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Public opinion doesn't matter

For Chad Courville, a combination of ecological data plus harvest data — not public opinion — is key to making sound decisions on setting duck and goose seasons in Louisiana.

The newest member of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, who was appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal earlier this spring, last Thursday proposed moving the state’s coastal zone duck season up one week to Nov. 7 this fall, and also included in his motion an 81-day specklebelly goose season with a two-bird daily bag limit.