Brody Edmondson with Avery Outdoors out of Winnipeg told me he and his buddies were looking forward to the Sept. 8 opener, but with some mixed feelings. "I'm looking around the Oak Hammock Marsh area now," the young man said, "and while I've seen plenty of local ducks, there's really been no migration yet. It's been hot - hot - hot, as in 85 to 90 degrees, which is unusual for us this time of year. We had a lot of rain early in the year, and then a long dry period. The grain crops are ahead of schedule, and we're dealing with a lot of black (disked) fields now, as opposed to the traditional stubble fields. It's going to be tough."