Duck Enticer wrote:260 yards is to close in my opinion, Especially on an open lake.
If I was the czar of hunting reg's I would say 500-600 yards minimum. About 3/10's of a mile. And even that distance could be too close wind depending.
Of course there are exceptions. Pot hole marsh would be one. If there are potholes spaced apart with tall roseaus in between 150 yards could be okay. I have had some great hunts in Lacassine with clueless Joe Jackson 100-150 yards from me.
A 500-600 yrd minnimum would be nice is kind of an unrealistic law to wish for simply due to the fact that it would be near impossible to enforce and ALL public areas. If you think about times when you did not have anyone hunting closer than 1000yrds from you and ducks were working your decoys, a group off in the distance shoots a few a times and the birds still react and pull up. I have killed a lot of birds hunting with people a couple hundred yards away but still be affected by shooting a mile away. That is just part of what we as waterfowls have to learn to deal with and adapt too.
All we can do is go out there and respect other hunters and hope for the same from them.