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Title: Electronic decoys will be legal again next season? Is this a rumor?
Post by: Badhabit on April 17, 2018, 12:01:09 PM
I heard from a friend who heard from a friend that electronic decoys will be legal next year and the goose season will be extended towards the end of Feb. I hope this is true. I'd love to whach and stack geese for an extra month.
Title: Re: Electronic decoys will be legal again next season? Is this a rumor?
Post by: HaydenHunter on April 17, 2018, 06:00:28 PM
badhabit,

See the Spring Snow Goose thread on this forum and look for the link to the proposals by WA fish and wildlife.  They refer to extended season.  Not sure whether spinning wing decoys will be discussed.
Title: Re: Electronic decoys will be legal again next season? Is this a rumor?
Post by: Stein on April 17, 2018, 06:04:33 PM
I sure hope not, that would get pretty expensive.
Title: Re: Electronic decoys will be legal again next season? Is this a rumor?
Post by: Bob33 on April 17, 2018, 06:09:07 PM
https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regulations/2018/wsr_18-03-177.pdf

These were the proposed changes considered this past weekend by the Commission. I see no mention of decoys, so it would be incorrect to state or assume at this time that any change would be made next year.

It was considered in 2011 but denied.
Title: Re: Electronic decoys will be legal again next season? Is this a rumor?
Post by: Bucks2Ducks on April 17, 2018, 08:26:22 PM
A few years ago WDFW let us take a vote to see if it was something that was worth pursuing. It said to legalize electric decoys we would have to either shorten our seasons or limits. WA has one of the longest seasons and highest bag limits for waterfowl in the country.
90% of the days I’m shooting ducks or geese I have wind and wouldn’t waste batteries anyway. I hope things just stay the way they are.
Title: Re: Electronic decoys will be legal again next season? Is this a rumor?
Post by: heronblu on April 17, 2018, 08:30:12 PM
A few years ago WDFW let us take a vote to see if it was something that was worth pursuing. It said to legalize electric decoys we would have to either shorten our seasons or limits. WA has one of the longest seasons and highest bag limits for waterfowl in the country.
90% of the days I’m shooting ducks or geese I have wind and wouldn’t waste batteries anyway. I hope things just stay the way they are.

I couldn't agree more. On days where there is no wind it forces me to be creative with jerk lines, more attractive spreads, and better calling. No electronic decoys make me a better hunter.
Title: Re: Electronic decoys will be legal again next season? Is this a rumor?
Post by: Gopackers on April 18, 2018, 09:24:41 AM
I heard that the Oregon F & W Department was being pitched on allowing electronic decoys for the 2019 season, so I'm guessing if approved, could at some point bring WA into the fold? I've not seen anything about WA commission considering it, even though our new Waterfowl Director came from Alaska, where they were legal for hunting waterfowl.
Title: Re: Electronic decoys will be legal again next season? Is this a rumor?
Post by: Special T on April 18, 2018, 10:24:44 AM
They did extend the goose seasin into Feb but it costs us other days in the season.

Nothing was mentioned about decoys, and I like the jerk cord/wind duck setups. Seem like batteries fail when it's cold windy duck hunting anyway. 2c

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Title: Re: Electronic decoys will be legal again next season? Is this a rumor?
Post by: AL WORRELLS KID on May 03, 2018, 10:40:48 AM
 My favorite day to use a Jerk String Decoy Set Up is on Opening Day of Duck Hunting Season on one of the small "Seep Lakes" near The Potholes Reservoir. After the initial Skybusting is over and the whirlwind of local ducks is still spiraling up high in the sky, my wrist starts moving and so do the Decoys. As soon as they spot the movement below, it's like you had a "Tractor Beam" pointed at the sky. The whole flock heading into the spread feet first!  :tup:
Doug