DUCK-DAWG wrote:This isn't the same territorial issue that did away with permanent blinds. If someone is willing to spend the night on the lake in order to secure a spot to hunt, or got there an hour before anyone else, then I feel like they've pretty much earned that spot...the early bird gets the worm.
So, how pissed would you be after all the scouting and getting there super early, if 30 minutes before LST some jack legs come pulling up and set up. Then they tell you they've been scouting this same spot for weeks and refuse to leave. What's your next move? I can assure you this, because I've heard and seen it and undoubtedly you have as well. There's gonna be some cussing going on and two parties armed with shotguns will have tempers flare. Then the warden will be called. Pretty soon, they get tired of all the calls and complaints.....just like the blinds.
DUCK-DAWG wrote:What doesn't earn you the right to hunt a particular area, IMO, is to shove some bamboo in the mud the day, week, or month before, get a full night's sleep, and then cruise out to your blind 30 minutes before LST with the expectation of that area being "yours". That was the type of territorial issue that got permanent blinds outlawed.
Why not?.Someone made an individual effort to conceal a spot to hunt from, while others go further and build platforms with boat hides. Only to have someone set up or burn down (my personal favorite....not really). I'd be super pissed also.
It's the same DUCK-DAWG, only it's what's happening now. I said it in a thread earlier this year. We need limited quotas for certain lakes.
Inevitably, it happens...had a group do it to me 2 years ago. I was there an hour before them, and they set up on the backside of the tusseck I was on. They yelled and cussed and said they had hunted that particular spot all season (a lie, since I had hunted it the last 2 weekends and the wednesday before). I let those individuals know how I felt about what they did, picked up my decoys, and moved to a different spot a couple hundred yards away. It wasn't worth ruining an entire morning getting into a fight at o'dark-thirty or sticking around to have decoying birds swing behind me and get shot at. Not all hunters are like those morons though, and if I'm sitting in a spot an hour before anyone else comes by, I feel like I stand a much better chance of getting to hunt that spot...
I'll rephrase what I said about permanent blinds: What doesn't earn you the right to hunt a particular area, IMO, is to shove some bamboo in the mud the day, week, or month before, get a full night's sleep, and then cruise out to your blind 30 minutes before LST with the expectation of that area being "yours" IF
someone has already beaten you to said spot. If you build a blind, you're entitled to hunt that spot as long as you're the first one there. Otherwise, accept the fact that you got beaten to it fair and square, and find another spot to hunt. That was how the permanent blind system was intended to work, but some guys felt like $20 worth of fenceposts and a bed-load of bamboo and dog fennel entitled them to ownership of that blind and that spot all season long, no exceptions. I'm ALL FOR permanent blinds...if it was legal, and Micc. had water, I would build 50 of them. That doesn't mean I'm entitled to first-right at every one of those spots every morning, it means I have 50 options to choose from that I know of, and if I'm the first one to a particular blind, I can hunt there. Building a blind in a particular spot does nothing more than provide you with a concealment option should you decide to hunt that spot...you still have to be willing to get there first.