Those are tough, but too frequently encountered problems in public areas. Any confrontation where everyone's carrying a loaded shotgun has the potential to turn very sour. There's no perfect way to handle these situations. I tend to be a bit of a hothead myself, so I can give plenty of examples of how "not" to handle them, but I won't since I don't know if the statute of limitations has expired
. I have had a couple of occasions (now that I'm older and know what tact is) where I've talked to people and the majority of them don't know any better! I know I tend to assume that everyone was taught to duck hunt with the same kind of ethics and morales that I received from my dad, but that's not the case. Heck, I stop calling as soon as ducks look like they're interested in someone else's set-up! As with most things in life, communication is key. During one hunt in Wyoming, I was being pestered by a chessie pup. His owner was set up on the other side of the cattails from me and about every 5 minutes his dog would come over, try to jump up on me and make a trip through my dekes. After about 3 visits, I walked over and complimented him on what a good-looking dog he had, then asked if he wanted to borrow a leash to control him better. He didn't know his dog was bugging me, just knew he was slipping away through the reeds once in a while. We talked for a while and I discovered he was a first year hunter who had struck out on his own with no guidance. He was "winging it" with training his dog. I gave him, what I hope, was some good advice and he kept his dog under control after that. I ran into him several other times in the same area and we always had a nice chat. I am a realist and know that sometimes there are folks out there that don't care. They don't care if you got up at 2:00 in the morning to get the good spot, they'll just set up right on top of you and hope to force you to move. They're competitive...they'll sky bust ducks rather than watch them work your decoys. They'll let their dog run wild because "by God I paid 500 dollars for him". Those are the folks who need to meet green head2's little brother's right hand. It's our job to police our own and educate those who don't know. Depending on the situation, it might be worth giving communication a try, but definitely use your noggin to pick your "battles".
Just my two cents...