Interesting recommendations on waterfowl start dates to IDNR director Marc Miller from the advisory board on Tuesday.
Interesting for the always contentious south zone, where sometimes waters are still huntable late in the year (as above barely at Rend Lake in January five years ago) and other times freeze up quickly.
According to a source, staff recommended a Nov. 27 start for the south while the board backed a two-week earlier recommendation of Nov. 13.
That's a fairly significant difference.
Miller is expected to agree with the north zone opening Oct. 16 and the central on Oct. 30. I have no idea what Miller will do with the south zone. Not sure that he does either.
BTW, earlier in the day, state waterfowl biologist Ray Marshalla said he expects a 60-day duck season, but nothing is definite until the feds come out with their report (expected Thursday).
The teal season is virtually certain: 16 days from Sept. 4-19. And the early Canada goose season will be the usual Sept. 1-15.