Here's where I was going with this when I opened the thread....This type of a conservative philosophy is simply a matter of ethics and conservation. It is not a legal or rights issue. It was interesting where the conversation went. There are a number of hunters that are in the wings and think like I do and I just wanted to bring it out to open it up. If we all hunted this way our hunting would be better. It still would not prevent the guy from setting up too close but would limit an amount of skybusting. Food for thought. Signing off now to go to the camp. Be safe.....mauser
If everybody chose to shoot 3 birds under the limit, our hunting would be better, I guess, by your definition of better, would it not?
If you don't want to shoot hens, don't shoot hens. If you want to count a bird that might have caught a pellet in his ass as part of your bag limit, yep, you are free to do that and if it makes you happy
For me, sometimes I shoot hens and sometimes I do not. First duck of the morning, normally it is going to die or I'm going to make my best effort. If I already have a duck or two and for me that is a good day, Susie is probably, emphasis on probably, safe.
Our blinds tend to be elevated and I've seen many a duck, in range, center of pattern, keep on flying as if it were not hit. So shouldn't we count every bird we shoot at, just to be the most ethical person on the planet. For all you know, that bird is dead, so count it your bag limit and I know my hunting will be better.
I have to remember to take my video camera, I want to get a nice big fat hen paddling around in my decoys and blast it just to get under my more ethical brethren's skin. Especially the ones that probably shoot 10 times as many ducks as I do in a year and proclaim the virtues of their great restraint for the good of the species
BTW, I am never going to count a duck or a goose that I did not find. NEVER. Of course, only a couple times a year would it make a difference if I did
Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe. Thomas Sowell