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    Its been a few years since I hunted ducks and recently purchased my dream boat (2372 war eagle LDBR) so I am planning on getting back into it shortly. I remember there being a limit to how far from shore you could hunt and after reading all the regulations I cannot seem to find the answer. Could anyone point me in the right direction to find this or has this rule since been removed?

    As a side note, is there anything I should do to protect my engine if I hunt late season in potentially freezing temps or should that be avoided to protect the engine?

    Thanks for the help

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    300m from emergent vegetation.

    Are there Canadian dealers for the War Eagles? I have been considering the Blackhawk 961 but cant find a dealer to see them live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrdryk1 View Post
    300m from emergent vegetation.

    Are there Canadian dealers for the War Eagles? I have been considering the Blackhawk 961 but cant find a dealer to see them live.
    This is NOT the case on all bodies of water, and in fact is just inaccurate information.

    In places like Long Point Bay the rule is NO FURTHER than 300m from emergent vegetation to protect rafting birds.

    Figure out where you want to hunt, and check the township firearm discharge bylaws to determine any distance related rules. There is no one catch all rule, it’s different everywhere.

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    ^^ what he said. Every municipality has different discharge and distance rules. You are much better off educating yourself then taking the chance on what someone said online. Every township will have bi-law regulations some are much harder to find then others. You'll need to put some computer time and a few phone calls in to get accurate information but that time is well worth the investment. If you do your do diligence and have some paper work and your ducks in a row even if you do get checked you will be much better of by being able to provide all that information to the police or wardens. Pick which area your looking at hunting in and research that area. You will find the info you need. If you don't have that time available look at hunting area's like Rondeau Bay, Hullet or Long Point they all have public access areas where you can pay a small fee and get out!

    Glad to see your getting back into it and good luck, nothing like waterfowl hunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprite View Post
    This is NOT the case on all bodies of water, and in fact is just inaccurate information.

    In places like Long Point Bay the rule is NO FURTHER than 300m from emergent vegetation to protect rafting birds.

    Figure out where you want to hunt, and check the township firearm discharge bylaws to determine any distance related rules. There is no one catch all rule, it’s different everywhere.

    -N
    What he said ^^^

    I grew up in Fort Erie hunting with my Dad on the shore of Lake Erie.
    Over time, the spot we hunted went through a transition of allowable limits. First the shoreline was fine. Next you had to be off the shoreline. No distance was stated so guys were hunting from hip waders standing a few feet from shore, or in a boat tied along the shore.
    Today it's you have to be 300m from shore out in the Lake. So you need about 50-80' of string on every decoy.
    I haven't hunted there in years but last time I checked no one hunted there anymore.
    You have to check your local regulations and township maps for this info. It is different depending on where you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrdryk1 View Post
    300m from emergent vegetation.

    Are there Canadian dealers for the War Eagles? I have been considering the Blackhawk 961 but cant find a dealer to see them live.
    No, The boat was purchased from a dealer in Michigan and brought over.

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    Thanks for all the great info, I now have a direction to take so thanks for that. I will contact Chatham kent as I will be hunting rondeau and mitchells bay/lake st clair. I'm just trying to make sure I'm following all the rules and giving the other guys out there their space.

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    How many of you guys find these setback rules in your specific bylaws? I'm just curious how many municipalities have jurisdiction beyond the water line. For example, one Township I hunt has 100m setback from "any public place" however one spot I know is heavily hunted from the water next to a municipal park.(also checked by CO'S regularly)

    I haven't encountered it, but it seems to be more common with the great lakes from what I've read on the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dean.f View Post
    How many of you guys find these setback rules in your specific bylaws? I'm just curious how many municipalities have jurisdiction beyond the water line. For example, one Township I hunt has 100m setback from "any public place" however one spot I know is heavily hunted from the water next to a municipal park.(also checked by CO'S regularly)

    I haven't encountered it, but it seems to be more common with the great lakes from what I've read on the forum.
    The way I see it, no township or municipality has jurisdiction on the Great Lakes or any other large body of public water -- I know where you're talking about Dean. Sure, it's in the bylaw, but good luck to them if they ever decide to lay that charge.

    Not encouraging anyone, but just stating what I've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klums View Post
    Thanks for all the great info, I now have a direction to take so thanks for that. I will contact Chatham kent as I will be hunting rondeau and mitchells bay/lake st clair. I'm just trying to make sure I'm following all the rules and giving the other guys out there their space.
    Rondeau has a hunting Unit, so call the Unit office.

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