pete/pmr wrote:The placement of signs is not enforceable,you can put a sign out that marks where you intend to hunt,in september,and someone can come along and pull your sign put theres in and there is nothing you can do about it,except put your sign there again! If you build a blind on that spot,and you have a sign on it,if you show up to hunt out of that blind and someone is in it,you have the right to kick them out,but if they do not want to leave,then what? Until you locate a warden,what is your plan of action?
You are right about the 75 yard buffer,that is not enough space between blinds! But that will also lead to more issues with blinds! Wardens do not want to deal with these issues,and who is right and who is wrong,wardens do not know who put what sign on what spot first,so really what is the solution? State assigned locations for blinds! Lottery drawings for blind sites?It could get ugly!
I had a guy take my sign off my blind on Lake Champlain last year and put his sign on it,the blind I built! Did I check the sign when I pulled up that morning,no,.. because it was my blind! What kind of crap is that? I replaced my sign but still, this is not behavior of a "Gentleman",!
I called the number on the sign and confronted him on it and he said...."You took my spot...I have had a blind there in the past and you moved in on my spot!" I built that blind the day it was legal to build blinds on the Lake,and there were no other blinds in sight! Or any indication of a blind being there in the past! Then he says ..."Its my blind now"....and I said ..."No I am affraid it is not since I put my sign back on it and notified the wardens about the issue!" He say.."We'll see about that!" and hung up on me! Now the best part.....Wardens said we had to work it out amoungst ourselves because it is not for them to decide who gets to hunt out of the blind!
So when an issue like this comes up whats the answer? For me,I was not comfortable going back out to the blind if I had to worry about some jerk being there and having to deal with it,sort of takes away from the fun of duck hunting! If you are stressing about it the whole ride up to the lake,while launching the boat,and the ride to the blind,wondering if you are going to get into a fight over your blind! So I took a chain saw up there about noon one day and cut it up!
magogwhacker wrote:What I've found in decades of Vermont hunting is that if you have a good spot on a public place, you need to get out there a lot, put up a stake or a blind, and let everyone you see know that you intend to use that place. In my experience, most people are respectful and give you your spot. It also lead to knowing everyone else that uses the area, you can all give each other room.
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