duckjumper wrote:That's pretty helpful, but I can't imagine not getting hassled hunting from a boat - and you can't hunt on rivers in populated areas, right? I mean, you'd be shooting awfully close to people. And in the Delta, aren't all those islands private? So unless you jump a bird on the water, shoot it on the way up, and then it lands in the water (not on the island) you're out of luck, right? And what happens in general if your bird falls onto private land? This happens often, no?
In the delta you don't have to be on an island. just set up your boat and spread where you have seen birds before and have at it. It takes scouting to find the right places but is very rewarding if you find some honey holes and like I said before, that's what the offseason is all about.
I asked this same question to several wardens re: birds landing on private property. It is a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. If you leave the bird they can cite you for wanton waste. If you go and get it you are trespassing. Here is what the wardens told me: You must make an attempt to retrieve the bird even if on private land or you will be cited for wanton waste - you must leave your gun in your boat. If the landowner explcitely states to you that you are not to be on the property -dead bird or not- then you are to leave their property and the bird but you will not be cited for wanton waste. All of the wardens I spoke to said that they would be very accomadative if you at least make an attempt to retrieve the bird and that it would have to be an extreme, unlikely scenario for them to write you a trespass ticket. They all said that in court an understanding judge would most likely not penalize you for trespass if you were attempting to retrieve downed game WITHOUT your gun.
You won't get hassled on the water as long as you are acting in a responsible manner - remember it is duck season - cold and rainy - how many folks venture out in there pleasure boats in that weather??