I grew up pass/long range shooting, started with a single shot .410 on bandtails you really learn to pick your shots and stay within your ability
you`ve already said pretty much everything and I agree
however, I have to say, scrapers who don`t chase their cripples have no place in the marsh imo but it`s a free country
Now I strive to set up where the birds want to be by much scouting and paying attention and shoot `em in the beak, and I live for sneaking up on the birds and killing the ones I picked out before they knew I was there.
I know this is tough or even down right impossible on some refuges but the guys who walk out of the parking lot and shoot at/educate every bird that comes out of the closed zones no matter how high are just making us all look bad and making the places harder and harder to hunt
How many times have you watched birds approach an area only to get fired on at 90 yards then try another spot and get hammered at 70 then give up and go back somewhere they are safe?They pass this flight pattern on to future generations and after a few years it`s almost impossible to get birds in range. I know some guys come to shoot, to them "it`s just a duck" for me it`s much much more, it`s about ethics, it`s about not feeling bad about taking a shot I probably shouldn`t have just because everyone else is doing it. My point is the guys who scrape and don`t chase their cripples or even make an effort at retrieval of a bird they stoned just because it landed too far out or it gets them one bird closer to a limit if they go get it really bug me.
You might remember the story I told earlier in the year about walking out past this guy and his kid, I knew he was banging away at anything because I could see from my setup while I was pulling the dekes. I had to walk right by them on the way out as they were sitting on the dike with little cover, a bag of unused dekes and a couple of mallards at their feet. As I approached a drake gad came out about 55 yards up so I got down in some weeds, he came on and the guy hit him with the first shot, pretty good I thought, he broke a wing with the second and stoned him with the third. He landed about 70 yards out on an island, hard bottom pond no cover on the island you could see the duck laying there.
Dam good shooting I said as I got up then offered to send Jake since I could see he had no dog, no thanks he said, the kid jumped up and said he`d get it the guy grabbed his shoulder and set him back down
all he said was no you won`t it`s just a gadwall
I just shook my head and walked away
sorry for the rant too
this "behavioral problem" is especially hard to take when they`re passing it on to future generations hopefully the kid will remember the look of disaproval on my face and he`ll learn to be a better hunter than the guy he was with that day
ok I`m off the soapbox now
ever try whacking them on the head with a blown up barrel?
what a rush