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 […]
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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 10/2/18 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 […]
Oct 1st 2018- Managers Update – Refuge numbers have skyrocketed with the cooler temperatures and the opening of waterfowl season in Canada. The first and third refuge cells are flooded and we’re currently holding 8-10,000 ducks. Overall, our conditions are average to above average in the cropped zones. 1-18: Corn is doing very well and […]
Area Condition: Update: Spring crop planting is under way. All the fields corn strips are now worked up and planting should happen soon.
Nov 28th 2017- Managers Update – Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 16,000 ducks. 2017 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 9288 Ducks and 000 Geese Area Conditions: Mallards are by far the most numerous, but a good amount of black ducks are still on the area. There are a handful of […]