wooducksooie wrote:That's BS!! Call em in and give them blind number or location. Sorry to hear that happened to u. No way I would ever run a single hunter and his pup off.
greenster wrote:wooducksooie wrote:That's BS!! Call em in and give them blind number or location. Sorry to hear that happened to u. No way I would ever run a single hunter and his pup off.
Agreed!! If I knew where it was, like some people around here I would do it myself.
wooducksooie wrote:I also have a blind, but at big lake so I pretty much know how this usually works out. First, it's folks like you that will lead to the blinds being burned by Agfc for good. I agree with you to some extent. I.e. Your time, money, and decoys, etc. But you have to remember that is a risk you take when investing such. It is public property, not yours. Not all hunters are out to "take over your blind". Some just simply want to hunt for the day. I would also love to know just how much "scouting" you did for that blind. Most of those blinds have been established for decades such as ours at big lake. Also, if one did put forth the time and effort to scout and build a blind, they cannot build a new blind on st Francis or big lake. If your such a hardcore scouter then how about go scout several other spots on st Francis so that you can hunt those in case someone is in "your" blind Instead of jeopardizing everyone elses blind by such arrogant behavior. We are all adults here so you would think we could all be cordial about this. The gift to us that built these blinds is that we do have some leverage by telling "intruders" that that's our time, material, sweat, decoys, made the run, etc. So we get to simply drop our boat in and cruise our boat up to a nice toasty blind ten minutes before daylight 90% of the time. The least we could do is be respectful/cordial about it when someone does beat us to it. Most folks have just got spoiled over the years and expect to have the same "private style" hunting on PUBLIC land when we take for granted the PRIVELAGE that we have by "claiming" these blinds all these years. If someone hunts "our" blind at big lake, we simply ask to hunt with them. We explain that we built the blind, upkeep it every year, and throw out decoys. We usually meet new friends. If not, we realize we cannot kick anyone out and resort to plan b (which we have by SCOUTING). Seriously, can't we all be a little more mature about this?? Well, we better be or they're gonna burn em all down. Then we'll see how much everyone wants to "scout"
wooducksooie wrote:Sorry Curl, I thought u were specifically referring to the public blinds at st Francis. In your situation you have every right to do what you do. Sounds like alot of hard work. I was referring to the "owners" of blinds on public wma's only. Have a great season.
Curl tail wrote:I have a different take on this as the majority of you do. As a blind owner/builder, I feel that it is my place to hunt, public or not. If I am not at the blind and you get in it, stay and enjoy it if I don't show up. If I do, I have the right to ask you to leave. If you refuse, I will not get any ego in the way, although sometimes I really want to. I sometimes will allow the "guests" to stay if there is room, but if I brought my own guests, I will ask you nicely to leave. Normally, the process is smooth but sometimes, arrogance gets in the way. When that happens, I will just back away and explain that I will simply keep you and your group from having any success. I will park my rig about 100 or so yards out of your way and make sure that any duck that comes near you will not want to work your spread.
you might once or twice but you wouldn't have to worry about hunting that blind for a while.
If you pull that public lake BS on me, I will reply that those decoys your using are on public water, and I have the right to use them. See, it works both ways. Listen guys, for those of us who scout out an area, buy the material, and put in the many hard labor hours to build the blind, you as ethical hunters should IMO, respect that we, the owners, had 100% involvement in cost and construction, and you had nothing invested. So for you to claim it is fair to enact squatters rights because of public domain is just wrong.wrong. The issue is of ethics, being honorable sportsmen, and not letting any ego preclude good judgment. you wouldn't know ethics if it bit you on the ass.
I want everyone to have as much success as possible while hunting. Sometimes, I am late to my blind for unforeseen reasons. If I do not show up, because it is on public water, please use it, but take care of it. I hope you have a great hunt. If I show up and ask you to leave, please show me respect and honor the fact that it was my fruits that bought and built it. If those of you reading this disagree with how I feel and handle this type of situation, then so be it. Don't be a jerk when I ask you to leave and I won't be a jerk by ruining your hunt. If there is room and I want to invite you to stay, that is my call. If you want a blind to hunt out of, go scout out a place and build one as long as it is not on top of someone else's blind. and if you want a private blind build it on private land.
I also understand that someone can and has vandalized my blind so it is unuseable for even me because I asked them to leave. I know who it was that did it as well. But because I am ethical and promote good sportsmanship, I simply assume that risk and will elect to rebuild it again. I have the time and the money. My blind(s) have been in the same area I hunt for over 25 years and the locals know who owns them. Out of mutual respect, we do not hunt other people’s blinds in my area unless we call in advance and find out the schedule of that blinds use and gain permission from the owner. That takes the surprise out of the equation. You are not helping yourself by using someones blind without prior permission. It would be better to find out the owner and talk to him about his blind. Find out if he would even consider allowing you to use it when he is not there.why ask? You have that right now. Instead the owner should either show up early or stay home. You might be surprised in what happens. More than likely, the two of you will strike up a lot of good hunting stories and find some commonalities between you. It may even become a lasting friendship simply because you made the effort to be ethical see abovein the beginning with him.
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