Started the managed area season off today. We had a party member lucky enough to draw the PM hunt. My son and I rolled out a little after 8am this morning for our first 150+ mile day of the year. After a quick stop for fuel we picked up our card about 10am. Surprisingly enough there were only 21 parties. Unsurprisingly our draw was not very good. But...in the words of FBD at least we weren't last. Still, we were able to get a zone that was added to our list last minute. The corn was in great shape and there were still a lot of bur-seed and plant material to be had. The draw itself went super fast. As stated above...we were down the list a ways. And still had time to go get lunch, eat and shoot the breeze in the parking lot before we could go in. By 12:40 we were setup. And then began the waiting game. It was silly quiet outside a teal buzzing down the front of the corn at Mach 4. But as hot as it was with blue sky...expected I guess. The last hour and a half picked up. We had teal everywhere. I missed a three pack of Woodies flying down the corn. We collectively missed a Woody that worked in right for us. Then we landed a blue wing in the spread that the youngster hit, we backed him up on and then still somehow lost. While fishfighter was trying to find the lost bird we had a teal land at 40. I had to shift and move quite a bit to get a shot on it without shooting towards anyone bcollected the bird. Then we had a blue wing drop right into the decoys which I offered to my son. Shoot it dad I can't see it. Bird had scampered right into some of the plants and was pretty well hidden. After that I told fishfighter and my son I was strictly on backup duty. We had a few more teal buzz the strip but nothing that the 10 year old was confident enough to try cracking at. There was one bird that he called his shot on...but neither fishfighter nor I could see it in the plants so we called him off. By the time I spotted it it was out of range. Greenwing. And then fishfighter missed a teal that tried landing on his barrel. Probably should have had another four...but after driving 1500+ miles last year for .5 of a mallard... I'll take it. Was worried that the kid would be bummed...but he was happy as a clam. We spent a bit of extra time looking for the lost bird after shooting hours was done and the look in his eyes watching all the birds fly around was priceless.