a win for some local duck hunters


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paintballdude902
January 4, 2012, 09:00 PM
theres a retired couple where i grew up that have been baiting ducks in their back yard to "save the ducks from people like you" aka hunters. my buddy called the game warden and he went out and lectured them and wrote them a ticket.

the local warden told my friends to find a good spot just passed the legal distance from the bait and blow the ducks away. well when i got home we did just that. the guy yelled and screamed at us when we went to pull our deeks about murdering the ducks.

monday morning the boys went out again to the same spot, well the wife climbed through the marsh and blew an air horn till they called the game warden for her disrupting a legal hunt. when they called the game warden the husband started threatening the shoot my friends.... while they were on the phone with him. the game warden showed up with a county sheriff and wrote her a ticket and hauled off the husband for communicating a threat.




some of these people are crazy

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MCgunner
January 4, 2012, 09:34 PM
I had to read that several times. I THINK I know what went down. I think I'd find a better spot, frankly. Sounds like you won.....this time. They sound a bit looney.

jmr40
January 5, 2012, 11:01 AM
I was thinking the same thing. I read it 4 times, and I'm still not sure what actually happened.

627PCFan
January 5, 2012, 12:50 PM
Well did you limit out?

JohnBT
January 5, 2012, 04:36 PM
"theres a retired couple where i grew up that have been baiting ducks in their back yard"

Did they shoot them?

Or were they just feeding them?

birdshot8's
January 5, 2012, 07:17 PM
It is against, Migratory Game Bird Act to hunt over bait. You can feed them all you want. The retired couple probablly enjoyed watching the birds from their deck. maybe even photographers. I would give them their space and hunt in a more peaceful area.

paintballdude902
January 5, 2012, 08:10 PM
holy cow. sorry the hydrocodone murdered that.

essentially this older couple was putting corn out to "save the ducks from people like you" we drove by while i was home and counted 9 empty sacks of remington deer corn, thats 450 lbs. the entire doc and edge of their yard is covered in yellow corn.

edited the original for clarification. sorry been pretty sick lately and was on hydrocodone from tuesday morning until this morning just so i could swallow

JohnBT
January 6, 2012, 05:25 PM
I don't mind people feeding ducks. I like fat ducks. I also don't like hunting near houses, so that wouldn't be a problem for me, I'd just move around a bend or across the way for some privacy.

I guess I just don't see what the issue is. What was the ticket for? If feeding is legal and they weren't hunting... I just don't understand.

Is it against the law to overfeed ducks?

MCgunner
January 6, 2012, 07:53 PM
That couple would have a problem around Port O'Connor, Texas....:D Of course, the hunting is well away from houses, but the "boom, boom, boom" out on the bay every morning, while music to MY ears, would probably drive them nuts. :D What DOES drive me nuts is all the air boats. All the guides run air boats to get back in the shallow flats. I was trying to watch TV the other day (we have our trailer down there for the hunting season) and couldn't over the noise of 2 air boats out in the intracoastal.:cuss:

But, heck, at least I've found something louder than your average Harley. :D

Malachi Leviticus Blue
January 14, 2012, 11:48 AM
Sounds a bit risky. Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations are impossible to follow 100% since many are subjective. For example you are prohibited form hunting migratory birds over bait or in the zone of influence of bait. The "influence" can extend for days after the bait has been removed and can extend for miles. These extremes are ridiculous to me, but one could easily find themselves in some hot water in the situation described by the OP. Glad the hunters seem to have one this one.

buck460XVR
January 14, 2012, 12:01 PM
If we as hunters want respect, we must respect those that don't hunt. Don't know how they would get a ticket for feeding birds nor why a Game warden would suggest harassing an "old retired couple" that just enjoys wildlife. Hard to believe some would enjoy shooting ducks under this scenario, much less brag about it.

TNboy
January 15, 2012, 06:49 PM
I grew up on lakefront property there were 2 duck blinds within 500 yards or thereabout from the house. One was directly across the lake. During the waterfowl season you could be sure to be awakened by BOOM BOOM BOOM right at daybreak every morning. Though I was never a duck hunter it never bothered me. Just thought that was part of the experience of living in a remote lakefront setting. There was something about it that I really liked and found comforting.

chas08
January 16, 2012, 11:14 AM
Personally, I would have given the old folks their space and hunted somewhere else. The kill is far less important to me these days than the experience.

BellyUpFish
January 16, 2012, 12:40 PM
Yeh, I don't think I would have gone out thumbing their eyes and blowing ducks right out of the sky in front of them.. Just more negative press for hunters and gun owners.

