I'm down for banning them. I think its a an actual step that we can make to have an effect on juvies. There's so much we can't do and can't change, this is one thing that can be done with the stroke of a pen.
At this point, the cost in lost stamp sales could be a serious impediment.I'm down for banning them. I think its a an actual step that we can make to have an effect on juvies. There's so much we can't do and can't change, this is one thing that can be done with the stroke of a pen.
Wouldn't want to bet that most could kill enough ducks to make a gumbo without their spinners, much less stay at it.Because you can’t use a mojo?
I use spinners today for teal season for the visibility but I haven't used those for the regular season for some time now. I'm fairly certain I could make do without the hassle of those things for teal as well. We had no issues taking birds prior to those hitting the market.
An unintentional discovery in the cold strawberry fields of California somehow found its way to Jeff Simmons’ duck blind one cold opening morning nearly 20 years ago.
And the story of the magic duck began.
“It was opening day, and I had a good friend hunting with me,” Simmons recalled. “He had a duck-hunting friend in from California and brought him along.
“That morning things were crazy. There were plenty of ducks, but they wouldn’t work the decoys. I was frustrated and about to give up when the guy from California pulled out a contraption that just seemed like it would make things worse.”
Simmons wasn’t very accepting of the proposed tactic.
“He had a set of battery-operated white fan blades mounted on a stick. He wanted to put it out in the decoys. He insisted it would attract ducks,” Simmons said. “I told him he was crazy, but he kept on and on, and I finally gave in. We weren’t killing ducks anyway.
“He put the stick in the mud and turned it on.”
The hunt turned around almost instantaneously.
“Before he got back in the blind, 20 mallards fell out of the sky into the decoys. We got about six of them,” Simmons said. “I laughed it off as a fluke. But before we could gather up the ducks, here came another group — this time about 30 mallards.
“In 20 minutes, the five of us had gone from no ducks to our limit. I was stunned.”
It turned out that the spinning fans were used at farms back in California.
“The guy told us that in the Sacramento Valley when the weather got too cold too early, they put these white fans out around the strawberry farms to move the air and keep the berries from freezing,” Simmons said. “Every time they turned on the fans, ducks would lock up and head straight for the fields, landing there even though there was no water or no logical reason. It turns out the ducks didn’t like strawberries; they liked those slow-turning fan blades and thought it was the wings of other landing ducks.”
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