KO wrote:well to you guys who think the birds are yet to come, think about this
Nesting success in 1955 for ducks was 21%
Nesting success in 1972 dropped to 15%
Nesting success in 1992 dropped to 10%
see a trend?
Assuming the trend continues and with the loss of habitat to agriculture and predators having an easier time finding the nest in this shrinking enviroment, there is no reason to believe it hasn't. The nesting success now is in all probability in single digits.
Now consider that a minimum of 12 to 20% is needed to make any increase in the population.
Now consider a long season with high limits and a low nest success rate....Do you really believe that we are now not shooting our base/breeding population......
All I can say is this: Wake up or enjoy your seasons now because the end is coming
KO wrote:Unfortunately yes I do...When a top bbiologist said the day is coming when we wil always have ducks to look at, but not to hunt...and I see the change....yes I believe it...........And part of the problem is hunters are to trusting to raise any stink....
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