duckman27 wrote:I understand that. I dont agree with the rule that you can't get to the SWA before 4am. Some of the SWA's say an hour before sunrise. Do they plan on enforcing that too? I don't know if you're one of those guys that gets to your spot right before shooting time so if that's the case you wouldn't understand it
No, I'm the guy who has to drive 1 or 3 hours to get to an SWA worth hunting in the early season. I've left my house at 2am to get out on the plains before shooting hours. I always try to arrive an hour before sunrise, which gives me time to walk half a mile and set up a handful of dekes. I typically hunt alone and travel light. It's not super-uncommon for me to be walking at legal hours, but if so, I'm at half a jog and headed for the far corner of the world.
Pregnant wife, overtime at work, can't afford a hotel, blah blah blah. I have tons of reasons why I'm not the guy walking out at 4am. What I really wish is that people would be straight about where they're headed when I talk to them in the parking lot so I don't adjust my plans unnecessarily and still bust into their set. I also get irritated when guys blow duck calls when I get close to them instead of talking in a quiet tone and telling me where they are so I can get moving. I'm thrilled that they camped out or live close by, but I don't need to feel like an idiot over it. I have no desire to encroach on anyone's hunting experience, I just want to watch the sun rise and take home a couple of birds. Most of the time I can pull that off, sometimes I get hosed. Showing up at 4am is not only very difficult for me, it seems silly. Luckily I don't hunt at the areas close to Denver, or I would be getting up early to drive as far as I could away from that mess.
I get that different places have different problems related to overcrowding, open water, and efficiency of space and enforcement of the regulations helps to resolve some of those issues. It also lets the wildlife at those areas rest overnight. Why does that seem unfair to you?