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Re: Migration and a little history from my corner of the Mississippi Flyway In reply to
todd tennyson wrote:
It is interesting how things have changed during my lifetime.

For example, when I was a youngster, the Willamette valley in NW Oregon used to have less than 100,000 geese, Anymore, they get over a quarter of a million geese during the winter.

The only constant is change, guess that is mother nature's way.


So true Todd. in the late 70's and early 80's we use to take off from work on Friday afternoon for a 4 hour drive down to Missouri to a place called Sumner, MO and hunt out of goose pits with a guide service called Goose Haven. At the time it held the largest concentration of Canada geese in the Midwest outside of Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin. You may recognize the name Habitat Flats. Today that same area is owned by Ira McCauley of Momarsh and his associates where they have made a world renown duck hunting lodge. Habitat Flats | #1 Waterfowl Lodge Network in North America

Take care,

Ed L.
East Moline,
Illinois
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If I'd had asked what they wanted they would have said faster horses" - Henry Ford

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Heckuva goat Ed!! Sly

Dale, I have heard many many stories about how hunting used to be in FL. St. Marks was created to protect the migrating goose populations that came down here. West FL where I hunt quail and woodcock used to get lots of mallards, some black ducks and lots of gadwall and tons and tons and tons on lake seminole. Now we are lucky to get good populations of coots on the lake. We do get a few fairly large flocks of redheads on the Gulf but nowhere near like I have heard about. There used to be widgeon consistently on some of the rivers around here too. Not so much anymore. Sad........

But what do you expect? changing weather patterns and 600 new residents a day in a state that is mostly swamp and water. Fill it all in and the ducks go away....
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Dani wrote:
Heckuva goat Ed!! Sly

But what do you expect? changing weather patterns and 600 new residents a day in a state that is mostly swamp and water. Fill it all in and the ducks go away....


LOL...thanks Dani!

And speaking of habitat, in the world of conservation the Ramsar Convention for worldwide habitat and wetland retention was a great start but unfortunately season and bag limits hasn't been a worldwide issue for retaining sustainable numbers of waterfowl. When I was a kid waterfowling was called a "cottage industry" Today billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs worldwide have caused this hobby to become a behemoth on wall street. This of course will end at some point. I'm fortunate to have been here in the 60's, 70's and 80's when the hunting was good and we actually were considered as feeding our families. Don't get me wrong though if I'm above the grass next fall I'll be on the water as well.

Take care,

Ed L.
East Moline,
Illinois
_________________________________________
If I'd had asked what they wanted they would have said faster horses" - Henry Ford