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the Battle of Gettysburg.
Conventional wisdom is that it's not worth hunting the evening flight on the east coast. The birds start too close to the end of legal shooting time, sometimes not flying in until after dark. So I threw out the first decoys at 2:30pm.
Conventional wisdom is that the migrating flocks have arrived at the wintering grounds, and as a result, setting out less than 100 decoys is a waste of time. I placed 11. One at a time. Three magnum buffleheads, four magnum black ducks, and four burlapped foam black ducks.
Conventional wisdom is that there's no point setting up decoys between the loafing spot (200 yards offshore) and the roost (where someone else has licensed duck blinds), but the wind favored me, so I set up on a sand spit inbetween the two spots.
Conventional wisdom is that your best shot on decoying ducks is from directly inshore of your decoys, but that doesn't account for the giant oak tree overlooking my spread, which makes the ducks swing wide. So after the first few flocks swung wide and low, flaring at the last minute, I hunted from a point looking inland on my decoys.
Conventional wisdom is that nobody hunts outside of a blind anymore, especially in a flyway that boasts 8 and 10 year old geese who know the shorelines of the creeks. You'd think that the conventional wisdom would be that here, just 10 miles from the east coast's goose hunting capital, the ducks and geese get an idea pretty quickly about where the duck blinds are. I used two hides on this hunt: a fallen red cedar on the shoreline, and a patch of reeds on the shoreline. Conventionally, I'd laugh at the prospect of hunting behind either. Especially in January.
Conventional wisdom is that a wing shot is a wing shot. But I'm pretty sure that was written by someone who either shot too many ducks, or not enough. Because when I laid the hammer down on that black duck just two minutes before the end of legal shooting time, it sure fell. Fast and head first.
Conventional wisdom is that you can lose track of how dark it really is when the setting sun is in your face, and suddenly, you have to find a duck in the weeds. Turns out, conventional wisdom was right about that one.