December 16, 2013 at 7:26am
This is just my opinion, but based on Larry Reynolds aerial survey last week and my hunting logs over the last decade, the 2nd split opener is “always” better than the first split opener, hence I firmly believe we “always” have more ducks in South LA in mid December than we do in early to mid November. With that said, I still think the coastal zone opens too early. I still would like to see duck season for south LA open in mid November (or even the Saturday before Thanksgiving) and close on the last Sunday in January. Also, I find it strange that the West Zone which now extends up to NW LA closes in mid January and not the last Sunday in January. When I use to hunt Red River and Toledo Bend our best hunts with the mallards was always late January. Same thing held true for hunting in Monroe, LA and in Mississippi around Jackson and Vicksburg. The layout of the three zones seems weird too. It seems political to me to give hunters more than 60 days to hunt by hunting multiple zones. Why don’t we just have a north and south zone and if we did maybe the south zone border should extend a little further north above Hwy 90 so that areas like Big Branch, Bayou Savage, Manchac etc are in the south zone too. Perhaps Interstate 12 from MS to Interstate 12 in Baton Rouge could be the border for south and north zones. We could just have a statewide season too with no zones. This is just my two cents. Comments are welcomed as I do know Larry Reynolds does read these posts.