Hello All, CapnJim from Coastal S.C. I have been chasing the winged beasts of joy for over 43 years now. I'm 56. Where I live there are five tidal rivers, a 13-mile long bay, and numerous estuaries. Most property bordering our waters is private so I'm one of the river rats fighting for my space in public Hades. I pull up to the landing and there are fewer of me around each season. In the salt we use the old Herters 72s and inland the plastics. We have a 6-foot tide so that dictates where we hunt along with the wind. Anyway, I've been fortunate enough to squirrel away 'duck' cash each season in order to take a trip or two. Have spent 30 seasons on the famed Currituck Sound on the Outer Banks in N.C. with the same guide mostly chasing divers, but have traveled toward and beyond the big river and hunted Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee both guided and self-guided. As one young guide likes to remind me out there, if his head ain't green with a white ring it ain't a duck. I beg to differ as one must go with what one is presented with, but I get his point. That's the passion talking. We've had mostly good experiences, some not so much. I hope to keep doing it until I can no longer physically go. I love it that much. I just joined my first duck club in Saskatchewan and am looking forward to field hunting as it will be a new experience. I feel young again !!!