I dont know if private is the best option, public is fine, i mean, they both have their ups and downs, but theres so much public stuff to hunt and early on there are so many local birds. i usually go to the sinia/volga areas and kill lots of ducks, also north is really good, kinda the estilline area. just get out and find a good spot. after opener and during pheasant hunting there is hardly any preasure for those public duck holes. just my 2 cents.