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  1. thejigger

    2019-2020 Western zone season dates

    No. One of the changes this year was not being able to run the South goose zone past the 28th of February
  2. thejigger

    Anyone seeing any grouse?

    I have been seeing good numbers on the state land areas I hunt in Moravia and south of there. I have also seen a lot of Fisher tracks everywhere I go, which seems to have the birds more nervous than they naturally are. Last year I went to Quebec on a grouse hunt. Not a bad drive, only 6 1/2 hours and saw a lot of grouse.
  3. Duck; Oct 19 to Nov 10-Nov 30 to Jan 5 Goose (West Central) Nov 2 to Dec 1 Goose (South) Oct 26 to Jan 13 Brant Oct 5 to Nov 3 Youth Weekend Oct 5 and 6
  4. thejigger

    2018 WATERFOWL SEASON !!

    LOL You must think I work for the state. You just don't get it. Keep believing the conspiracies, and when you find out what I said was right, keep denying it. I will let you know what dates the goose season will be after the meeting tomorrow.
  5. thejigger

    2018 WATERFOWL SEASON !!

    I have never been sent a survey either. I know 3 people who did. In the past, season dates in the Western zone have taken 5 or 6 hours for the task force to decide, WHEN THE TASK FORCE MADE THE DECISION. The Western zone encompasses a huge area with many different areas and types of hunting to consider, not to mention the changing weather patterns. Missdemeaner, just wondering what your ideal season dates would be considering a 60 day season, split 2 ways, or not split at all, and not extending past February 1st
  6. thejigger

    2018 WATERFOWL SEASON !!

    Capt Rich, what do you mean how things went down? Who benefits the most from these dates? How many task force members are state employees? How is this the same as the fishing regs? What will happen next time? What am I trying to cover up? You obviously have no clue about the process used to arrive at these dates. What dates would you suggest? Have you sent suggestions in to the task force before?
  7. thejigger

    2018 WATERFOWL SEASON !!

    Just a reminder, the process used to establish the new season dates was largely taken out of the hands of the task force this year. The process this year relied on comparing results from the DEC survey of Western zone hunters and E-Bird migration data. The task force met in September and came up with 10 different season alternatives based on the area each member represents, migration data and knowing the questions being asked in the survey, not the results. The survey results were made known in early November and the decision was made based on the previously mentioned comparisons. As far as input from hunters is concerned, since the inception of the task force, 22 or so years ago, there has been opportunity for input available thru the DEC site including a list of task force members and contact information.
  8. thejigger

    2018 WATERFOWL SEASON !!

    Roys Boys, the season is set now and is supposed to be the same for the next 5 years. There has always been a site for hunter input thru the DEC site. There is a list of task force members and contact information to let your opinion be known.
  9. thejigger

    2018 WATERFOWL SEASON !!

    3 splits are not allowed, only 2. 60 day duck, 30 day goose. Its easy to say there's your fix, no, there's Longspurs fix, all hunters would not agree to those dates. Until you pour thru suggestions from western zone hunters about what they would consider the best waterfowl season is you have no idea how hard it is to come up with season dates that please everyone. Hunters may find they like the new dates better than the way it has been for the last 23 years. I don't think everyone is pissed. Our first reaction to changes such as this is to get pissed and start pointing fingers. Lets see what happens with the new dates, and if everyone still thinks it is a terrible set of dates, then make changes.
  10. thejigger

    2018 WATERFOWL SEASON !!

    Longspurs, you are right, the 9th was a mistake and should have been a 19.
  11. thejigger

    2018 WATERFOWL SEASON !!

    The season dates are Oct 9 to Nov 10, Nov 30 to Jan 5. These season dates are going to be used for the next 5 years. Missdemeanor, you couldn't be further from the truth. Calling the people who set the seasons wimpy fair weather popcorn hunters tells me you have no idea about the people on the task force or the new process in place for deciding the season dates. We were shooting good numbers of Cans, Redheads and Scaup towards the tail end of the early season, all the way thru the second split. I am on the Western zone task force and can tell you the Mallard bag reduction, as well as the Goose limit/season days reduction was a decision made by the Feds and is flyway-wide. As far as the new season dates are concerned, I dare anyone to come up with dates that makes everyone in the Western zone happy. Let me know if you are unaware of the new process used to decide the season dates. The task force meets this weekend to decide the Goose, Brandt and Youth dates. I will be sure to post them and then listen to the complaining.
  12. thejigger

    2018 WATERFOWL SEASON !!

    The season dates are Oct 9 to Nov 10, Nov 30 to Jan 5. These season dates are going to be used for the next 5 years. Missdemeanor, you couldn't be further from the truth. Calling the people who set the seasons wimpy fair weather popcorn hunters tells me you have no idea about the people on the task force or the new process in place for deciding the season dates. We were shooting good numbers of Cans, Redheads and Scaup towards the tail end of the early season, all the way thru the second split. I am on the Western zone task force and can tell you the Mallard bag reduction, as well as the Goose limit/season days reduction was a decision made by the Feds and is flyway-wide. As far as the new season dates are concerned, I dare anyone to come up with dates that makes everyone in the Western zone happy. Let me know if you are unaware of the new process used to decide the season dates. The task force meets this weekend to decide the Goose, Brandt and Youth dates. I will be sure to post them and then listen to the complaining.
  13. thejigger

    Late season waterfowl numbers

    We have hunted Cayuga on the days the wind is right. The Bluebills that have been here all fall are still here and there are a good amount of Redheads and Cans also. The big ducks seem to be spread out due to the unusually warm and wet weather. The reports I have heard from Seneca seem to be the same as Cayuga. Because both lakes are so big, other hunters may be seeing something different. Owasco has nowhere near the number of birds on it compared to years past. I have heard Keuka and Coneseius have a good amount of divers.
  14. thejigger

    Late season waterfowl numbers

    Hello Kevin. There are a decent amount of divers on the bigger Finger Lakes but the number of big ducks seem to be down. Because of the lack of really cold weather and the high amount of rain and snow melt, there are still a lot of areas of open water the big ducks are using.
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    Changes for 2019-2020

    Hope everyone had a safe and successful first half and has a safe and successful second half. By now the everyone should know the changes to the Mallard limit for 2019-2020, 2 mallards instead of 4. The Atlantic Flyway council has also changed the goose season for 2019-2020; It is a 30 day season with a 2 bird bag limit. The September season has not changed and I am not sure if changes were made to the South zone. The way the waterfowl seasons are decided has also changed, 2019-2020 waterfowl season dates will be decided partially by the results of the survey sent out to hunters and recommendations made by the respective task forces. The survey results are in and the task forces have made their recommendations, the DEC should have season dates available in late February.
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