Sprigs68 wrote:I believe the answer is to get agents off of the highways and boat-ramps and into the field. I have never been put off by being checked by a game agent in the field. Most of the time they are very considerate and encourage good hunting and good times. The problem is that I never see them in the field - it's almost always back at the boat ramp or at a highway checkpoint. The only violators you're going to catch there are folks who have unknowingly made a mistake or are just to thick headed to know otherwise. The habitual lawbreakers have their crap cleaned up long before they pick-up decoys.
I know this thread is about skybusting but I believe having a capable agent in the field will curb a lot of this behavior along with many others. More limitations and regulations will mostly frustrate hunters that already abide by the law. Enforce the regs we have now.
I don't think I can necessarily average a number of shells shot per hunt. A lot depends upon where, with who, how the ducks are flying, etc..., etc... When hunting by myself or with one other I probably average around 2 shots/bird including water swats. When hunting with a larger group, probably closer to 3 shots per bird to accommodate for more water swats and cleaning up getaways.
Sprigs68 wrote:How do you enforce a shell limit and what is to prevent guys from working around it? I just can't see an agent sitting in the buckbrush counting shots. I'd rather see them tracking down and checking obvious offenders.
gride830 wrote:Obvious offenders??? I don't think there are a ton of obvious offenders out there that an agent can say from the road, "I need to check those guys, they look illegal". I consider hunting a gentleman sport like golf. You know the rules. There aren't enough people to police the cheating so you basically have to police yourselves. There is soo much you can get away with when in the field even on managed hunts where there should be agents but usually aren't. I've seen it close and afar. You have to respect the rules even if you don't agree with them. If I was told to bring a max of 30 shells, I'd do it simply because I follow the rules. I shoot only 6 legal ducks because its the limit. I could very easily shoot more and probably never be caught but I have respect for the rules. I have been to places in Illinois where a shell limit is in order and we were never checked before we entered but if you we're checked in the field and had more than allowed, it's a bad thing.
i_willie12 wrote:they use to have a 10 shell limit up here not that long ago for geese because of sky blasters at Swan lake.... Was a pain
BigAL64 wrote:NO MORE RULES!!!
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