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  1. markd

    markd Elite Refuge Member

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    There's not enough hunters in Canada to make a difference.
     
  2. KAHunter

    KAHunter Senior Refuge Member

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    I agree. My concern is if we will ever come back from a shorter season. Right now may be the best duck hunting we ever see again.
     
  3. kahunna

    kahunna Elite Refuge Member

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    Carpe diem, y'all.
     
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  4. top o va

    top o va Senior Refuge Member

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    Whats fishing have to do with it?
     
  5. The Hilljack

    The Hilljack Elite Refuge Member

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    Eat baby ducks?
     
  6. Allan

    Allan Elite Refuge Member

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    No way I want to see 3 & 30 again. It would solve nothing.
     
  7. markd

    markd Elite Refuge Member

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    ...neither did applying AHM to blackheads, but they did it anyway.....
     
  8. Montauker

    Montauker Elite Refuge Member

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    Mark, explain further.
     
  9. markd

    markd Elite Refuge Member

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    "Hunting has not been implicated as a cause of the past scaup decline, but the Service is committed to ensuring that harvest levels remain commensurate with the ability of the declining population to sustain harvest."

    https://flyways.us/content/harvest-strategy-scaup-set

    So, they cut the harvest on the 2nd most abundant duck (not including BWT) to 2 in the HAF, even though hunting had no impact.
     
  10. Montauker

    Montauker Elite Refuge Member

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    Hunting isn't having an impact at 2 birds, it may have an impact at increased numbers. Bluebill numbers have increased over the last decade after hitting record lows in 2005ish. But we are still below the long term avg. Bluebills and pintails are the only two species still below their long term avg.

    1995 we were allowed 5 a day.
    2005 we were allowed two a day.

    The goal is make it so that harvest doesn't have an impact.
     

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