I hear your frustration although the federal goverment does set the dates of the seasons. The federal government gives the state a sixety day duck season to set anywhere from October 1st to January 31st each season the PGC decides the dates from there. I agree it seems unfair, I myself am a OBSESSED diver hunter. We have a Canvasback season which again is set for 30 days. The PGC picks the dates, Here in the south zone it goes out before other states even come in. I can count on one hand and have a couple of fingers left how many cans I have seen during this period. Today 165 miles south my home I saw more cans that were legal from a blind boat on Eastern shore than I have seen in 17 years on the Susquehana combined.
Now the goose situation, The zones that hold the most geese are AP, Pynatuming, and SJB zones. The reason is simple, they are strong migratory zones, holding migrating birds. The rest of the state is the Resident zone holding mostly resident birds, which in my opion seem to the hardest to hunt. In RP zone we do you enjoy a longer season and much more liberal bag limit, but it is tougher hunting. I know how frustrating it is to be in a field when they are there and shooting a 3 bird or two bird limit seems almost a tease. And miles away in a five bird zone getting two birds each is a real test much less than five. Granted those migratory areas have many more birds but they are birds that need the most protection, they are not growing explosively like the resident flocks (canadas).
In closing if you would like to see seasons change consider joing a grass roots organization such as the Ocotara waterfowlers or SRWA. I know through these organization they convey your thoughts to the PGC and federal agencies. I submit a questionaire each year to the organization I belong to and ask for a 70 duck season with a four bird bag and I know that they speak my small voice at the waterfowl synposium for me. I hope this info helps to take some of the sting out of your pain.
Foiles Migrators Pro-Staff
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