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I can appreciate your hard feelings after all your work tanked. This is precisely why the total NUMBER of hunters has to be controlled. With fewer folks out there, there is less competition for the scarce resource - they can bust a different flock, not the one you're scouting. However, I would not view this as an issue with ethics. They hunt different from you, and stepped on your toes. Doesn't make them evil or unethical- it's just the nature of competition and conflict. Reducing numbers of hunters will reduce the competition, and your feelings won't get hurt as often.

Evenmore, I agree with Tom about water hunting. I consider "shooting the roost" -- hunting birds when they return to their evening safety spot -- illegal for geese, by proclamation, for most of our season. Birds "roost" (verb) when they find a safe spot for the evening. It remains a very effective and common way to hunt ducks. Otherwise, hunting geese on water is just another alternative to hunting them on land. Sure, its more competition for you, but hardly evil, unethical, or wrong.

It's terrible, but we're spending more of our efforts adapting to the competition of other hunters, rather than in competition with our quarry.

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Guppy,

"Drive-by" boat hunting is illegal - just like "shooting the roost" (for most days of the season). If this wasn't just hyperbole, the responsible action for you is obvious.

I'm not as harsh as Dean, but it will take a much different approach to persuade the guys hunting the sand-bars to sleep-in and go out after the birds have left for the fields. You'll have to pursude them what they will gain through cooperation. Like the guys who set up on top of your spread - with a little cooperation, everyone has a chance to succeed, or not, everyone can go home empty. Pursuding them to give up hunting the sand-bars completely - for your benefit and their detriment - I'd like to hear how you'll do that. I'll be mighty impressed if you pull it off.

I'm with you about leaving the birds alone on your river - it's just simple cooperation. Everyones all cooperative right? I want everybody to leave the birds alone in all the counties in Zones 1 & 2. Field, water, air - just leave em alone and I'll have a much better time hunting. I'll appreciate everyones cooperation. Until that happens, might try learning to adapt to the changing/increasing competition and pressure on the birds.

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