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  1. Big Daddy Gaddy

    Big Daddy Gaddy Elite Refuge Member

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    How did the feds land on “ok to flood and hunt unharvested standing crops”?

    Seems like the mallard problem would be much less of a problem if baiting laws didn’t have a gigantic yellow loophole.
     
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  2. DkKiller&Max

    DkKiller&Max Elite Refuge Member

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    Simple. Because corn 4' off the ground is so much different than corn disturbed laying on the ground... :readerThe letter of the law. We live in a world of loopholes. Understanding all of them is confusing hence those that practice law.
     
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    CA Birdman Elite Refuge Member

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    Because you did not manipulate the corn stalk. Yeah the fed regulations were written by the fox.
     
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    pumpgunner Elite Refuge Member

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    Maybe they didn’t realize the amount of money people would have or would be willing to spend on killing birds.
     
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    Speckslayer Elite Refuge Member

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    The problem with changing the legality of that would be in the details. We all hunt over flooded seed crops (timothy, watergrass, smartweed, etc). Hunting flooded corn is the same thing, grow it - flood it - hunt it.
     
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  6. Big Daddy Gaddy

    Big Daddy Gaddy Elite Refuge Member

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    Sure, but look at spinning wing decoys. They are spelled out in detail as to not be confused with other battery operated garbage. Wouldn’t be hard to separate unharvested row crops from aquatic vegetation.
     
  7. MeatLover

    MeatLover New Member

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    I think they put this law to allow flooded land that happen by nature (like what happened in South dakota last year) can be hunted. During the flood, no machine can harvest the crop and not hunting it is another loss.
     
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    circlehooker Elite Refuge Member

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    In my mind it is not the same. Flooded seed crops are a natural wild seed either seeded or natural. Corn is only seeded by man. In years past corn was planted then harvested and cut, same as rice. Now stands are left tall with holes or lanes cut into them. Even though you are not supposed to manipulate the corn stalks you know it goes on. A duck can only jump so high to get to it.
     
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  9. Tommyo

    Tommyo Elite Refuge Member

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    i think the corn you describe stands rather ridgid in a season like 2020 that does not have alot of weather. go figure.
     
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    Flyfisher Elite Refuge Member

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    whoa now......... If I "plant" corn and leave "holes" while I plant it or "lanes" I am not manipulating anything when I flood......
     
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