O.K., I know you all have been anxiously awaiting today's topic. Here it is. Seriously, if anyone's getting sick of me posing these questions/discussion topics, just PM me and I'll cease and desist post haste.
Shell limits. I've been spending some time on the Arkansas forum, since that's where I'm originally from. Arkansas, like most states has had it's share of problems with skybusting. It got so bad in many areas that they've imposed shell limits in many of the Wildlife Management Areas that tend to hold ducks and draw duck hunters. The theory behind it is that if you've got only a limited number of shots to take, you'll take better (in range) shots. Based on my conversations with my relatives and some of the comments I've seen on the forum, it seems to have been somewhat effective in reducing skybusting and hasn't really had much of a negative effect on the non-skybusters.
What would you think about something like this in Utah? Or, does it already exist, and I just don't know about it because I'm new
Personally, I don't think I'd have a problem with it. It's not about killing ducks to me, it's about hunting them. Having good quality shot opportunities is what makes it "hunting" versus "killing", in my humble opinion. I'm not the worlds greatest wingshot, but if I went out and had quality shots at decoying ducks and went home empty handed because I had used up my alloted number of shells, I'd blame myself, not the shell limit. I'd also spend some time busting clays before I went out again
. On the other hand, I know there are tons of associated issues with this kind of regulation. Without enforcement, a shell limit does no good and enforcement costs money. That money could probably be better spent elsewhere. Plus, no one likes being "big brothered" more than we have to. Overall though, I'd say I'd be in favor of it.
What do you think?
I'll be out of pocket for a few days...going to meet my ex-wife #2 and pick up my daughter. We'll be hanging at my friends cabin in the Uintah's for the weekend. Bust some ducks while I'm gone. :hammering: