Senior Refuge Member
- Jul 17, 2004
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- Anywhere a duck flys, TN
JHS76,I still wish for open for the two days after Thanksgiving, close, open back up the first weekend in December, close Monday and Tuesday after the first December weekend then open until the 31st.
Doubtful but wishful thinking.
Jamie Fredderson the State Waterfowl Coordinator explained to the Commission last Friday that the State had opted to be Zoned at the last opportunity to set it's season regulations with the USFWS since that had been the "Norm".
This means we have 4 more years as being designated "Zoned" meaning each Zone can have only 2 Segments (Maximum 1 Split) by the frameworks established in this region of the MS Flyway.
If in 4 years the Agency/Commission decides to remove the "Zoning" then the state will be allowed 3 season segments (2 splits).
I believe they dropped the day at the end of the season out of scheduling convenience and maximizing weekends. I also believe they have heard from sportsmen that, since the majority of waterfowl (Peak Population Counts) continue to shift later in the season, that in fact, any day that is removed before the 31st of January actually takes a day away where it is a far more likely we have ducks here to hunt.
The 45 day season framework allows for the 31st closure also, however, a 30 day season would close the Sunday closest to Jan. 20th.
Hope that helps you navigate the system.