One thing's for sure, KDWP&T initiative to get more people to KS to hunt is working!
Yep. I've hunted 28 days so far this season (including Early Teal Season), every one at the Bottoms. The OOS tags on the trucks in the parking lots have outnumbered Barton County tags, easily. Yesterday there were two trucks in the lot when I got back; one with Arkansas plates, on with N. Carolina plates. It's gotten to the point that it doesn't surprise me any more.
Talked to two very nice retired gentlemen from Arkansas on Friday, they had a 16 footer with a full blind and only an electric trolling motor for propulsion. It was blowing 35mph and they were worried about putting in. I gave them two good options, and they took off to explore one of them. Hope they were able to get into a few ducks. Some OOS'ers, I don't mind.
So far, it hasn't been a bad season. I have found that I have to move around, find different spots, change tactics, etc. much more often than in previous seasons. The birds are heavily pressured here and will not fall for "business as usual". Yesterday, I noticed for the first time that the ducks would flare...big time....(and just be GONE) from the boat that was parked 100 yards away. In other years, they would just ignore it. Only once in the past years have I seen ducks take alarm at my boat. In fact, early this season, we had birds flying within 30 yards of the parked boats and even landing within 25 yards of them. No longer....