Oct 2017- Managers Update –
Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 9585 ducks.
2017 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 618 Ducks and 000 Geese
Area Condition Update: Bird counts became more difficult later in the week as the birds spread into the hunting zones. After the opener, numbers in the refuge have dropped slightly as expected, to just under 10,000. Wood duck numbers are especially high.
Crop & Water conditions: Conditions were excellent for opening day, with lots of water and good cover. Water levels will remain fairly stable for the next week, but I’ll add 3-6 more inches to a few zones before the end of the month. Zones 28-30 are being flooded in preparation for opening this coming Saturday, the 21st.