This is high comedy:
DU is to blame for short stopping the mallard migration because of "cheap" 83 degree geothermal wells drilled by their donors on private land that those donors in turn take "write offs".
it has nothing to do with the fact that there was no snow cover to speak of this year North of Arkansas and Tennessee, nor that the major rivers and reservoirs in the same direction never froze.
We had the best season ever on our farm. But, the mallard mix was 1/3rd what is normally is of the aggregate bag, and 1/4th of the mallard mix for the 2008/09 season. Mallards are the most weather sensitive ducks. The rest migrate on photo period. And I personally believe our succes was due to Ducks Unlimiteds 75 years of preserving habitat and lobbying Congress on behalf of wetlands preservation, and oh yes, also because there was record water on the breeding grounds this year.
i suppose Ducks Unlimited is to blame for all of the giant freshwater impoundments being built on the coast of Southwest Louisiana in recent years by private landowners to hold ducks ?