2021 Potential Zone Changes

Discussion in 'Wisconsin Flyway Forum' started by 1duckmaster, Oct 1, 2019.

What is your preference?

Poll closed Oct 15, 2019.
  1. Leave as is? No change

    6 vote(s)
    17.1%
  2. 3-zones, but north line is move to hwy 64

    3 vote(s)
    8.6%
  3. 3 zones or U zone. Hwy 10 north and Hwy 18 south

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. 3 zones or U zone. Hwy 64 north and Hwy 18 south

    1 vote(s)
    2.9%
  5. 4 zone North south Hwy 10 and MRZ and Lake Michigan Zone

    5 vote(s)
    14.3%
  6. 4 zone North south Hwy 64 and MRZ and Lake Michigan Zone

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. 3 zone Hwy 10 north/south and a Lake Michigan Zone

    6 vote(s)
    17.1%
  8. 3 zone Hwy 64 north/south and a Lake Michigan Zone

    12 vote(s)
    34.3%
  9. 3 zone north, south, east west. Hwy 10 north, Hwy 39 east/west

    2 vote(s)
    5.7%
  10. 3 zone north, south, east west. Hwy 64 north, Hwy 39 east/west

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. GK1

    GK1 Elite Refuge Member

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    I understand that old argument. Been hearing it for years. Times change. If we are to get moderate or restricted seasons don't you think other zones would also like the ability for later seasons?
     
  2. pud123

    pud123 Elite Refuge Member

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    Shhh. Don’t tell the river guys that their migration mirrors that of the current southern zone. They don’t like that.
     
  3. woodiefanatic

    woodiefanatic Senior Refuge Member

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    No southern zone mallards don’t show up until the day after season closes. That’s when every corn field in sight fills up with fat greenheads
     
  4. volkman

    volkman Refuge Member

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    i want to know at how many consecutive years of 60 day seasons is this not a valid argument anymore , what are the odds we will have a 30 day season and even if we did, why are we willing to sacrifice decades of opportunity out of the fear that we may someday have a single (not to mention 5 in row) 30 day season again?
     
  5. 1duckmaster

    1duckmaster Elite Refuge Member

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    The information I heard we can expect 60 day seasons for some time. Actually, longer than these next set of zones can be set again.
     
  6. SB2MAG

    SB2MAG Elite Refuge Member

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    Blame Toye, he’s the only one who thought up that nonsense and got just enough people on his band wagon to restrict duck hunting for the rest of us.
     
  7. SB2MAG

    SB2MAG Elite Refuge Member

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    Here is some data:

    My Observations for the last twenty-two years show the duck numbers (mostly mallards, black ducks and goldeneye) increase in Lake Michigan from about November 30th to December 15th.
     
  8. Ruff

    Ruff Elite Refuge Member

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    Why no option for Hwy. 8 and more than one option for 64? The way the options are listed we might as well leave it the way it is.

    With the lack of votes that should tell you what’s offered isn’t what’s wanted.
     
  9. WI_Waterfowler

    WI_Waterfowler New Member

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    We ran the data and have discussed Hwy 8 as the North Zone option. We looked at duck harvest by county and using Hwy 8 as the line, less than 5% of the total state duck harvest occurs north of Hwy 8. After having the discussion with the committee all agreed that it was not worth creating a zone that represented less than 5% of the total harvest.
     
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  10. Banded1

    Banded1 Elite Refuge Member

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    To those in favor of the MRZ, what advantage is there to have 2 additional weekdays? I could see if it was more than a week but 2 weekdays seems wasteful at best. The 60 day season isn’t going away anytime soon. If the MRZ zone aligned with the southern zone and the southern zone had a longer split, why not just go that route and add a Lake Michigan zone? There is a lot more opportunity for birds on it and for a much longer time. It could literally add nearly a month to the number of total days duck season is open.

    Ideally I think adding a separate sea duck season on LM would be the best option and leave the 3 inland zones to their own.
     

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