I don't know if you are getting any Federal or Local assistance to maintain that, but if so, there could be a possibility that your club could lose it if it's hunted. If not, and it's a matter of concern of the ducks coming back..they will. I would have only a couple hunts the last week of the seasonGGC wrote:I manage the habitat at my duck club. We have about 400 acres set aside as a permanent closed zone/sanctuary. It is never hunted. There is a year round creek running through the middle of it and we heavily manage the rest for smartweed, swamp timothy and water grass production.
My problem is some of the members of my club want to open the closed zone to shooting for the last two weekends of the season. What to folks think about that? Is there any research or papers anywhere that I can consult?
My feeling is that any disturbance will discourage long term use of the closed area and negatively impact our success rates.
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