So I thought this would be appropriate to post here in the Diver Forum. I was bitten by the duck hunting bug at an early age, like almost everyone in here. Grew up in the 70s-80s in western NY, hunting mainly marshes and flooded timber. Mallards, blacks and wood ducks were the only things that mattered. After graduating from college in the early 90s I started to move around a bit and did most of my hunting in the central flyway on big reservoirs, farm ponds and rivers. Again – Mallards were king and all that really mattered. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I noticed lots of bluebills, cans and redheads on the reservoirs later in the year. So I started to try my luck with longlines and go after them. Of course everyone in my area thought I was nuts because nobody hunts divers on purpose. Had a lot of fun, learned a ton and shot a few birds along the way. Moved back to the east coast 2 years ago and linked back up with a hunting buddy of mine. This is our 20th year of hunting together. We hunt a lot on the northern part of the Chesapeake. He, like me was a die hard puddle duck guy. We tried targeting divers the last couple years with mixed results. Had a few good hunts, some busts – but nothing exceptional. They do have me calling them broadbill now though. Well last weekend, we both found out why guys go crazy for divers. We set up in a decent spot that had been scouted. Had some trouble getting there in the fog, but we made it and set up. What we saw over the next few hours, might have changed my life. We had flocks of blue bills, some numbering in the hundreds dive into our spread with reckless abandon. We shot our 2 quite early and then continued to watch them impale themselves on our spread for the next few hours. I believe we conservatively saw at least 5-6 K birds that day. At one point, the raft of birds sitting outside of our spread stretched for 300 yds. It was simply unreal and a memory that will live with me until the day I die. In 30+ years of hunting ducks, I’ve never seen anything like it. To hell with the mallards.