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From WLF survey

'On Monday through Wednesday, when the survey flights were flown, the coastal zone held only 1.21 million ducks, which is 61 percent lower than last year's November count of 3.13 million ducks. This year's count represents the fourth-lowest November estimate since the aerial survey began in 1969.'

Counts seem to reflect what most have been saying about an early opener. I hope all who make it out tomorrow have a good and safe hunt. I am going to work and make some money b/c wont be no ducks to shoot where I'm at.

Best of luck to all.
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The best part is the DBs on the commission stated this was done as part of a pissing match to 'payback' the folks that pushed the season back last year! What a useless haul of rodent pizzle those clowns are! Thanks for fracking up our opener to make a point azzhatz!!!!!
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This year's aerial survey was performed 10 days earlier than last year. Survey results have to be taken in their full context and should not be taken as a simple 1:1 comparison because of the time difference. Like comparing a tomato to a potato!
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Exactly, pathfinder and the season opens TOMMOROW! So yep in 10 days counts will improve, thus next weekend would have been a better opener by far. This opening date is buffoonery!
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you say the survey was done 10 days earlier than last year well as recall the season opened 8 days later last year so the surveys were done in light of the season opener which clearly shows opening the season this early is ridiculous cause the almighty DATA is showing that the birds are not here yet , so there goes the almighty theory of EARLY MIGRATION, we will have a few birds down mostly teal but we really need a good cold snap to bring them down , which really is not forecasted with temps still in 60/70degree range up north it don't look good ( and if you look at the new zones for the next five years BIG MONEY RULES AND POOR SLUGS SUFFER )JUST MY OPINION
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Payback!!!! was the reason for setting the season dates up this year. This is the exact mentality I was telling you guys about in my post about the Book Game Wars. This xxx hole should be sent packing by the next Governor and never be allowed to have anything to do with wildlife conservation ever again just for his statement! Well at least they got the message about the early dates. I hope all you guys have a good opener tomorrow. By the way, hows that book coming along 812?
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exactly it actually kinda is a 1:1 comparison b/c the survey and the season opener were both done earlier than last years.

So it kinda proves that opening this early means no birds for the majority of costal zone. In fact larry's own statement was that 85% of the birds counted came from one transect alone if I remeber correctly.
So guess rest of us poor dumb hunters will just have to stay home or waste a couple weeks of the season till rest of the birds show up.
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We also had a major cold front at the end of October, you late opener guys keep failing to mention.

You also had a drought and record low river levels, all those things factor into our duck numbers. This year if you leave Houma and fly north its water as far as you can see to St Louis. You guys have to get out of your bubble, there's a big world out there besides your little lease.
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I don't what big world you are in ,but all I do is travel the miss. river from new Orleans to Chicago , I am a tug capt. and we had record high rivers and rain in the spring through early fall and now the rivers is dang near dry we are having to restrict our draft to 10 ft or less, also from what ducks unlimited reports say is populations are up , so that world might not be that big , right now I am just south I Helena ,ark. headed north temps. is 68 degrees usually this time of year ducks and geese are all over river ,but we haven't being seeing much just a few flocks here and there I just think it has not got cold enough to push them down (just my opinion)if you read the post some people are doing great and some not so great it all depends with area you are in we hunt by the coast in lower Lafourche and do better when big cold fronts come through and that is why we prefer late openers
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Just because the river is low, doesn't mean the ag fields aren't flooded. We did well opening day, Sunday we weren't prepared to hunt and our bag reflected it.
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