BAD DUCK HUNTERS
I try to educate the younger generation when given the chance. For example, I ran into a kid about 14 the other day who was thrilled to see someone in camouflage. He ran up to me and asked are you a hunter? I said, yep I was out duck hunting today. He responded, Awesome! My brother took me last week, but I missed a lot. The ducks were really high. So I asked, why didn't you let them get closer. He said, I was worried they would fly to the next guy. So I told him (quickly as I had to go) how to set a decoy spread leaving a landing area so that the ducks will work and that if he is just patient they will work closer. I would have really loved to actually show him what a decoying shot it, but at a gas station I can't really do that. He thanked me and said he will try to wait longer when the ducks start coming. I can only hope that helps him and his brother.
But the idea that another guy is going to get my ducks is half the problem out there. Again, it's the problem with all age groups.
Honestly, duck hunters are the worst group of ethical hunters. I've been hunting for 27 years and have had issues in the past. I really wanted to punch this guy out. I had the last laugh in the end with a limit of birds.
Good luck, keep your cool out there.
Treeshark, I agree with you. The majority of people I have issues with are in that age range. Now when I was that age I wouldn't think of hunting like some of these crews. I wouldn't be able to stand the thought of my gramps being disappointed in the way I hunt if I acted like these crews. I'm only 31, but I've spent most of my hunting life hunting with guys and women older than me. It's a real quick way to learn respect. I wish these younger crews had the same privilege I did to hunt with some of these tenured hunters.
Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of younger guys and crews that are really good guys and just want to do what's best by the sport and the ducks. But the bad ones have been raised in the TV hunting, kicks high flying, black cloud generation.