Rivr2319 wrote:So I'm curious, do some oppose the blind draw rule?
First and foremost..........Welcome!
I spent a season over on the Salton Sea, as well had several hunts on the Colorado a decade or so ago. Hunted between the refuges north of Yuma but south of Lake H.
Anyway, what you will find coming from SoCal. NM has incredible waterfowl hunting that has yet to be ruined by a mandatory draw. It alows the flexibility for someone to do their homework and chase the birds when 1) weather pushes them in 2) water finally hits the WMA. It also allows for a hunter.......and even a hunter with their kids to sleep in........go to church etc and maybe hunt the last 2-3 hours rather than expose a young kid to countless hours looking at blue sky or the cold morning air.
While the WMA's have seen increased traffic since my first season in 1993, it is still very managable and pleasant. Not only for me and my hunting partners but also for my kids. Win-Win. Yes we have some idiots out there, but that is true of every State or Federal WMA I have hunted from Maine to Cali. Nothing increased law enforcement could not address.
Our challenges have more to do with decreasing acreage due to lost habitat-lack of water at the start of the season and overall property managment (Cattails, evasive weeds etc)
As the state doesnt have a large coffer of funds to manage correctly. Let's not ruin the experience for all by experimenting with a process that isnt needed at this point.