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    Quote Originally Posted by A5 Sweet 16 View Post
    Gonna let benellibygolly handle most of this (if he even cares). But most of you guys know me well enough to expect some sort of response. I'll bite.

    I agree that you're bound to attract some unwanted attention.....but I'm guessing they were split up: 1 truck, 2-3 guys, 1 dog, probably out in the middle of BFE. Rude?? Offensive?? How so??
    all 3 trucks go different directions everyday. we never see each other until dark, so NO, we are not converging an assault on a ditch line or farm. 3 to a truck, 1-2 german short hairs out at a time, sometimes we walk, sometimes we follow the dogs in truck. when they point, we get out and walk up. we have handicap parking passes, and SD disabled hunter permits. we cannot walk far or in thick grass. we just idle along all day waiting for the dogs to point. not a WAR to draw attention, just occasional shooting. if my dog crosses fence, (which is rare) i tone her to get back in ditch. i dont go looking for trouble, and dont want any. most farmers wave or stop if they have time and talk. one just got butt hurt. HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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    Quote Originally Posted by benellibygolly View Post
    all 3 trucks go different directions everyday. we never see each other until dark, so NO, we are not converging an assault on a ditch line or farm. 3 to a truck, 1-2 german short hairs out at a time, sometimes we walk, sometimes we follow the dogs in truck. when they point, we get out and walk up. we have handicap parking passes, and SD disabled hunter permits. we cannot walk far or in thick grass. we just idle along all day waiting for the dogs to point. not a WAR to draw attention, just occasional shooting. if my dog crosses fence, (which is rare) i tone her to get back in ditch. i dont go looking for trouble, and dont want any. most farmers wave or stop if they have time and talk. one just got butt hurt. HAPPY THANKSGIVING
    before someone asks, the reason we have disabled hunter permits and parking permits, 1 is PURPLE HEART/COMBAT WOUNDED and I am also a Veteran, disabled, but not service connected disabled. we just like to hunt, but cant walk.

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    Thank you for your service Benellibygolly!!!!...and for the way that you responded to the unwarranted criticism, through education and not negatively reacting to an inappropriate post. Thanks again for your service and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Ditto. We appreciate your service, benellibygolly. Doesn't sound rude or offensive to me. In fact, it's a PERFECT example of why hunting public rights-of-way in SD should remain legal. Other than the rare exception, I'll bet you have LOTS of people (farmers, hunters, whoever) who stop to chat & see how it's going & it never crosses their minds that you're doing something that's in any way strange or inappropriate.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    Ditto here too Benellibygolly your service is appreciated! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and your families!

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    You also handled some potential criticism well I'd say!

    I haven't hunted ditches for awhile, but it used to be all I'd hunt. Before I had a dog they were a great way to hunt because the birds didn't have much escape route besides flying. Find a road with ditches of decent cover and picked corn fields on both sides. Park and walk a section down on one side, then walk the other side back to the vehicle. When I first got my dog 6 years ago I did a bit of it, but have slowly gotten away from it. A barbed wire fence doesn't do much to slow down a dog that is dead set on retrieving a running rooster, and I started getting more joy over watching a dog work in big fields. That said, ditches do have their time and place and I hope they always stay public and are used for the right reasons!

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    McFarmer, yes there are quite a few signs in Western Mn stating no hunting due to the buffer laws for any questions please contact your governor. I have spoken to a few of the farmers and it's all about compensation for those buffer acres. One farmer mentioned he lost 25 acres and it's costing him quite a bit of cash. The question I have is that by tiling and taking out wetlands has he not gained quite a bit of additional acres that more than compensate him for the 25 lost? This is a hard topic as I also own land and don't agree with the government telling me what to do with the land on I own.

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    Ive said it for years. End all annual payment programs. That money is wasted. Put every dollar into land acquisition and management.

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    Benellibygolly, thanks for your service and their is nothing wrong with hunting ditches... it's a shame the area I hunt most all cut their ditches. Quite a few lodges in the area and I'm sure that is why they mow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drake1 View Post
    McFarmer, yes there are quite a few signs in Western Mn stating no hunting due to the buffer laws for any questions please contact your governor. I have spoken to a few of the farmers and it's all about compensation for those buffer acres. One farmer mentioned he lost 25 acres and it's costing him quite a bit of cash. The question I have is that by tiling and taking out wetlands has he not gained quite a bit of additional acres that more than compensate him for the 25 lost? This is a hard topic as I also own land and don't agree with the government telling me what to do with the land on I own.

    But weren’t those acres already his ?

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