I have went out to pick up my decoys this past week and noticed a substantial amount of ducks are here now. I've noticed on migration reports, la sportsman, etc that people want to hunt in Feb. That got me to thinking about something, look at the cold temps, snow, and ice that we have been having this season. Yet, the ducks never showed. Last year it was a ton of ducks that showed in Feb. I drove through a couple of rice fields this week and noticed that they aren't flooded anymore.' If the fields are being drained due to the fact its not hunting season anymore, anybody could put common logic together and see why ducks are everywhere. They have got to find a place to go. If all fields are being drained from here all the way north, for planting season, its quite possible thats why they have shown up. The gadwalls even made a appearance finally. Last year, was a great year, but i saw tons more in February. I have also considered the fact that no pressure on them is also bringing them back. A friend of mine was coming in from offshore a few weeks back and told me it was countless ducks right off the coast. Said he flew right over them in the helicopter coming back and wishes he had a camera. It is many factors contributing to the lack of ducks. I will be writing this season off as a delayed migration, but if they get a early spring on the breeding grounds, i will be paying attention next year at this time.