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Discussion in 'Chesapeake Flyway Forum' started by Bwana1, Jul 19, 2021.
Looks like maybe some good news for a change. If we can get a cold winter (early) in PA & NY we could get a good look at what we have in a mid winter survey.
Best of both worlds.. although we have a limited season, we are having a season and the population may contain more birds..
Perhaps a good production year coupled with a reduced bag across the entire
harvest areas will allow a gain in the population
My prediction is at least two years return of the survey, and three above average nesting seasons and we should be back to 2 bird 45 day season. I don’t think we will get this lucky 3 consecutive years so I would imagine we are up against 4-5 more years of a restrictive season.
I have to say I am okay with a longer restrictive package if we can get back to goose numbers like we had in 02-03, 07ish, 2011ish. Right weather conditions the shore wintered an abundance of ducks, geese, and swans. When we have one of those “cold” years we come to expect those numbers every year. 55-60 degree days and no snow on the ground until January in PA & NY won’t get the job done.