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Old 01-11-2019, 05:44 PM
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MI Open w/shutdown?

Does anyone know if hunting is still open? Thanks
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:29 AM
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Re: MI Open w/shutdown?

yes it is but the birds dont fly during the shut down apparently. didnt pull the trigger at shiloh 5 this weekend.
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:23 PM
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Re: MI Open w/shutdown?

BioLab Road and Beach Road are closed. Otherwise, I believe everything else is open. Hunted New Years Day in East Gator. No biologists on checkout.

I know people that have hunted the Shilohs and L/M Pond since the shutdown.
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:17 PM
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Re: MI Open w/shutdown?

Thanks for the reply all, I was trying to hunt off bio lab as I was solo with a small boat with no engine. Ended up putting a hole in the boat jumping over the levee, broke an oar lock, and other than seeing a big flight of divers out over the lagoon, saw 1 duck (merg). Quite a day.
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:48 PM
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Re: MI Open w/shutdown?

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yes it is but the birds dont fly during the shut down apparently. didnt pull the trigger at shiloh 5 this weekend.
Sad. Used to be one of my favorite places. Could count on the Pintails coming in about 9:00 a mile high and circling in. Bluebills and Redheads by the thousands around this time of year a decade ago.

But motor restrictions and more permits and shell limits will bring it all back they say.....(sigh)
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Old 01-18-2019, 02:10 PM
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Re: MI Open w/shutdown?

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Sad. Used to be one of my favorite places. Could count on the Pintails coming in about 9:00 a mile high and circling in. Bluebills and Redheads by the thousands around this time of year a decade ago.

But motor restrictions and more permits and shell limits will bring it all back they say.....(sigh)
Don't forget no hunting in most of the Indian River up by the Shilohs. Guess where the Bluebills and Redheads are sitting?
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:05 AM
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Re: MI Open w/shutdown?

Most impounds are still open. Beach road is closed to get to Bio or Max.

Merritt is terrible this season. Boards getting yanked by anti hunters. Holes punched in dikes or dug out to flood w salt water. That got repaired but damage is done. No birds. habitat is junk, almost feels like something was put in the water there. early teal it had good numbers. opening weekend was decent. after that they left. im Not even seeing the bluebills coming into the impound big ponds and not many coots either. Not sure what Black Point has in it but ill drive it to see .

Even the Mott ducks have been missing............
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:08 AM
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Re: MI Open w/shutdown?

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Most impounds are still open. Beach road is closed to get to Bio or Max.

Merritt is terrible this season. Boards getting yanked by anti hunters. Holes punched in dikes or dug out to flood w salt water. That got repaired but damage is done. No birds. habitat is junk, almost feels like something was put in the water there. early teal it had good numbers. opening weekend was decent. after that they left. im Not even seeing the bluebills coming into the impound big ponds and not many coots either. Not sure what Black Point has in it but ill drive it to see .

Even the Mott ducks have been missing............
I've been joking all season that somebody poisoned the water at guana lol this is usually the time of the season that guana is the best and they only shot one mallard there yesterday.
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:40 AM
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Re: MI Open w/shutdown?

With the people in the world today i wouldnt doubt it one bit. Birds sitting in the river but wont fly in to the impound.....
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:11 PM
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Merritt is terrible this season. Boards getting yanked by anti hunters. Holes punched in dikes or dug out to flood w salt water. That got repaired but damage is done.
Not sure that it's anti hunters. Probably fishermen and crabbers.
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Old 01-24-2019, 04:05 PM
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Re: MI Open w/shutdown?

combo of all 3. ive ran into some whacks out there
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:46 PM
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Re: MI Open w/shutdown?

"It's the habitat stupid"

(not saying that to call anyone stupid but just playing off an old political line.)

Merritt Island's "experiment" started in the early 90s of a salt/fresh impoundment is clearly not working. There are no ducks even on Black Point. If the habitat was great on the Refuge the ducks probably wouldn't even be able to find it because there are no ducks on the areas around it to feed it.

More permits, cutback on shooting times, removing days from the hunt schedule, shell limits, motor restrictions, etc, etc, etc and not going to change things one bit.

"It's the Habitat stupid"
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:37 PM
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Re: MI Open w/shutdown?

Keeping fresh water in would help. When it gets salty itís trash . When the coots ainít really around it tells you something.
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Old 01-28-2019, 09:06 AM
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"it's the habitat stupid"

(not saying that to call anyone stupid but just playing off an old political line.)

merritt island's "experiment" started in the early 90s of a salt/fresh impoundment is clearly not working. There are no ducks even on black point. If the habitat was great on the refuge the ducks probably wouldn't even be able to find it because there are no ducks on the areas around it to feed it.

More permits, cutback on shooting times, removing days from the hunt schedule, shell limits, motor restrictions, etc, etc, etc and not going to change things one bit.

"it's the habitat stupid"

this!!!!!!
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Old 01-29-2019, 08:00 AM
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Re: MI Open w/shutdown?

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"It's the habitat stupid"

(not saying that to call anyone stupid but just playing off an old political line.)

Merritt Island's "experiment" started in the early 90s of a salt/fresh impoundment is clearly not working. There are no ducks even on Black Point. If the habitat was great on the Refuge the ducks probably wouldn't even be able to find it because there are no ducks on the areas around it to feed it.

More permits, cutback on shooting times, removing days from the hunt schedule, shell limits, motor restrictions, etc, etc, etc and not going to change things one bit.

"It's the Habitat stupid"
Yep....Hard to believe a refuge Bio has not figured out what every duck hunter knows...
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