BINGO !!!!! We have a winner folks. Add to this that there just weren't enough ducks to sustain a 60/6 season, no that it really mattered, and the reason for our poor seasons becomes a no brainer. Now you can propose all the changes you want but their not likely to change a thing. Until these ag practices change what many of us have come to expect will be nothing more than a memory. Ducks just don't need to come to Ar. anymore. Your just not gonna get the kind of weather it's gonna take to push the birds off of this food. I've never seen it in 44 years of chasing em and even if it did happen it would be rare. Ducks don't have to feed everyday. A hen doesn't eat the whole time she on the nest. Unless you have a lot of snow cover that hangs around for several weeks they'll just find open water and wait for the thaw. Better get use to it boys. Unless non duck food ag prices go sky high we have seen all of the good ol days were gonna see. John Bell I'm not really sure who's data your using but it's bovine caca. According to recent studies reducing harvest numbers will not increase the number of ducks returning to the breeding grounds nor wil reducing harvested hens. We're killing ducks that wouldn't make it back anyway so how does passing on them help? Another point is the biologist have proven over and over again that if you send a 100 ducks South and 50 of them return that they will sustain another 100 bird migration if habitat conditions are the same. Lets assume that using your theory that we sent 200 ducks back. If the habitat was not adequate this would produce no more ducks and those extra 100 would do nothing more than supply a good buffet for the predators. It's still about adequate habitat and reducing predator numbers if you wanna see population increases. We all saw some of those calendar ducks this past season. Saw being the buzz word and not killed unless they were too old to play the game anymore. I believe the buzz word for this is imprinting. Their mature birds that know how to refuge hop and feed and night. They could care less about a decoy spread or a call and for the most part won't get near either. The exception to this are juvies which brings up the only proposal that makes a little sense. Juvies don't know about refuges and when their instincts say go South thats what they do. With spinners taking over 70% of the juvies the few that survive have learned how the game is played by the time they get to us. A ban on spinners would help us but only if all the Ms. Flyway states did it. Not a permanent fix by a long shot but it could produce some very interesting first splits again. After they've been shot and survivors wise up we're back to square one again. Birds that don't wanna play. We've a major problem that these warm, fuzzy, band aid fix proposals will have little, if any, effect on. I think this is much to do about nothing really. With the economic impact that duck hunting has on Ar. the politicians who control the AF&G will take all that the feds are gonna give em regardless of these proposals. They might reduce the limits, which won't do a thing but they'll take everyday the feds give em. Justice will always be for those who have the gold.