The problem with new people in the outdoors is that they abuse it and don't all treat it with respect. Like the duck hunters Moose encountered. Or the campers up north leaving trash behind and chopping down big pine trees. Or the ice anglers leaving junk all over the ice after they've been out there drinking all weekend. Or the guy that can't tell the difference between a hereford heiffer and a deer. A large percentage of these new people just don't care. And even if they know the rules, they don't abide by them which is ruining it for the rest of us that actually spend a large portion of our lives out there.
I have to keep in mind the influx could be youths who don’t have high school sports or activities keeping them busy these days. That’s exactly one of the reasons cited for a drop in participation and the trend of hunters being older.
Mixed emotions on that topic for me but we’ve all said it’s better than all the kids being shut ins and playing video games instead of learning the natural world. Even though they can play vids while hinting now, it IS what we’ve asked for.
Be good to one another out there even if it’s frustrating at times.
Headin over fishin around Tower again last night.
Turkeys in the same area tonight as in August.
By the by brought home 4 nice 15"-17" walleyes, slip bobbers and minnows, 6' of water.
Who say's the fish abandon the weeds in the fall. LOL
Nice healthy fish, should make a great lunch.
Nobody else on the lake, I guess the lightning scared-em off.
No doubt about it. I went during turkey spring season A too and there was noticeably more hunters out, especially on Sat/Sun. I think the combination of no lottery and the pandmeic had people cooped up. Plus it was relatively decent weather for season A, and it has not been the last couple years with April snow. I exclusively hunt private land for turkeys but when I was leaving and driving down the county roads, I spotted 3 blinds on field edges on neighboring properties. While I don't have to worry about people setting up 10 yards from me, the added pressure in an area certainly makes it harder.
Sometimes having multiple groups of duck hunters on a big marsh can be beneficial. They'll send ducks your way and vice versa. But setting up that close is ridiculous. I can see more problems like this occurring the rest of this hunting season, especially for deer and especially on public land. It could potentially be a recipe for disaster too if you have a couple of hot heads that lose their cool. Adding firearms into the equation only magnifies the problem.
I hope a lot of these "newbies" and infrequent outdoors people that are only out there fishing, camping, and hunting this year because of the pandemic go back to their old lives when this is over. The less people I encounter on the lakes, rivers, and in the fields and woods, the better.
Yup - the fall colors have peaked and will be gone very soon. My maple dropped all of its leaves since Sunday. The birch are still holding on but losing them slowly.
I hope to add a fishing report after this weekend. Nice work MarkB
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I purposely avoided duck opener because of possible crowds. The number of hunters in the field for Turkey A season was ridiculous. Literally 2,3, or 4 cars in WMA parking lots where i've rarely seen 1. So that was my indicator that some big change has occurred and to start planning accordingly. If I were a public land deer hunting i'd brace myself for a different experience than usual this year, especially if the weather is nice.
I guess while aggravating to me in a selfish sort of way it is getting people outdoors. I just hope people like the ones Monstermoose encountered are few and far between. .
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