This may not be popular with some of you boat owners, but what is the purpose of opening the WMA's early to boaters? Every year they open it up before the youth hunt (2 1/2 weeks before the regular opener) and they keep it open to boats from that point on. I'm sure some of you will say you need time to scout out areas and such, the truth is you could do that from walking or biking and use binos to do the scouting. Every year I hear guys asking "when can we run boats" "I need to test out my new boat" I don't think you have to be on a WMA to do that, go run your boat somewhere else. The bottom line is this.....IMO opening day has really suffered the last few years in part I believe due to opening the WMA's to boats 2 1/2 weeks before the regular season opener. Before people start jumping my a$$ just know I have a duck boat/mudmotor and have done so for a dozen years. I'm not one of those anti boat-mudmotor guys by any means, I think the quality of the opener is not what it used to be and could possibly be improved. Maybe have the WMA's open to boats for one week after the youth hunt and shut it down for the final week before the regular season. This would still give guys a chance to scout and test their boats. This is just my opinion and I'm sure there are others that feel different, but I do not see the point of running boats weeks ahead of the opener.