It seems that there is always going to be a fair number of "tools" in any hunting and/or fishing environment. It can be incredibly frustrating! I am sure that in somebody else's opinion I have pulled a bone head maneuver and I will full heartedly admit that I am far from having all of the answers. BUT a little common sense goes a long way. 90% or more of the time it will be the right answer! IMO, some (most) of the situations that have been voiced are examples that some/most of the offenders do have, at least some, common sense or they would probably not have gotten as far as they did, meaning gotten all the way to the river, launched a boat, gotten it started and not hit any obstructions. So, this means that either they just don't give a ***t and/or they have never taken the time to figure out or had anybody show them the right way of doing things. I used to think it was mostly just lack of guidance BUT I am starting to think it is more people just not giving a ***t and that none of the rules or courtesies apply to them!
Far be it for me to criticize a person for their decoy set up, equipment, boat, truck, gun, dog or anything else as long as they have their set up a proper distance from me or anybody else. I am probably ultra sensitive to this because I know how I feel when they just pile in on top of you! On occasion
, I have been late and I will go to extremes to make sure I don't screw up the deal for those that got to the party on time. Sometimes, people just don't see you depending on the location and how you are set up and that is fine as long as when you make your presence known they move on. As far as skybusting is concerned I am just getting to the point where I am out of answers! It just makes me shake my head. Have I, or any of us, taken a long shot that is on the outer limits of what the gun, shell and choke are capable of. The answer is probably. But, I think that is the exception rather than the rule! The only answer I can come up with is again related to being lazy and not knowing what they are capable of and what their equipment can do! Perhaps I am making excuses for perpetual dumb***es. I think I will take advice from one of the previous posters; Mix a toddy, stoke the fire and try to decide if I/we are or should venture out tomorrow! Good luck to all and be safe in these cold temps!