imboray wrote:I have the luxury of not having to hunt WMA's, even though I only live 7 miles north of one of the biggest public hunting areas in IL, we hunt on a city lake with a permanent blind that we sign up every year, so I really don't have to deal with the issue, though I have in the past. I don't begrudge any young guy whose out there, regardless of how they hunt, it is public hunting. As much as we'd like to think different, we don't have our spot in a public area. Unfortunately I think one should expect that sort of thing when hunting public land. So many times its young hunters just getting involved that don't have what it takes to finish ducks. It is the old difference between "hunting to kill" vs. "killing to hunt." Most youths do the latter, hopefully as they age their philosophy changes. The thing I can't get my head around is how its any fun to skybust and take those ridiculous shots. For me all the fun is passing up a 30 yd shot because you know you have them on a string & can put them in your dekes at 20 yds. I don't think I would duck hunt if I had to shoot passing shots at 40 yds, or further, to kill ducks, I just don't see any enjoyment in it. We have a blind across the lake from us that shoots shots all the time that we would never take. They knock some down at long distances & retireive them, but I just shake my head because, again, I don't see the joy or skill involved.