I was out at marsh Creek last Saturday to try and get a deer with my slug gun. It was so crowded that I didn't have a chance.
Anyway I was going back to my car around 9 or so and I saw a guy blast a couple of shots at some ducks in the water. They were easily 75 yards out. I saw the guy come out from behind a bush and I didn't see a dog, kayak or any feasible way for him to retrieve the birds other then to swim out there. When he shot them they were obviously crippled because they tried to fly away but couldn't take flight.
Personally I think shooting the birds while they are in the water in unsporstmans like but to shoot birds without a way to retrieve them is completely unethical. Now the guy could have had some way to get them that i didn't know about but from what I saw it certainly didn't look like it.
Post by arizonaangler on Dec 9, 2008 17:17:39 GMT -5
Where are the WCO's when you need them??? I was under the impression that any water fowl were supposed to be shot while in flight anyway. I don't hunt, and I do not condemn those who do, but to shot at an animal just to see if you can kill it or not is as bad as catching a fish and throwing it on the bank or running an animal over with your vehicle. Just senseless
I see that kind of stuff all the time. Out of range shooting disgusts me. Especially on the water because it's almost impossible to get a clean kill on the water outside of 20 yards. It's not illegal to shoot birds on the water but its unethical or at least not any fun. The only exception to shooting birds on the water is if divers swim in and your hunting deep water because it's hard to pop them up so they usually dive. Even then I'll try to pop them up. The whole idea is working them with your call and getting a cupped up shot inside of 40 yards. Thats the idea anyway.