I live and hunt in a state that enjoys an early teal-only season. Here's my take on it:
It provides an additional Opening Day to our seasons (and KS has plenty, with season splits in four different state zones). You can't have too many opening days.
It provides additional duck hunting days in a given season.
It does not seem to "educate" big birds, since there is a time lag between the closing of Teal Season and the opening of regular duck season. Also, in that regard, it is during that time of the year when new birds are constantly moving down the flyway and any big bird that experiences a hunter (or a hundred hunters) during the Teal Season will be long gone by the time the regular season commences...to be replaced by new birds from further north.
Yes, a few non-legal/non-target birds are killed. It's sad, but it happens. I don't think it's a valid reason to NOT have a Teal Season, after all, non-legal birds are killed every day during the regular season (grebes, herons, cormorants, gulls, terns, blackbirds, etc.) and I don't see any great hue-and-cry raised to eliminate the regular season
because of that.
No "oops bird" allowed! It's a TEAL Season, not a teal-and-any-other-duck-you-care-to-shoot season.
If it's too warm(too many mosquitoes) for you, then stay home and watch Days of Our Lives, in air conditioned comfort. You aren't being forced to go hunting.
Too many teal killed?? The whole reason behind an Early Teal Season is to give hunters access to birds....BW teal specifically....that normally are vastly UNDER-harvested. You may not like
seeing other hunters come out of the marsh carrying 4-6 Bluewings each, but they aren't hurting the BW population one bit.
I hope you guys in Minnesota get an Early Teal Season. You will love it, I promise.
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