That bottom has changed in the last 10 years. Million $ field holds all the birds. Lots of spots only kill a fraction of what they used to. But people are still paying top dollar just to have a spot to go.
I've hunted a timber hole just north of hornsbluff a few years ago. they was telling me it use to average over a thousand but was down to 300-400 a year. it was a super slick set up tho. I've called some many people the last few years and the prices are absolutely insane. I tell all my buddies if our pit was in Tennessee it would be triple the price at least
No till farming
Northern states funding a lot of wetlands/shoreline projects
Big money private groups leaving a lot of food and holding large numbers of waterfowl
And lastly weather. 😂
All of these things have created a migration pattern change. Ducks are like programmable robots. If they get reprogrammed it takes a big change to alter their pattern. I pray we get ice age conditions up north sometime soon to shake things up.
I somewhat agree. But I have seen them move. The problem is that they move to private farms that leave a ton of standing corn. I’ve had a front row seat watching Fincher farm fill up, and in Halls watching the private farms with food mow down Lake Lauderdale ducks.
I had a spot 10 years ago just north of the million dollar field. We used to kill 500-600. Last year I had it we barely killed 100 with standing corn in the field. All the ducks were going to Million dollar field everyday. They only started using our field the last week of the season when all their food was gone.
I've never been through a conservative season but it would probably help. Same dudes say that hunting only accounts for like 1% death of ducks though. 30 day season would get some folks out of the game and open some spots for hardcore hunters with less means