You must be hunting somewhere up in the Sacramento Valley "Zoo" I assume (?)
Just keep in mind that: (A) We currently have a pretty broad mix of free roam, a few assigned pond areas, and blinds evenly mixed throughout the state.....and (B), closing free roam areas almost always moves the problem elsewhere, and "punishes" alot of folks who weren't a problem in the first place.
Stay out of the well known problem areas (which have often been there for YEARS).....and quality free roam hunts, with patience, can be had. :cool:
i couldn't agree with you more but they need better organization and be aware of what goes on in the free roam.
when i did hunt refuges i had nothin but trouble in the free roam areas. Delevan was great with an assigned blind ,same as Sac refuge. Grey lodge was the worst and colusa second. at Grey lodge i walked as far as you can go on the "west side" and set up my decoys. around 15 minutes after shoot time 10 or more guys talking loud walked within 10-20 to yards from me with no decoys and started shooting over my head! they all said "there was no where else to hunt and they walked too far to turn back". a few guys were yelling at each other and threatening one another. also on the east side i had a guy walk out to me and my decoys and tell me to leave cuz this is his spot. i'm a big guy at 6" 225lbs so i scared him off.
i was talking with a buddy and my neighbor also about this subject. they both had a similar story to mine at colusa. they said they were in a spot decoys spread and ready to hunt. then a few guys tried to come by and claim the spot and wanted to rough them up. other times they said they were drawn within 1-5 reservation and ran to the field to see flashlights already at the far end. it was guys sneaking out and being dropped off why the buddies waited at the check station. so they claimed the spot illegaly. my buddy said he was jumped by a pissed of guy and beat up for shooting at some birds cupped in his own decoys. the guy (with no decoys) was mad that he didn't let them circle one more time so he could shoot first.
free roam is a good thing but they need to be strict on the rules and start booting people who violate them. we're there to have fun and maybe shoot a bird or two. some guy's think they own the place and are bird hogs. i've got fired up a few times myself and i don't go out there to kick some butt but i will if it comes down to it.