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2019-20 Louisiana Waterfowl Season

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The 2019-2020 season is looking to be a good one, compared to the recent seasons we have been having. Because of historic flooding, many farmers in states north of us have just started harvesting their crops, or still haven't started. Decreasing the food source coming from these planted fields, in theory, will allow the ducks to migrate south quicker in hopes of finding new food sources. We won't know until the season starts, but this news should leave Louisiana hunters optimistic for what is coming.
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Ever heared the word HOT CROPPING before!! Look it up !!! Never gonna be like the Ole days till they ( GOV ) stops this practice ??!! 🧙‍♂️
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Ryan-15.......based on a book published by the U.S. Department of Interior in 1964 titled 'Waterfowl Tomorrow', the history of corn and ducks and the Mississippi Flyway is going on 100 years since its' inception of providing supplemental feeding. Bottomland habitat cleared for agriculture gave no incentive for waterfowl to stay, so it didn't take long for hunters to figure out such. Corn was used to hold the birds that would otherwise fly south so, we will see if this is true this season. Hopefully, you will be going to a Flyway Federation meeting sometime this month or next, but in the meantime, if you want to learn more about the history dealing with waterfowl migration, buy a 'Waterfowl Tomorrow' book online. Amazon and ebay both have used ones for less than $20 w/ free shipping. A chapter titled 'The Cornfielders' is a great perspective on the past AND the future....
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Yep,Wiz,Duck hunting aint nearly what is was just 20 years or so ago when I introduced my older son and myself to the awesome sport of waterfowl hunting but back-to-back-possibly three poor seasons more than likely and I fully intend to make the Flyway Federation NShore Meeting Aug 1st in the evening.Josh Goins and I were in constant communication about two-three seasons ago and me and my duck'Mafia' hunt exclusively Federal/Public Land and we have seen precipitous declines in migrating ducks and I personally have NO reason for optimism,despite the Mid West flooding and supposed delay of corn planting.Get ready for just like we see in routine Spillway Openings,back-to-back-to back rotten duck seasons.Hate to be bearer of bad news and getting ready to pen scathing expose' on what is possibly swimming in Lake P just before teal season and hope this Tropical System flushes out some of that terribly contaminated River water.No one wants to report on what exactly might be in dat water but wait til I write expose'!!!

Mandevillian
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Look guys, I understand that the recent seasons are nothing like it was in the past, and hot cropping has had a significant impact on the ducks that migrate here to Louisiana. However, due to the flooding across the United States, many of these 'hot crops' will not be available this year. Farmers are not able to harvest their crops, which leaves them with no open space or spread out corn to hunt over. Charts show that the number of harvested crops this year is nearly 1/4 of what it normally is. This doesn't mean that the upcoming season is going to compare to what it may have been in the 80s and 90s, but it may be slightly better than the past few years. For younger hunters like me, this brings optimism, as I never experienced hunting back in the 'glory days' and can't compare now to then.
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I'm more encouraged by the shift from the Canadian side of the border to the US side by many gray ducks and teal that is being reported and that wetland conditions in the Dakotas should yield better numbers of young birds. Generally years with good conditions in the Dakotas have yielded good results for me. Got my wing results and something on the order of 80% of the limited grays i shot were adults. I'm ready for September at any rate!
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