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Nayanquing Point State Game Area

Report
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Dec -7th -2011 - Bills Area Update - There will be a draw this week end at normal times.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 3,700 ducks and 0 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
3178 Ducks and 64 Geese
Nov -20th -2011 - Bills Area Update - Crop and water conditions remain the same as last weeks.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 6,000 ducks and 0 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2783 Ducks and 60 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water Conditions in the zones range from Poor to Good

Middle Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water Conditions in the zones range from Fair to Good

North Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water Conditions for all zones is rated as good.

Nov -12th -2011 - Bills Area Update - Crop and water conditions remain the same as last weeks. New birds continue to filter into the area.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 7,100 ducks and 0 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2255 Ducks and 60 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water Conditions in the zones range from Poor to Good

Middle Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water Conditions in the zones range from Fair to Good

North Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water Conditions for all zones is rated as good.

Nov -5th -2011 - Bills Area Update - Crop and water conditions remain the same as last weeks. The DNR states that they are starting to see some new birds work into the area.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5,500 ducks and 0 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1714 Ducks and 59 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water Conditions in the zones range from Poor to Good

Middle Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water Conditions in the zones range from Fair to Good

North Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water Conditions for all zones is rated as good.

Oct -29th -2011 - Bills Area Update -

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5,500 ducks and 50 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1499 Ducks and 55 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water Conditions in the zones range from Poor to Good

Middle Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water Conditions in the zones range from Fair to Good

North Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water Conditions for all zones is rated as good.

Oct -22th -2011 - Bills Area Update - Favorable, heavy winds filled the ditches this week and the DNR took advantage by running the field pumps. All the areas now have improved water conditions. The bird numbers in the refuge have almost doubled. With a lot of Widgeon showing up during the week.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5,600 ducks and 20 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1116 Ducks and 51 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water in the south half of the field and coming up, the pump is running.

Middle Field - Corn remains in good condition. All the zones have some water. The east zones have the most. The pump is running.

North Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water is up with the most still being in the south end of the field, the pump is running

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Water Up in the North Area


Center Area

Oct -16th -2011 - Bills Area Update - There is some water in most of the zones and the crops remain in good shape. There has not been enough water in the cuts to pump effectively. Will need some North East winds to fill the cuts for effective pumping.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 3000 ducks and 0 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
699 Ducks and 39 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water in the south half of the field and the pump has not been ran

Middle Field - Corn remains in good condition. Most of the zones look to have some water. The east zones have the most. The pump has been ran, water coming up slowly.

North Field - Corn remains in good condition. Water in the south end of the field and the pump has not been ran.

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South Area - Water Level is still low.


Middle Field - Water coming Up Slowly

Oct -6th -2011 - Bills Area Update - This mornings report finds the area is still in great shape for the opener. There is some water in most of the zones and the crops are as good as I have seen in the last few years. There is some water in the refuge and I did see a few birds moving.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 3600 ducks and 300 geese.

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn is about 6-8 feet high. Water in the south half of the field and the pump is running. Decoy strips are about 12 to 18 inches high.

Middle Field - Corn is about 6-9 feet high. All the zones look to have some water.
Decoy strips are about 6 to 10 inches high.

North Field - Corn is about 5-8 feet high. Ditches are full and there is water in the south end of the field. Decoy strips are dirt.

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Ditches are Full


Refuge Has Some Water

Middle Area Looks Good


North Area Has Some Water
Sept -1st - 2011- - Bills Area Update - This mornings report finds the area in great shape. For the most part the crops are in very good shape the only exception that I seen was zone 7 the corn here was only about 4 foot high. New for this season is the flood control equipment which is being installed now, this equipment will allow for better water control in the East Marsh. Area help says they should start to flood the ditches in about two weeks.

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn is about 6-8 feet high.
Decoy strips are about 12 to 18 inches high.

Middle Field - Corn is about 6-9 feet high.
Decoy strips are about 6 to 10 inches high.

North Field - Corn is about 5-8 feet high.
Decoy strips are dirt. Look like they may have had pickles planted.

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July-31st - 2011- Bills Area Update -

"Great News"
the crops are in the best shape that I have seen in the six years that I have been posting these reports.

On an average the corn is 7 to 8 feet high, throughout the area, including the refuge. The crops between the crop strips looks to be buckwheat and it is also in great shape.
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Middle Area


North Area


Buckwheat




July- 3rd -2011- Bills Area Update - Crops are all in and are further along than at Fish Point but are still behind a normal year. The refuge crops are also in good shape. The supplemental food planting between the zones looks to be all planted. There was no sign that thy had sprouted yet.

