This is what I got from Bill Crenshaw today!
Attached are a couple of announcements for the upcoming public waterfowl meetings next week and the September waterfowl seasons. The September seasons (Canada goose and Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days) were set by the VT Fish and Wildlife Board on July 21 and are very similar to last year.
A couple of other items of interest:
Zoning Changes: I incorrectly stated at the public meetings last year that this year is the year that we get to make changes in our waterfowl zone boundaries. It is actually next year (2011). I apologize for the misinformation. We will discuss this subject at the meetings next week. We need to let the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service know of any proposed changes (they have to approve them) by May 1, 2011.
Opening Day of Duck Season: If we follow tradition as we have since 1988, this will be a Wednesday duck season opener. If you look at the calendar for 2010 the most likely dates are October 6th and 13th. There are advantages and disadvantages to each date. If you would like to voice an opinion, send me a brief return email. It would help to know which zone you hunt the most frequently. Remember we have 60 days and are allowed only one split (two segments) in each zone. Please send any comments by Thursday, August 5th. http://flyways.us
: I think I sent this link out last year. It is a great site for waterfowl hunters looking to learn more about waterfowl population status, habitat conditions and harvest. You can also download and watch the 2010 waterfowl status video we will show at the public meetings next week.
New York Goose Control Operations – For those of you that hunt geese in NY, there has been a lot of misinformation recently about efforts in New York to control problem geese, especially around airports. One news segment stated that NY is planning on “ … killing ¾ of 250,000 birds by caging and poisoning the birds.” Attached is a response by NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation to the NY Times article that started this story.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board will officially set the regular migratory game bird seasons (ducks, geese, coots, woodcock, snipe and falconry) at their regular monthly meeting on August 18th. I will email out a copy of our syllabus as soon as we have it ready.
Hope you can make one of the public meetings next week (Whitehall – Tuesday, August 10th; Burlington – Wednesday, August 11th).
William J. Crenshaw
Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
111 West Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452