LOL might be tough to clear that one by the ole lady. It is amazing when I went up there that there is potholes everywhere filled with ducks and geese. I guess that is why they call it the prairie pothole region lol. Not to mention the pheasants. I will have to come back to Iowa to chase the late season honkers and mallards though. Sounds like we freeze up before Thanksgiving usually.Got a spare bedroom for the house in South Dakota?
I can run the vacuum cleaner to help out if I can have the room!
Though this report paints a nice picture based on pond counts do not let the increase throw you. At the moment because of water a lot of things became hard to get to so you still end up with marginal nesting habitat on the ground. A lot of water or increase in ponds has in a way masked the nesting habitat loss.
I have the whole entire native prairie conversion study that just came out and have read it. I am sure you will see a lot of those facts come out in future magazines.
What I saw scares the hell out of me when we talk about long term population trends based on what now is know to be or will be a serious habitat loss problem that effects the future of waterfowling not for some years but long term.
You guys remember to old days ( Point System? and how short that season was? )
The conversion rate in the prime duck production region vs the rest of the country will and should give everyone a hard SHOT of future reality as to what to expect from potential seasons. At least that is how I view it. However I think you will see this subject come up in some publications here very shortly.
Anyone who wishes to read the study file drop me an e mail and I will send it to you. USE my e mail addy to would you please. It is a very long read to say the least.
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I doubt you will have to come to IA to chase late season mallards. You will prolly find a new meaning to "late season mallards".LOL might be tough to clear that one by the ole lady. It is amazing when I went up there that there is potholes everywhere filled with ducks and geese. I guess that is why they call it the prairie pothole region lol. Not to mention the pheasants. I will have to come back to Iowa to chase the late season honkers and mallards though. Sounds like we freeze up before Thanksgiving usually.
Not every duck has to nest waterside, they will adapt as they are not all dumb(ever seen photos of delta guys going through grass feilds looking for nesting ducks?). Your the biggest pessimist I know! For years and years anyone who knows anything about waterfowl has said if we just had more water in the Dakotas/PPR we'd produce more ducks and have better hunting. Now that we have it and seen the numbers have gone up, you have to point out something bad about a perfect scenerio. Why? When our lease floods and then recedes the habitat always pops right back up to the current water edge, and thats sandy soil.bullcan send me an e mail and I will show you or I should say give you a file on that issue. The conversion rate in the U.S. PPR is far greater than the national average. This water in a small way masks the real devastation taken place and like my good old friend IATX indicates. Complacency has no limits as does apathy.
Here is another good example. If anyone goes to waterfowler.com on the main page they show a guy in the plane looking out over the vast areas of flooded landscape. What do you see other than water?
How about black dirt. If we are lucky maybe the water will hold for a few years so that we get some type of cover back on the ground for nesting ducks. However I doubt it as they to have figured out how to drain the landscape as quick as possible.
Reports like this are good but if you haven't seen the waterfowler.com picture you should. I don't know of very many ducks being produced in dirt do you?
That is another reason why, as duck hunters we must ride the protection of key conservation programs, like WRP,CRP,WEP,NAWCA,CP37 AND CP38 and last but certainly not least do our part in pushing CWA protections of Isolated Wetlands.