About 20 years ago Seminole had large hydrilla beds where the bass in the summer would go for the cool shady water. There they continued to feed and grow to bragging size. These same beds were a factory for invertebrate production. Waterfowl management professionals use moist soil management for invertebrate production. Waterfowl need protein and invertebrates are the source they need not corn! Well the Corp in their questionable wisdom decided to spray and kill all or most of the hydrilla so boats would have an easier time navigating the lake. Now the ducks have lost an important and abundant food source. There used to be a half million coots and 10,000 ducks that wintered on Seminole as FWS surveys showed. Most,not all, waterfowl do not migrate with photoperiod. The two major factors that determine bird migration is the availability of food and the absence of pressure from predation, humans included. So why would birds accumulate on Ole Sem where there is little to eat and nowhere to loaf freely. The goose that lay the golden egg was the hydrilla plant which could be returned to areas with control management and the pressure could be reduced by stopping hunting at 12 noon daily except the last day of the season. Sadly there is no reason to go to what used to be a great waterfowling area with hunters instead of sky busting shooters and empty skies!
Our DNR told me once that the hydrilla plant was a foreign species and played no benefitual part in the lake's ecosystem. I replied that the dam and lake was a foreign and artificial environment created by man and that the hydrilla was a successionary plant to what we created. Our DNR could not give a counter argument to my point. Anyway GA does not give waterfowlers the support as other states do. Think of all the birds that fly thru GA to awaiting decoys and guns in FL! Probably half of the out of state hunters in AR are from GA. You can see the many GA tags at the AR boat landings. Our hardwood river bottoms are gone with their foods of acorns and invertebrates. Finally there is nothing on a pine tree or in it's forest with any food source for a hungry duck, so why should a duck come to or stay in GA? I don't know how to bring ethics to these shooters who can only be described as greedy and without Southern manners. Waterfowl hunters they are not! There are a lot of good waterfowl hunters and wannabes in GA. Huntable habitat can be developed if enough hunters push for it. Especially on nearby lands of Seminole.
I wish you well pilgrim, Chuck Thompson