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Discussion in 'California Flyway Forum' started by Big Daddy Gaddy, Apr 5, 2021.
Ah but when it falls off the cob in the water it's ok. That makes sense.
That is also dependent on the variety right? Some grows taller? I planted Milo in my flight pen this year.
I’ve been hunting these creatures for 63 years and for the first 42 it was unethical and against the fed law to hunt in unharvested crop ( money crop). There several court cases where a cut rice crop retooned and the feds challenged the right to hunt over rice with heads. The judges ruled this second crop was not intentionally planted to hunt over but naturally occurring and could be hunted. DU pushed this change in 2000 to please it’s big $ donors who had the ability and where with all to own property,plant a duck attracting crop and leave it in the field. Ducks are extremely fond of corn when cold weather hits, so if a freeze sets in, the property owners turn on the pumps on the impoundment to keep it open and make it easier for the birds to reach the uneaten ears.
The Mississippi Flyway is feeling it also. Bird numbers are way down in Deep South from the corn game in Missouri. To me it seems criminal but if that’s how it’s written then that’s what it is. It’s a rich mans world and we’re just living in it.
It has never been against the law to hunt in an unharvested, standing crop (regardless of whether or not it is flooded).
Years ago(they may still do it but I haven't been up there in yrs), Klamath/Tule grain farming leases were structured in a way that farmers had to leave every 3rd harvester pass unharvested. This left unharvested grain for the birds and cover for hunters. How is that any different??? Just because it's not flooded? Birds still ate it and hunters still killed birds out of it. This is really just another sour grapes argument. Guys don't like it when some people are killing more ducks than they are. Same thing with the "habitat" argument. Guys claim to be in favor of more habitat, as long as it's done in an area where it will help THEM kill more ducks. Heaven forbid somebody with more money than them do it on their property and then subsequently hold and kill more ducks than they are. Then it's not right.
One year the Kaskaskia got out big time.
Lake Shelbyville walk ins was suddenly a duck hunting meca overnight?
Corn got flooded and the stakes were under water so they decided it's a free for all.
It was natural enough.
We hunted the refuge that year
That's pretty much covers it.