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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2018, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Haven't hunted geese too much this year, but finally got out yesterday on a good feed and took a 4 man limit. But this is more about what happened to us during the hunt. We showed up to the field at 530 and had decoys out, blinds brushed, and trucks moved by 640. Another small group of guys pull in at 645 and hunt across the road from us about 500 yards away at a pond. No big deal, they have permission. We knew we were on the X and there were plenty of birds to work with. First group was 3 birds and they go straight to the other guys and they shoot them, no big deal, good for them. All the flocks are now coming to us. There are a couple small groups (1-4 birds) that come right in and we shoot. They are also some bigger groups of 25-40 that work the spread before they drop in and as they are working, the guys at the pond are shooting their guns in the air to try and scare the birds away from us. Don't understand why someone tries to ruin your hunt and their own at the same time. Anyone ever have this happen to them?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2018, 08:17 AM
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private land or public?

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2018, 08:46 AM
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He mentioned permission so I am going to assume private. We've had it happen to us. Jerks are everywhere. Pull in at the last minute, practically set up on top of you, put out about a dozen decoys and skybust at birds circling the spread. Meanwhile we get there really early set up 9+ dozen decoys, brush in the layout blinds and still have time for some doughnuts and laughs. We have invited guys to join in with us that are at least courteous and might not be having any luck. This is one of many stories but is a little old. I haven't had time to waterfowl hunt in quite a few years. I am missing it and need to make time.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2018, 09:41 AM
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Nice hunt.... It happens a lot to us. Almost exclusively while hunting public but I could see it happening with neighboring private areas also. I used to first chalk it up to ignorance and just thought they need to be better educated, but I now assume it's more nefarious. There are people who wake up in the morning with that pile pic on their mind, and if it doesn't look like they're going to get it, the desperation and unfortunately jealousy comes out. It really can bring out the best and the worst in people. You saw what happens when it brings out the worst.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2018, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Yep, it was private land. Both sides owned by the same people. I was hunting with the landowners nephew, so its possible the other guys will no longer have permission. Hope it was worth it to them to do that. Its weird, much of the duck hunting I do is on public land and I've had no incidents yet (knock on wood). But I've had a couple other incidents on private ground. Maybe some people need to repeat their hunter education course and learn about ethics and sportsmanship...
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I had this happen to me on the early season duck opener in the south zone. My group got set-up where we wanted to be at 4:00 am in the morning. Three guys in a boat came at us about an hour later and saw we were there. They parked their boat 300 yards up the lake on the right of us and shot at every single bird that came our way. They were shooting at birds 200-250 yards away from them across the other side of the lake. Most of the birds flared off or gained altitude real fast. We only got 2 wood ducks and we should have gotten a lot more than that. Oh was I mad.
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Congrats on a great hunt in spite of the jerks. I had something similar happen to me last year. I decided to hunt one afternoon and figured I would hunt our only pit blind. I was alone and drove up to the pit and was surprised to see a couple trucks parked ~ 200 yds away and then I could see a big spread of decoys about 150 -200 yds past that. All on a neighboring property. I didn't have my layout blind with me and only had 18 full body decoys so I figured I would set up and they would draw some flocks in and then maybe they would come over to me after they shot. Well it was a pretty slow evening but I had a group of 5 circle checking out my dekes when I hear 2 of the trucks car alarms going off. About 15 min later I had 3 come right in and again the truck alarms go off. Luckily it didn't stop the geese from coming in and I got 2 out of the 3. I was checked by a game warden at the same spot and told him about this incident and he told me next time video it and it is hunter harassment.
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