Lately the duck hunting I've been experiencing has pretty much been a struggle in terms of getting the birds to decoy. There are birds around and they just wouldn't come to the decoys. It has been a really strange, frustrating month for me and all of my hunting buddies with days of hunting and only zero or one bird taken. So Friday, a friend called and said he had an Army friend who is heading back to Aftganistan for another combat deployment and the guy is a fanatic waterfowl hunter. His training schedule has been brutal and he hasn't hunted but three times this season. My friend asked if I'd take him on a hunt. I told him it would be an honor and privilege but that there probably wouldn't be much, if any, shooting. I also wasn't sure of the condition of the blinds due to heavy flooding on our property from the Pineapple Express. But if the guy wanted to go out, enjoy the sun, drink coffee and shoot the bull I'd take him. So the Army guy calls and we set up a hunt. It turns out he is an Army senior NCO, paratroop guy with 100+ jumps, a bull of a guy and just as nice and polite as can be. Definitely not in the mold of master sergeants I was around in the Army or Air Force. We set up a plan and we met up yesterday. The weather forecast was supposed to give us some rain and a little wind. It ended up being pretty much calm and totally sunny, not the day you typically picture for good duck hunting. Maybe God said "I'm going to give the guy a break" or something. Whatever happened, this Army master sergeant combat airborne troop had a chance to showoff his hunting and shooting skills. And he is a really good waterfowl hunter. We had a great time, shot ducks, and we got to experience my dog competing with bald eagles for one of our ducks. (I had to intervene and the dog got the duck. No I didn't fire my gun to scare the eagle off, just hustled my fat ass off to get close enough for the bird to hesitate and the dog to grab the duck). It's a good thing the blind was facing west or we would have gotten sunburns, seriously.