A morning on Ocheesee Pond

The Thrill of the Chase

Hunting is more than a sport. For some, it is a way to put food on the table. Most hunters do not waste the meat of any animals they kill; instead, it is either eaten in their own home or given to those who need it. Duck hunting, although seen as more of a game, can provide sustenance to anyone who can afford the hunting license. Most people, however, are not experienced or knowledgeable about hunting regulations, necessities or even what to do while hunting.

A photo of Harrison on Ocheesee Pond

Harrison looking out over Ocheesee Pond
after an early hunt.

Beginners' Luck

In duck hunting, there is no substitute for preparation and skill. There is no such thing as beginner's luck, as duck hunting can be dangerous if not done carefully. Something as small as having a slightly blocked barrel can result in a shotgun exploding in your hands. The risk that comes with hunting provides an adrenaline rush, so it is incredibly important for hunters to be alert and know what they're doing. Duck or waterfowl hunting is especially problematic, because the ducks are smaller and are usually flying through the air. This type of difficulty provides the opportunity for hunters to become more skilled at shooting, which could never hurt. I cannot stress enough that patience is key. If you don't get it the first time, just try again. Hunting, and especially shooting down a flying object, isn't a natural skill for most.