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Default A law that needs to be changed?

Not sure about this, but it seems there is a species of heron that is very common and not endangered. Anyone know anything about this? The link below tells the story. The feathers from this heron are being sold for spey hackle all over the world except the U.S. We apparently have a law forbidding the importation of any heron feathers, endangered or not.
Anyway, here is the link. It also has pics of lots of spey flies for you guys.

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There's no reason to change a law that protects all migratory birds just so fly tiers can have yet another material
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Default Re: A law that needs to be changed?

Riptide has said all that is necessary in reply to this topic.

I vote for the Moderator to close this thread and delete this post.

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Default Re: A law that needs to be changed?

Good point. But there are folks who have licenses who raise and sell many types of migratory birds in this country. Game Bird Gazette lists everything from Trumpeter swans to Canvasback ducks for sale. Seems like someone could begin raising herons for their feathers.
Are there any entrepreneurial fly tiers out there?
Anyway, Game Bird Gazette might be a good source of hard to find feathers.
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I have to agree. Particularly when there are legal substitutes available. In the link you posted, that seller says that heron is a better material, but that's an opinion. I see no reason to change a law simply based on opinions about what is or isn't a better fly tying material.
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And this has exactly what to do with coldwater fly fishing???
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I believe because the material in question is used for tying spey flies?

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Hhahahaha yea but then should it not have gone in the Spey section. Seriously the only thing going on in there right now is my lame report from Saturday. I say lame because I only caught a skunk. I haven't posted a report in a while here so I figured I should put something up.
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I'm a lifelong bird hunter, but even if it was legal, I can't imagine shooting a heron. For any reason, but least of all, just for its feathers.
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Wouldn't shoot one myself but the law doesn't even allow using a dead/roadkill bird's feathers and I've left a couple now that could have been put to good use including a Great Blue Heron.
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