Oct 18th 2017 – Managers Update –
Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 9416 ducks and 756 geese.
2017 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 1171 Ducks and 69 Geese
Area Condition Update: Gadwall, Mallard, Green wings Teal, Redhead, Scaup and Ringneck numbers increased this week. Woodduck and Widgeon numbers decreased compared to last weeks count. Goose numbers were similar to last week’s count.
Corn in most zones have 7ft to 9ft tall corn and should provide excellent cover and food, with the exception of zone 25-26 which varies from 4ft to 5ft tall. Zones 9, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25-26, 29, 32, 49 and 66 will have a hunting blind to provide additional cover. All zones have small grains around them (Barley, Buckwheat, Japanese Millet and numerous moist soil plants) so there will be plenty of food for the waterfowl to feed on throughout the season. Water condition in zones 1-49 very in depth from 6-24inches. Zones 58-69 are currently being flooded. The remaining hunting zones will be at full pool by October 28.