And that's why discussion is good. Waterfowl hunting to me isn't short sleeves and naive juvenile birds in early October. There are always birds in late January also if you take the time to look for them. Mallards, Pintails, Widgeon, even Goldeneyes if that's what you like and better yet they're a challenge to hunt since they've been shot at for 3 months. I had plenty of other hunters around me who also were enjoying the late January migration. I'll bet that goose huntin' machine Salt would've been happy with a later close date in Area 1 with all the geese in the field next to his house. I know for a fact there are far more birds around than most people realize in late January.