Most new waterfowlers' first outing is with a big crew. A bunch of diehards have found birds, and the newbie gets invited along. There are four or five gunners, a big spread, maybe a boat, a dog, and a nice blind. It's a great time, but it's also totally impossible for a rookie duck hunter to re-create this experience on his own. Instead, show him how to hunt small rivers and creeks, which require minimal gear. These hunts might not be barrel burners, but they'll teach the most important elements of duck hunting: scouting and hiding. The trailer full of decoys can come later. —A.R.