South Field - Corn is about 8 to 12 inches tall

Middle Field - Corn is about 8 to 12 inches tall

North Field - Corn is about 8 to 12 inches tall

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Nov -21st -2010- Hunting has been slow, only three parties in the draw this am.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 2000 ducks and 0 geese.

2010 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2276 Ducks and 42 Geese


Current Conditions:
South Field - Water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to good.

Middle Field - Water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to fair.

North Field - Water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to good.

Nov -7th -2010 -

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 4200 ducks and 0 geese.

2010 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2166 Ducks and 40 Geese


Current Conditions:
South Field - Water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to good.

Middle Field - Water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to fair.

North Field - Water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to good.

Oct -30th -2010 - Bills Area Update - Bird numbers continue to increase here. Water is at good levels in all the areas. In the surrounding area the crops are 90% harvested and those fields are 75% plowed or chisel plowed. I have seen many canada geese using the fields west of Bay City and Linwood.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 6500 ducks and 0 geese.

2010 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1931 Ducks and 40 Geese


Current Conditions:
South Field - Water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to good.

Middle Field - Water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to fair.

North Field - Water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to good.

Oct -17th -2010 - I seen many more birds on this mornings trip. Water is at good levels in all the areas. In the surrounding area the crops are 85% harvested and those fields are 75% plowed or chisel plowed.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 4000 ducks and 0 geese.

2010 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1484 Ducks and 33 Geese


Current Conditions:
South Field - Water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to good.

Middle Field - Water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to fair.

North Field - Water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to good.

Oct -17th -2010 - Did not see many birds on my trip. Make sure to listen at the draw for the most up to date area conditions.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 700 ducks and 0 geese.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
879 Ducks and 27 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - There is some water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to good.

Middle Field - There is water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to fair.

North Field - There is water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area runs from poor to good.

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South Area
Oct -7th -2010 - Waterfowl season begins here this weekend. Did not see many birds on my trip. Make sure to listen at the draw for the most up to date area conditions. There is still over 36 hours to go an a lot can change.

Current Conditions:

South Field - The pump was running and the ditches were being filled, some water is visible in the field. Crops and cover is fair to good.

Middle Field - All zones have some water and the crops and cover is poor to fair.

North Field - Water is just starting to show in the ditches and south end of the field. Crops and cover in this area is also poor to good.

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Sept -25-10 - The pumping has started and the center area already has water in some of the zones.

The pumping into the refuge continues and there was a few ducks and geese loafing while I was there.

The corn in the south are look to be the best, but there are still soy beans to be taken off, before flooding can start.

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Sept -12-10 - My morning scouting trip finds the crops are still struggling for this time of year. The crops have made some progress but won't last long once the flooding and hunting begins. If your planning on using this area plan on bring extra cover.

The refuge has started to be flooded

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Middle Area

Refuge


North Area
Aug -8-10 - This morning scouting trip finds Nayanquing still struggling - as my last report in July stated it looked like the crops had just been planted then. The crops have made some progress and could/maybe/might be Ok for the season. My fingers are crossed. Hunters who use this area might want to make plans for extra cover this year.
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Jul -03-10 - My mid summer crop report finds that all the crops in every area look like they have just been planted. At this point the corn is only a couple of inches high.

We will be keeping an eye on the crops and continue to post reports so everyone can see how they are doing.

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Nov -29-09 - Hunting remains slow. Reports still have plenty of birds in Northern Michigan and Canada.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 2500 ducks and 0 geese.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2533 Ducks and 59 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - All zones are at full pool and the crop cover is good.

Middle Field - All zones are at full pool and the crop cover is good.

North Field - There is water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area is also good.

 

Nov -16-09 - Water and cover crops remain in great shape in all areas and zones. Corn is stating to come off in the surrounding area.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 3525 ducks and 0 geese.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2355 Ducks and 59 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - All zones are at full pool and the crop cover is good.

Middle Field - All zones are at full pool and the crop cover is good.

North Field - There is water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area is also good.

 

Nov -8 -09 - Water and cover crops remain in great shape in all areas and zones. Corn is stating to come off in the surrounding area.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 4760 ducks and 150 geese.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2207 Ducks and 55 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - All zones are at full pool and the crop cover is good.

Middle Field - All zones are at full pool and the crop cover is good.

North Field - There is water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area is also good.

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Posing from the Refuge

Nov -1 -09 - Water and cover crops remain in great shape in all areas and zones. Hunting has improved over the last several days. Very little corn from the surrounding area has been harvested.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5100 ducks and 250 geese.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1643 Ducks and 50 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - All zones are at full pool and the crop cover is good.

Middle Field - All zones are at full pool and the crop cover is good.

North Field - There is water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area is also good.

 
Oct -24 -09 - There are not any changes to report from last weeks report other than the hunting remains slow.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5170 ducks and 250 geese.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1142 Ducks and 38 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - All zones are at full pool and the crop cover is good.

