2020 Eastern OK Blind Drawing

Discussion in 'Oklahoma Flyway Forum' started by FriedPotatoes, Jul 24, 2020.

  1. FriedPotatoes

    FriedPotatoes Senior Refuge Member

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    it used to be a lot better, but doesn’t hold birds anymore due to total lack of food. Sequoyah and eufaula definitely are where birds seem to concentrate anymore
     
  2. frozen okie

    frozen okie Senior Refuge Member

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    Seen a couple pictures of guys that put a beating on the teal this weekend.
     
  3. JP

    JP Elite Refuge Member

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    Back in the early 2000's a significant chunk of the farm ground from Braggs to Spaniard Creek went from row crops to sod farming. That, coupled with the loss of water holding capability in the retention slough on the Braggs SWR appears to have been major factors in the loss of holding birds anymore as it did back in the 80's-90's. Farming in many counties in NE Oklahoma has declined by +90% since 2000 especially after the peanut farm subsidy went away then. Not trying to dissuade you but these facts are compelling and even Eufaula is only a shadow of what it once was back in the day. The flyway appears to have shifted west and the cost of lease ground out in central and NW Oklahoma seems to bear that out.
     
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  4. FriedPotatoes

    FriedPotatoes Senior Refuge Member

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    I believe you. Birds just don’t stick around much anymore. Hopefully it’ll shift more our way again sometime, but it doesn’t help when all of our major lakes aren’t managed for waterfowl either.
     

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