Ehtics Check: Cornfield Capers

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Ehtics Check: Cornfield Capers

Postby Ben Sobieck » February 27th, 2009, 5:18 am

Cornfield Capers

You're on a brief, hastily planned out-of-state hunt and devote the first
day to finding a spot to hunt. After a long afternoon of rejection, you
receive permission to hunt from a farmer who says he has a big flock of
birds working the brushy draw along his fields. He even points to a clump of
trees along a huge field of picked corn.

"They roost in several spots on the property," the kindly man says. "But
they always wind up right by that little cottonwood grove. That's where I'd
be sitting tomorrow morning."

Heeding the farmer's advice, you scurry to the tree patch the next morning
and set up your portable ground blind in the dark. As dawn breaks, the
nearby woods erupt with gobbling, and you call eagerly to coax the toms
toward your blind. Several birds reply, and to your delight, a lone strutter
appears at the field edge and starts toward you just as the sun rises. The
farmer's scouting report was dead on.

Then you see it -- a large pile of shelled corn 30 steps from your blind. No
wonder the turkeys like the spot. A grain truck or combine obviously had a
spill the previous fall. Your mental tug-of-war begins. In your quick scan
of the hunting regs, you didn't note that baiting is illegal in the state,
but you could have missed that. If baiting is a no-no, a conservation
officer could make a case that the corn pile lured you as readily as the
incoming tom. Incidentally, the bird has broken strut and is on his way. You
have seconds to decide your course of action, which is:

A) Stay put, and prepare for the shot. You didn't place the corn, and the
warden could never prove you intended to hunt by it. Plus, you're not even
certain the practice is illegal.

B) Stay in the blind, and watch the gobbler's actions. If he's coming to the
call and not the corn, you'll do nothing wrong by shooting him.

C) Bail out. Shooting any bird coming to an unnatural food source is not
right in your book, whether the practice is legal or not.

D) Bail out. Not reading the regs is your fault. Until you know the exact
definitions of baiting in the state, you cannot risk a ticket.

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RE: Ehtics Check: Cornfield Capers

Postby tracebusta32 » February 27th, 2009, 5:35 am

C) Bail out
I would give the borrowed blind back to TC and then go over to another area and try to call him up there.
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RE: Ehtics Check: Cornfield Capers

Postby wisturkeyhunter » February 27th, 2009, 5:56 am

E. None of the above.
I would have located a Tom that was still on the roost either that morning or the night before I got close to him before trying to call him across a field instead of just sitting in a predetermined spot.
Baiting isn't legal here but that would be.
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RE: Ehtics Check: Cornfield Capers

Postby icdedturkes » February 27th, 2009, 5:59 am

In my home state this would not be illegal. It is normal farming practice if you can prove it. But I assume it would not be difficult to prove freshly spread shell corn vs waste corn that would smell from sitting on the ground the year before.
Actually goose hunting sometimes it would look as if we are hunting a baited area, the geese concentrate in the fields where food is most readily availiable. As short as fall is here farmers are in a rush and sometimes over shoot the trucks, or some of the ol boys run them two row choppers knockin down corn rows in the middle of the field.
Would I set up here and whack a bird albeit legal, NO. I have too much confidence in my abilities whereas I could smoke one on another section of the farm.

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RE: Ehtics Check: Cornfield Capers

Postby Ozarks Hillbilly » February 27th, 2009, 6:24 am

C.Bail out
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RE: Ehtics Check: Cornfield Capers

Postby NYSuperSportsman » February 27th, 2009, 6:58 am

I would prolly bail out and find another angle on the turkey for the next day. 

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RE: Ehtics Check: Cornfield Capers

Postby pabeard buster » February 27th, 2009, 9:12 am

B. i dont see a diferance from hunting a plot to hunting a natural food sorce or puting turkeys to bed. ur just tring to increase your chances of seeing birds. but i would not shoot one wile it was eating. but if i could call it away from the feed, then id go for it. i hunt pa so plottings illegal ne way
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RE: Ehtics Check: Cornfield Capers

Postby Cut N Run » February 27th, 2009, 9:26 am

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ORIGINAL: Ben Sobieck

Cornfield Capers

Then you see it -- a large pile of shelled corn 30 steps from your blind. No
wonder the turkeys like the spot. A grain truck or combine obviously had a
spill the previous fall.

A corn spill won't last from fall to spring. [;)]

Same here. Deer, rabbits, squirrels, crows, & Turkeys would have cleaned it up months ago.
We don't have any corn to hunt near anyway.
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RE: Ehtics Check: Cornfield Capers

Postby greyghost » February 27th, 2009, 9:33 am

If I see a pile of corn that time of year I would have to say it was put there by someone and report it. I do not think a pile of corn would last from fall till spring. Never seen it happen on the dairy farm I grew up on.
Of cource I would not hunt there and move on. So 'C'

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RE: Ehtics Check: Cornfield Capers

Postby Turkeybuster » February 27th, 2009, 11:57 am

I would pass on the bird if there are that many birds on the farm and you have permission to hunt you can find another location to kill a bird.


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