Posted by Jimmy Barbee on September 08, 1999 at 20:35:46:
I've been duck hunting for a bit over 15 years now. For the first dozen or so years it was mostly in beaver swamps for wood ducks. I have also taken a yearly trip to the Outer Banks with my Dad and brothers for the last 10 years, hunting puddlers, divers, swan, brant, and the first year Canada geese. This is a guided hunt with a guy I met in college (also a duck boat page reader--Hi William!) and his Dad. I have learned a great deal about duck hunting and boating in adverse conditions from these two. What great memories. One of the most memorable is while watching from another blind 500 yards away, I saw my Dad drop a European Widgeon out of a flock that was in the stratosphere. Lately I've been hunting area lakes with my 16' War Eagle and a homemade blind. It has been a learning experience, but if I wasn't learning anything new it wouldn't be fun. Oddly enough, I may be the only guy alive who has bagged woodies, hoodies, black ducks, redheads, buffleheads, bluebills, widgeon, ringnecks, scoters, swan, geese, and brant, but never a mallard or pintail. Go figure.