I like what they've done with this closure. Best thing I've seen come from the DWR in a while.
Vanilla, as you stated, many people are passionate about shed hunting, I agree. You are (or I would assume from post's) are passionate about fly fishing. What if the DWR closed fishing to all fisherpeople when the fish are in the spawn. (I know it's a weird scenario) to boost the survival rate of the eggs being stomped on the redds from fishermen. Please don't take this comment as being aggressive to you! After reading some of the post's, I had to mention the idea as it came into my head.It's a big deal to those that really love to go out and look for sheds. It takes away something that people usually get to do each year and love doing it. I get it. I also get why they are saying we shouldn't do it for a while. Their job is to protect and manage wildlife, and this is something they can do to do just that.
I'm not going to get into the "why can you walk your dog but I can't pick up a shed" discussion for reasons I already mentioned above that the DWR is limited in what they can regulate. That said, it is entirely inconsistent for the DWR to have this shed closure in place while allowing people to head out on those other activities on lands the DWR can regulate access to. They should be closing those WMAs they control entirely if they are putting in a shed gathering closure. And also that the shed closure spans beyond the spring turkey hunts. Turkey hunters won't impact wildlife, but shed hunters will? And maybe they are trying to preserve the turkey hunts and not have everyone head out all at once during the hunts? But that does feel inconsistent to me.
(Full disclosure - I have never picked up a single shed in my life.)
It depends on the mushroom, and if you partake of a certain mushroom, prior to the commencement of the hunt. "Far out Man".Unrelated but somewhat related:
I recently heard that using mushroom glasses like this Fungeyes Mushroom Hunting Glasses are useful for shed hunting.
anyone else heard this?