Middle Field - All zones are at full pool and the crop cover is good.

North Field - There is water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area is also good.

 
Oct -18th-09 - The area water and crop conditions are all still in good shape. Both kill numbers and birds using the area down a little from last year. Talking to the DNR and a few hunters in the area the bird numbers have increased this past week.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 3000 ducks and 750 geese.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
846 Ducks and 35 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - All zones are at full pool and the crop cover is good.

Middle Field - All zones are at full pool and the crop cover is good.

North Field - There is water is in all zones with the south zones having the deeper water. Crops and cover in this area is also good.

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Looking into the Refuge

Middle Zone at Full Pool


North Zone at Full Pool

Oct -4th-09 - Pumping looks to have just started, I could not see any water in the South area, the water is just starting to flood the area just behind the check station. In the north field water is starting to just come up in the ditches.

Crops are in good shape and should provide plenty of cover for the upcoming season.

The only disappointing thing about this mornings scouting trip was the lack of birds using the area, but as we all know this can change in a hurry.

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Some Water in the Refuge


Water in the Teens


North Field
Sep-11-09 - Good news from the west side of Saginaw Bay - Nayanquing Point's crop conditions for the most part are in great shape the only area I seen that was a little suspect was area 9. The water levels on the Bay remain above last years level so field flooding should not become an issue.

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Jul -12-09 - This mornings scouting trip finds the area in excellent condition. The corn looks very good and the buckwheat between the corn strips is just starting to pop through. Just like every other year, now we wait and hope the weather cooperates with some timely rain.
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Nov -20-08 - Area Update - Most areas and even some of the ditches are covered with as much as 1 inch of ice.  

Nov 10 08 - Area Update - The area remains in good shape With water in all areas, the water ranges from just a few inches to a few feet.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5850 ducks and 65 geese.

2008 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2727 Ducks and 72 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - All zones have water and the crop cover is good.

Middle Field - All zones have water and the crop cover is good.

North Field - Water is in all zones. Crops and cover in this area is also good.

 

Nov 02 08 - Area Update - The area remains in good shape With water in all areas, the water ranges from just a few inches to a few feet. Bird numbers are building.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 8000 ducks and 45 geese.

2008 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2398 Ducks and 64 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - All zones have water and the crop cover is good.

Middle Field - Water levels continue to improve. The crops and cover are good.

North Field - Water is in all zones. Crops and cover in this area is also good.

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Oct 27 08 - Area Update - The area is in good shape There is now water in all areas, the water ranges from just a few inches to a few feet, so make sure to listen to the DNR's area update before the draw to get the latest water and crop conditions. This time of year while the pumps are still running water conditions can change daily.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 6,350 ducks and no goose report.

2008 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1977 Ducks and 60 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - All zones have water and the crop cover is good.

Middle Field - Water levels continue to improve. The crops and cover are good.

North Field - Water is in all zones. Crops and cover in this area is also good.

 

Oct 19 08 - Area Update - The area is in good shape There is now water in all areas, the water ranges from just a few inches to a few feet, so make sure to listen to the DNR's area update before the draw to get the latest water and crop conditions. This time of year while the pumps are still running water conditions can change daily.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5,400 ducks and 365 geese.

2008 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1175 Ducks and 38 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - All zones have water and the crop cover is good.

Middle Field - All zones have water with zone 11 being the shallowest. The crops and cover are good.

North Field - Water is in all zones except 1,2,&3. Crops and cover in this area is also good.

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Oct 5 08 - Area Update - Waterfowl season begins here next weekend and a fair number of ducks and geese are now using the area.

Current Conditions: The DNR area bird count as count was 4,300 ducks and 675 geese.

South Field - The pump was running and the ditches were being filled. Crops and cover are good.

Middle Field - All zones have some water and the crops and cover are good.

North Field - Water is just starting to show in the ditches and south end. Crops and cover in this area is also good.

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Sept -28-08 -- Area Update - The area is in great shape for the waterfowl season opener. Cover is good and the DNR is pumping water into the refuge with water already in the zones behind the check station. The north field has good corn and the water level in the ditches is high, but there was no evidence of any water in the field yet. I am sure the DNR will be pumping more water into this field in the next couple of weeks.
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Jul 5 08 - Area Update - This mornings area check found that the corn and buckwheat looks to be in good shape. With still over a month to grow, most of the corn should offer plenty of cover when hunting season arrives.

The water in the ditches is also in great shape and should give the DNR no problems, when pumping begins to fill the refuge and hunting areas.

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Jul 5 08 - Area Update - Took a drive to check the area out the area this morning. Great news, there is water in the ditches, what a difference a year makes.

