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#5495250 - 12/23/14 11:32 AM Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started?
Hopedale Offline
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Registered: 09/12/07
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Loc: Central Texas
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#5495977 - 12/23/14 04:50 PM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: Hopedale]
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Registered: 07/13/14
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Loc: Nueces County, TX
No! Just the south :P suck it yankees
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#5495980 - 12/23/14 04:52 PM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: Hopedale]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41125
Loc: Metroplex
It should just start Dec 1 every year

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#5495981 - 12/23/14 04:52 PM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: Hopedale]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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#5496008 - 12/23/14 05:04 PM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: Hopedale]
TOMCAT21 Offline


Registered: 04/15/09
Posts: 448
Loc: Keller, TX
Start two weeks later. Forget the split.

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#5496047 - 12/23/14 05:23 PM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: Hopedale]
beaversnipe Offline
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Registered: 01/17/10
Posts: 14775
Loc: Terlingua,TX
Start 2 to 3 weeks later. Split dec 24-jan7
End march 2nd
Yes 2nd, dont ask

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#5496119 - 12/23/14 06:07 PM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: Hopedale]
Wood Duck Offline
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Registered: 02/06/13
Posts: 87
Loc: NTX
I would love to see a December 1 start with the split closed first week in January and close the end of February. This would allow us to take advantage of the greatest migration weather and still promote hunting. Remember that hunting dollars fund waterfowl management. You could even drop the daily bag limit to 5 birds. I'm not killing limits these days anyway.

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#5496138 - 12/23/14 06:19 PM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: Hopedale]
WalkSoftly Offline
Tracker

Registered: 03/08/12
Posts: 628
Loc: Longview, TX
Wood Duck is on to something. I would be happy with that as we'll.

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#5496224 - 12/23/14 06:56 PM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: Hopedale]
RiverRunner Offline
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Registered: 10/29/04
Posts: 360
Loc: Texas
I love seeing threads like these....just shows who understands how seasons are set.

Do any of you know why season ends at the end of January? Do any of you think Texas sets the end of season for the last weekend in January?

Really curious to hear answers to the above.

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#5496238 - 12/23/14 07:05 PM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: Hopedale]
Barny Topwater Offline
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Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 2445
Loc: New Braunfels TX USA
I corresponded with a guy with TP&W about this exact thing. He told me that ducks start paring up for spring the first part of Feb. If the season went further than the end of Jan. duck production would fall off dramatically. It could be B.S. I work on supermarket refrigeration so I have to take his word for it. The ducks I see when I work are wrapped in plastic and frozen. flehan
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#5497259 - 12/24/14 10:06 AM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: Hopedale]
RiverRunner Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/29/04
Posts: 360
Loc: Texas
The USFW services set FEDERAL guidelines that all states have to stay within. The USFW says the exact same thing that Barney Topwater said...they feel that duck production would drop off dramatically if season went past end of January.

So, for those of you who complain about the season to TPWD, it will do no good. The states do the best they can within the FEDERAL frameworks. In the case of Texas, they start with the latestdate season can end and work backwards until the max number of days the Central Flyway is allowed.

Starting the season later would not allow us to extend the season later since the Feds say season has to end in late January. All starting the season later would do is chop off days that we are allowed to hunt in the Central Flyway.

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#5497399 - 12/24/14 10:57 AM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: Hopedale]
JRR Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/05/05
Posts: 360
Loc: Collinsville, Tx
Interesting, I had no idea why they closed duck season in Oklahoma while goose was still going but the pairing up could explain it. Last year had ducks pouring into our goose spreads after the close of duck season. Normal for us to kill limits in goose spread so it's brutal to watch them come in and not be able to shoot.

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#5497800 - 12/24/14 02:06 PM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: RiverRunner]
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Registered: 05/03/10
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Well tell us River Runner, as you know the answers.......
And for those that say ducks start pairing up in February...... I've seen drakes chasing others off in November, but that was at a park, so I don't know anything

Originally Posted By: RiverRunner
I love seeing threads like these....just shows who understands how seasons are set.

Do any of you know why season ends at the end of January? Do any of you think Texas sets the end of season for the last weekend in January?

Really curious to hear answers to the above.

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#5497885 - 12/24/14 02:46 PM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: hoof n wings]
RiverRunner Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/29/04
Posts: 360
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: hoof n wings
Well tell us River Runner, as you know the answers.......
And for those that say ducks start pairing up in February...... I've seen drakes chasing others off in November, but that was at a park, so I don't know anything

Originally Posted By: RiverRunner
I love seeing threads like these....just shows who understands how seasons are set.

Do any of you know why season ends at the end of January? Do any of you think Texas sets the end of season for the last weekend in January?

Really curious to hear answers to the above.



Already answered in my above post. The Feds set the seasons because of pair bonding and they feel that production would be dramatically reduced.

Now, I don't believe in this myself as I, too, see Mallards paired up as early as November. Saw a lot of Mallards paired up already this year.

I just get a kick out of people that think the state of Texas can simply move the seasons back. It is not the states or the Central Flyway council...it is the USFWS (Feds) that set the frameworks that the states have to work within.

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#5497913 - 12/24/14 02:54 PM Re: Should duck season be adjusted on front end if migration hasn't started? [Re: RiverRunner]
easton1025 Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 2605
Loc: carrollton texas
Is there any rule by the Feds that say there has to be split..??Id be all for opening it weekend before Thanksgiving and letting it run straight thru to end of Jan....

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