Nothing is for sure until the DFG meeting on 8-30-02.
The DFG proposal for the season (as recommend and listed on their web site) shows the Balance of the State as:
Duck - From between the second Saturday in October and the first Saturday in November, extending between 38 and 107 days. So, they could either go with a start date of Oct 12, Oct 19, Oct 26 or Nov 2nd.
The best guess right now is start on 11-2-02...and maybe an 89 day season. Might as well wait until 8-30-02 - otherwise you will just drive yourself crazy chasing down the rumor and speculation.