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#5416975 - 11/12/14 08:59 PM What do y'all do?
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Registered: 05/13/14
Posts: 330
Loc: Chinquapin Tx
Where I hunt is public land. I hunt out of a pirogue and the lake I hunt is big water so I'm stuck hunting the island close to the bank. I went out this morning and there are blinds built on every island but no one hunting. I set up where I normally do with one of there blinds about 20 yards from me. I know it's public land but don't want to make anyone mad if they show up with me 20 yards away, but it's my only option with my setup. I hunt alone 99% of the time and am pretty new to duck hunting. Most people in this area are not the ones that say hey join our group or will join you if asked. I hate stepping on people's toes with the work they put into building these makeshift blinds every 3-400 yards apart.

I saw big groups landing near one island that they have built a blind on that takes up the whole circumference of the land probably 20x20' area that I'm really wanting to hunt but would have to pretty much set up and hunt out of their blind and really don't feel comfortable with doing that if they show up and start a confrontation.

What are y'all's opinions?

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#5416990 - 11/12/14 09:04 PM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: USMC89]
Dave Speer Offline


Registered: 12/27/07
Posts: 4548
Loc: Austin
If you get there first, hunt the blind. It's public land and I know how it is in the area you are hunting. It would be one thing if you were hunting out of blinds other people brushed up and built 7 days a week and you had other options but there isn't any way to get away from the blinds that someone already built, so just use them.
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#5416998 - 11/12/14 09:07 PM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: USMC89]
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Registered: 10/25/10
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Its public...... Doesn't mean they might not see it like that though but its not solely their land to use.
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#5417389 - 11/13/14 05:38 AM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: USMC89]
Streater Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 429
Loc: Lake X, Texas
If it was a blind that I build and I showed up and found someone in MY blind...I'd offer them a cup of coffee and ask if I could hunt with them. It's public land. If someone beats me to the spot I was wanting to hunt, it's up to ME to find a different spot or make a new friend.

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#5417417 - 11/13/14 06:18 AM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: Dave Speer]
Hopedale Offline
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Registered: 09/12/07
Posts: 5851
Loc: Central Texas
Originally Posted By: Dave Speer
If you get there first, hunt the blind. It's public land and I know how it is in the area you are hunting. It would be one thing if you were hunting out of blinds other people brushed up and built 7 days a week and you had other options but there isn't any way to get away from the blinds that someone already built, so just use them.


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#5417617 - 11/13/14 08:45 AM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: Hopedale]
Guy Online   content
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 25730
Loc: Lake X
First one to the spot gets it, unless they have a permit for that blind which some hunting areas allow. I hate permanent blinds on public, permanent blinds should be left for private water hunting.

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#5417634 - 11/13/14 08:53 AM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: USMC89]
Sooner N TX Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/02/10
Posts: 397
Loc: Garland, TX
The lake shore I frequent will have some pretty elaborate "temp" blinds set up. They are made out of brush and scrap. If I'm the first one there, its mine, if not, I move on down the line. First come - First served.

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#5417708 - 11/13/14 09:24 AM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: USMC89]
Cochise Offline
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Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 3574
Loc: Texas
I never understood why people want to build and leave blinds on public land.


If you're there first ask them to join if they show up, otherwise tell 'em to go kick rocks.

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#5417746 - 11/13/14 09:40 AM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: Cochise]
dfwguy Offline
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Registered: 09/22/10
Posts: 478
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: Cochise
I never understood why people want to build and leave blinds on public land.


If you're there first ask them to join if they show up, otherwise tell 'em to go kick rocks.


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#5417817 - 11/13/14 10:04 AM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: USMC89]
Moe #2 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 02/13/05
Posts: 390
Loc: dallas
Climb in and enjoy. If anyone wants to join in I will invite them.I dont really care who built the blind.But I hate to say that would only be where I dont normally hunt. If someone puts up a blind around my normal spots I erase it from the face of the earth. Hulls trash and anything that resembles a blind. Last thing I want is to have someone come by and see that there must be ducks in the area by all the hulls laying around a brush blind.

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#5417823 - 11/13/14 10:06 AM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: USMC89]
MoBettaHuntR Offline
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Registered: 10/29/14
Posts: 664
Loc: West is the best...
During the week especially don't feel bad the guys that built them are more than likely just hunting weekends.
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#5417824 - 11/13/14 10:07 AM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: USMC89]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25909
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
They should know better when they built the blind... hunt it don't worry about it be happy
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#5417849 - 11/13/14 10:14 AM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: USMC89]
Jeff Elder Offline
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Registered: 01/09/08
Posts: 6203
Loc: Weatherford/Albany / Matagorda...
Some old hard case public hunters I know would just burn it down
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#5417990 - 11/13/14 11:07 AM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: USMC89]
Dave Speer Offline


Registered: 12/27/07
Posts: 4548
Loc: Austin
The coast just plays by different rules, that's all. The outfitters go build the blinds and decoy them up so they can run as many groups as possible. Some decoy all the blinds and leave them out all season, some put out decoys when they put a customer in that blind.

It's REALLY big water and that's part of it, having blind setups for when the flight paths change. Add in mud, oysters, shallow water navigation, it just makes sense.
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#5418123 - 11/13/14 12:03 PM Re: What do y'all do? [Re: USMC89]
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Registered: 07/26/06
Posts: 13665
Loc: Black Dog, Texas
Torch it.
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