By Bill Nichol and Matt Young
For many duck hunters, getting wet and cold and working up a sweat before sunrise are unavoidable parts of waterfowling. In fact, the majority of hunters will put up with a degree of all these unpleasantries if it guarantees dependable shooting.
However, in today’s waterfowling culture, there are hunters who are routinely willing to go beyond the norm. These are waterfowlers who don’t mind hours of soggy waders, numb hands, and a wind-chapped face, who will eagerly venture beyond where the boat must stop, and who believe that getting to the ducks is always worth the effort.
These hard-chargers can be found among duck hunting communities across the nation. While facing unique challenges from their environments, they all rely on innovation and a dogged determination to be successful in the field. On the following pages, four hunters—Scott Dickerson, Shawn Prince, Mike Brumley, and Butch Wagoner—explain why they enjoy embarking on what many would consider extreme hunts.