Thanks for the response. Finding a good hunting partner is harder to find than a good/compatible spouse. I’ve been blessed with a couple good big game hunting partners.Public water, esp the fuge...3 decoys on a jerk cord or 10 dozen. The birds know what 36 or 48 motionless decoys are and what it means. That's what your typical guy packs.
You are way late, I only have a few hunts left this year.
Like you are trying to do, I learned as an adult, and most of my hunting partners these came off this site. For me the trick is finding guys who like to hunt like you do. Many different styles/levels of effort involved and generally you can go through quite a few partners before you find one that matches yours. I know guys that will drive 10 hours, sleep in their car, walk 10 miles, wait in sweat lines, drag 12 dozen decoys around, etc. I know other guys that go to their spot, throw the same spread every time, and either shoot ducks or don't. I am somewhere in-between these two.
Good luck, I am sure you will get some invitations if you post on open seats next year.
I have a co-worker that might duck hunt with me. It wouldn’t be until next year. 🤞 thing work out.