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#6149298 - 01/22/16 02:58 PM Duck season.
Kenny Powers Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
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Loc: De-Kalb Sulphur River
What could be drawbacks from our State opening season when birds get down as opposed to opening for specific months and hoping for best? I cant think of any drawbacks
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#6149333 - 01/22/16 03:19 PM Re: Duck season. [Re: Kenny Powers]
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Loc: Central Texas
You'll never get the season to go past the date the biologist say the pair bonds begin.


Edited by Hopedale (01/22/16 03:19 PM)
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#6149356 - 01/22/16 03:34 PM Re: Duck season. [Re: Kenny Powers]
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They are here finally... saw 100's of em out this morning south of Waxahachie, mixes of gray ducks, wigeons, spoonies and redheads. Area we were in wasn't holding anything but redheads a week ago.. front must have finally pushed 'em down with a week left.
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#6149374 - 01/22/16 03:51 PM Re: Duck season. [Re: jaymz]
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Originally Posted By: jaymz
They are here finally... saw 100's of em out this morning south of Waxahachie, mixes of gray ducks, wigeons, spoonies and redheads. Area we were in wasn't holding anything but redheads a week ago.. front must have finally pushed 'em down with a week left.



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#6149382 - 01/22/16 03:54 PM Re: Duck season. [Re: Kenny Powers]
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But Kenny I like you logic, however Hopedale is right. The Federal Migratory act set the guidelines that each state must work within to set season dates. And biologist believe that pair bonding begins in late Jan. Early Feb. So we will never see a season last longer than that unless it can be proven differently.
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#6149406 - 01/22/16 04:04 PM Re: Duck season. [Re: Flock Knocker]
jaymz Offline
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Originally Posted By: Flock Knocker
But Kenny I like you logic, however Hopedale is right. The Federal Migratory act set the guidelines that each state must work within to set season dates. And biologist believe that pair bonding begins in late Jan. Early Feb. So we will never see a season last longer than that unless it can be proven differently.


El Nino exemptions should apply.

Also, you may be the first person to utter the phrase..

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Hopedale is right


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#6149578 - 01/22/16 06:15 PM Re: Duck season. [Re: Kenny Powers]
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Loc: N Texas
dumbest idea I've ever had..

They should assign points to hunting days like they used to for bag limits. From Nov 1. - Feb 15th any day you want to hunt great. You get 120 points a season November is 1 point a day, December 1, January 2, and Feb 30. You want to hunt Feb 10-12 because 'that's when all the ducks are here?' Great. Hope those 3 days are fun and your leftover 30 points for the rest of the season. Now how on earth to monitor the usage confused2

That way the points line up so you can hunt every day of the season from Nov-Jan 31 if you wanted to, but if you really wanted a 1 or 2 day hunt to kill a trophy in good plumage late season you could spend it that way also.

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#6149871 - 01/22/16 09:22 PM Re: Duck season. [Re: Esh and Hattie]
Hopedale Offline
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Originally Posted By: Esh and Hattie
dumbest idea I've ever had..

They should assign points to hunting days like they used to for bag limits. From Nov 1. - Feb 15th any day you want to hunt great. You get 120 points a season November is 1 point a day, December 1, January 2, and Feb 30. You want to hunt Feb 10-12 because 'that's when all the ducks are here?' Great. Hope those 3 days are fun and your leftover 30 points for the rest of the season. Now how on earth to monitor the usage confused2

That way the points line up so you can hunt every day of the season from Nov-Jan 31 if you wanted to, but if you really wanted a 1 or 2 day hunt to kill a trophy in good plumage late season you could spend it that way also.


I like your thinking. up
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#6149999 - 01/22/16 11:00 PM Re: Duck season. [Re: Kenny Powers]
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Birds have been here since day 1. There is so much water that they can and do move with any pressure. Just gotta keep moving and scouting

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#6150248 - 01/23/16 09:30 AM Re: Duck season. [Re: Kenny Powers]
Kenny Powers Offline
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Yes ...some birds have been down here. But obviously you dont know what your talking about Elpataloco. The birds will stay up north if they can get to water and food. Genius
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#6150254 - 01/23/16 09:32 AM Re: Duck season. [Re: Hopedale]
Kenny Powers Offline
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Originally Posted By: Hopedale
You'll never get the season to go past the date the biologist say the pair bonds begin.

Stop buying duck stamps and them biologists will change their minds real quick. I mean a dead duck is a dead duck even though it may be with mate. Just my two cents
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#6150451 - 01/23/16 11:29 AM Re: Duck season. [Re: Elpatoloco]
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Originally Posted By: Elpatoloco
Birds have been here since day 1. There is so much water that they can and do move with any pressure. Just gotta keep moving and scouting


I do not agree
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#6150476 - 01/23/16 11:54 AM Re: Duck season. [Re: Ramball36]
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Originally Posted By: Ramball36
Originally Posted By: Elpatoloco
Birds have been here since day 1. There is so much water that they can and do move with any pressure. Just gotta keep moving and scouting


I do not agree

If you are ready to drive all over Texas you can find the birds. If you keep going to the same lake or same private spot.... juggle

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#6150517 - 01/23/16 12:33 PM Re: Duck season. [Re: Kenny Powers]
Elpatoloco Offline
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Originally Posted By: Kenny Powers
Yes ...some birds have been down here. But obviously you dont know what your talking about Elpataloco. The birds will stay up north if they can get to water and food. Genius


As Stated, I have not had problems filling straps. Agree/disagree all you want. Mallards will stay north as long as the water is not locked up.

Plenty of cranes, ducks and geese for consistant hunts.

I don't hunt the Red or Sulphur river area anymore. I'm sorry you can't find any birds to shoot. Maybe you should change areas


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#6150642 - 01/23/16 02:17 PM Re: Duck season. [Re: Kenny Powers]
Kenny Powers Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
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Loc: De-Kalb Sulphur River
Not as many birds down here as usuall this time of year. That's a fact. I'm glad some of the better hunters can get to em.
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