waterfowlhunter wrote:in the little pond, if someone was to put up a couple of blinds we would still hunt our platforms if it was safe to do so or we would make sure we were on our platforms before they were in their blinds. like I said there were 3 groups on it and our platforms could have been considered blinds I guess. The reason for purchasing an 18' boat was because this hole dried up. Now we no longer hunt the marsh we just set up in the open water on the edge of the marsh.
It is still public land if I build a blind on it until I start paying taxes on it. And I am the public that is hunting that spot. Been that way for as long as I can remember and I have never had any issues at all with it. It soulds to me that you may have had a conflict at some point and now you have an issue with blinds on public land. there is plenty enough public land around for hunters to set up on anyway
And I have had more people get "my spot" in a boat than I ever have with a permanant blind. It can be frustration motoring out and finding someone set up in the perfect area you have been watching. so you just move a 1/4 mile away and set up in spot 2 or 3. i do not see why this is such an issue.
I understand your first paragraph. All I am saying is that it would make you mad if I put up a blind and claimed it making it very hard to hunt without peppering someone.
I get that it is still public land but if you do like the law states and put all the works on it to make it legal, than in my mind, it is no longer a public area but yet a private one that you dont pay taxes for because it is on public land and by law, you have the right to hunt it when your there. My point is that I dont like the idea that you can claim public land and I like the freedom of being able to work harder than the other guy to kill ducks. You have a 5 spot public area, you build a blind, you just took that number to 4 and you dont work at all to get a good spot.
last paragaph:That has happened to me more than not to but at least in that situation, they beat you, fair and square. That motivates me to work harder. If they build a blind, it doesnt matter how hard I work, they win.
I also think that our situations are alot different. We dont have alot of public land to choose from and private land it like asking for a miracle from a deer hunters. Kalamazoo and Calhoun county have some of the biggest deer herds in MI so asking for rights to a hunt is really hard which makes public land some of the only areas to hunt. I guess that is alot of the reasons why I have such a problem with this. To answer your last question, no it has never happened to me with a conflict and yes I have left a blind because it is the law but it has to my dad "alot" and he is an older guy that has a hard time finding areas to hunt because of lack of public marsh and and time to hunt.
Which brings me to this story which was caused by blind conflicts. My dad went the route of building a blind and making it legal so he would have somewhere to hunt and a few weeks later, someone was in it and wouldnt leave so he called me to see what to do. I have only heard my dad that angry a few times over the phone and most of the time it was toward me. I told him to call the CO and let them make them leave. Dad was not having this as it would ruin one of maybe 5 morning he gets to hunt. I that point my dad flipped. He had had it with duck hunting and fighting with disrepectful people for spots to hunt. My dad and his friend left that day to never duck hunt again but not without letting them know how they felt about them hunting out of there blind. They paddled back to the car and right before sun up came back in the boat and waiting for them to leave. After they left for the day and where picking up deks, my dad lit the blind on fire and they paddled away being cheared on buy the other hunting parties at the marsh. Funny but really, did that need to happen.
The other reason I have problems with it is an area that I hunt that isn't very big but holds a ton of ducks. When I first started hunting there in 2000, there where 2 blinds and everyone knew who they belong to and it was cool becuase they where old timers and good people. in 2003 there was a big conflict there about one of the blinds and after that, poop went down hill. buy 2005 there where 8 blinds in that marsh and they locked up all the public area to hunt. The worst part was, not a soul could do anything about it but get mad because of state law. My dad emailed me on one of my deployments. in 2006, there where no blinds in the marsh. Yep all 8 where burned down. Yet another silly outcome.