I'd say 50 hens per year apiece for those boys is probably conservative.
klabrel wrote:I had the unfortunate opportunity of having these boys set up on the same marsh as me this morning. I noticed a few things about their hunting style
1. they showed up around 7:20, shooting light was at 6:45.
2. they insisted/tried to set up on an island 40yds from my spread which I unkindly told them that wasn't going to happen, so they set up on the far north end of the marsh (mind you the size of the marsh may be 100yds long, so every sky-bust I ate their bb's).
3. they hunted over 6 goose floaters, two mallards, and a robo set up a yard or two off the bank
4. one guy howled on his call in a wha wha wha wha wha wha wha wha wha wha wha whaaaaaa fashion all morning while the other did some sort of call that sounded like a latino rolling his r's in attempt to do a feeder chuckle.
5. every group of birds I had swingin into my spread they sky-busted at, one shot had to be pushing 90-100yds
6. they shot one merganser and claimed it was a redhead
7. their "pro-staff" dog wouldn't fetch any of the three birds they wounded, but was great at retrieving a tennis ball
8. and my favorite, was watching them flail around trying to get back into their cover while howling at what they thought was a group of honkers, it was a group of migrating seagulls.
Overall, it was a depressing site to see. A group that prides themselves on "conservation" needs to reassess their values and the way they approach fowl hunting on and off the marsh. I am all for guys getting out there and getting after it, but there is a right way and wrong way to go about it and their approach is definitely the wrong one. Somehow I was able to scratch out some green from the mess.
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