Omaha Clucker wrote:I hope we push the goose seasons as late as possible. Had great hunting in January this past season. I'd love if we could duck hunt into January too, that's when we really started seeing mallards
It'll be interesting to see what they choose for dates. Like I mentioned before, in previous years Feb 9th was the latest we were allowed, looks like they've granted an extra week and the hunter survey they sent out didn't have an option for this late of a season, although the resounding opinion at the meeting was for as late of a season as possible (with the exception of the North Central Unit, everyone else wanted to hunt til Feb 9th). The late ducks is something I contended with them, as we currently only have one season open until January 1st or after. I'm of the opinion that there shouldn't be a duck season that closes before the 1st, as the week between Christmas and New Years is one of the best times for duck hunting both in numbers and people having a chance to hunt, yet, all but 1 season is closed at that time.
I'm still not sure why we split the Low Plains Early zone last year, as we split it into Zones 2 & 4 and gave it THE EXACT SAME SEASON DATES. If you are wondering what the significance of this is, by making Nebraska 4 zone state, we have taken away our option for a split season (I would like to see the week over Christmas, but any split is nice, allows for Early Open and Late Close, everyone wins) as the Feds do not allow 4 zone states to have a split.
If it were up to me I would have a Low Plains Zone (Zones 2 & 4 combined, but only Eastern half of state, no high plains split), a High Plains zone (Basically the Mallard Management Unit that currently gets the duck season in January) and a River zone (Zones 1 & 3, no need for two river zones, both have ample hunting opportunities until January 1st and much later).