Max4Holly wrote:Maybe it's just me but I have noticed A LOT more people out hunting so far this season, many that I've talked to have said this is their first year duck hunting! What do you Y'all think is causing this intense increase in hunters? We all have been new at one point in time obviously but the lack of consideration , knowledge and respect by some of the people out there has far exceeded What I have seen in the past few years I have been serious about the sport. We were out hunting this past weekend and almost every time ducks would work our spread guys about 75 yards from us would shoot, almost as an attempt to flare ducks off of us!!! Obviously it's great that more people are taking a liking to waterfowling but not like this. Do you think the increase is tv shows is causing everybody to try and be duck commanders or do you think there is some underlying reason???? Interested to hear everybody's thoughts!
Duck hunting is an "industry" these days. TV shows, DVD's, prostaff, stickers, YouTube, calls, and camoflage have made it popular and "cool" for the easily influenced youth of America. Not only that, but the motorized decoy has allowed poor and marginal hunters to bag limits of birds, even without basic waterfowling knowledge and skills. There are many reasons why we see more hunters these days. Weather and conditions are a major factor. Less access to private lands are another major factor more folks are using public wildlife areas. The agenda of KDWP$T is also contributing to the marketing of KS hunting to the rest of the nation in an effort to generate revenue. Duck numbers are estimated to be among the highest on record, although I personally discredit much of that as another tactic to keep the dollars flowing. There are less opportunities to pursue other game animals. Pheasant and quail numbers are lower than ever. It's a trend that doesn't seem to be losing momentum, and we are either going to have to deal with it, or find something else to do. Each year I come closer to the later.
IF I AGREED WITH YOU, WE'D BOTH BE WRONG.