John O`Neal wrote:I`m sure I will be corrected if I`m wrong but I understood that after only one year of implementation there occurred a major reversal in position by hunters regarding the Southeast Zone hunting dates . I have read that 65% of the respondents were in favor of the late start, late finish dates. It appears that the commission responded to what hunters in the eastern part of our state were already well aware of . That being; that Eastern Kansas has a later migration pattern than the central or western areas. I do find it hard to understand the resistance to the Southeast Zone by central Kansas hunters not effected by the delayed opening date . I find it highly doubtful that hunters from the central part of the state are perplexed about their inability to hunt early migrants in the Southeast Zone that first two weeks in Nov. . After all central Kansas is noted for their quality of early migrant hunting. With that in mind I don't see how the formation of the SE zone adversely affected that .
The commissioners charged with representing all of us come from different parts of the state and subsequently have their own zones of interest . Commissioner Budd coming from Kansas City Kansas and owning waterfowl property in the SE zone can be expected to represent the interests of hunters in that region . Mr. Budd championed the inception of the SE zone and is a staunch supporter of it`s continued existence. It appears he has incurred the wrath of Mr. Pearce because of his vote supporting Mr. Marshall`s proposed changes . Please remember though It took more than commissioner Budd`s support to pass that change to the Canada season . Don`t get me wrong I personally believe Mr. Marshall was going in the wrong direction for the wrong reasons.
I don`t know commissioner Budd personally but coming from the same city I know of him. I know he is a very successful businessman who loves to hunt ducks just like the rest of us and believes in value of the later start dates for the eastern portion of the state . I can be envious, but I cannot fault him for his business successes or owning his own duck hole . If I hit the lottery tomorrow I would have my very own personal version of Habitat Flats .
So for you guys out there in central Kansas when January arrives and your season closes, come on over to the Southeast Zone and enjoy some late season Mallard shooting with us . Most of the hunters have quit by then so it`s rarely crowded. We`ll keep the light on for you.
Maybe i'm wrong John but I don't think the point of the article was to oppose the SE late zone. It was criticizing the manner in which commissioner Budd is conducting business on the board.