Hunt with Wes Crank in the Meto scatters. Parked and walked in southwest of campground #6. Cold and brilliantly sunny. No wind. Water level 100%. We started late. I drove from LRK to Cornerstone. Brought bfest make’ns and made ham biscuits. We dawdled and talked. Got to the walk in about 8:30 am. We picked scatters because of Wes’s bad knee. it’s an easy walk. Lots of shooting as well. My first trip in scatters since Sam Bequette (stuck his truck!) and Carrico 10 yrs ago. We heard Bohannan’s big voice out in a hole at the contour line and joined them. Trey was hunting with John (judge from Kentucky) Joe from Monticello plus 2 others one of whom was not tote’n a gun. They had 4 mallards in the stringer already. I knocked down a drake mallard while we talked. Trey kept say’n ‘not yet’ as the 2 mallards flew close right over me. I shot the drake first and he volleyed 3 shots right behind me! My duck fluttered down about 200 yds north. I picked the drake up up after Wes & I left the guys and walked on North following the 180 contour line. Wes’s knee forced him to stop around 10:00. I gave Him a 60 (east) compass bearing from GAIA and sent him back to #6 with expectation of meeting at Backwoods Duck Club for breakfast no later than noon. I walked on west out into the scatters then turned north parallel to 180 couture line. Found a great new hole adjacent to low timber. Picked up a still bleeding drake mallard cripple courtesy of lazy sky busters. A group of 8-10 hunters walked right by me on the way out. I walked out on compass bearing ( see if I remembered how!) rather than GAIA. Came out at #5 Camp and had to walk 200 yds south to #6. Went to Backwoods. Kenny has been taking radiation treatment for cancer and looks bad. However, He was in great spirits. Scott—— was cooking. Had excellent breakfast, eggs sausage and toast and jam. Chatted with Joe from Monticello & Judge John. Joe is a member. John comes down every year from Kentucky and hunts 2 weeks with Trey & company.