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Old 05-17-2017, 10:01 PM   #1
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I think I had heard at one time that you can not use a layout boat in Pool 9 or 10 on the Mississippi River. Is there any truth to this? I have not tried to wade through the Fed Regs yet.
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Well I have witnessed guys using them on pool 9 for the last 5 years and pool 10 probably 6 years ago. So either I have ran into illegal hunters every year or it's legal to use them.
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Can't say I've ever heard of a rule like this on the Mississippi. I know you can't use sink boxes, but it's been that way for more years than I've been alive.
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Don't believe there's anything about it but I know there used to be a law where you had to be so close to vegetation or land. So if you plan on sitting out in the middle id check that out.
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Completely legal on the Wisconsin side so long as you are no farther than 100ft from shore line.

Page 7, section 3 http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/wm/WM0010.pdf
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Completely legal on the Wisconsin side so long as you are no farther than 100ft from shore line.
100ft isn't that far from shore at all.
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Don't believe there's anything about it but I know there used to be a law where you had to be so close to vegetation or land. So if you plan on sitting out in the middle id check that out.
First year I really started hunting up there a lot was about six years ago and the first morning I saw a guy (who I'm sure is probably a member of the site) with a sweet air boat pulling a big float pod which was painted flat grey so I'm assuming he would be hunting pretty open water.
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Thanks for the info. I have read that Wisconsin makes you stay close to shore, and I think there is rules on natural vegetation. I usually only hunt the Iowa side anyway. I also plan to use a layout more in the back waters than out on the lakes.
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There is a section above Dubuque that is marked. No open water hunting.
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Thanks for the info. I have read that Wisconsin makes you stay close to shore, and I think there is rules on natural vegetation. I usually only hunt the Iowa side anyway. I also plan to use a layout more in the back waters than out on the lakes.

The rules for the UMNWR are different than our inland waterways, but once you go beyond 100ft on the UMNWR the inland concealment rules apply.
Then throw in our open water lakes for even more reading.
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First year I really started hunting up there a lot was about six years ago and the first morning I saw a guy (who I'm sure is probably a member of the site) with a sweet air boat pulling a big float pod which was painted flat grey so I'm assuming he would be hunting pretty open water.
Yea I've seen him a few times he isn't around to much unless he runs a different boat too.
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Read the rules carefully in WI.
We used to hunt scaup by tying up to an above water stump and calling it "emergent vegetation". The DNR lost their argument on that one enough times, so now stumps are specifically listed as not qualifying as emerging vegetation.
The cover that you are near must offer "partial concealment".....a very open ended definition. Always go to court where common sense may prevail on interpretation.
You can only go a short distance from your decoys for a short period of time while they are set also.
I have heard that the WI DNR is primarily staffed with wildlife biologists who don't hunt and think they are doing their job if they don't let you hunt when or where the ducks can be taken on the Mississippi.

In contrast, in Nebraska on the Missouri, You can build permanent blinds and leave hundreds of decoys out all season. I know one guy who has four setup like that on the same body of water, pretty much controlling many tens of acres of hunting. Curious on a federal waterway.
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