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How to Build a DIY Floating Platform Duck Blind

A Virginia hunter's dream comes true when scouring Chesapeake Bay estuaries reveals a rare chance to erect two floating platform blinds.

How to Build a DIY Floating Platform Duck Blind

With seriously restrictive blind laws in Virginia, Roger Tesson is making the most of his efforts with his floating platform duck blinds. (Photo courtesy of Roger Tesson)

A warm, calm dawn does not typically portend a day that’s “just ducky.” It was the first day of the second split of the season and the November sky showed not the faintest shadow of a single cloud. Yet, for Roger Tesson and his hunting buddies, it was about to rain ducks.

“We were sitting there, a half-hour into shooting light,” Tesson said. “We shot four wood ducks and were getting ready to pick them up when another group with gadwalls and teal came in. We dropped those ducks and were going out to pick them up when two of the guys who stayed in the blind shot into a flock of ringnecks. About 11 a.m., we were going to pick up, but decided to wait...

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