JustinNH wrote:Public land = public blind, no matter who did what to it. You were in the right
I would have told him to find another spot, nicely. I get up earlier than needed most days to secure my spot. If I am beat, they deserve the spot and I have plenty of time to move on to another spot (same pond/river, etc or whole new spot).
I have two spots that have multiple blinds like that. One I no longer hunt since it gets hammered and people have no common sense or etiquette, the other has much better spots to set up.
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kfran12345 wrote:Well, i contacted fish and game about this because I really wanted to know what I was talking about. Here is the response I received:
There are no laws on the books regarding the scenario you describe. I spoke with a Conservation Officer that is an avid waterfowl hunter to find out what the norm is for this. He stated that generally if a person builds a blind it is considered theirs to use and it is not on a "first come, first serve" situation. He stated that generally people don't use other person's blinds. He described it as much the same as going deer hunting and finding someone's tree stand and climbing up and using it....it may not be illegal but it is not considered ethical.
So I asked about a scenario where the builder of the blind was not involved.
In that scenario where a blind has been there for years then it would revert to a "first come/first serve" basis. The officer did mention that there have been those types of situations where a blind has been in a particular location for years and no longer maintained by it's original builder.
Since there are no laws on the books, I guess there is no absolute answer. The tree stand comparison is an interesting one though. What do you all think?
JustinNH wrote:I fully see what you are saying, especially when tree stand is used instead of duck blind... but what about this...
So to play the role of devils advocate... say there is a wood duck hole, 100% pubic (parking, trail, pond, etc) that is all unhuntable marsh/muck around the edges except for one point at the end of the trail. At the end of this point is a well maintained blind. In front of the blind is water too deep to stand and to the sides as well. The only huntable spot on this great honey hole is this blind.
Would you hunt it? Or would you skip the pond in the off chance the blind maintainer shows up?
Does this scenario change if the pond is not easy to find and you put in your time scouting google earth and actually driving to it?
Do you go there for a limit of ducks or do you go 10 miles down the road to another spot you know and get 1 or 2?
NHDuckHunter wrote:Besides that, blinds are over-rated anyway. I only hunt out of them when I bring my kids or my father. Makes it easier on the old people and the kids. I'd rather hunt out of my kayak or sitting in a bush
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