If you want ducks, go to dakotas!
And yeah, thats an appropriate response. Like saying if you want a 9 pound bass go to lake el salto mexico cuz they grow em big south of the border, your guaranteed to get one. you can hit bad luck hunting/fishing 1000 miles from home just like you can being 1 mile from home.
You have any ideas the cost associated to going to the dakotas?
If you'd like I can break it down for you.
Its 389 miles to Woodland Resort from my house. I travel a litte farther west to get away from the "crowds". Gas was over 2.00 this fall. If I remember right I paid 2.37 a gallon out there roughly. I pull a 20 ft enclosed trailer loaded with 5 blinds and roughly 10 dozen full bodies a couple dozen duck fbs and 1k of ss as killing snows in the fall are a lot easier than in the spring.
And for every good morning hunt you need a good evening scouting. I typically was averaging about 200 to 250 miles a day total from going from house to field, field to house to clean birds, drop trailer off and go scout again. So for a seven day period for me I put on 1589 miles on my truck just up there hunting not including the drive up and back. Not too mention come home its time for another oil change...
Your license will cost you 116 dollars plus your stamp.
Most people dont have a place to stay so your looking at between 60 and 90 bucks a night for a hotel room or to rent a house is like 750 for a week.
And if you dont have any gear or enough to do anything, you might have to hire a guide....
And remember thats only for 7 days and you can only do that twice in season.
Now how many hunters can afford that?
If you'd like I can tell you how much it costs for my crew to go to sd, co, mo, stuttgart and texas.
Your telling the duck hunters to **** off about this lake. People can point the finger and tell the grass carp guys to **** off too. Two way street. I see your point, there has to be a compromise, it might be too late now, but Id be all in favor of supporting the anglers and the fowl hunters. I have a few leased fields out there and we can really pile up the honks but its been tough field hunting our ducks up there we get about a 2 week window where they do work during hours.
Point being sending people out of their own state to do something they enjoy is wrong. Nobody is telling the bass or panfish guys to leave. Anglers and Hunters should have/would have gotten together could this issue have been resolved so that both parties are happy? If a situation like this comes up again will the concerning parties team up together to work with the DNR?
How many of you guys are just bitching and not actively doing your part to help or to voice your concerns?
Calling ducks a nuisance, I can point a finger at one of the many 30-40 inch pike or the huge bucketmouths being real assholes to the ducklings in the late spring/early summer.