I never thought of going duck hunting until a friend took me out for the first time in California in 2008. Now I'm addicted. I love it just as much as deer hunting which I never thought was possible. I never hunted duck on the east coast, but I don't think it would be any different than the west coast. In the early season it is much easier to decoy ducks. Later in the season they get smart and seems like they won't come into a 2 dozen decoy spread cause it looks too unnatural. If you haven't learned how to call it is better you not call them. Practice calling at home. I suggest you pattern your gun for the shot you are using. #4 are great just for ducks, if there is a possibility of shooting geese #2 are better. Find where the ducks are. Wait for shots that are 30 yards or less. The worse the weather the better the duck hunting Good Luck!!