Interesting comments and I respect them. You sound like you know what you're talking about in the previous comments and mention a lot of stuff I didn't know (especially the wood duck data).Sorry to come to this thread late. I have a couple comments on this to maybe help clarify.
6) To address the comments on snow goose seasons. Each season ~150 people apply for Snow Goose permits. The decision was made that far more people were benefitted by having 2 weeks in February. In a recent survey of goose hunters, more than 5,000 hunters (mostly in central Kentucky) have participated in goose hunts in February. Those days aren't there hoping migrants will return...they are there to benefit those hunting local Canadas. As you can see, far more people benefit from Feb dark goose hunting.
7) To the idea of creating a zone to hunt snow geese I would say, Kentucky has been making an effort to get rid of zones and simplify regulations. How would you draw a line for this? 50% of the snow goose permits issued are in the Henderson area. I can promise you, the majority of folks in that area wouldn't want to lose their Feb dark goose days. I sounds easy to just create a zone but it is not.
8) Special seasons create problems for Snow goose Conservation order seasons. You can not have any season (other than falconry) open during Conservation order seasons. So regulations would have to be created to close the snow goose season during youth/veterans days. More regulatory complexity.
The reason only 150 people apply for a snow goose permit is because they are gone by the time season comes in. And when I say season, I mean conservation season. I actually asked some guys I know that hunt henderson which they would rather have; snow goose conservation start after youth season or their dark geese days. They replied snow geese, for sure. Pandas aren't coming unless it's a rare year. That's an extremely small sample size, I know, but the days where you sat and looked north waiting on migrator canadas are over.
You mentioned hunting local canadas in central KY during these final 2 weeks. You can hunt local canada's from Sempt. 16-30th, and from Thanksgiving til January 31st. How many more days do you want? Your hunting the most educated bird in the state by late January. They know where they are safe and where they are not. 2 weeks into February won't change that.
Kentucky is not a huge state but east to west it varies a great deal. The west end has more waterfowl. Plain and simple. Shouldn't you cater more to where the birds are? If what you're saying is true about the conservation order regulations, I'd be in favor of opening after the youth/veteran days. And the dark goose guys could get a few extra days between the end of duck season and the youth weekend.