I would like your opinion on zones and splits.
As you probably know, we set zones and splits every 5 years. Whatever we choose, we are stuck with for that time.
In the past, the USFWS has allowed us to choose between 1) 3 zones with straight seasons, 2) 2 zones with split seasons, or 3) a statewide season (no zones) with 2 splits (3 season segements). This year, it looks like the USFWS will offer: 1) 4 zones with straight seasons, 2) 3 zones with split seasons, or 3) a statewide season (no zones) with 2 splits (3 season segments).
Of course, we can choose anything more conservative ÖÖ like 2 zones with split seasons (our current structure) or 3 zones with straight seasons or a statewide season with 1 split.
One option that was NOT approved was 2 zones with 2 splits (3 season segments). That is NOT an option.
It is my opinion that we are using zones and splits about as effectively as we can with the current 2 zones with split seasons while still allowing us adequate flexibility should the regulations be restricted to 45 or even 30 day seasons. But I would like to hear the opinions of other hunters in addition to the feedback I already have from the 2005 and 2010 hunter-opinion surveys.
I'd also appreciate your passing this request around to anyone that might want to comment.
Please send your comments to me at Lreynolds@wlf.la.gov
LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader