EastBound&Down wrote:Another fine example was a couple seasons back when the big ducks didn't arrive in numbers until the closing weekend of January season. We saw more ducks the last few days than the entire 3rd split combined. I you listen to the blah blah blah "the migration is over and done by November and NC has all it's ducks by then", why in the world did all those ducks not wait another week unitl they came out of hiding and spare their lives? Must have been a mix up on dates when they wrote down season end on all their calanders.
I do agree that some migration does still occur with weather patterns into february. Birds are going to migrate north and south throughout the winter till they head to where they will breed. But alot of the bird we see that "suddenly appear" are here already by the end of hunting season. I am just saying that january 26 or whenever the duck season ends,the ducks alarm clocks dont go off and they all decide to go to NC. They react to the lack of hunting pressure and start changing their patterns to using areas that they weren't using during hunting season. And that why we see more in alot of places, including no hunting areas like within city limits. Birds during hunting season tend to stay away from people no matter what. Once its over, they become much less afraid of us and more likelly to use the pond next tot he walmart than they were before. Go and scout areas that are holding ducks in late february and you will see they arent nearly as skiddish. When I scout our places into mid March you have to beat the birds out of there sometimes as they circle 5 or 6 times around me, trying to get back in, where they would be gone in a second during the hunting season. The point is I dont think moving the seaosn back a few weeks will do much better or worse. We may catch a few systems that get the birds moving and dumb, but other than that they still will be coming off 6 or so weeks of being hunted and I think we will be seeing the same stuff we see at the end of the season in January. Then once the season would be over, it would turn back to "there are ducks everywhere, why cant we move teh season even further back". That on top of the fact that we would be disrupting courting, which is very important to succesful breeding, it just isnt worth it.