Louisiana Duck Hunters need to band together and demand a later season. See below information and make comments. I can’t single handily change the season dates, but collectively we can. Please visit http://www.wlf.la.gov/hunting/2013-waterfowl-hunter-opinion-survey
and make a push for a later season (not currently active but will be prior to season decisions being made).
How does Louisiana set duck season dates…
Season dates are largely influenced by popular decision (or so I thought). This year Larry Reynolds took it upon himself to go against popular decision and set the Coastal Zone season opener on November 9th. WHAT A MISTAKE!!!!! I can’t speak for everyone, but my season wasn’t productive until early December. Please see the link to the article where Larry tries to justify his season opener. My rebuttals below. http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2013/07/louisiana_coastal_duck_hunters.html
Larry Reynolds said……. Hunters who chase ducks on leases and public wetlands in that part of the state have much greater success early in the season. The data is unmistakable.
What data???? I can’t speak for everyone, but in recent years, I have had much greater success during the second split than the first. Yes birds become harder to hunt but this is a reflection of hunting pressure and has nothing to do with season dates. After ducks have been shot at for 40 consecutive days, they are bound to become more difficult to hunt. This holds true regardless of when the season opens. As shown below, there are more birds in Louisiana in the month of December than there are in November and more birds in January than there are in the month of December. Sounds Simple but Why not hunt the birds when the largest concentrations are here?????
Date Total Numbers % Increase from November
92.5% more than November
41% more than November
79.2% more than November
31.7% more than November
51.8% more than November
From the above information which is reported on the LA Department of Wildlife website, we see two trends:
1) Each subsequent year shows a substantial drop in the number of birds that migrate to Louisiana in November (a later migration).
I believe ducks have adapted to hunting pressure. The recent increase in pressure has caused birds to migrate later and later since duck seasons in northern states open later than ours. Coastal Louisiana’s duck season started 19 days before the southern Missouri duck season which is roughly 600 miles north of us. Despite our unseasonably cold weather in November 2013, duck numbers in November 2012 were 44% higher and 81% higher in 2011.
2) Total numbers continues to increase trough the January survey.
A later season would give hunters a better chance at success. The bottom line is; We need to hunt the birds when they are here.
Larry Reynolds said……. The most productive week of those 10 seasons was the first, during which hunters killed roughly 20 percent of their ducks.
We have more success not because there are more birds, but because we are hunting uneducated birds. Statistically opening weekend will always be the best weekend of the season. If opening weekend was pushed back 2 weeks, the number of birds killed would increase substantially. A later season will still allow us the opportunity to hunt birds that have not been educated, just more of them.