I only get to hunt 5-10 days a year, but it seems even though the numbers of ducks has been on the rise since I started hunting them in 1987, the past few seasons have been successively worse. I believe that the standing water all over the Sacramento Valley provide too easy of an escape from the refuges that I hunt. It seems that at the first shot they head for the closed zone and then to the farmers field. What do you think? Am I just making excuses?