Well here we set in Northwest Louisiana and the best front of the yr rolls thru and we are shut down for 2 weeks in December. It happens yr after yr. while we've been open and Ark been closed the birds have been stacking in on private "baited fields" 10 miles north of Caddo Parish in southwest Ark. Oh yes Ark opens Thursday. Hunting pressure in Ark has a big impact on the push of of birds into Louisiana obviously they will not move off those fields that provide so much food . Is it just me are others confused as to why we are closed when Ark is open and closed when they are open. I understand there is great debate regarding late vs early seasons, but what I'm referring to, why would we close for 2 weeks in the middle of the migration. Would anyone argue with the idea that hunting pressure has a big impact on bird movement. I have no problem with opening the week before Ark in order to address the ones who want an early opening. Its kind of like Bass fishing, some guys prefer fishing in February and others April but all of us will be out there in March. After that why can't we be open when Ark is open and split when they split or in other words set our season same as Ark. We could split maybe 3 times like Ark with 1 0r 2 day splits, such as Christmas Day which a majority of hunters stay home with family. A lot of our success is dependent on what is happening North of us. My intention is not to be critical but we really need someone who has a little common sense and is not politically influenced or at least a representative (not one who has his private hole) to represent Northwest Louisiana. By representative I mean one who hunts in this region. Now I,ll get on my soap box. As you may have noticed I haven't been on this site in a long time because of the very stupid and sarcastic responses to someone who's opinion is different and with this very little is accomplished and therefore it is a waste of time. Just sayin! Guys I'm sorry but all of this is about what is best for the powers to be not the poor average hunter who can!t afford the high dollar lease with the baited fields. I get it. The powers be to be could care less what our opinion may be and the fact that many of us have been obsessed duck hunter for over 60 yrs. Some of you younger guys would do well to listen to some of the older hunters, they understand what I am saying. Duck Hunting has changed a lot over the past 60 yrs, some good a lot bad. They say we have more ducks than ever and I don't disagree but the average hunter is harvesting a lot fewer. If you have been hunting less than 30yrs you would not know that because you may be buying into all the BS that the people now in charge, who by the way weren't around 30 yrs ago. Remember, I'm not always right but I think I am, otherwise I would not express it. Praying that you guys have a Very Merry Christmas and remember the reason for the season. JESUS!