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Waterfowl harvest #'s 2002 vs 2001

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Here's the harvest numbers report: ... tivity.pdf

Lots of interesting comparisons within:
For instance, 5% fewer ND's bothered to go out last year. Take a look at Texas - 30% fewer guys decided it wasn't worth it last year. Not a good sign for the future if the govna thinks Texas's model is the one to follow.

Another thing that struck me as odd was the harvest change in pintails in the Central and Mississippi flyways. All the Central flyway folks really layed off the pintails (I did) because the numbers are still way down. Even the Pacific flyway pintail harvest was down by 25%. Same is true for most of the Mississippi flyway- except Minn, Wisc., Michigan - where the harvest went way way up. Heck, even Louisianna's and California's pintail harvest went way down. What's a reasonable interpretation?

I doubt if a biological interpretation is appropriate. I propose that it is an objective indication of hunter behavior....

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My son's and I filled out on pintails almost every hunt. Last year we must have had 50-100 pintails decoy opening morning alone. Passing on pintails because the population levels are low isn't necessary if the US fish and wildlife says the population can with stand it. I believe last year in Canada the limit was three pintails and has anyone else ever watched the hunting shows where they hunt pintails in know, the ones where they shoot several (6-8 each) pintails on every hunt.
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