Irrigation ponds attract ducks and ducks attract shooters.
Neither my farmer nor I are hunters but our staff and hangers-on take advantage of our ponds.
Preparation starts some weeks in advance of opening day with the building, or resurrecting of maimais.
On opening morning the hunters get up early, pack up provisions and sneak into the maimais before dawn to await the ducks.
This year the long, hot summer has left the ponds with little water. That might not make it easier to shoot the birds but it will make it easier to retrieve them.
The number shot, and missed, will be recounted in the pub later in the day although the tally isn’t particularly important.
It’s my observation that while duck shooting is the excuse for the exercise, it’s not necessarily the point of it.