State Game Area
Farm Unit, High
Banks Unit, Ottawa
Marsh Unit. Area
Fennville Farm Unit Headquarters Location,
Area Reporter: Travis Sabyan
-2014 - This mornings trip finds the
crops on the Fennville farm unit in excellent condition. The Corn
is at least 8 foot tall in most zones and the wheat has been harvested.
All the other crops such as beans also look to be doing well. The
only wildlife viewed was a flock of about 30 sandhill cranes.
- What a difference a year makes, last
year at this time the midwest was in one of most sever droughts in
decades and the crops on the Fennville Farm unit were pretty much
( See last Years Picures ).
This year, the crops are back to what I will call normal with corn
in the 6 to 8 foot range, with all the other crops, beans and differnet
types of grains, doing well . I sure hope this translates into more
action this upcoming hunting season.
-13th -2013 -
Area Update -
time to visit the farm, the spring migration is in full swing. There
are thousands of geese on the refuge. A few ducks, but mostly Canada's.
-16th -2012 -
Area Update -
As everyone knows water is the issue! Very low corn is equaling no
cover in a lot of zones at the farm. Geese are starting to come in
and ducks are on the light side, but that's normal for this early
in the season. We are planning on a few evening hunts at the farm
in the next few weeks, we'll see how that works out. All the holes/marshes
in the area are very low or dried up. My favorite spot is usually
8-9ft deep in the middle is now about 3ft, with the shore line 50-60ft
back. Hope everyone has some luck this year, will let you know how
the hunting on the farm is soon.
16 2012 - Just after my last report
southwest Michigan did get some rain and it has rained on and off
since and it sure didn't help the crops that needed help. The corn
in the refuge area is good but the quality falls off fast after
that. With a lot of it being only maybe 3 foot high. In one hunting
zone the soy beans were about as high as the corn, this should give
you an idea of how bad some of the crops are.
On a good note I spotted 2 groups of Sand
Hill Cranes and heard another but I could not see them through the
corn. Also seen a few flocks of geese flying and another feeding
in a worked up field.
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a larger view
Refuge Corn Looks Good
Sand Hill Cranes
Really Short Corn
16 2012 - If you live on the west side
of Michigan you already know of the drought (Wood
TV 8 article ) that has hit this part of state this
summer. On a drive around the Fennville Farm Unit this past Saturday
I seen that about 60 to
70 pecent of the
crops in the area need rain now and the rest
will need rain with in the next couple of weeks or there will be nothing
left for the migration or the upcoming 2012 waterfowl season.
-18th -2011 -
Area Update - Hunting
continues to be slow. We hunted the farm yesterday and there was very
few birds in the air and we had no shot opportunities. Hopefully the
cooler weather will give us a push. |
Current DNR Bird Numbers:
2500 ducks and 6500 geese.