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Old 10-16-2016, 07:40 PM   #1
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Who wishes their second split of their duck season opened next Saturday or later?
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FOR THE MISSOURI RIVER VALLEY ZONE ONLY:

DUCKS --

1. MAXIMUM DAYS TEAL-ONLY IN MID TO LATE SEPTEMBER
2. FIRST PART OF THE 60 DAYS -- 9 DAYS -- START IN MID OCTOBER (E.G., 15-23 OCTOBER)
3. SECOND PART OF THE 60 DAYS -- 51 DAYS -- START ~ 10 NOVEMBER & END WHEN 51 DAYS FULLY EXPIRED ... AROUND 31 DECEMBER

THIS IS FOR THE MISSOURI RIVER ZONE ONLY. IT IS LESS THAN 2% OF IOWA AND THERE ARE OVER 100,000 ACRES OF CORNFIELD STUBBLE THAT DUCKS FEED IN ALONG THIS IOWA REACH OF THE RIVER. THAT IS LAND WEST OF INTERSTATE 29 FROM MISSOURI STATELINE TO HIGHWAY 20 NEAR SIOUX CITY --- NOTHING MORE ...

TOTALLY SEPARATE AND INDEPENDENT OF THE REST OF IOWA!

CANADA AND LIGHT GOOSE SEASONS ARE OK AS THEY ARE ...

A. WHILE THERE CAN BE YEARS WHERE TEAL MOVE IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, IT HAS BEEN OUR EXPERIENCE THAT TEAL ARE MOVING THE MOST AROUND THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER IN THE MISSOURI RIVER VALLEY ONLY.
B. SET THE FIRST SPLIT FAR ENOUGH AWAY FROM TEAL-ONLY SEASON AND MAKE IF LONG ENOUGH TO COVER 2 WEEKENDS; THUS GIVING THOSE GRAY/BROWN & WOOD DUCK HUNTERS A REASONABLE OPPORTUNITY - ALONG THE MISSOURI RIVER ZONE ONLY.
C. FOR THE LONG SPLIT, COUNT BACKWARD 51 DAYS FROM 1 JANUARY TO ESTABLISH THE SECOND SPLIT OPENER - WHAT EVER DAY THAT IS ... SOMEWHERE AROUND 11 NOVEMBER WHICH IS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY - VETERANS DAY! ALONG THE MISSOURI RIVER, THAT WILL CATCH THE LARGEST PART OF THE MALLARD MIGRATION AND EVEN CATCH DUCKS THAT DO NOT MIGRATE FURTHER SOUTH THAN ABOUT MOUND CITY, MO., AND FEED BACK NORTH IN CORN AND SOYBEAN FIELDS WEST OF INTERSTATE 29. ADDITIONALLY, A LATER DUCK SEASON THAT COINCIDES [SOMEWHAT] WITH THE DARK GOOSE SEASON WILL ALLOW HUNTERS TO BAG BOTH GEESE AND DUCKS WHICH IS A COMMON OCCURANCE FOR LATE SEASON FIELD HUNTERS.
D. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE VARIENCES IN HOW BIRDS MIGRATE AND STAY IN CERTAIN AREAS ... I RECOGNIZE AND APPRECIATE HOW NATURE WORKS. HOWEVER, OVER TIME, THE PATTERNS TEND TO EVEN OUT AND I BELIEVE THE MAJORITY OF DEDICATED WATERFOWLERS WILL ACCEPT THAT THERE WILL BE YEARS WHEN THE MIGRATION DID NOT HIT THE SEASON AS MAN HAS PLANNED ... SO WHAT?, I WILL GLADLY ACCEPT THIS RISK.


a. This longer second part of the split will allow corn and bean fields to be fully harvested and perhaps fall tilled - which is a legitimate habitat for ducks.
b. This season approximates the Central Flyway days as in first open & last close. It offers Iowa waterfowlers a place to go - in-state for later season duck hunting.
c. There are thousands of medium and larger ducks that stay all winter as long as fields are open enough for feed.
d. Attract a growing number of non-resident, eastern Nebraska hunters who would contribute ~ 5X more income to DNR coffers that could then be used to improve other waterfowl habitat etc in Western Iowa.
e. Take advantage of ... and expand field hunting opportunities as opposed to wetland, marsh, pond, lake & over water hunting.
f. Allow college kids, high school youths and buddies, military personnel, and others who are on vacation over the Christmas and New Year Holidays an opportunity to enjoy an outing to hunt waterfowl. Iowa Farmers who also like to hunt ducks and geese would by mid-December, be done with field work and could now enjoy a few well-earned days in a duck blind, layout blind or pit.
g. There are other opportunities to hunt other upland species in the many public areas in the adjoining areas. DNR is improving these areas every year.
h. Having this unique migratory waterfowl resource IN IOWA - a migratory waterfowl destination - is an economic opportunity that should be maximized.
i. Instituting the this Missouri River Zone with a totally separate set of season dates, independent of the current North and South Zones would provide a unique opportunity to try something a bit different for at least 5 years ... and with a concerted effort ... increase the waterfowl hunter population and reverse the decline in duck hunter numbers!
j. There is a legitimate DNR survey done some years ago, that indicated a significant need for a later zone along the Missouri River. It is now time to heed the results of that survey.

There ... 10 good reasons to initiate a later zone along the Missouri River - and try something a bit different. DNR has promised to reinstate the original plan for a Missouri River Zone from Iowa's southern border to Highway 20 and west of Interstate 29. I suppose there could be some "gerrymandering" to accommodate certain interests, but the concept needs to be implemented -- it is overdue! And to really recognize the changes in migratory habits where these birds come south later than in decades past and stay in our area all winter ... all area and interested waterfowlers need to make their voices and desires heard. The larger mass of waterfowlers needs to be attended to and no longer ignored or put down. To not attend to this large number of waterfowlers who desire a later season along the Big Muddy is either greedy or laziness; I do not know which ... perhaps both. And a later second split would fulfill a crying need and break an outdated paradigm.

That is my 50 cents ... younger hunters must recognize and take over in this battle ... it is your future ... otherwise you will continue with the status quo and you will be prisoner to special interests and an intransigent DNR. The time is now ... call, write, email, or visit your statehouse legislators, the governor, the DNR officials in Western Iowa, the technical specialist and the Wallace Building Managers and NRC members to make them aware. We still do not have a WATERFOWLER/DNR LISTSERVE. They will not move unless you move. May the force be with you!

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