I suspect it won’t be that difficult to secure a license once the lottery goes into effect. Why? I believe far fewer people will opt into a June drawing when the hunting season is still three to four months away.
I never buy a license until the day before a DIY Canada trip. This is because I’m always checking on the migration and weather, and then opportunities stateside before pulling the trigger on Canada.
I usually go to Manitoba twice a year. Now it will be once a year … or not at all. I’m not amped up for Manitoba when I’m required to have fixed dates for which I can’t play the migration and weather patterns. Heck, I don’t even go to my own camp in a southern state unless the conditions are perfect. I suspect there are a lot of other hunters just like me.
I was thinking the same thing when this first came out. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have less applications and licenses sold this year than last. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t even sell their total allotment of NR licenses in the 2024 season.
I guess that’ll be a win for the greedy residents that pushed for this. The guys that complain about duck hunting success…in Canada of all places….