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  1. I’d vote for that. One other comment. I fish all over for bluegills, including southern Ontario which has some great panfish lakes. I only keep enough for a meal, releasing all the big ones & keeping around 8 of mid-size. One of the best lakes in the state for quality in my opinion is the only one with a restricted sunfish limit, 15 per day. Coincidence? I think not.

  2. Wisconsin & Minnesota are light years ahead of us with sunfish management. Their research has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that overharvest of mature fish, particularly the parental males that guard the nests, is directly responsible for a decrease in fish quality. Not what everyone presumes, that overpopulation of stunted fish is a direct result of not removing enough from a given waterbody. I’m 70 years old and have seen a lot of quality bluegill lakes in my lifetime reduced to a remnant of their former selves. 50 sunfish/day is way too many.

  3. 15 bird limit was the kiss of death for resident hunting in my area.  Groups going out and routinely taking 90-100 birds at a crack, now wondering what happened to the hunting.  Duh, it’s not an inexhaustible resource.  Hunting now sucks until new “resident” geese magically show up in the 3rd week.

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  4. You make the same argument that I made. DEC’s response:  those aren’t AP geese being killed in late Sept when everyone sees the big push.  Those are Ontario/Quebec’s resident birds.  They clam only a very small fraction of the birds killed with bands at that time are AP birds.  My response to that is that only a very, very small fraction of AP birds are banded, therefore you should not expect to see many band returns.  Nope, you’re wrong, the so called experts say.

  5. My friend is a wildlife biologist with DEC.  He said the reason they shut down the March season is that there has been a number of AP goose bands showing up in the returns.  Given the decline in the AP population they thought it best to err on the side of caution and close it.  That’s all I’ve got on the subject.

  6. Com on, whaler, after all the hateful rhetoric Ray’s been spewing out and you get your panties in a knot over that?  I’ve got a novel idea, why don’t we all continue this political conversation on some other appropriate website and leave this one confined to the subject of fishing.

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  7. Newest info from the Empire State Marine Trades Association:

    “Good news!  We just spoke to the governors council.  New York State is now coordinating an approach with CT & NJ to declare marinas essential.  No charters or rentals allowed but all other operations can continue subject to social distancing & sanitation.  The Governors Office will be releasing this information later today.”

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  8. That may be true but as of right now they haven’t closed off all with barricades & signs.  Brother lives in Westport right on the lake Champlain shoreline.  DEC boat launch on outskirts of the village.  No barrier or signs there as of this morning.  Probably just a matter of time, though.

  9. Hey, thork9, ask the pastors in Louisiana & Virginia about their denial of the severity of the virus.  Oops, sorry, I forgot, they’re no longer with us.  You can make your political opinion known but I guarantee a moderator will wipe mine out as soon as he sees it.

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