guess a duck hunter (self included) is rarely completely satisfied, it is always not enough planted, not enough water, too much water, too much smart weed, no birds, but never heard too many birds...Either way, the season is just started now that we won't be shooting only locals. Let em work boys and you wont lose them.