How close is too close???

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ROSEBUD, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. ROSEBUD

    ROSEBUD Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Hunted public land yesterday, we were set up ready to go before shooting time on a point in the lake, little foggy on the lake but no big deal. About 45 min "AFTER" shooting time we watched this boat launch at the ramp. I "thought" fisherman. He goes by us with his little boat and trolling motor and saw our decoys " I whistled at him ass well". 20 min later we got a glimpse of him parking his boat and getting out. I started to wonder and thought "he cant be hunting around the corner'. So i walked down the bank about 10 yards and noticed the mojo flapping and thought, this bastard set up "maybe" 150 yards from us.
    This fool shows up late, sets up close by, amazing! Around 8:15 his hunting buddy showed up so he trolled across the lake and picked him up and went back.
    We all have seen it I am sure, sometimes in the morning its hard to judge distance but 45 min after shooting time, you would think people would know better!

    How close is too close??? Thoughts?
     
  2. Toner07

    Toner07 Well-Known Member

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    Gotta love public land hunting. I dealt with this all the time on Mosquito....taught me to NEVER hunt public land again.
     

  3. CaptMark

    CaptMark Retired Ohio Waterfowler Staff Member Moderator

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    [ame]https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AWVe0D20A9o[/ame]
     
  4. ROSEBUD

    ROSEBUD Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It must be if people see others posted up in a spot that the birds must want to be there. Idk, I like to be a ways away from others, thats more enjoyable to me.
     
  5. OhioFisher

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    I could deal with 150. When they are 100 or less thats when I begin to get nasty. If its a busy area I expect company but if your the only one on the lake I wouldn't be happy with 150 either.
     
  6. The answer is, it's public land. There are no rules about things like this in most places. Most respectable people would not do this to you, but everyone has the right to be there so thats what you have to deal with some time . You can get upset all you want but to avoid it, it is simple don't hunt public. lease or get permission.
     
  7. ROSEBUD

    ROSEBUD Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I knew someone would key in on the public land part and I get it, been doing this for a while but is it like a new generation of hunters that just dont give a damn? Its just like hey, these guys are over there, I dont give a damn, I am hunting that little hole next to them no matter what! I know waterfowling is very competitive but why hunt so damn close to someone else? Just because someone is set up on a location doesn't mean I want to hunt right next to them nor will I.
     
  8. ROSEBUD

    ROSEBUD Member Lifetime Supporter

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    150 is a rough estimate, didnt have a range finder but they could have been 130 out. Was more irritated that is was 45 min after shooting time and they come right on up past us and setup on the next bank over. Yes we were the only 2 groups hunting ducks. Wish I had a pic of it.
     
  9. Dan_O

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    We has someone down wind us once at Metzgers, We got there 5 hours early, set up 100 yards from edge., guys came in an hour before shooting time and set up between us and the edge. We gave them the what for, didn't make a difference. There were five of us. Me and anther guy went over and sat on each end of their boat. When birds came in we shot just like it was our place. If they hit a bird, we would try and shoot it a couple times more before it hit the ground. Of course they threatened to call the GW. I told them that I have him on speed dial and that I could make the call if they really wanted to. They didn't call, but I wish the would of. I understand it's public, but that doesn't give you permission to put your head up your A$$ and be a dick to others. Did they get mad, I hope so. Hope to see they're rig parked somewhere some day.
     
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  10. jjm

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    Has happened more times than I would have liked
    As long as they are not down wind I don't care. When they are down wind me it really irks me. Usually only happens once after they realize that 10ga rains down far after I miss
     
  11. MikeBeatty

    MikeBeatty FKA Boomn4x4

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    I base it on how much land is available to hunt and the situation. I wouldn't be surprised to have someone setup less than a 100 yards from me in a neighboring zone at Pickerel Creek. I'd be pretty miffed if someone setup less than 200 yards off the break wall of Magee, but I'd deal with it.

    I'm not so sure you have it figured out who the "dick" was in that scenario.
     
  12. MaktheQwk

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  13. Dan_O

    Dan_O Well-Known Member

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    There fixed it for ya Mike. Now it's a lot closer to what you meant.
     
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  14. the_lone_wader

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    Actually dano, while what they did might have been bad sportsmanship, what you did was probably grounds for harassment and you're probably lucky that they didn't call the man.

    It's public land. It's life. Deal with it, or don't hunt it.

    I'm not saying it's right, it just is what it is. I get mad when I run into idiots (mostly fishermen), while hunting public land. However, I try to remember that technically they have the same rights to it as I do. I also try to give the benefit of the doubt that it is probably ignorance, and not just bad sportsmanship. Those fishermen probably don't know squat about duck hunting, and some of those duck hunters are in their first season.

    As far as people showing up late, that's also life. Some people work for a living and don't always have the time to spend all night in the marsh. Should those people just not hunt because they can't get there early enough for you?
     
  15. Toner07

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    or shot....if thats what really happened.
    Great answer LW
     
  16. ROSEBUD

    ROSEBUD Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It's public land. It's life. Deal with it, or don't hunt it.


    As far as people showing up late, that's also life. Some people work for a living and don't always have the time to spend all night in the marsh. Should those people just not hunt because they can't get there early enough for you?[/QUOTE]
    So no one is wrong and setup next to the closest person you can because its public land. Seems legit!
     
  17. peanut

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    Typical douche-o at his best.......
     
  18. Dan_O

    Dan_O Well-Known Member

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    That's what I did and I do it again. That's why it's the way it is in the public marshes, no one will stand up for what's right. You let these idiots get away with it and walk away, then they will be doing it to the next guy. Another way to get more room, is put out 3 spreads. One for real and 2 decoy spreads. Put 10 decoys out with a light in 2 nearby spots. You can have a guy hang out in each spot, then pull them at 10 til shooting time. When they crowd those, you still have plenty of room. It works great on the rock walls along the lake too. Hey it's public hunting, do what you can get away with. It seams to be the theme of the day.
     
  19. Toner07

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    Hope you are teaching your kids this, that way we can have generations of aholes hunting public land.
     
  20. Cjensen

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    After Hillary takes away your guns you won't have to worry about it