This morning was duck opener. I went out with my dad and daughter to a little slough in a pasture that we hunt for pheasants later in the year. I heard a lot of crowing and wing beating, I flushed 8 or so young pheasants from the cattails while retrieving a bird. My thoughts are what they've been most of the summer. The drought was tough on young birds, but probably resulted in some later hatches. I think bird numbers will be down a touch, however, I would venture to say they will be higher than 2019. Pheasants are resilient. That's what makes them a worthy adversary. We shot some geese and some ducks, including a nice wood duck for this time of year. But I'd give up every one of those birds for a shot at one of the roosters I saw this morning. Two weeks. I'm so pumped.