Labs wrote:Feathers wrote:I prefer to hunt with a dog but there are times that does not happen. I only shoot birds close so most of my shots are within 30 yards and the duck usually drops within 25 yards dead in the water. I have confidence in my duck IDing abilities. If ducks are laying dead in the decs and hung up on rice or other vegatation I am not going out to pick them up. I highly doubt any C.O. would write you a ticket for letting ducks float in your decoys as long as you are within your limit. Please explain to me how that is unethical or illegal.
I have seen a CO write a ticket for geese laying out dead in a field that landed behind the spread...on open ground within view...so, roll the dice if you want, I'm just not going to take the risk.
Feathers wrote:That is interesting. I have a hard time believing they created them to force people to go pick up every dead bird that is laying right in front of you immediately after killing it. I also have a hard time seeing how it is unethical.
Labs wrote:Feathers wrote:That is interesting. I have a hard time believing they created them to force people to go pick up every dead bird that is laying right in front of you immediately after killing it. I also have a hard time seeing how it is unethical.
Not sure if this entire post was directed at me, but I never said leaving a bird dead in your deeks was unethical. A better point to this discussion would be that the "good book" leaves room for interpretation....so, my advice would be, get to know your CO and ask him that direct question....because even as we debate this, there are differing opinions...so to, will be differing opinions with each CO you encounter. As far as arguing the point in court...it's your word against a CO...who do you think is going to win that one?
Toward hillbilly's point...if you are hunting in your own state, that would be a great recourse....when you are out of state, it's cheaper just to pay the fine and be done with it, than trying to take time off work, travel, and fight the ticket in court. The CO's know this, and love nailing out of staters....law of averages tells them the fine will be paid, no questions asked.