Seeing if any of my fellow 2 coolers have any duck reports from Champion Lake.
All the oak tress died out long ago after a levee was constructed leaving only cypress trees which have no food value for ducks. It's "flooded trees", but in no way to be confused with "flooded timber" as we know it, which is basically living oak trees that get flooded after they go dormant in the winter and the draw is all the floating acorns.Theres no food on champion lake is there??? Just a bunch of cypress trees....
I think IKE got all the grasses....
Hunters that got permits and didn't show up should be dis-qualified for next years drawing. I applied, paid my money and did NOT get drawn. Dang shame to waste those permits.Reports that I have from hunters on the lake the two weekends before Christmas is that were a lot of birds, but not nearly enough hunters that drew permits were showing up to hunt and keep the birds moving. We lost the majority of our local birds the weekend after Christmas with that big front and it has been slim pickings since, so I'm not surprised to see a poor report for that particular weekend.
I can sympathize with that, but no one can force you to go hunting on that date. You could be sick, or have a family member in critical condition, or all kinds of things beyond your control.
I tend to agree, but it is difficult to enforce that because they would have tons of names on that list. You also get two weekend, or 4 days, so what if you can only hunt 1? I got drawn this year, but was drawn for the ONLY two consecutive weekends that I knew months in advance I could not hunt. I was not able to switch weekends.
From what I understand this is the first time they have had this problem, and Id agree if they let you choose your weekends or trade them out.. Some of us only get 2 weekends off making the luck of the draw a little less likely so even though it's disappointing in not getting chosen it's still fair. My biggest wish is that they would let you bring 3 or 4 adults or turn them in for walk-ins to use if you know you can't make it.
Sure... if you'd like to make sure that no one pays to enter the drawing because it isn't worth scouting for one hunt. This is the first year that they had more applicants than slots I believe. They need to increase how many access the property per day, not restrict how many days that folks that actually show up can go.The best thing they could do is to make the permit good for one day only which would dramatically increase the number of people who get to hunt.
It's that way at all your WMA's where controlled hunts are conducted. A typical example is they are open Sat., Tue, & Thu. only and no one is allowed to scout prior to a hunt. If they have birds, most hunters do well, and there sure isn't a lack of people coming out to hunt.Sure... if you'd like to make sure that no one pays to enter the drawing because it isn't worth scouting for one hunt.
Don't have the stats in front of me, but it's very typical to have people not show up there. Even in years when hunting is pretty good, few can hunt all four days.
From what I understand this is the first time they have had this problem
They hope to restore the cabin and open it to visitors someday.It sucks to see that big nice cabin just rotting away too...
Did there used to be oaks in there???? Cuz personally, from what I have seen, its totally useless, except for a few woodduck swats and a mosquito factory....
Apples and oranges. The WMA's do not do draw hunts, and they do not limit the number of times that one person can hunt the tract. Running the refuge like a WMA would obviously be the most beneficial for hunters, but the refuge staff has a preference for draw hunts. That would be fine if they allowed hunters who aren't drawn to wait on standby for a no show.It's that way at all your WMA's where controlled hunts are conducted. A typical example is they are open Sat., Tue, & Thu. only and no one is allowed to scout prior to a hunt. If they have birds, most hunters do well, and there sure isn't a lack of people coming out to hunt.