rism wrote:Not sure what you are talking about here. Southern zone didn't open until Thanksgiving day and they are already fighting ice ??? Are you are referring to South central zone?
resqer8 wrote:So who ever thought that a start date in the begining of november for the southern zone needs a reality check. Anyone that hunts the southern zone knows that all this early start does is to take three weeks of the prime season away from us. The ducks are just now starting to show up as usual. Our best hunting days the last two years have been the last week of the season. I have heard the few that like this season say that it is because they get froze out of there potholes for hunting. Well to that I say that is your fault for not taking precaution to keep your holes open. I set in the feild after the season has ended and see thousands of ducks and watch as they come into the feild and i can only watch as they light around my goose decoys.I dont see who this benifits, yes you might not get froze out as quickly but after you kill the local ducks you have to wait a couple of weeks for the birds to get here. We need to go back to a thanksgiving start and a last week in january end date.How do we get this changed?
resqer8 wrote:Ok I am sorry I did not post this correctly it should be the south central zone. I did attend a couple of the meetings when they announced that they were having meetings and i did voice my opinion. I know that the majority of the response came the club owners. And to say that the vote was decided on 67% of what the majority of the hunters wanted is incorrect. I was part of the vote and there was less than 10% of the non club hunters even at the meetings because of poor communication with the public.
rism wrote:Traydog 14 -- How many meetings on the proposed zone lines. opening dates did you attend and voice your opinion ?? There was some private club influence I will agree. But at the meetings they had some valid points and not so valid points. In the end the IDNR did what 69% of the hunters that attended the meetings wanted done. There will always be a difference of opinion and not everyone will be satisfied. If you live in the northern part of the central zone right now your froze up. Middle part where I'm at just so so. Broke ice Thursday and Friday, slush Sat and open water Sunday. Hammered mallards all four days. Seasons have to be managed for a majority of hunters, not what some of us individuals want. I hunt 50 to 60 days between the central and southern zones. Would I make changes - you bet ! Next opportunity comes in 2 years - go to the meetings and voice your opinion. Find out what others from the far reaches of where you live have to say.
resqer8 wrote:after you kill the local ducks you have to wait a couple of weeks for the birds to get here.
rism wrote:Duckinfool - Can you give me the reason you think the zone lines are screwed up ? I thought so too until I found out the reasoning behind it ??
WillFultz wrote:Can someone tell me when these meeting are because I would love to go. Season starts too early in the northern zone as well. Yeah the marsh that I hunt froze over already but guess what? I bought an ice eater and generator and have been keeping it open. Yesterday two of us limited on mallards in one hour. The only thing we needed is more guys to kill them. With what these crappy clubs charge for their memberships they can afford to do the same. Look at habitat flats. They run 5 or 6 ice eaters and have some of the best hunting because of it. I'm up for organizing a group to go down there. I've never met one hunter that thinks illinois season dates are right.
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