Frank Lopez wrote:Stish85 wrote:If that is the case then none of us should ever shoot at anything...EVER. Waterfowlers hunt in marshes, timber and rivers, etc. We also wear camo. We hunt in these low visibility areas shooting into the air, low passing shots and can never be certain where our pellets land. We can also often not be certain where other hunters are as we may never see them come out. Something to think about.
If people are getting hit and hurt then they are within 175 yards and whoever is shooting should not be taking that shot in the first place. I have been rained on several times never has it felt harder than small ice pellets. I have had shot spray across my decoy spread from hunters less than 150 yards away and bounce off decoys. I'm not saying what you say is impossible it is just highly unlikely if people use common sense when shooting.
This has to be the most stupid, irresponsible answer ever posted on this or any forum!!!!! Did you have to take a Sportsman's Ed class to get your license? It is the shooter's responsibility to know his target AND BEYOND!!!!! You're an accident waiting to happen, period.
Maybe next time you should pay attention when you read a comment. I never said don't worry about a what is beyond where you are shooting or who cares if you are shooting at someone, I never even hinted at that. I simply stated that in the environment waterfowl hunters typically hunt in there is absolutely no way to know 100% what is beyond your target at all times. A lot of times due to surrounding cover you can simply not see that far. And any waterfowler that says otherwise is simply lying or has only hunted fields. It is our responsiblity to try to ensure to every extent possible we know where our shot is going.
If you have ever hunted in a marsh or timber or on a river bend or even on the shore of a lake that has heavy cattails. It is IMPOSSIBLE to know what is beyond your target at all times, it is the inherent nature of our sport. That little cattail hole that you hunt in a marsh, you can't see what's on the other side of that, does that stop you from shooting at ducks coming in? I doubt it unless you heard someone walk in in that direction. When you are shooting in the air at any angle you do not know where your shot is going to fall or how far it is going to travel, does that stop us from shooting? Probably not unless you can see someone in that direction, but that doesn't mean they aren't there. Unless you are hunting in a wide open field the in the middle of a lake there is absolutely know what to know. Do you think when I had shot rain down on me in the marsh that hunter thought he was shooting in my direction or knew his shot would fall on me? I don't think so he simply could not see me due to the brush in the marsh.