2016 Spring Hearings- Waterfowl Question
I couldn't find any mention of that in either of the Dakota's hunting hours currently published. Are you sure that is an accurate statement?
IMHO, even considering closing the season for the PM hunt is ridiculous. Many areas are already way over-crowded and this would only add to that problem.
If YOU want to decrease pressure on the ducks, hunt less.
But for me, I'm tired of silly ideas based in "I really think" getting any serious consideration as changes to our hunting regulations.
We could also draw balls for places like horicon, Mead ect....
I honestly feel pm hunting pressure in most areas of the state has little to no impact, but in some areas I think you maybe onto something. I would support a three year trial of no pm hunting or floating no hunt days through out the season. No sure if the feds would allow those type of floating days as I think we are only allowed two splits when you have 3 hunting zones????
Wisconsin has always been and will be a fly by state for migrators. Unless I am missing something I think the lakes still froze over back fifty years ago. I get what your saying about "resting" birds but the best habitat always holds these birds and that habitat is tied up in refuges already. Look at the state and fed sides of Horicon. Many birds do spend a few days but research shows that many ducks peal off hundreds of miles in a stretch. Some pull almost their whole migration in one big push. GB, Horicon,Winnebago system and the mississippi complex may benefit from some of these rules,but I don't see the hunting pressure north of say hwy 64 to justify closing pm hunting. I could see a benefit South of hwy 10 maybe.
Habitat, habitat, and more habitat is key to growing more local birds. This will lead to greater overall success. Vast majority of the ducks killed in WI are raised here.
No one is saying anything about the horse power of mud motor. But the point I stand behind is it has allowed hunters access to spots where ducks could rest for a few days on their migration. Nowadays, for the the most part the migration involves very little stop time. Why do you think the dakotas don't allow afternoon hunting. The ducks need time and space to rest.
Get rid of the Public land permanent blinds if the votes are there. If you can't build a workable blind in a hour or so on the day you hunt...then you need to turn your man card in.