I’ve read a great deal, both here and on other forums, about the unwritten rules and etiquette of duck hunting. As a sportsman, there are certain rules that I follow regardless of the species; however, I had a situation recently that I’d like to hear your thoughts about. I spent some time Wed scouting for a spot to solo hunt on the local Game Lands (3 day/week area) and found a nice area along a beaver pond swamp not too far from a good-sized lake. There was some evidence that others had been there earlier in the season — mainly trash and a few spent shells. Saturday morning, I arrived nearly an hour before shooting light and set up near said spot. I was actually a little farther than I’d hoped due to trying to bushwhack my way in through the darkness. About 10 minutes before legal shooting time, another vehicle showed up and parked adjacent to mine. The driver began making his way towards me, but didn’t locate me until I turned on my headlamp. At that point, he returned to his vehicle and left. As this was a first trip for me, I actually felt vindicated for having picked a promising spot. I did see 4-5 woodies fly through. While the area may have been large enough for 2-3 hunters who were working it together, I am glad that this individual turned and left as I have no idea who it was. In retrospect, I question whether I should have spoken (though it was a little close to shooting time to be moving about) or even invited the hunter down and shared the swamp so to speak. Regardless, I’m guessing I’ll have to be there even earlier next shooting day. Your thoughts?