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Coastal Zone moved back a week

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http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/31722-action-items/de-2014-15duckscootsgeeseseason08072014.pdf

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Terrible
Maybe the cry babies will shutup now.
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ducks
Hey, let's see if this is a good move or bad move.
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ducks
Hey, let's see if this is a good move or bad move.
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Good move
Happy to see it pushed back a week. That will allow for us to hunt those hard cold fronts that arrive in later Jan.
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Coastal Dates
'That will allow for us to hunt those hard cold fronts that arrive in later Jan.'

The operative word here is hunt. Going back over some 15 years of harvest records, our coastal lease has done very poorly harvesting much after the second week-end in January. Most years there are 1-2 guys in fewer than 3 blinds taking 2-3 birds total per blind.

I must have been one of the 19% responders that told Larry to give me more days in December and less days in January.

I wonder what the commercail guys are doing to reschedule their booked hunts between Nov.8 - Nov. 14?
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Pathfinder
I am a public land only duck hunter, I hunt hard and travel to any public land spot in SE LA thats holding duck. I am not a need to kill my limit every time kinda hunter. I would rather kill only 2 drake widgons than a limit of ringnecks. To me, it seems that if you hunt hard and are adaptable to the lower water levels, you kill better quality ducks in late Jan. But you gotta go where the ducks are. You can sit in the same blind that you been hunting since the opener, you gotta move. I will agree early season is great for full limits of young, not fully plummaged ducks. Just my two cents.
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I hear more whining from the coastal guys then anyone else!!
I hunt all over the state, from top to bottom!
Where ever there is ducks, is where my group goes.
I couldn't see myself getting a expensive lease and hunting the same exact spot every hunt so I never will tie myself, or money, into one location
Those that do that are their own problem, I'm tired of the crying cause birds don't fall into everyones lap!!!
we all know it Doesn't take long for birds to wise up and change their habits.
If we were being shot at it wouldn't take but once for us to never go back so lets be reasonable this season!!!!
They fly and its called hunting for a reason, so i hope everyone has a great year, get out there and enjoy the sportsman's paradise anything will beat last season! ;-)
When it becomes a hassle, is no longer cost efficient ,or successful enough , stop until the next season or lay off a weekend or two.
We have so much to be thankful for in Louisiana compared to places that have to draw lottery then draw blinds for the whole year!
We can get up and close our eyes then place a finger on the map and go wherever , whenever!!
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Jeez
I don't think most folks in SE LA are going to be well served by this. And obviously there are decades of data to back me up here. More days in November is what my records (and comprehensive state records of aerial surveys & bag checks) tell me would be most useful, but hey I would rather shoot 6 teal than 2 grays. We snipe, rabbit and hog hunt in Hopedale through February and only about 1 year in 3 do we see large concentrations of birds late. I have several ponds that can be hunted regardless of water levels but east of the river most will struggle with dry ponds in January. I was reading a louisiana conservationist article from 1981 the other day about duck hunting in Plaquemines Parish that referenced all the same points I just made about why January is often a tough month for coastal hunters so it's not like its new info. I'll kill birds by scouting and moving accordingly but it would have likely been easier with the other dates. Plus making the change this late hoses some folks who need long lead times to set vacation. I know at least one of my friends is P/Oed about that aspect. We will see how it shakes our, but I was looking forward to finally getting a crack at whistling ducks.
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Water
When I hunted Biloxi a lot by jan 1 the spots you hunted for the opener were mud . There still were ducks but you had to hunt much larger and deeper ponds. However this year I am in a lease that has a levee around the marsh and they control the water level so hunting same blind till end will be no problem.
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1 week
I highly doubt one week will make a difference. Hunters don't do as well late in the season because the birds have been hunted hard for 50 days by then, 25-30 days in a row. This has more to do with the poor harvest numbers late in the season than the actual days on which the season occurs. I personally didn't care when the season started, as long as we still had a 12 day split.

Personally I like hunting late season, as someone mentioned above, most hunts are better quality. There are tons of ducks here in late Jan, hunters just have to put forth a little bit of effort. The second saturday next year is Nov 14th. I doubt any of you complaining now would say a word next year when the second Saturday in November is on the 14th. Yall are arguing about one day.

As far as the ones who think the season dates changed, that is false also. The proposed dates come out early summer every year, and official dates come out in August every year. This year was no exception. I doubt many outfitters had booked trips between Nov 8-14, and if they did, they should have waited until the official dates were released.
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Dates
I am aware of how the dates are finalized but it relatively unusual to change the dates once the fur and feathers folks make their recomendation. And the setup had been static for so long that folks with long vacation lead times took the best shot they could. I think too that a week makes a difference in the sense that on 11/8 it's likely blue wings will still be present in large numbers while a week later it more likely a decent front will have blown them and the whistlers out in many areas. Also there is significant tracking data that indicate birds move back north from the coast in January to feed in areas flooded by rains assosciated with cold fronts in North LA, MS & AR. I'm not having a panic attack and it saves me 2 vacation days personally but it isn't the most strategic move to make.
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Comments on the vote
The way this worked was ridiculous. Obviously, only the people who want change will do the public comment. It is not necessary to comment if you like things the way they were. So, 240 or so people commented, most being that they wanted to push the season back a week while the other thousands of hunters who were content didn't comment. Now we have this. Damn the luck.
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