I found an interesting post on another site about the cane dying in Venice. Interesting to see another perspective since we are trying to find a contractor to get rid of the pest on our duck lease in SW Louisiana. It has taken over about 1/3 of our lease and continues to grow during the mild winters we have been having.
Larry, any action from WLF to maybe use this biologic in a similar manner as the weevils for Salvania management?
UPDATE: I spoke with Professor Diaz on Monday and there has been no progress on identifying the exact scale that is causing the die-back. The current plan is to put together a task force to first identify which agency is going to take the lead, find funding to do a research project and finally conduct research to control or eliminate the scale infestation.
Of major concern at this time is not knowing what other 'grasses' may be susceptible to the scale including sugar cane, rice, Johnson Grass, Smooth Cord Grass or others that have either or both an environmental and economic impact to the State. A news release is planned in the very near future to update the public.
The proposed 2016 Waterfowl Zone map is posted on Wildlife & Fisheries. If adopted, SE Louisiana will be hunting some late migrating Scaup and Ringnecks next January and not hunting Teal, Grays and Pintail in early/mid November.
Comment period open until October 30.
Good start on a new lease, but slowed down for the final week-end.
Buddies loooking to replace ~100 decoys lost this past season. If you ae interested in replacing some of your old decoys, let me know and I will put the two of you in contact for details.
What I hope LDWF continues to consider when setting the number of splits and/or dates is allowing the maximum number of week-ends for those of us that have to work Monday thru Friday. I have just gone over my harvest records for the last 20 years and after the second week-end in January, the numbers fall off dramatically. In fact, I have had better success in November and December than in January. Perhaps it is the areas I hunted, but late January ducks were tough to get into shooting range and appeared to have started pairing up. The ducks we see after the season closes have been here,just not in the hunting ponds!
If you look at the survey numbers, the majority of the ducks are in Louisiana by the end of November with small increases in December and January. I would prefer more days on the front end.