j.digiacomo wrote:^^what he said. maybe the quail population will benefit...
Montauker wrote:ohioboy wrote: not a lot of nesting going on in a corn field.
You do know that the vast majority of the ducks that we get down here don't nest here.
Montauker wrote:Winter wheat however is an excellent nesting cover that we already have, so that would also go away.
The only hunting benefit that would possibly come from loosing 600K acres of farmland would be that hopefully the bay grasses would return and with it the ducks. Goose hunting would be negatively affected both for snows and canadas. NY, PA, and NJ would become the new goose meccas.
Lease prices would probably sky rocket for several years, until the geese stopped coming here (see North Carolina as an example).
Montauker wrote:OB- I'm not sure who you mean when you say "will get them too".
I agree with you, the article is worthless without citation to a reliable source.
If lease prices go up and forces people to hunt free ducks and there are less free ducks then it will impact you.
razorrt5 wrote:Got to tell you guys, I grew up in harford county and moved to MInnesota 2 years ago (wife's family in the area) I always poke in and out to see what you guys are talking about and whats going on back home....(still come home for holidays and do deer and goose/duck hunting with family and friends) after living out here and seeing how the game and fish depts out west (MN,ND, SD) operate, the way DNR and gov't in MD operates toward hunters and hunting opportunities is atrocious. none of the crap they pull in Maryland would stand a chance out here.
Also a lot your ducks are siting out back in the sloughs/ lakes around my house lol... I got to tell ya the numbers for ducks this year will be good, SD,ND and MN had really wet springs so we had the perfect conditions for nesting. Some of the reports I have seen show eastern dakotas and western MN was not great conditions but they conducted those surveys about a 2 week before birds starting settling in and the rain came (due to it being a late spring) so looking good for the fall! just in the two sloughs next to my neighborhood we got blue wing teal, mallards, coots, pintails, wood duck, hooded mergansers, buffleheads, geese and seen a few canvasbacks, gadwall and green wings around too.
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