Pete-pec wrote:It's a stupid rule, but I think there is going to be a change that will make everyone happy. There's a new proposal going to the Conservation Congress. The rule would be you could be in a boat within three feet of shore, with or without vegetation, so this belly boat would apply, and you could hunt from a belly boat if this rule passes. It would certainly allow more people the opportunity to spread out. I think the STUPIDEST rule ever written was the emergent vegetation rule. Why do they care if I'm hunting in my boat next to cat tails or mud or rocks or trees or bare shoreline? It should be up to me to determine if I'm going to stand a chance to kill birds or not. The rule (if it passes) would make people (where open water hunting does not apply) hunt three feet from shore, but you would have an endless amount of new water to hunt due to some waters being void of the required emergent vegetation. Just think about some areas right now that you know birds are loafing, and there are no houses too close making it illegal, yet there is no emergent vegetation so you can indeed hunt it. I can think of so many places I could hunt it is mind blowing. If this goes to the people at the spring hearings, be sure to vote in favor of. Will there be some private land owners who's property butts up to the water who will object? HELL YES! BUT THEY DON'T OWN THE WATER!!!! We don't want to hunt their land, we want to hunt our PUBLIC water.
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