:cool: :Keep one thing in mind guys when you look at the state of Minnesota and the natural resources that are in it. Southern Minnesota is blessed with the best soil in the world (the same soil as Iowa). Central Minnesota's soils is very close. That area of the state of Minnesota was founded on that resource. We are a farming state. We produce most of the food (one way or another) that you ingest everyday. Just like the advancement of technology with computers, so did the farming advance. Tractors, plows, combines are all bigger and bader now than they ever were or imagined they would be in the 50's and 60's. We can produce more food for the world now than we did in the 60's (close to double). Minnesota is feeding the nation. The guy that tiles/drains the field is just a Republican that saw a way to make a buck (free enterprise, right to own a business,etc..) With all business, there are those that benefit and those who do not. h2ofwl, should know that more than anyone. He seems to know more about the
Republican party than any of us. The only reason, North Dakota does not dry up there land, just like Minnesota is the lack of nutrients in the soil. have you ever looked at there corn fields. My 3 year old daughter is taller. Not to mention the land is much to rocky. North Dakota provides in different ways (mainly with cattle). So...lets not sit there and point our fingers at families that made there living off of farming and needed to do what ever possible to keep up with the "Jones". Do you realize that land in southern Minnesota is worth almost $3000 and acre? That mean the little 50 acre pot hole that your Dad use to hunt, that he drained and farmed, is now worth $150,000. No duck is worth $150,000 to those farmers. They needed to feed their families not shoot some ducks. Nobody wanted to to happen this way, but that's just the way it is. Don't get me wrong, I love hunting just as much as the next guy and it drives me crazy that I have to drive to ND to see the numbers we use to see in this
state. I was raised on waterfowl hunting and miss those days, however if it meant putting food on the table and cloths on my children's backs, family comes first. Another thing....Ducks Unlimited is not ruing duck hunting. If you were able to hunt all the DU land and refuges, there wouldn't be any ducks in the state of Minnesota. Try being thankful that you are able to see all the ducks in the area and thank the good lord for the ducks that you actually do shoot. It's not always about the number of kills. Hunting for me is about the comradery, being out doors, stories and family traditions! One last thing...Democrats are not going to take away any of your hunting guns (shotguns, rifles, etc...). They might stop the sale of assault weapons and explosives (like the guns used in Columbine Colorado that killed one of my relatives!) Take care and may all your decoys look real!