dog walker wrote:The sad part is with the amount of duck hunters we have in this state we have a very low percentage participating in these surveys.
Assault wrote:Why don't we have a longer break between splits? 5 days isn't a lot of time for the birds to rest
deliriousII wrote:So these "tentative dates" are more than likely going to be the ones we have to follow?
Louisiana has never had 5-day splits or divided youth hunts, and I'm undecided about both. For guys that hunt weekends, a 5-day split is no split at all. I also don't have a good feeling for what it will mean for the birds, but I've heard a growing number of arguments from West and East Zone hunters that the split causes a loss of good hunting days in December, when birds are migrating into the state, only so we can hunt later in January, when the hunting is tougher and less successful. That attitude clearly was NOT shared by the majority of people who participated in the survey, where the 5-day split option was overwhelmed by the later-date option.
So West and East Zone hunters have a couple of new season components, and I'll be very interested in getting your feedback as the season progresses.
Ducaholic wrote:If my memory serves me correctly that's not true. When I made my first presentation before the Commission for more December days you provided me with information that showed we have in fact had 5 day splits in the East Zone on two occassions. Coincidentally those two years were the leading harvest years for mallards at that time since the inception of AHM. Seems like the 2000 and 2004 seasons come to mind. Robert Helm was still the Waterfowl Study Leader at that time so it's been a while.
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