Shiawassee River State Game Area Report 10-02-2018

Managers Update 10/2/18

Hunting conditions:

Crops this year are marginal, we started off good but heavy rains flooded out crops that were planted thus resulting in poor corn growth in some fields. North Prior, South Prior, 9-14 and 1-5 fields all have poor corn in them (corn is 2-4 feet tall). Fortunately, sorghum was planted in these fields and will provide good cover in those units. South Prior has moist soil plants in there for food with 65-foot-wide strips of buckwheat planted in there and grew well. All of our small grains grew very well this year and will provide an excellent food source for migrating waterfowl. All of our marsh units have good water levels and the opening work that we have been doing is starting to work well in these units.

 

MANAGED ZONES/HUNTING OUTLOOK: 

1-5  Sharecropped field that was planted to soybeans with our shares planted to corn. Soybeans are expected to be harvested next week. Corn is poor in this unit but there has been sorghum planted for cover and it will provide for good cover.

6-8  This is moist soils unit again this year. Blinds have been placed for cover and sorghum was planted as well for cover.

9-14  Sharecropped field that was planted to soybeans and the states shares planted to corn (corn is poor in this unit). Sorghum was planted for additional cover and will provide for good cover for hunters. Soybeans expected to be harvested next week.

21-28  This marsh unit is at full pool and should provide for some good hunting opportunities this fall.

29   This marsh unit was drawn down this summer to help promote plant growth. The SFCHA had spread millet in this unit and it grew well. We have begun to fill this unit and it will provide for some good hunting opportunities this fall.

30-38  Sharecropped field that was planted to navy beans and states shares planted to corn (7 to 9 feet tall). This field was sprayed on 9/27 to kill off green vegetation and is expected to be harvested next week.

39-46  Corn was planted by the sharecropper in this unit and is 7-9 feet tall, excellent food and cover source. Small grains consisting of buckwheat and millet were planted and grew well. Lots of food and great cover in this unit. Unit will be flooded for opening day.

55-60  Sharecropper planted corn in this unit heavy rains stunted growth, the corn will not provide cover and very little food value. There is sorghum planted in this unit and it will provide good cover in all hunting zones. Millet and buckwheat were planted in this unit and grew well. This unit will be flooded for opening day.

67-76 This marsh is at full pool and will provide for some good hunting opportunities this fall.

77-117  This unit is at full pool now. There was a lot of smartweed growth in this unit during the summer months and this unit will provide for some good hunting opportunities this fall.

137-150 Rookery marsh is being pumped now and will be at full pool for the opener.

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