Where is the line drawn? About a month ago I asked about the general hunting situation in Pamlico Sound. Right away I stated I wasn't asking for anything specific, just how the blind laws worked, floaters, licensing of blinds, all general stuff. You'd think I was asking for nude girlfriend photos the way some responded. I think there is a paranoia with this stuff. Eventually guys posted basic info, if not on in the forum, then in a PM. Thanks, the info you gave was helpful in a general understanding and not earth shattering secrets of any kind. If we can't help out a fellow waterfowler with basic info, why not? If most of it is on the state website, and the rest is general common knowledge, why not? Even if a guy was to give me specific info about a blind he has on a point of land or an island, what difference would it be? First of all, that is his blind, AND that was last year, concerning the bird action. Just to show how uneffective "inside information" is, I recently went to a few of your Outer Banks Guide's websites. One posts a journal of shooting numbers , and descriptions of action all season long, complete with photographs of the blinds, the island and where it is. Is this guy nuts? I hardly think so. It is his land, his blinds....and all that info was pertinent last season. A day or two later, as the bird's patterns change, even THAT info was outdated. And this guy does this for a living. You think he's going to jeopardize his business over paranoia and sharing a little outdated info?
About 2 seasons ago, a guy posted how well he did at Deal Island WMA on the Chesapeake in Md. This is public land, free access, no lottery etc. That next weekend that area got busy with hunters, not that many birds. Guys were ranting about how the poster ruined it for life. Now everyone knows about Deal Island WMA. Never mind that it is right there on the Md DNR website, with descriptions, photos and maps and even info about getting a permit for the controlled Impoundment area. Next weekend fewer hunters, the weekend after it reverted back to nornmal. The place wasn't "ruined" . If a guy normally sees 3 or 4 trailers in the lot at the ramp it's ok, but if he sees, oh my Gawd....6 or 7, well we might as well just go to the bar and not hunt. Literally tens of thousands of acres of open marshland and those 3 extra hunters have ruined it. Same thing on Long Island, Point Lookout ramp. A new guy asked about hunting and I gave him a general rundown about the ramp, the open public marsh ( as far as the eye could see for 70 miles, thats right, 70 miles of the outer beaches marshes, all open to hunting), and guys got mad cause now all that acreage would be swarming with hunters. I hope these guys have better perceptions of things when they go out in little boats in waters in winter than they do with a few extra hunters and open 70 mile marsh and crowding.
There is some kind of greed at the root of all this. All that water, all that public water..... and the perception and sometimes the legal practice in some states to hand over the rights of us all , to a chosen few.
Bottom line, we can help a guy along now and then and not lose anything, in fact the sport gets stronger. I respectfully ask the question, why would a website that has a forum concerning waterfowling, feel it needs to, or fell it can take away the First Amendment rights of it's customers in the open discussion of places for a man to hunt?