As you can guess, the greatest challenge for a newbie in SE NC has been finding access to good spots. Well, the snow days afforded me the opportunity to get out and about a bit. I made a short surnrise trip as a guest to a nearby lease, but there were no ducks to be found. Still, an opportunity to watch morning break without the sights and sounds of civilization is good. Later in the day, I was able to try to jump a few ducks on various ponds and creeks on the GL. There was evidence that the spots held some promise, but again no ducks to be found; however, there was an impressive flock of turkeys inspecting the same area. On a "be careful what you ask for" experience, I did finally get permission to hunt a rather swampy, beaver-infested spot nearby. After breaking out the waders and walking in, I quickly figured out why the area is not hunted. . . 18" of water covering 18" of muck. Twice I had to pull myself out by the waders and I never made it to a spot with a big enough opening for birds to land. Quite the workout. Unless I can find an Argo, probably my last trip there until the fall. I will eventually figure this game out. Hopefully in the next week.