The boys are sure jumpy about a little ribbing. My response was a little long winded, but everybody knows I talk alot.
good luck this weekend M3, represent the 406 with some sweet piles of brown ducks. Looking forward to some pics!!
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Ray Beaulieu: Completely legal to harvest two hens. Although if you do the math its not that hard to figure out that the more you hunt ducks, the more impact you have on the population you love to hunt. Lets assume that you harvest 50 hens a year. Each hen averages seven ducklings a year for around eight years, assuming they don't die from natural causes of course. That means that in a average year you eliminate 2800 future ducks from the population. Since you guys look like you hunt more then 25 days a year, the numbers really get huge. Times that number by all the guys that hunt with you. Is there anything illegal about that? Nope. Is that something a die hard waterfowler should consider? Yep. You guys obviously have some good spots and the gear, instead of shooting everything in sight to get a 45 minute limit, why not focus on getting 7 drakes and spend a hour and a half? You point out how much time you spend preparing for the hunt, why rush to get the hunt over quickly when you actually hunt? I was like you ten years ago, shooting everything I saw, but then got hooked up with some guy's who were die hard drake shooters and I can tell you it is much more rewarding and enjoyable taking your time and picking out your targets. And no, I am not a Duck Dynasty newbie. I hunt waterfowl an average of 74 days a year, have a 16' cargo trailer with 12 dozen full body goose decoys and 6 dozen shells, 5 dozen field mallards, multiple layout blinds, a jet boat with several dozen floating duck and goose decoys and have taken kids all across the state on hunting trips sponsored through the Greenwing program myself. I have averaged 200 plus ducks killed a year for the last few years and would hate to see that number go to 6000 by shooting a hundred hens a year. Last year I shot 221 ducks and two were hens. I honest bad choice of a shot on one and collateral damage on another. I also stood in a slough with a good buddy last year, up in your area, and had about 20 mallards float in. When the two of us were done shooting and the dogs picked everything up there were six dead greenheads with six shots, all out of one group. Its not that hard and I honestly think you would improve your enjoyment of our sport. That being said, feel free to do as you please of course, just consider the added damage to the population, a population that isn't in need of having the numbers cut down. When you put all this footage and pictures out on social media, alot of up and coming youngsters see it and learn from it, take it as a opportunity to steer them down the right path. We owe it to the next generation of waterfowlers and to the species we like to hunt. Killing hens is great for the guy just starting out who kills 20 ducks a year, but as you advance and become a more profecient hunter, you need to look at things differently. Take this as you will, but I have said my piece.
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Montana Mallard Militia I got this one Barron.....see Ray im the sarcastic admin and id love to stay here all night and keep hurting your feelings.......so...when did they outlaw harvesting your hen limit Ray. I must not have gotten that memo.....or im sure your just such an amazing waterfowl you have the inside scoop right?
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Ray Beaulieu so how long will it take for you to delete this post like you did my other ones?
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Montana Mallard Militia How long will it take you to grow up an act like an adult? I bet your parents are real proud.
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Montana Mallard Militia Haha listen to this guy boys! Must be daisy of a waterfowler....probably saw an episode of Duck Dynasty and went out and bought a shotgun and some dekes.
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I'm the type of guy who "cups" his hand over his butt, farts, and dishes it out like a soup kitchen.