Splashin' Divers wrote:Sounds like you have a lot of extra time to worry about duck hunting and its laws. No one is denying you the right to public waters. By all means, enjoy it. But in Pamlico and Cartaret Counties, we have a 500 yard law. You can still use those waters. The law does not take those waters away from you. They are still there for every citizen to use. All the law states is that you cant hunt within 500 yards of another hunting location. It doesn't take your right to use that water away from you!
I could use a sarcastic comments like I see so many post on this board; instead, i will ask what I think is a reasonable question, how can you not understand that giving an individual the perpetual and exclusive right to hunting public water is not in line with the GS 145? the local interpretation of the Pamlico county law says I cannot hunt there, period. My right to hunt waters covered by the NC PTD have been taken away by this law.
I would not set up near an occupied blind; however, the Pamilco county law allows greedy people to build fake blinds and keep people from hunting there ever. There are two basic issues my friend - the distance and unoccupied blinds.
If I show up at 5:30 and set my decoys in waters covered by the NC PTD and a shore owner shows up at 6 am to hunt a blind, who has the right to hunt the public water? I say they both do but the crew arriving last should move a safe distance way from the crew arriving first. the blind should give them no preferntial treatment.
You said: "Sounds like you have a lot of extra time to worry about duck hunting and its laws" I believe every hunter has time to fight for fair and equitable duck hunting laws. Many choose not to - that is what those that take from us are counting on.
It would be a lot easier for me to join one of the clubs in Pamlico and say "screw the average duck hunter", I choose not to.
I have said it before, there are laws that benefit one group and disadvantage another group - that does not neccessarily make them right nor does it make them a good idea.