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Illinois goose prospects are promising

July 02, 2010 at 05:22 AM

Prospects look better for Canada goose hunters in central Illinois than for duck chasers.

Preliminary results from last week’s goose banding in west-central Illinois showed productivity was 12 percent above the five-year average according to biologist Dan Holm. The survey showed 2.31 immature geese per adult in west central Illinois.

Productivity was average in northeast Illinois, with 1.62 immature birds per adult.

More good news comes from migratory flocks that nest on the tundra of Canada. “They had an early spring and generally that means good nesting success,” Holm said.

Duck openers should be Oct. 16 for the North Zone and Oct. 30 for the Central Zone. Proposed Canada goose seasons are Oct. 16 to Jan. 8 in the North Zone with a split season for the Central Zone of Oct. 30-Nov. 14 and Nov. 24-Jan. 31.

Remember, these dates are proposed, not final.

Still to be determined is the South Zone, which could open Nov. 13 or Nov. 27 depending on Department of Natural Resources
Director Marc Miller’s decision. DNR staff backs a Nov. 27 opener but the DNR Advisory Board voted in favor of the earlier date on Tuesday in Springfield.

Several advisory board members said they were voting for the average, public hunter by targeting an earlier start date. Hunt clubs, meanwhile, prefer a later opener.

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Note the “Average, public hunter” consists of only 17% of the total duck hunting population in the south zone!  The advisory board missed the target here, AGAIN!  Anyone that hunts the south zone knows good and well there are no geese here on November 13.  Bringing the season in early for ducks and geese takes away our best hunting at the end of season.  The only geese killed that early in November are locals that people raise to establish a population to attract more birds in Dec/Jan.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/08 at 11:30 AM

once again you fail to mention the HUNTER survey was 66% in favor of the late season. That is the random survey of people who duck hunted in Illinois last year. The only public hunters that I know who want the early season is basicly from the Carlye area. If they held the meeting down where we did’nt have to drive a hundred miles I;m sure the public hunters at the meeting would want the late season. There is plenty of public hunting here besides Carlye. Oakwood bottoms, the scatters, Horseshoe lake public hunting and walkin, Union county public hunting, Mermet blinds and walk in and thousands of acres in the cache wetlands, so don’t give me crap that it’s just the hunting clubs that want the late season. Myself and three others and friends we take killed close to 600 ducks last year at Horseshoe with early season. would have killed 800 if we’d went 10 or 12 more days , and every duck was killed on public hunting So there.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/09 at 12:44 AM

jneils79…I failed to say I am directing this at Lampe not you. I agree with you all the way

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/09 at 12:48 AM

mallardsrule… Thanks, nice to finally have people comment on here like you that have common sense.  Now we just got to work on this 4th zone. Best way to solve the southern 7 counties and carlyle scuffles, is to put us in our own zone.  I think we have the director’s pull on this one, but just think, no Quinn possibly could possibly equal no director (Marc Miller).

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