alans wrote:Why is members money spent on private projects? Like du would give a straight answer.
How about if I give you a straight answer, because you have some serious misconceptions.
1) The vast majority of land in this state is PRIVATE. Our hunter surveys have shown us that 70-75% of our hunters hunt exclusively PRIVATE land. So if Ducks Unlimited membership is representative of our duck hunters, then it would be stupid of them to NOT do work on PRIVATE land. That is where the ducks are and THAT is where their membership hunts.
But the also do work on PUBLIC land. We currently are partnering with DU on projects at Russell Sage, Ouachita, Buckhorn, Dewey Wills, Sherburne, Bayou Pierre, Wham Brake, and have completed projects on many others. DU has done at least as much work on PUBLIC land as on PRIVATE in Louisiana, and WAY more than public-land hunters have paid for.
alans wrote: I know it is no master conspiracy to keep ducks from Louisiana except during oil spill ordeal. Which I understood the reasoning behind the idea.
But the "big conspiracy" during the oil spill didn't work, did it? During the winter of 2010/11 we counted over twice the long-term average number of ducks using the wetlands of SE Louisiana, we think because we ran all the diversions at capacity during the spring and summer to try and create a freshwater head to push some oil out. In fact, I personally advised the USDA-NRCS that the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative would not work to keep ducks out of the oil because the species using SE Louisiana marshes were NOT species most likely to be stopped by shallow-flooded ag fields ..... gadwalls, bluewings, scaup, ringnecks, etc. That is also what I told all the complaining hunters at public meetings prior to the 2010 season. Ducks Unlimited's role in the MBHI of 2010 was to distribute the money granted them by NFWF to pay the landowner's share of the WHIP and EQIP contracts from NRCS (which pay 75% cost share) so they could assure landowners would participate. The program was good for ducks, and coastal hunting success wasn't impacted at all.
alans wrote: Sanctuaries..... why do guys have to hunt a area that pumps don't work only to drive across the highway and see plenty of water and ducks on a sanctuary.
Because the pump and pump station caught fire, and we (LDWF) didn't have the money to fix it. Furthermore, the state's own insurer (Office of Risk Management) told us to hold off for one year while the issue was being resolved, and then in the end refused to help pay for it. DU had nothing to do with the delays replacing the pump at Ouachita ...... that is on LDWF. I had to make a special allocation from the Duck Stamp fund to get that paid for, and DU helped with engineering and contracting.
alans wrote: Why do the landowners get compensated so well yet the poor man hunting public gets the shaft.
They don't in this state. The public hunter gets more for their DU $$ than private hunters. Given their source of revenue, DU is obligated to do work on private land. Even LDWF has a private lands program funded by your license fees.
alans wrote:Where has du been at since giant salvinia has devastated our lakes.
The same place as everyone else. Who has successfully battled giant salvinia such that a cost-effective solution is established for everyone to implement?? Well?? I sure as hell don't currently know what to do such that I can allocate huge sums of money to take it on.
alans wrote: .........only to watch them go to a du funded sanctuary before shooting hours.
DU funded the pumps at Ouachita WMA over 30 years ago; one set of pumps on the sanctuary and another on the hunted portion. LDWF manages the WMA and decides how to manage it, not DU. It was simply unfortunate circumstances that the pumps on the hunted area caught fire and we had difficulty replacing them. It had absolutely nothing to do with DU, and thus your entire point regarding Ouachita is BS.