I grew up in a small town in SW Michigan and for as long as I can remember, I was either shooting something or getting a line wet with my whoever I could get to take me. I hated being indoors. My hunting life started probably like most others, shooting anything that ran or flew. I remember doing a lot of rabbit hunting while growing up and then started deer hunting at age 12 with my Bear compound bow. I didn’t have a lot of success because the buck fever really got to me. As soon as I got my hands on my first gun, a Remington 870 Wingmaster, I was hunting ducks at the local sewer ponds behind my house. I had a dozen cheap water keel decoys but I harvested a few birds when the time was right. After getting married, starting a business, and starting a family in the early 2000s, my time was limited so my deer hunting activity subsided and I started to focus on waterfowling. Jeff, a friend of mine from high school asked me to join him and his crew in South Dakota one year and the rest is history. I spent 8 years in a row in mid November in South Dakota and learned a lot from those guys. Now I’m addicted. We recently moved to Oklahoma and little did I know it but I landed smack in the middle of 2 rivers that hold thousands of birds during the late fall and winter months. I continue to learn the patterns of waterfowl and enjoy hunting them in the field as well as in my boat. Recently, my son Aidan has started to join me hunting waterfowl. He’s not old enough to carry a gun but he just loves watching those birds fall out of the sky and watching Cody, my 5 year old lab, retrieve them with ease. Follow me on Twitter @FLGRooney or Facebook FLGRooney
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