Early season dates will be released around the first of August +/-. Chances are they will be the same that they have been for many years, meaning 1st thru 15 of Sept. for geese. Teal and dove are in there two, but are shortened by a day or two.
Regular season dates won't be out until later in August. The dates are always a split season, with last year's being different in format than many previous years. The season doesn't make sense to many, but if you scout and know how to hunt them, putting the hurt on ducks any morning isn't that difficult. It is hunting, some days they cooperate, others they don't, but seldom do we go out that we don't get into some birds. It is all about doing your homework.
I personally met with the State Waterfowl Biologist a few weeks ago. We had a long discussion about how the seasons are established. He said that he gets tons of complaints about the season structure, yet when the surveys on how the seasons should be structured are returned, they are always for split seasons as we have experienced in recent years. He said too many simply blow off the surveys or offer public comment, thinking that their voice does not matter, but it does matter. He is given X number of days to work with and uses them as the public tells him to from the survey and other input results indicate.
During our discussion we talked in great length about a late goose season (February) with liberal limits. He said that he is 100% in support for this, but it is tied up with the Flyway Counsel at this time. In addition, he said that there are some very positive changes for us as waterfowl hunters in the works, but he would not go into detail as to what they are until they are finalized.
Good things are coming for us waterfowl hunters. In the mean time, scout and hunt hard with what time we are given.
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