high flyer wrote: So ducks did not come to NC before impoundments?
Who said that? I didn't see that statement posted.
high flyer wrote: NC was famous for its duck hunting long before impoundments came along.
Yea, you're right. Key word - "WAS"
Have you compared the duck counts from back in the 70's - 80's verses today? We used to have greater populations of waterfowl all along the Atlantic Flyway. And we used to have more agriculture in NC. And we used to have more natural forage for ducks in NC. And we used to have more wetlands in NC. Unfortunately today, we have much less wetlands and forage for ducks, and we have less ducks. The ducks we do get, don't have as much incentive to stop and winter in NC (except for a few certain areas of NC). In the west, the bottom lands were agriculture, but today most are tree farms. Ducks are here for a few days, then gone south to better wintering grounds.
EastBound&Down wrote:Last time I checked corn is traditionally harvested around sept. traditionally nc starts to get the first good numbers of migrators in nov. I guess you are correct I have never seen ducks in nc hit a natural standing corn field in sheet rain water in late jan because the corn would have been harvested at least 4 months prior.
John, I didn't realize you were an expert in agricultural practices such as corn harvest, but there is still corn still standing in NC today. I past a couple fields in Wilkes County just this past weekend, and there are no impoundments there. Maybe they forgot to follow your idea that all corn must be harvested in Sept/Nov. Next time I get over that way - I'll stop in and see if I can get you a few farmers phone numbers, so you can call them and educate them on proper agricultural practices.
ncbufflehead wrote:PUMPING water into a cornfield is not normal.
No, but simulating sheet water isn't natural?
ncbufflehead wrote:how in the world did a guy this stupid end up with the last name "smart" ?
It sure beats "Bufflehead".
I've seen many Bufflehead decoy to an old tennis shoe, Styrofoam cup, or crap pot buoy.
Like they are real smart, eh?
If the shoe fits...
This thread is about "baited areas".
Properly managed impoundments, are not considered "baited areas" in NC.
I didn't make the rules, so if ya want to argue the point - call your local game warden or USFW agent.
Arguing with a duck hunter, is like wrestling a pig in mud.
You'll figure out real quick - they actually like it.
I don't have an inpoundment, but I do feel they help the public water duck hunter.
Without them, I don't think we would hold the ducks we do have for very long.
That's just my take.
You have your take, and that's fine.
Y'all go ahead and argue amongst yourselves. It will be real productive, I'm sure.
For me, I have better things to do...