WIDrakeKiller wrote:Im sorry but your post really doesn't make much sense. So prime time deer hunting and migrating ducks happen at the same time? So....What do u want the DNR to do about that. A later duck season would change this if Im getting at what ur saying. It seems like all the states down south really don't hunt the local ducks much because they wait for the migrators. Where here in WI half of our season is hunting locals and divers. WI deer hunting season dates aren't gonna change anytime soon. However it seems that a lot of guys are upset with the Duck dates. The main problem with WI is about 75% of hunters aren't very serious. However the DNR try's to meet what they want rather than what the group of dedicated hunters want. I wore a sweatshirt pretty much the whole season last year. I don't really see the point of investing in super nice extreme cold weather jackets.. We simply don't need them unless you hunt late season geese.
Yes, I am saying that prime time deer hunting ( Nov 10- Thru gun season) and the only real chance we have at big pushes of migrating ducks occur at the same time.
What this mean for you, being a "serious" duck hunter, is that you get to enjoy the best part of duck season unencumubered by 75% of the state's hunters (according to your figures) because they are all deer hunting.
I agree that moving the season back would be great, but what would be great about it is giving WI hunters the chance to do all the deer hunting they need without sacrificing the best stretch of duck season (the one that occurs for a month after our current duck season closes).
As for catering to what the idiotic masses want, that's just good business, you'd do it too. One "nine day" firearm deer season in Wisconsin generates more revenue for WIDNR and the state economy than the last ten duck seasons have, gauranteed. Deer are king in these parts, just how it is.
Why does AR have such a killer duck season structure? Look at how commericalized it is. Ducks are big money down there, they can't sit and stare at empty skies for half the season, the local economies depend on big numbers. It's the same here, just with whitetails.