A morning on Ocheesee Pond

What every hunter should know

A photo of Harrison before daylight

Harrison, my best friend, lighting the way before sunrise.

In the state of Florida, duck hunting is allowed on any body of water, as long as it is legal for guns to be shot in the area or if it is a wildlife preserve. So, it is illegal to duck hunt in neighborhoods, cities and any state-protected wildlife area. The open season for waterfowl generally has two phases. The first, for the 2012-2013 hunting season, goes from Nov. 17 to Nov. 25. The second goes from Dec. 8 to Jan. 27, 2013. The bag limit is six ducks per day, which means that having more than six ducks with you at any given time could result in a ticket by the local game warden. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset, but the best times to go are in the early morning or late afternoon. It is not uncommon in my house to wake up at 3 a.m. to go duck hunting. To me, getting up early is a small price to pay for the ability to hunt ducks with my daddy, brother or best friend.

What every hunter needs