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Thanks everyone.

Meeting is at 9am.
 

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I have almost every digest from 2000-2014. Here are the late split dates. I'll try to look up archives to see if I can find further back.

2001 Jan 6/7
2002 Jan 5/6
2003 Jan 4/5
2004 Jan 3/4
2005 Jan 1/2
2006 dec 31/Jan 1
2007 Dec 31/Jan 1
2008 Jan 5/6
2009 Jan 3/4
2010 Jan 2/3
2011 Jan 2/3
2014 Dec 26/27
 

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It was 2012. 56 days starting on Oct 6 and ending November 30 in zone 3, then 4 days Dec. 29-Jan 1
nice work! I thought there was a four day split. I also thought it was way earlier. Thanks you. Now.. I am pretty sure there was an odd ball split at the beginning of a season. Not changing subject here, LOWBRASS really appreciate your work. January dates are my preference.
 
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I have almost every digest from 2000-2014. Here are the late split dates. I'll try to look up archives to see if I can find further back.

2001 Jan 6/7
2002 Jan 5/6
2003 Jan 4/5
2004 Jan 3/4
2005 Jan 1/2
2006 dec 31/Jan 1
2007 Dec 31/Jan 1
2008 Jan 5/6
2009 Jan 3/4
2010 Jan 2/3
2011 Jan 2/3
2014 Dec 26/27
In those digests, was there a front loaded split for zones. Thanks
 

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1st and 2nd. Ice is your friend
Here’s my observation on ice being your friend . Inside Lake Erie metro park had non hunt able open water with a large population Of birds (mallard and geese) at the end of regular season .Due to pressure at the PMSG area and lake erie .also a lot of mallards in every retention ponds around apartment complex, subdivision, shopping centers and parking lots Lake Erie had very few divers trading.
Then just about the time of the split it started to freeze up and the small ponds and marshes iced over . Lake Erie started to boil with geese mallards and divers . After the split we took a warm up and the small inland areas opened up and filled back up with birds even the Canard in Canada started getting ducky with roosting birds . This observation was from driving to Lake Erie metro park every morning for two weeks prior to the split . before day light till about 9/10am and evenings sitting on east river road on Grosse ile (retirement has its good points ) . So I’m a huge fan of ice being my friend . Just wish the regular season dates were
pushed back . I’ll take cold and birds as a posed to blue Bird and monarch days with no hunt able birds . So I’m in for the 1st and 2nd or later . I’ve always said I’d rather loose days due to mother
Nature freezing me out but had great hunts just prior to the ice lock than to sit and shoot one bird at first light and then see nothing all day .
 

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I have almost every digest from 2000-2014. Here are the late split dates. I'll try to look up archives to see if I can find further back.

2001 Jan 6/7
2002 Jan 5/6
2003 Jan 4/5
2004 Jan 3/4
2005 Jan 1/2
2006 dec 31/Jan 1
2007 Dec 31/Jan 1
2008 Jan 5/6
2009 Jan 3/4
2010 Jan 2/3
2011 Jan 2/3
2014 Dec 26/27
Yup! The split was always great in January. Then we started moving into December for some damn reason.

just like late goose. January was always the best. Suddenly people want feb days??? Makes no sense.
 

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Kinda how I thought it would go.

Good meeting and I feel we made some quality improvements to the goose season. More spread out than previously without pulling days from September.

Good meeting.
 

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Being an outfitter in Michigan for almost 30 years, that 2 day split was one of our busiest weekends.
My 2 sons would help me out as well as some really good callers from the eastside and some local guys who really didn't need to even call, there spots were so good.
you would have to show me the rule book to convince me there was ever a 4 day.
I vividly remember dragging decoys out on toboggans with a bad hangover and absolutely crushing Canadas and ducks in the same fields. best hangover cure ever!
 

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If you want to lower the number of local giant resident geese which is what the late season was all about then the best way is shoot the nesting pairs is in February.
watch how many doubles you kill this year.
 

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Kinda how I thought it would go.

Good meeting and I feel we made some quality improvements to the goose season. More spread out than previously without pulling days from September.

Good meeting.
I followed the entire Meeting. I was the one who mentioned to you guys that the middle zone needs to have the BB limits the same as the south zone now that the Saginaw Bay is in the middle zone.

Boy, hammering out the late split for goose sure was a chore. Haha
 

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Craig.
Can you elaborate on some of the changes. I was unable to view the meeting. Thank you sir.
 

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There really isn’t any changed per say. As you know saginaw bay is now in the middle zone. Still the same ol weird BB limit.

They were trying to cut the teal season by a few days for some stupid reason. The excuse was “pressure”. Which is pretty stupid considering that people would still be goose hunting during the time. So luckily they came to their senses and kept teal season the same 9/1-9/16.

youth/veterans hunt is there weekend of 9/18.

Goose season is now 5/day for 107 days. North and middle zone chose to run it straight 9/1-12/16.

South zone after lots of back and forth settles on a goose season that will be

9/1-9/30. 10/9-12/5. 1/1-1/9. 2/5-2/14. So yeah. Other than that nothing has changed based on what I remember.
 
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