olddkguide wrote:Florida's Game and Fish Commission did a study around twentyfive to thirty years ago. Birds were taken and blood samples checked for a specific parasite that is only in birds in that neck of the woods. I was involved in helping collect the birds and samples - Florida basically proved that most of the birds present this time of year are resident birds - and that is why they get to shoot woodducks this time of year.
As was said above, it started as an experimental season 20 something years ago. Tennessee and Kentucky also participate, so it is not just limited to Florida. Had Georgia elected to participate years ago, they would probably still be hunting wood ducks early like the others. The USFWS was going to discontinue it, but the three states pushed to continue it and they approved. Basically the study has shown two things. First, the early season has no significant impact on the population. Secondly, almost all of the birds killed during the early season were hatched and raised in the state in which they will killed, so it wasn't like they are takeing birds raised in another state like you would in the late season. I guess since it is still an "experimental" season, the other states can't get in on it now.
I have read a detail report on all of this somewhere, but I can't find it. This link, however, touches on it if you are interested.http://www.courier-journal.com/article/ ... wl+preview