I am very fortunate to have been invited up there this year by a great guy that has been going there for years. He has all the equipment, land owner connections, and what have you. I remember the first time I went to NoDak in 1999. It was rather intimidating being there all by myself with a 10 month old Chessie. We camped out in a tent that year and one night I 'll bet the winds were 60 mph. If we left the tent to go to the truck everything would have been gone. I had heard so much about NoDak and the clouds of ducks, I thought that they would basically walk up to the truck and surrender. By the time I left, I realized that scouting for birds occupied almost as much time as hunting them. Going to Sask. and hunting with experienced people reduces the learning curve by about 90%. Mind you I was still going to go one way or another but this route is far better than punching it out on your own. Another thing, living in Western Pa right on Lake Erie we are between two flyways so we rarely get huge flights of puddlers, but if conditions are right we do get some good diver shoots on Presque Isle Bay, layout style. What I am saying is that even with reduced numers of ducks in your area. I probably haven't seen that many ducks here in Pa., over my lifetime, so I will be impressed for sure. Secondly we get zero, zip nada for snow geese here in this part of the state. I did see a couple hundred here last year one morning walking the dog but they were way high heading North, and I have NEVER shot one in all my days of hunting. If I could tag an Eagle Head, a mature snow, and maybe a speck, it would be something I would never be able to duplicate here in Pa.. That said I have no snow goose gear at all but I'm lucky that I will be hunting with guys that have a rig and can show me the ropes esp. putting out hundreds of dekes. I have a lot to learn, but I think the guys I am going with can spoon feed me. I'm still pretty good at hauling out decoys and willing to put in the work, and I know that some days you can still strike out, but thats all part of the game and I can't wait until Oct..