Hunted this balmy morning on DesPlaines. Only saw a few geese, locals & well schooled. It just isn't right hunting in the warm weather, come on, give me some ice & a foot of snow while there is still time left!
Biotroller hunts the DesPlaines Conservation Area which is in the cz south of I-80.
Strangely though, DCA is considered part of the special Northeast Zone for the early Sept. season.
An influential land-owner/duck-hunter, tried to get the DNR to meander the logical nz,cz boundary south of I-80, around DCA and his private flooded fields, and then back up to I-80. His fields would now be in the nz. This would allow an earlier start to his season and first shot at the local birds. He would also avoid any early freeze-up prematurely closing down his hunting. It failed due to public outcry from hunters at the local advisory board meetings.
(Curiously each zone's waterfowl advisory committee was disbanded by the state the following year. You might speculate it was because they provided the only place where vocal opponents of the zone change were able to protest such an unfair proposal wreaking of political favoritism).
Imagine the additional confusion a meandering boundary over several counties would have caused when you throw the quota zones and need for reporting of the kill and punching a ticket into the mix? All the usual regs, phone reporting, ticket punching, etc, etc, ... plus now you would probably have to have notarized gps coordinates of the exact spot a dead bird fell for reporting purposes, and a legal representative all available for any CPO checks in the field!
I haven't been out to the Desplaines much for ducks this year, a few times for geese. I've found less pressured public areas! More dificult access & a little further drive but, it keeps lots of the pain in the a$$ people away. I've had good success out near Momence, especially when it got cold with the ice. There have been times this season I did not see anyother hunters. What a treat!
It's amazing how you can try and do something like that if you have enough money isn't it. I know the individual that you are speaking of "not personally" but myself and as many of my hunting buddies that I could find went to the DNR meeting about the proposal to move the north zone line further south, hopefully our voice helped stop that bs. After all if a normal joe like me tried to propose something like that I would just be laughed at.
COME ON COLD WEATHER!!!!! If mother nature doesn't hurry up I won't have very many geese in my freezer for the winter. No big pushes of geese down my way yet with only 2 weeks to go. This sux!!!!!