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Re: pick up your shells
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2021, 09:12:13 AM »
When duck hunting, some places are really hard to find all your shells.  That said, you can almost always easily find other people shells and have more coming out than you went in with.
Not always a good idea to pick up others I learned this season.  I picked up a bag full and brought them out and the game warden was counting empty shells.  Fortunately they were multiple different brands, various corrosion to the metal etc.  If your in a 15 shell restriction, I will only account for what I brought in.
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Re: pick up your shells
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2021, 09:13:51 AM »
The two pass shooting spots on Fir always have lots of empties laying around in front and on the back side of the dike.  Have watched lots of folks burn through boxes of shells shooting at geese that are way to high.

Nothing is too high to shoot at on Fir Island! You are just not exerting yourself... It is not a good hunt unless you shoot at least three boxes of 3 1/2's and then leave the empty shells there.

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Re: pick up your shells
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2021, 09:48:42 AM »
When duck hunting, some places are really hard to find all your shells.  That said, you can almost always easily find other people shells and have more coming out than you went in with.
Not always a good idea to pick up others I learned this season.  I picked up a bag full and brought them out and the game warden was counting empty shells.  Fortunately they were multiple different brands, various corrosion to the metal etc.  If your in a 15 shell restriction, I will only account for what I brought in.

Good point, I forgot I had the same thing happen last season during a license check.  They were largely rusty and obviously not from that day so the warden thanked me, but if you bring out a pile of fresh ones I could see that ruining your spirit of cleaning up after other people.

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Re: pick up your shells
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2021, 09:52:30 AM »
When duck hunting, some places are really hard to find all your shells.  That said, you can almost always easily find other people shells and have more coming out than you went in with.
Not always a good idea to pick up others I learned this season.  I picked up a bag full and brought them out and the game warden was counting empty shells.  Fortunately they were multiple different brands, various corrosion to the metal etc.  If your in a 15 shell restriction, I will only account for what I brought in.

Good point, I forgot I had the same thing happen last season during a license check.  They were largely rusty and obviously not from that day so the warden thanked me, but if you bring out a pile of fresh ones I could see that ruining your spirit of cleaning up after other people.
I wonder what happens if they stop to check you and you have no shells to show. Do they give you a ticket for littering?
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Re: pick up your shells
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2021, 09:58:59 AM »
When duck hunting, some places are really hard to find all your shells.  That said, you can almost always easily find other people shells and have more coming out than you went in with.
Not always a good idea to pick up others I learned this season.  I picked up a bag full and brought them out and the game warden was counting empty shells.  Fortunately they were multiple different brands, various corrosion to the metal etc.  If your in a 15 shell restriction, I will only account for what I brought in.

Good point, I forgot I had the same thing happen last season during a license check.  They were largely rusty and obviously not from that day so the warden thanked me, but if you bring out a pile of fresh ones I could see that ruining your spirit of cleaning up after other people.
I wonder what happens if they stop to check you and you have no shells to show. Do they give you a ticket for littering?
Not sure.  But I did see the warden go and looking around the area a group of kids were hunting.  They had shot probably a 120 shots between the 4 of them in a 15 shell area.  I think the warden had seen them making multiple trips back to the parking area as well.  I heard the next day all 4 received tickets.
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Re: pick up your shells
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2021, 10:11:57 AM »
These are all good reasons to pick up your shells. Another good reason: so other hunters won't stumble across your empties and find your "secret" spot! When I was starting out on public land years ago, I found some of my favorite mallard holes cause other hunters had left a pile of empty shells on the shore.

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Re: pick up your shells
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2021, 11:14:07 AM »
These are all good reasons to pick up your shells. Another good reason: so other hunters won't stumble across your empties and find your "secret" spot! When I was starting out on public land years ago, I found some of my favorite mallard holes cause other hunters had left a pile of empty shells on the shore.

 :yeah: I'm all for clean lands, but this is always on my mind in my spots  :chuckle:

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Re: pick up your shells
« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2021, 10:08:02 AM »
Dog and I were hunting the Potholes and stumbled across the most well made, from all natural stuff, blind I have ever seen. Then or since. I would not have seen it except the dog was sniffing around the edge of it. They had also left all their empties inside. We made use of the blind! Picked the hulls up since they were a different gauge (I shoot 16 gauge) so no issues with picking up those empties.
They spent some time setting it up, I will say. Very well done.

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Re: pick up your shells
« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2021, 11:28:51 AM »
While I try to pick up my hulls, I won't stop a hunt to search them out.  Who here finds all of their shells? 
We hunt public and nothing screams "this spot is good" like a pile of fresh, not rusted hulls.  To that end we do carefully search out all of our hulls.  We have some honey holes that don't get hit by other guys and the last thing I want to do is leave a clue that they should set up and hunt it. I also pick up hulls because it is the right thing to do.

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Re: pick up your shells
« Reply #24 on: May 24, 2021, 01:29:00 PM »
Always pick up my empties and other trash and I agree that if I find a spot with a pile of fresh evidence of a good spot, I'm sure going to give it a try.

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Re: pick up your shells
« Reply #25 on: May 24, 2021, 01:36:44 PM »
Always pick up my empties and other trash and I agree that if I find a spot with a pile of fresh evidence of a good spot, I'm sure going to give it a try.

I always pick up my empties and then some.  Then I dump them somewhere I don't want to hunt to draw people off the X.

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Re: pick up your shells
« Reply #26 on: May 24, 2021, 09:02:25 PM »
A game warden shouldn't (and really can't) write you a ticket for having over 15 empties in a 15 shell limit location...for one, you are picking up trash and it's highly unlikely that if you took more than 15 shells into that area that you are sportsman enough to carry out your own trash...secondly, empty hulls are just that and not legally "shells" so if you get a ticket, just take it to court and ask the court the definition of the 15 shell limit, i.e. the definition of a "shell" which is a hull, primer, powder, wad and shot...an empty is literally just a piece of brass and plastic. It's the same as if a youngster brought out a bag full of crushed and empty beer cans and the gamie wants to write them a ticket for possessing alcohol...its just a container.

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