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Duck-o-meter better explained in print than on TV

For the past several weeks, I've been giving a weekly duck hunting report on KATV. KATV Sports Director Steve Sullivan shows up at my office every Wednesday with a camera, and I rattle off an impromptu duck hunting forecast, including a numeric score on a scale of one to seven, for the recurring feature called the Duck-o-meter.

Duck numbers low during first segment

The last words I wrote for this space were composed in a mood of tense anticipation, a feeling that comes over me each year before the opening day of duck season. With a heavy rain falling just days before this year's opener, my mood brightened more than usual.