blkdux wrote: I think you will find out there is a lot more out there than you think. Remember sometimes to find ducks you will have to travel.
Truer words were never spoken. One thing that I know for a fact - you will not kill ducks from your living room........well, at least not with any regularity. (HAHAHAHA)
When it comes to blind laws - all it really takes is some reading, asking the RIGHT people (usually wearing VDGIF badges on their arms) , and some field scouting. The laws are not difficult to understand - however, you may not like the application to your particular situation. In my experience, that usually is the case where someone feels slighted or unfairly regulated, and then finds the blind laws "archaic, unfair, difficult to understand, etc."
The funny thing about blind laws - everyone has an opinion about them. If there is one thing people will debate over and over - it's Virginia's blind laws. In my experience, most discussions are started by people not from the state just trying to understand them- as most states do not have the "laws" like we do...... but for people who grew up hunting here, they are understood to the "T". I guess it comes with experience - given enough time and practice, you can get used to anything, I guess.
LEWDOG - to your point about residing in the county in the which the blind is situated, I offer the following. At issue would be the limitation of "public" water throughout the state, whereby taxes, licenses, and other paid monies by sportsman could not be enjoyed due to the boundaries of their residential jurisdiction. Further, some boundary areas would need clarification - considering that waterways are often used as the definition of boundary lines for localities - which would mean money spent by the state to exactly define the "middle" or "channel" of particular waters.
Also, there would be an unfairness of property holders in multiple localities - where someone who resides in Gloucester, but owns land in Mathews would be unable to hut their own property in Mathews. That would be an infringement of property rights.
Lastly, the state allows 2 blinds per hunter, for "public" area blinds. While you can have as many Riparuian blinds as you want, you can only erect, maintain, and register 2 non-riparian blinds. So - you could only affect the "public" water blinds - as you would never get a legislative body to make a law where only
a landowner can hunt their own property.......(because the deer clubs alone would fight it tooth and nail). Again - you can not restrict the rights of the propoerty owner without impacting his legal claim to the land. It is an intersting idea though - to only build and hunt from stationary blinds in the county in which you reside....hmmm...could be a way to make some money by "guiding" others from outside of your county, and let them use "your" blind. Hmmmmm...I got to think on that one.