forums used to be a place for other duck hunters to meet
Still are. I have hooked up with a guy I am trying to help out in an area I hunt out of state from that state's forum. Never met him and probably never will, he just needed help so I offered cause he stomps some of the same marsh I do. I have hunted down south and invited them to hunt with me. made some good pals off of the internet too and enjoyed hunting with them-me with them and them with me (they got me a mottled, I got them some nice wood duck drakes). I just ignore the blowhards and only associate online with people that have a frickin sense of humor and seem like they like hunting ducks like I do.
Plus, some of those duck orgs keep you in birds or keep you with access to birds, so those guys and gals are doing you a service as well.