A question for those hunters who used to be foot soldiers and have joined the mud motor ranks. How has it changed your hunting success? This is a question that comes up for me every year but as I get older it becomes a more serious question. I have been out on a boat a few times with a friend and the hunting has rarely been as close to good as it is when I hoof it into the marsh. Wednesday was a classic example. I pulled into the parking lot at 1:15 on Wednesday. The parking lot was packed, mostly with trucks pulling trailers. But I wasn't hearing a lot of shooting. I walked the two miles to my usual area, still hearing very little shooting. I was set up by 2:30. I had a limit by 3:30 and had passed up quite a few. Every duck I shot was cupped into the decoys. It's the type of hunting I haven't had from a boat and I still heard very little shooting coming from the big lake where the boaters were. But the problem is that I don't know how many of those major hikes I have left in me. The majority of the hike is through swamp and not dike. I'm definitely facing a change in hunting tactics in the coming years. Hopefully I can postpone it as long as possible, but it's coming. But is it even worth buying a boat? It must be because it seems like most hunters have them these days. But it seems like it will be a let down. So what have others' experiences been? Do you still find some consistently good hunting? Maybe there are other solutions. Or maybe it will be time to mostly call it good and focus on fishing.