I was hunting today with 3 buddies, 1 with years of experience, but the other 2 had only been out a few times. We had teal and widgeon landing in out decoys, and even when we popped up to try to get them to fly, some would stay in the water. So we shot them on the water, as long as they weren't too close to any decoys. The 2 new guys had no problem with it, and I don't have a problem with it, but the older guy wouldnt shoot unless it was flying. He considers it "unethical" to shoot ducks on the water. Obviously, we try to take them on the wing, but if the shot presents itself, we won't hesitate to blast one sitting. I don't get the reasoning behing shooting them on the water "unethical". I think ethical means killing them fast and letting as few wounded birds get away as possible. If a bird is sitting on the water, you can get off a steady shot that is very likely to kill the bird, rather than wound it. If it doesn't die on the first shot, you can usually get off another one before it has lifted off, making it that less likely to fly off wounded. And I don't know about anyone else, but I absolutely hate the thought of an injured bird getting away, just to die somewhere else in a couple of hours.