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. […]
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Managers Update 10/17/18 Waterfowl abundance: Duck numbers were up slightly this week, Refuge count this week showed 10,985 ducks (6,620 mallards) and 395 geese. Duck harvest was also up, 869 for 2017 and 1059 for 2018. Goose harvest was also up, 76 for 2017 and 125 for 2018. Hunting conditions: NO CHANGES THIS WEEK 6-8 […]
Managers Update -10-17-18 Waterfowl abundance Refuge numbers did not jump the way they normally do after opening day pressure pushes birds to the refuge. We’re still hovering right around the 15,000 mark. A lot of teal have left with the colder temperatures, which was reflected in the bag this weekend. Waterfowl harvest Opening day was […]
Area Conditions Update: The 2018 waterfowl season starts this weekend and the area is in fantastic shape. The corn and other crops are all excellent and flooding has began in all three fields.
Managers Update -1 0-10-18 Waterfowl abundance: Refuge numbers continue to grow and are much higher than normal for preseason. We’re holding well over 15,000 ducks and the number may be higher, but the birds are still really spread around as hunting pressure hasn’t kicked in yet. Hunting conditions: We started flooding a bit earlier than normal […]
Managers Update 10/10/18 Due to wet weather and receiving two inches of rain crops have not yet been harvested in 1-5, 9-14 and the 30’s (crops are ready just too wet). We would expect that the 30’s will have a couple of zones with water on by opening day. Fields 1-5 and 9-14 are still […]
Managers Update 10/10/18 Flooding of 1-3, 9-32, 45-49 and 66-68 will continue. Hunter can expect to float decoys in 35 hunting zones by opening day, water depths from 4-14 inches. Most zones with water will be best accessed by foot and jet sled. Boat access in most zones will be optimal by November 3 when […]
Managers Update 10/3/18 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 […]
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 […]
Area Condition Update: The 2018 waterfowl season is a month away and the area is being prepared. The corn and other crops are all looking excellent, much better than last year. For those who may haven’t been around the Great Lakes this summer, water conditions are as high as I have seem it in my 68 years.