Tugboatdude. He has been hunting for about 10 years and has really started to find his stride hunting the public marshes and swamps of Southern Virginia.
I generally understand my brother's mindset. He is a Father working multiple jobs with little spare time. So in the spare time he does have, he wants his outdoor activities to flow nicely - as we all do. For his situation, leasing land is ideal and more power to him. In fact, I have hunted his farm lease and thoroughly enjoyed the laid back "not in a hurry" feel. However, sometimes I have to do things that fit my bill. So, I really have no interest in leasing private land.
|The Gutrunner II|
I went deer hunting for the first time about 10 years ago and didn't hate it but it's not for me. Running dogs through the woods chasing a 75 pound deer while twenty grown men line the trees surrounding it..........not for me.My brother took me duck hunting around the same time period, my early twenties, and I was immediately hooked. Even though I never even got a shot at a bird until my fourth hunt. It started with a stationary blind, went to field goose hunts, then to guided hunts trying to learn better skills, and now I have my own boat. What I don't have is my own spots because I hunt on public property. So what if I took the money I put into the boat every year and leased a field or a farm?
|A hunting buddy, greenheads, public marsh,|
and your own boat = perfection!
Because I can't afford it! I know it seems like I spend a ton every year just to keep it going but the decent leases aren't cheap. I could join a club on the Eastern Shore of Va,which I was invited to do,for a price of $1,200/year. So what would I get? Access to a few decent fields that hold geese late in the season and a few ponds that hold residential mallards until the first freeze. I have hunted there, had a great time and seriously thought about joining.
So why not private land? Maybe it's because I'm stubborn. Maybe I like the feeling of accomplishment when I put my boat on birds that I found. Maybe I'm an idiot. One thing is for sure, if I had the money this wouldn't be an issue, I would do both, in South Dakota, in retirement. I can use the boat to get around to more than one area, I can and do use it for bass fishing all Spring and Summer. I'm really just searching for a solution. Unfortunately money doesn't grow on trees.
And all this talk about hunting has me geared up for September Goose season......bring it!