Art Eatman
January 16, 2012, 10:22 PM
I have never seen any hunter succeed in open and friendly discourse with an anti-hunter. It just doesn't seem to be possible, since the antis are operating from emotion.

About all a hunter can do is make sure he's legal and go on about his business. The anti-hunter is as mad from just knowing a hunter is "out there" as he is about any noise from any shooting.

And it's against the law in many states to knowingly disturb a hunting situation--particularly if trespassing is involved.

Ticketing for feeding might be a federal thing, as to baiting for migratory waterfowl--but I don't pretend to know those rules.

MCgunner
January 16, 2012, 10:42 PM
Yes, federal law prohibits baiting migratory birds....which includes dove, BTW. However, you can plant wild rice in your tank and sunflowers in your dove hunting fields. But, milo or corn spread on the ground is a no, no.

Davek1977
January 17, 2012, 02:43 AM
I just couldn't take any pride in this as a "victory". Someone got to kill some ducks, and some people basically got to watch the ducks they enjoyed watching die. While certainly legal, my personal ethics would come into play, and I'd find a better place to hunt. Killing a few ducks...to me...isn't as important as being respectful, even to those whose opinions I may not share.

Art Eatman
January 17, 2012, 09:21 AM
Trouble is, Dave, that the opening post said nothing about the distance between complainers and hunters. And, hunting over decoys, how do you know that the ducks "belonged" to the complainers?

Face it: There are anti-hunters who get infuriated at the sound of shots, even though the hunters are at long distances. Would you have the "polite zone" include everything within hearing?

Davek1977
January 17, 2012, 09:36 AM
No, I don't and I wouldn't. Just the same, if my neighbor had a "pet" deer, I would make a point of not shooting it if it crossed the fence one day .....just because I technically "could".....doesn't necessarily mean I "should". To me, its not a matter of law, or of even "universal" ethics. I said my PERSONAL ethics were against it, and who is anyone to judge another's personal ethics, especially if they happen to be more restrictive, not less restrictive, then the law? I'm not saying ANYONE should agree with me or follow my example. I just don't see the "victory" in this example. If someone takes pride in what happened in the OP, so be it, but I couldn't.

MtnCreek
January 17, 2012, 10:26 AM
Yes, federal law prohibits baiting migratory birds....which includes dove, BTW.
Can you post a source for this, please?
Thanks.

buck460XVR
January 17, 2012, 08:29 PM
I have never seen any hunter succeed in open and friendly discourse with an anti-hunter. It just doesn't seem to be possible, since the antis are operating from emotion.


The thing is, it ain't the antis we have to worry about, they're in the minority. Problem is, in 49 states, we as hunters are a minority also. The reason we can still hunt is because the majority of folks in this country are neutral towards hunting. Most understand there is a tradition of hunting in this country and that in many cases, hunting is a necessary evil.........i.e., crop damage, car/deer collisions and destruction of habitat because of excessive numbers. They don't hunt themselves but don't mind others hunting because they generally have a positive image of those they know that do hunt. If this positive image is continuously dirtied by thoughtless and irresponsible hunters, how long do you think they will continue to be neutral? Going out and shooting game in front of folk that have been enjoying watching and feeding them, and then giving them a :neener: followed by a post bragging about the same is not a positive image, nor is it the image I or many other legitimate hunters want to portray. I have no time for folks that wanna act like a "Bubba" and portray hunters as folks that feel the need to kill everything, especially if it's easy and it pisses someone off at the same time. To demand that antis give us the space and respect we want/deserve without reciprocating is ridiculous.

Davek1977 sums it up very well in his post.......

Just the same, if my neighbor had a "pet" deer, I would make a point of not shooting it if it crossed the fence one day .....just because I technically "could".....doesn't necessarily mean I "should". To me, its not a matter of law, or of even "universal" ethics. I said my PERSONAL ethics were against it, and who is anyone to judge another's personal ethics, especially if they happen to be more restrictive, not less restrictive, then the law? I'm not saying ANYONE should agree with me or follow my example. I just don't see the "victory" in this example. If someone takes pride in what happened in the OP, so be it, but I couldn't.

grubbylabs
January 18, 2012, 11:38 PM
Duck and Goose hunting isn't subject to just federal rules. Each state is able to adopt rules and regulations. They just have to be in line with federal and they cant be less strict. They can certainly have harsher or more restrictive rules.

And since no one said just how far they were from the house I am siding with the hunters for now.

In our state it is against the law to interrupt the legal harvesting or hunting of game animals

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