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Russ Snyder adjusts the cord on a decoy Saturday morning. Raised in Hutchinson, he now lives near Kansas City but annually returns to Reno County for the opening of duck season.
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Bob Snyder walks to the blind with two teal. Despite poor shooting, his group of five shot their combined limit of 25 ducks in about an hour on Saturday's opening day.
Bob Snyder, right, and Charlie Kimbell have opened many duck seasons together. Saturday was one of the best, thanks to big numbers of teal.
Charlie Kimbell, left, and Bob Snyder watch for ducks on a wetland that Kimbell owns and Snyder manages west of Hutchinson.
A green-winged teal flushes from the decoys on Saturday's opening of duck hunting season.
Two teal prepare to land near the decoys.
A Labrador retriever runs to retrieve a green-winged teal shot Saturday morning.
Tall grass and lots of what makes a good retriever valuable this year.
Part of a flock of more than 200 teal fly towards the decoys. They came when the hunters were only one shy of their limit.
Ed Markel brings decoys to shore after Saturday morning's hunt.
Green-winged teal were seen from singles to more than 200 in a flock Saturday morning.
A flock of green-winged teal fly low over a Reno County wetland, looking for a place to land.
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