As everyone is well aware, duck hunting and hunting in general is pretty darn expensive, but this week has been a little over the top for me. I shot my first grouse with a sling shot and I spent my first 5 years hunting ducks with a dozen old beat up decoys of a generic species, my grandfathers old rem 870 with a fixed choke, a box of 8$imperial steel shot and a Crappy T special camo rain jacket over top of my winter coat, my allowance/part time job paid for it and i always had a blast. Over the last few years ive bought a new synthetic camo shotgun, 5 dozen decoys, water proof windproof coat,a boat, a dog and 2 motion decoys and this year have decided to splurge a little on ""premium" ammo, but this week its pretty well cause nothing but frustration. First day of the season, one of my motion decoys was stolen, thats ok my fault for trusting that it would be ok from 8pm til 5am...WRONG...second day of the season, sleeve of my new coat gets caught under the action of my pump gun, (still dont know how that happend) out comes knife now a big hole in my new coat...still no biggy only second day of season, lots of birds...day isnt over yet, remaining motion decoy gets blown in water..still works for now. I decide to book a week off work since shooting and conditions are so good...what happens water comes 30 feet. Then comes today when the whole season has gone down the tubes before its even arrived. I get up this morning find out my uncle had to chase down my boat the day before, water is so high all my duck spots are now under 10 feet of water and its so windy i can't even get off shore...thats ok off to some back woods ponds...only problem...no water! go figure! Find a bit of mud and water, set up some decoys and motion decoy, switch is stuck..screw with it a bit and finally get it to work, now its stuck on so have to disconnect battery to shut it off...oh well better than it being stuck off i figure. Sit for a bit No birds, saw that coming. Thats ok, go pond jumping with my cousin, we jump a few birds get a few , all is going well, fire a couple more shots, decide to switch over to black cloud , go to change my choke tube...no choke tube in the gun..my full choke tube is now at the bottom of Grand Lake. Put remaining mod choke tube in and head to a fav beaver pond , get in up jump a woodduck, Bang, Bang nothing not even a click, look down the fore end of my gun is ahead but action is still open...wtf, one of the slide bars is broke off..great now my gun is toast (until i get it repaired or a new one). By this time im getting more than a little pissed, my cousin loans me one of his guns, the we head into a promising (or so it seemed) spot for night shoot where we'd jumped a bunch of ducks earlier and try and salvage the rest of the day. We throw out some dekes and put out my motion decoy (screw with the switch for a bit to get it to work. No birds. Period. Well we decide to call it quite, on the way out of the tangled mess of alders and mud,I lost a wing to my motion decoy, after a lot of swearing which im sure was probably heard from each corner of the province and several trips back through the mess with more hope of catching an STD from a virgin than finding that wing, i decided that with my week booked off for work im going to hunt grouse with a sling shot and start scouting for deer,and maybe jump that beaver pond with the old 870..how was your first week?