I wish I could say I was as consistent of a waterfowler as some of you. I shot my first bird (Drake GWT) at age 12 while running muskrat traps. I was ate up with waterfowling for the next 8 years, but finally took a break during the early steel shot years. All of my buddies did the same - and we all had the same comment about - shooting ducks, blowing out wads of feathers, and watching them fly off. We all came back into the game with the advent if the 3 1/2" 12. The steel shot wasn't that much better but at least we could kill birds again. We also got seriously into dogs about this time. Nowadays I enjoy the hunt but enjoy the dog work more. Been on a couple interesting hunts since moving here to NC (curtain blind and layout boat) that weren't as enjoyable as I thought they would be, knowing the dogs were back at home.