Anderson: Help for ducks is at the heart of House bill

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 16, 2012 - 7:13 AM

The goal of the legislation is to make it possible and timely to improve ponds.

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lexlugerMar. 15, 12 8:35 PM

I haven't seen this much puppy love since the last Twilight movie. Dennis, where were you last week when McNamara's committee gutted the wetlands bill? Quit being McNamara's communications point man, be objective, and pretend to care about Minnesota's duck habitat as much as you used to care about Louisiana's

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verdepatoMar. 16, 12 7:20 AM

Predator contral and Geese contral have much more to do with our ducks and this issue simply look to northern minnesota Boral Forests That have not changed 1% still no ducks there.

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facts4youMar. 16, 12 9:05 AM

Dennis, Even lakes in good shape, like Swan Lake in Nicollet County, aren't attracting ducks. The breeding area is west and that's the way the ducks fly south. Until Minnesota grows more of its own ducks it won't matter how good the lakes are for waterfowl, they just won't show up in good numbers. Protecting and restoring the small wetlands, even the ones that only hold water for a few weeks, is more important than grandstanding by a political hack. When farmers are still exempt from protections for small wetlands under the states Wetlands Conservation Act, there is more important legislation to work on.

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jackpinesavMar. 16, 12 9:19 AM

Dennis STILL hasn't figured out "I didn't get my deer----boo hoo!"McNamera. AIS issues should have shown him that. One party Dennis is back to his old tricks. Natural resources issues deserve better; the economy of the state is at risk here in the big picture.

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pobamaMar. 16, 1211:05 AM

The ducks would be much better off if we just took a few truckloads of dirt and blocked county ditches and then took a sledge hammer and smashed most of the drain tiles.

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pobamaMar. 16, 1211:12 AM

Human population growth driving more county ditches and drain tiles are the root cause of this problem. But nobody is talking about the root cause of environmental problems in this country now are they?

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fishanhunt2Mar. 16, 1212:49 PM

I do support this bill, but there are other factors too that no one seems to want to mention. Where are the ducks now? Over bagged in Mexico during the winters by U.S. hunters who knowingly and willingly ignore respecting the resource for their own personal gratification. After the so called hunters leave most of those ducks get simply thrown away by the local guides. Ducks that are already dead don't come back to Minnesota and nest. Before you attack me as anti-hunting? I have spent my life in the outdoors. What is being done in Mexico by U.S. hunters is not hunting, it is wanton waste. this bill you reference is important but this slaughter of ducks in Mexico would be a good, but sad for you too.

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yathinksoMar. 16, 12 9:28 PM

Yeah, lets increase their population just so we can kill em.

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verdepatoMar. 17, 12 6:22 PM

Have been hunting in Mexico for 15 years now and I have never seen what you describe Also with the drug cartel problem no one is crossing the border to hunt any more except for a few diehards like me Do not blame mexico for your lousey hunting problems in Minnesota I hunt in 3 provinces of Canada, North and South Dakota , Califorina , Texas and Mexico The only place that does not have ducks in Minnesota I only hunt in Minnesota because of friends and family and then only for a few d ays Duck hunting in Horrible in Minnesota

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