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Public Land

Postby TimberMan34 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:22 am

It is just me or has anyone else experienced more amateurs duck hunting than ever before?
I saw it right off, didnt put enough dirt down
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Re: Public Land

Postby lsu_engr » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:36 am

Can't become an experienced duck hunter if you don't start out as a beginner.
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Re: Public Land

Postby takemking » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:06 am

Haven't noticed many but they tend to follow the crowds if you know what I mean. I rarely have anyone hunting within a mile of me, but I sweat and paddle to get where I hunt. Some places you just can't get away from other hunters. Thankfully the marsh usually has that advantage.
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Re: Public Land

Postby AaronR » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:41 am

Yep. More black hoodies, facepaint, beards, barrel stickers, and guys with calls who dont know how to use them!
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Re: Public Land

Postby D Comeaux » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:59 am

lsu_engr wrote:Can't become an experienced duck hunter if you don't start out as a beginner.


This is true, but I think he's referring more to his obeservation of the NUMBER of new people duck hunting this year. I would imagine that on public hunting areas, this increase would be a bit of an inconvenience.
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Re: Public Land

Postby AaronR » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:09 am

D Comeaux wrote:
lsu_engr wrote:Can't become an experienced duck hunter if you don't start out as a beginner.


This is true, but I think he's referring more to his obeservation of the NUMBER of new people duck hunting this year. I would imagine that on public hunting areas, this increase would be a bit on an inconvenience.


This year was the worst I have ever seen. Yea its good that the sport is getting new hunters. That means more money toward conservation programs and what not. We problem is that they have no respect for the sport or other hunters. Leaving trash, shooting non-waterfowl birds, and just being plain ignorant. I actually had 2 experiences with high school age kids if I had to guess that blew my mind.

1.) One group came in about 15min after LST and turned their motor off about 150-200yrds from us but they could not see us. Wind blowing towards us we heard "man do you know where we are going? yea we are going towards the shooting." we had just shot as they pulled up.

2.) A group walked in about 200yrds from us, no wind so we could hear every word they said. Cussing each other and hollering and carrying on. They could not see us but continued to come closer. Eventually their converstation went like this: "I wonder how far we are from those guys? who cares im gona sky blast everything that comes close so they better not let anything circle this way!"

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Re: Public Land

Postby TimberMan34 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:19 am

Yes. I was talking about the numbers. Not trying to hate on the beginners because everyone started out like that. I am just referring to the guys hail calling at every duck and having no respect for the other hunters. I am sure Duck Dynasty had a lot to do with it
I saw it right off, didnt put enough dirt down
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Re: Public Land

Postby rebelp74 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:07 am

Way more, I couldn't begin to tell you many black hoodies, over painted faces, big beards, dc calls and storm front decoys I saw this year.
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Re: Public Land

Postby Hawkeye76 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:24 pm

I also think that part of it is there isn't any experienced duck hunter with these new hunters, showing them the ropes. All it is, is 2 or 3 or more high school age kids, all hopped up on duck dynasty and daddy's money, doing what they can for a few more facebook pics. I'm not saying ALL high school age hunters are like this, but you can definitley tell a difference between someone who has had someone teach them the basics vs. this new breed. The sad thing is alot of it, more or less, is common sense. Such as setting up 200 yards away from someone......
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Re: Public Land

Postby EastSiideRyda » Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:53 pm

I totally agree, although I'm a new hunter myself. I'm definitely not a Duck Dynasty follower. That very issue is even common up my way in Maryland. It's especially tough here because you have to be rich just to hunt a half decent blind. None of the public spots are accessible with all spots being in a lottery. I found most hunters don't even want to make friends so old guys like me can learn the sport. I'm originally from Baton Rouge, and will start looking to public hunt down there once a year
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Re: Public Land

Postby no ducks » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:22 am

Saturday was great 2 ducks short of 5 man limit, no hunters around us..............Sunday hunters all over us, sky busting and blowing some sick sounding calls............3 teal
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Re: Public Land

Postby cjleger337 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:45 am

I dont think its the fact that they rae new hunters that is the problem, its the fact that no one is teaching them common courtesy and other rules that go with hunting. Although, I think even if someone was willing to show them, they wouldnt really care, they just want to do the cool thing.. they dont want to be woodsmen. So, having a beard and using cheap decoys is a bad thing..(reference to the comment up high) :lol3: ? Id rather be guilty of that then skybusting thats for sure
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Re: Public Land

Postby Toledo » Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:24 pm

As long as Ive been hunting there have always been crowds of people, sky busting, kazoo blowing, etc. The one thing that I have noticed that has changed in recent years is how many people are willing to set up ON TOP OF YOU. I mean like 50-75 yards away, not even safe distances. Used to be he who got there first would have the good hunt. Now they just try to hunt in your lap and act like its no big deal. Seen more problems with this in the last two years then all my prior years combined.
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