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Yesterday morning I woke up real early to beat the crowds to at OB. Also my boat isnt very fast so I have to plan for that too. When I got there there was one truck in the parking lot with an empty trailer. As I was getting the boat ready there were three others pulling up. I got my boat in and was on my way. I had one guy pass me on the way out. He went way past where I was headed. The guy that was out there first flashed his light as to inform me where he was set up at. I was planning on going past him quite a ways. I found my land mark and headed for the waters edge. I started to put out my decoys, I had about a dozen of them out, when all the sudden I heard another boat comming in from the other direction. I had all the lights on my boat on, so I know he saw me there. As they pulled up I heard him tell his hunting buddies "I cant believe he's in OUR spot". They turned around like they were going to leave when all the sudden they motor kills and I hear them say "just set up here". They were on the oposite side of this small bay area facing me. I figure they were about 150 yards away. I was really close to pickin up my decoys and moving on down a little farther to make some room. But by now I have almost half of my decoys (about thirty) out. I decided I wasnt gonna budge. I know that in the marsh things look a lot farther away than they are, but they should have know that if they can hear my decoys hittin the water then they were kinda close. My only concern with this was the fact thay they were facing me. I was facing perpendicular to them, in other words I was facing west they were facing south. I was worried I was gonna be ducking BB's all day long. Any way Im rambling here. I felt it was too close. There was only one time when they shot twards me. I saw the duck they were shooting at and as it came between us I figured the shot would come twards me. I was really carefull to not shoot twards them, and I think they passed on a few birds due to my location as well. So what do you fine sportsmen think is too close? And what do you do when you show up to your normal hunting spot and someone is setting up there? Would you ask them to move? Would you be offended if someone asked you to move? Or would you just go find a new spot? I had a great hunt, I got my limit. There were three of them in the boat and I dont think they got more than three or four ducks.