This weekend marks the end of duck-hunting season.

“I’d have to say this has been a worse-than-average duck-hunting season,” said Brent Bruner, of Gatesville, an avid outdoorsman. “It’s definitely the worst season we’ve had in the past five years.”

Bruner said weather conditions probably played a big part in the below-par season.

“There just wasn’t enough cold weather up north to push the ducks this far south,” he said.

As for this final weekend of the season, Bruner said he’s not optimistic.

“It’s not shaping up too well at all right now,” Bruner said. “The extra rain we’re seeing now is not helping at all. The ducks will be in the rivers and off the lakes. So if you’re not hunting in the rivers you won’t find many ducks. There will be very few ducks out on the lakes.”

Bruner offered some tips for those who want to try their luck this weekend.

“The less decoys you use this late in the season, the better off you will be,” he said. “You must have a decoy spread setup. You will also want to make sure you’re on a slow part of the river. You should be on a bend where the current is not blowing.”

Of course getting to the rivers this weekend may prove difficult.

“The rain makes it very difficult to get on the rivers,” Bruner said. “So I’m not very optimistic at all.”

But that doesn’t mean Bruner won’t be out hunting this weekend.

“Oh, yes, I’ll be out there,” he said. “It’s the last weekend of the season. I have to be out there.”

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