Fish Point Report 10-17-2018

Managers Update 10/17/18

Waterfowl abundance
Mallard, Gadwall, Ring-neck’s and Redhead numbers increased compared to last week’s count.

Waterfowl harvest
 478 hunters harvested 823 ducks and 126 geese.

Hunting conditions

The conditions in our cropped zones are excellent.

Zones 1-3        Corn cover is excellent (8-9 feet tall); buckwheat, barley and millet plots produced above average yields.

Zones 9-32      Corn cover is excellent (8-9 feet tall); buckwheat, barley and moist soil plots produced excellent duck food.

Zone 45-56      Corn cover is excellent (8-9 feet tall); buckwheat, barley and moist soil plots produced excellent duck food

Zones 58-69    Corn cover is excellent (8-9 feet tall); buckwheat, barley and millet plots produced above average yields.

Marshes
Zone 4-7 and 39-44 currently have 24 to 36 inches of water.  Zone 8 is being flooded slowly to allow waterfowl to utilize the abundant moist soil plants that have been growing throughout the summer. Water level are currently 4-8 inches.

The E. and W. Refuge is currently at it desired flooding depth for puddle ducks.

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