That discussion started out well......but thanks for tanking it JON. No need to be a jerk to someone you don't know....tough guy I guess. Anyway.....
On the subject of the non-toxic shot I can tell you this, I dont think its gonna be long until there is no more lead in the NW for pretty much everything. Even when it comes to sporting clays, plinking, and big game hunting. The trend is that its all gonna go non-tox. I read a report about some places on the east coast and the south are still coming up with a lot of lead content in their birds and lead mortality in waterfowl and their predators from major market hunting areas and long used duck hunting areas that still have tons and tons of lead on the bottom that the waterfowl are picking up. There is obviously a lot more to it than just outlawing lead outright but honestly I think it will be ten years and Oregon will push hard for lead free all around.
Personally I'm really on the fence with plugs. I think since we hunt in areas that have duck restrictions (i.e. hen mallards, scaup, cans) plugs are pretty important so when a large group comes in people are a little pickier with their shots. For geese obviously that wouldn't matter so for early season or the late goose seasons I suppose plugs don't make sense. But then again, I cant imagine a place like Summer Lake with 40 hunters lined up on the dikes sky busting with 5-7 shots in their gun! It would sound like more of a war zone than it already is!
I'm right with ya on the length and depth of the hunting regulations. Like you said earlier, once you get 'em you get 'em but for folks just getting starting to hunt the NW zone they are intimidating. They are super wordy exactly like you said....they need an editor! There aren't to many places you can hunt geese as late as you can in Oregon, which I always really liked. Those spring hunts can be awesome.
Season bird totals are for those who cannot see the forest for the trees. Count your good days, not your ducks.
"I'm not a good shot, but I shoot often"-Teddy Roosevelt