Eavesdropping at the lodge, I overheard a young man from south of Sikeston, Missouri, tell of good hunts during their opener this past weekend. "Limits on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday," he was telling a buddy. "They got their mallards, and finished with grey ducks, teal, and some woodies." Hunters at the tail-end of the flyway--Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi--have another 10 days or so of chomping at the bit before they can run the cobwebs out of their barrels. From Stuttgart, Kevin Taylor reports "great numbers of mallards and gadwalls in the woods and in any agricultural fields holding water. I'm also seeing spoonbills and teal. Plenty of specklebellies and snows are showing up, too. The first large migration has come in full forces, and we're seeing great numbers for this early in the year. Dry conditions of the north," he said, "have helped push more ducks to us earlier than usual. It could be a banner year for the South."