My BIL just called and told me that one of the holes that we have hunted occasionally on Black River got "red-lined" by AGFC!!!
It was nothing that we had done, but apparently last season some folks from Tennessee had been hunting this same hole. That's all good. We hit it a time or two early in the season, and a couple of times late last year when we got there folks were set up in it, so we went to the "big hole" close by.
Anyway, the hole as it sat didn't appeal to them so they cleared out some trees, left their dekes and then abandoned it. AGFC came in and sat up on it, as the clearing had been outside of regs!! They then pulled the dekes at the close of the season and "tagged" it.
Now not only did they (OOSers) screw themselves and never returned... they have screwed it up for everyone! It now has signs and paint indicating that it is not to be entered during the open days of the season.
This was a sweet late season hole. It was narrow and long and depending on the wind you could set up to either end of it and have ducks to work pretty good when they were hole shy of other places. The trees, that were basicially scrub brush; actually acted to funnel the ducks to either end and made for a good hole. Plus they provided a good natural blind in the center!
I had nicknamed it "the landing strip" as it was similar to a runway from overhead. Yeah it had obstructions down the center, but the ducks would glide in and hit the holes to either end!! Now, it's TOAST!!!!
Like I said, it wasn't a perfect hole, and we rarely hit it. But when things got tense, it was a go-to hole!!!
I'm not sure now how long we'll have to leave it....... it SUCKS!!!