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  1. Pot Hole

    Pot Hole Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    You folks that hunt up that way need to be aware of the effort underway to possibly establish more stringent duck hunting regulations than those currently on the books. I suspect a public hearing might be the next step in this process, but there is clearly a faction up there that has gotten their feathers ruffled during this recent hunting season. There is a mention of visitors to a "park", but not sure what park they're talking about.

    City Officials in Hickory eye regulations for hunting.

    Tsmart, perhaps you can dig into this a little deeper and let us know what's behind the anti-duck hunting sentiment up there.
     
  2. tsmart

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    Already got the scoop.
    It's been going on a few years now - just got worse this past season.

    Hatley, and Tucker, and Bell has gotten calls in the past.
    Lake is building up, home owners don't like being woke up at 7:30 on Sat.

    Mostly happening on Catawba side.

    T.
     
  3. tsmart

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    The issue is:
    There is a group (or two), that likes to set up at the mouth of Geitner park (or Glenn Hilton Park). They use 10 ga shot guns, and float hunt from a boat (close to residences). They are "technically" legal, being they float hunt.

    Problem is, people don't like to be woke up at 7:00-7:30 on Saturdays to the sound of a 10 ga cannon.... and some of those people live in multi million dollar houses.

    They call the Green Jeans, and the local PD - and of course they come and investigate. I know they were called 3 times this past season, and several the season before, and several the season before.

    These rich home owners have pull.... and have brought the issue up at the Lake Hickory Home Owners Association meetings. And they have pull, and are now talking to the City Council...

    So, it's just a matter of time, before money talks - and hunting is closed on Lake Hickory, and those fellas won't be able to kill park ducks flying into Geitner and Hilton park.

    Sad thing is... there is some back water, and huntable spots others of us hunts. And this issue will probably close the whole place, and we'll all get the shaft.

    Officer Tucker has kept me up to date (as much as he could) over the past couple years. He's checked the guys too, and they were legal... and they had a deaf ear to the warning about hunting so close to these houses.

    So... here we are.

    T.
     
  4. tsmart

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    This is what public duck hunting is coming to. More people in the sport and fewer and fewer places to hunt every year. And when you put people like Ms. Scott (see video) in front of uninformed council members that are sympathetic to her cause, the next thing you know
    the place will be shut down for all duck hunting purposes.

    I don't and never will hunt there but if I did, I'd have an army of support at the next meeting letting them know the "other" side of things. The main concern of council was for the "safety" of the residents and where the "BULLETS" were going . . . .:rolleyes: This are the type of decision makers we're dealing with now and unless we hunters fight back, well, you all know what the end result will be.

    T, you and some of the other guys that hunt there might want to get your mess together on this one.
     
  6. Pot Hole

    Pot Hole Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Lake Norman will not be too far behind. It's coming, it's just a matter of time.

    T, I agree with JFG, better get your mess together or the local officials will only hear one side of this - and we all know what will happen then.
     
  7. tsmart

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    Working on it.

    Anyone wanna show up and speak at the next city council meeting?


    T.
     
  8. obx-dux

    obx-dux Elite Refuge Member

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    >> setting up too close to houses will shut it all down. perhaps suggest a distance from residence. May save your back waters....
     
  9. trigger22

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    This would be my suggestion as well. While none of us want more laws on the books, being proactive and providing a solution might prevent a complete closure.
     
  10. Clark

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    No new duck hunters!! Keep the pressure down.
     

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