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Proposed changes to Migratory Birds Regulations could end feeding

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  1. bang you'r dead

    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Illegal to plant food plots for deer , or hunt over any form of bait.

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  2. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    Where is the food plot prohibition? None of my business, but I'm curious.
     
  3. rossgoose

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    The proposal is insane. Glad they aren't considering this ridiculous change in the US. Would eliminate countless thousands of acres of waterfowl habitat. Some people are so concerned about "fairness" they'll happily undermine the resource (the healthy duck population) in the process.
     
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    No the proposal for Canada is not insane. Are suggesting that if it weren't for the act of flooding corn the ducks would die? I highly doubt it. According to who? Game hogs.... There are only a couple of places in Canada where they do this and every duck with in a 200 mile radius get pulled there. It irritates everyone but the guys who xcan afford to spend big bucks to hunt in a particular exclusive club. Some resources should be shared.
     
  5. bang you'r dead

    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator Flyway Manager

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    You commie!

    (Actually, I agree with you 100%. Well managed properties with a pile of grain in the centre will draw a lot of birds in. We had a bait station here, where the government tried to keep the ducks and geese out of the farmer's fields by feeding them away from the valley. They would dump 180 bushels of barley down on a couple of pads every day or two. Anywhere from 9-12,000 mallards would use that grain pile. Hunters would set up 400 metres (legal minimum distance ) away and bang the birds when they went to water . Needless to say, baiting will suck in the majority of birds within an area. I'm sure all the flooded grain crops work the same way).

    All they would have to do is enforce "standard agricultural practices" and then flooding corn disappears. Not a single farmer I know floods corn on purpose.
     
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    Only in a place where there are no other flooded crops/ag fields. I realize it is different there, so I don't take issue with the change. Here, where virtually the only available food is in flooded ag fields, it's less about having the most food and more about managing pressure.
     
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  7. Troller

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    Any more talk on this or is it dead?
     
  8. jellotree

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    There aren't many places in Canada that have bait permits. I believe most are found around Long Point, ON. and Lake St. Clair. That said, removing the bait permits would be a spear in the chest of Long Point for sure. There's a rather large public hunting area there that has two feed ponds and they're basically the only managed public spot available for miles. That's not to mention the large free to hunt zones that benefit from the clubs feeding. The Long Point Company (Millionares), Turkey Point Company, Lee Brown WMU, and possible one or two others all have permits. And no, it doesn't suck in every duck in the area. Ducks migrate in huge numbers through there anyways. What it does is keep them around a bit to create more opportunity to hunt them. I believe a waterfowl research centre GPS tagged a bunch of mallards a few years back and posted the ducks travels on their websites. Its amazing how much local travel these ducks do before being pushed south by weather. Some would bounce from Luther, to Hullet, to St. Clair, to Long Point, back to Hullet, then to Rondeau, etc, etc, etc. Anyways, without these clubs the area would have been developed long ago.
     
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  10. Easterncanadafowler

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    I've hunted for 40 years now and never had to bait. It should be banned. Make the hollywood hunters and weekend warriors work for and scout for birds like the rest of us.Makes no sense especially on a farm that is being hunted for "nuisance geese" to put corn in the field to attract more "Nuisance geese" if they are a nuisance then dont attract more... stupid
     

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