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Nice morning. Many Teal around. Picked up 3 nice Blue Wings.
However.........the damn shooting time was 7:01
Not 6:30, not 6:40, not 6:50, not 6:58.
The shooting started at 6:30. The game warden wrote 10 tickets this morning for early shooting at $160.00 a pop. :shootingguns:
The usual shooting of Woodies, Mallards. Watched one pair of hunters shoot at 6:45 at 50 geese right in their face and not a feather was dusted.
That in itself was worth the wakeup.
Know the rules, know the difference between a Wood Duck, a Mallard, and a Teal.
Public hinting at it's best.
 

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The same thing happens every year! Early Goose and Teal have always been Sunrise...NOT 1/2 hour before! It's your responsibility to know or find the rules and regs....your on the computer, so you can find them. Most people are carrying smart phones now...so you can look up the sunrise time...at least be close-to the printed times. It sure sucks when you take the time/effort to get to the spot you want, everything starts looking good, then some jackwacker shoots early and screws-up the whole marsh!
On an evening hunt a few years back, quitting time came, I packed up, slogged my way out, got back to my truck and the guys were still shooting...over 20 minutes past sunset...I left them a friendly reminder note about shooting times. This was on a public area, can't believe a Wildlife Officer wasn't around!
Yup, it sure is easier getting birds after (or before) legal shooting times! I don't think it is intentional...generally,....just ignorance!...still no excuss!
 

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I agree with the early shooting....however it is the stupidest rule I have ever heard of for waterfowl. I know they say it's to save woodies and mallards....but IMO the same guys that would shoot woodies or mallards 30 minutes before sunrise is the same group of guys that is shooting them at noon. I see guys doing it every year. I can easily identify a teal 30 minutes before sunrise and in most case would be packing up at sunrise if they were to change the role.....rant over.
 
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