Hunting from a layout boat is one of the more classic, challenging and rewarding ways to take trophy ducks. Nobody who has experienced layout hunting says it’s easy, it is not. The gunner’s laying down in the box 6 inches below the waterline with a shot window and swing that is narrow from the constraints and variables of a floating blind. Even on a calm day there is something to getting the timing right to rise, mark and shoot a duck that’s screaming in on the wing and often setting on your decoys only yards from the bow. Now add in some wind chop with swell and you have something that no sporting clays course could ever match. But gunning old school is rewarding, especially when you get duck you’ve been waiting a lifetime to achieve.