Monday, December 21, 2009

Maybe next time, "a little" snow.

Compare today's snow cover map to the last one I posted. We're now under 1.5 - 2.0' of snow. Not sure if the ducks and geese have left us, or are starving in the ice & snow. Plan to visit the farm tomorrow and figure out which of those two it is!
I'm planning on a waterfowl hunt of some variety later this week. Lots of factors to consider!


tugboatdude said...

plenty of geese in SE Va but still very few mallards,blacks etc.The harbor is full of all kinds of sea ducks.I think if you can clear a space you should be in business.

Willard said...

You got more snow than we did. We had about a foot.

Thanks so much for your recent visits to our blogs, taking the time to read about the issues in detail and leaving the constructive comments. It is appreciated very much and we intend to act on your suggestions as time permits.

Kirk Mantay said...

Willard - you guys are facing an important issue that the wildlife community further south is hearing NOTHING about.

I'm just trying to understand it. VA is dealing with it right now - there is no elk season in VA but two of our border states (the borders being creeks, rivers, and main streets in many cases) have re-introduced elk, which is causing a nightmare - unlike many states, if there's no season (often a formal CLOSED season) for an animal, it can be taken as a nuisance. So you can imagine what kind of conflicts THAT causes, as elk wander into VA towns, the towns are flooded with wildlife tourists, and then the elk "disappear....." legally.

VA may also need to deal with it re: mountain lions. The cats have been sighted but VDGIF refuses to confirm the sightings, for the same reason - they would have to (as they need to for elk) jump into action, commission a multi-year population study, complete a population management plan, and decided on a season (obviously, a permanently closed season). It would take 5+ years, numerous staff, and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

So....they just don't do it. And hope that nobody kills a mountain lion in VA.

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