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Teal aerial survey ?

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Anybody know when the aerial survey for teal will be flown or if it already has?
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I think they are flying today and tom. The report will be out tom afternoon or friday I'm guessing.
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Hope they report accurate information as when they flew last year for some reason we were lead to believe(possibly lied to believe)that there were numerous ducks in the skies all ready for our assault.Check for yourself as we were told there were plenty of ducks,guess decoys musta been counted!!!

Mandevillian
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Mandy,
I enjoy your post but if you are challenging Larry Reynolds integrity you've stepped over the line. Larry works continuously to provide accurate information in a very difficult role. He battles to gain flight access and provide the best data possible.
In case you are wondering, Larry doesn't know me personally. I just have a problem with folks that throw people under the bus that don't come close to deserving such treatment.
Good luck this weekend.
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I call a spade what it is a spade and ask diehard duck hunters how accurate they perceive the information we got last year and just ask Josh Goins how accurate he thinks the fly over reports were last year. Knew my response was gonna get some reactions but I can personally tell ya there were no where near the ducks reported ask anyone willing to challenge BS

Mandevillian
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Bouge23,

I think most of the hunters in Louisiana are questioning Mr. Renolds integrity. Especially after last years season after the numbers he released.
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boug23-- I completely agree.

I do know Larry personally and he has the utmost integrity. We are lucky to have him in the thankless position he is in. Not only is he a scientist--he is a die-hard duck hunting scientist. He has absolutely no incentive or reason to fabricate anything.

Estimating wildlife numbers, be it birds, animals,or fish is never an exact. And with waterfowl, they can and often do move areas quickly and far distances. Most people were disappointed with last seasons results-I know I was. However, I do not believe for a single second that the numbers were fabricated.

The current survey has been hampered by poor flying conditions. It is expected that we will see numbers by late tomorrow afternoon or early Friday. I also suspect they they will be less than glowing for many areas as that's what I'm hearing from contacts from across the state.
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YG,
Don't doubt that. But just think for a minute, why would Reynolds lie about what he is seeing. Accurate counts are his best friend. He has nothing to gain from a false accounting, either high or low. The vast majority of Wildlife and Fisheries folks that I have dealt with are topnotch.
After this weekend there will be satisfied hunters and dissatisfied hunters. Won't have squat to do with how many birds are in the state. It will only be about wether I had action or you had action or Mandy had action. I've had great years in down count years and lousy years when when the count is up. I'll bet you and Mandy have probably experienced some of the same.
Like Reynolds or not, I still don't agree with calling the man a liar. We're better than that.
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I was using a play on words,not outright calling anyone a liar,just saying that perhaps there was a slight SWAG(any scientist knows what a SWAG is and for those who do not know SWAG is Statistical Wild Ass Guess)to the numbers of ducks reported and I can give a few reasons why someone might do such a thing but the bottom line is most of us had poor seasons and we were being told that there were 'X' numbers of ducks seen/reported/counted,etc and I am not buying those numbers,not outright calling anyone a liar just saying that there were some 'exaggerations' with respect to actual numbers of ducks,plain and simple.I rely more on my network of diehard duck hunters and for teal season,where I hunt we rarely kill more than a handful of teal/season and they are so erratic that I might scout and find pockets of teal and next day see zero teal so I put zero emphasis on anyone's flight surveys.Get out and scout and find ya own ducks just like I tell folks about fishing,same applies-a duck has wings and flies and a fish has fins and swims-just because ya caught fish in this particular stretch of water/shot ducks in this particular pond,that does not guarantee one fish/duck.etc will be there next day,plain and simple.Hope folks throughout our awesome Sportsman's Paradise find a few willing blue wings this week end and if not,do not blame it on aerial surveys just chalk it up to de flighty nature of the quarry we are pursuing!!!Novel idea but works for me!
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Where do I go to see the report
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