The corn looks like it may have been planted later, than Fish Points Corn, but it is up and should be just fine if the rains continues, when it is needed. A big if!

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Nov -25-07 - Area Update - "NOTE" waterfowl hunting in the southern zone ends December 2nd and reopens for ducks Jan 5th and 6th and runs through February 3rd 2008 for geese. Water conditions remain the same as last weeks report. Cover is poor area wide.  

Nov -11 - 07 - Area Update -

Current Conditions:
Bird take as of this morning was 1925 ducks and 49 geese.

The DNR area bird counts is 2.000 ducks.

South Field - Ditches are full and there is enough water in zones 24 & 26 for decoys.

Middle Field - All zones have some water.

North Field - Water is now in every zone but 1 & 2 the water in zone 3 is out away from the corn strip.

 

Nov -04 - 07 - Area Update - Water conditions remain the same as last weeks report. Winds have not pushed any water into the ditches to allow for pumping. Cover is only fair area wide.

Current Conditions:
Bird take as of this morning was 1616 ducks and 49 geese.

The DNR is still not able get a bird count because the refuge remains mostly dry.

South Field - Ditches are full and there is enough water in zones 24 & 26 for decoys.

Middle Field - All zones have some water.

North Field - Water is now in every zone but 1 & 2 the water in zone 3 is out away from the corn strip.

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Oct -28 - 07 - Area Update - Water conditions have improved. Cover is only fair area wide.

Current Conditions:
Bird take as of this morning was 1373 ducks and 49 geese.

The DNR is still not able get a bird count because the refuge remains mostly dry.

South Field - Ditches are full and there is enough water in zones 24 & 26 for decoys.

Middle Field - All zones have some water.

North Field - Water is now in every zone but 1 & 2 the water in zone 3 is out away from the corn strip.

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Oct -21 - 07 - Area Update - Water conditions are still below normal. Cover is only in fair shape.

Current Conditions:
Bird take as of this morning was 1057 ducks and 49 geese.

The DNR stated that they are having a hard time getting a bird count because the refuge remains dry.

South Field - Ditches are full and there is some water now in areas 24 & 26.

Middle Field - All zones have some water.

North Field - Some water in zones 8 & 9.

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Oct -11 - 07 - Area Update - Water conditions are still below normal, but with the North Wind today the DNR had all pumps working. Cover is only in fair shape.

Current Conditions:
Bird take as of this morning was 466 ducks and 42 geese.

The DNR area bird counts is 2.000 ducks.

South Field - Ditches are full and there is some water now in areas 24 & 26. Pump was pumping today.

Middle Field - All zones have some water.

North Field - Stating to see some water in zones 8 & 9. The pumps were pumping today.

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Oct-01-07 - Area Update - Overall, the crops and cover are only in fair shape. I would suggest that if you plan on hunting the area with a boat or canoe have some sort of cover or blind. Good number of ducks are using the seasonal refuge the main refuge is dry.

Water Conditions:

South Field - Zones 21 to 26 are dry.

Middle Field - Zones 12 to 20 has some water, may be able to float decoys in some on the zones.

North Field - Zones 1 to 9 are dry.

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Sept-02-07 - Crop Update - The corn here does not look to be in good shape especially the area right behind headquarters. The north and south fields seems to be fair. If you plan on hunting this area this fall you may want to make plans for additional cover. Water levels here are also low.

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Aug-01-07 - Crop Update - Some of the corn seems to be good while, other corn in the same field is small and seems to either be storm damaged, hit with a bug or disease or is being stressed with a lack of water. What ever it is, it doesn't look good. The buckwheat in all the areas looks great.

For those that have not heard that the DNR is recommending that there be no pre-registered draws for the opener at Fish Point and Nayanquing. If you are planning to hunt either of these areas the DNR is making sure that everyone knows there may be no water in the fields

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Jul-06-07 - Crop Update - Looks like all the crops are in and the corn height ranges from 12 to 30 inches throughout the area, buckwheat is also starting to sprout. With good weather the crops should be in good shape for the opener.

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Nov-28- 06 - Matt's Area Update - Action in the area is slow. Most of the action is out on the bay. Mostly shooting Blacks and Mallards, not much else. Water levels still great in all areas at about 13 inches.


Current Conditions:
Bird take as of this 11-28-06 was 3535 and 46 geese.

The DNR area bird count as of 11-27-06 was 1,000 ducks.

South Field - Fully flooded.

Middle Field - Fully flooded.

North Field - Fully flooded.

 

Nov-17- 06 - Matt's Area Update - Water conditions good in all zones, The corn is good and is providing good cover. However the flight birds as of now have come and gone, and if you want some action Harsens Island is the place to be for that action according to the DNR. There are Birds still out on the Bay but far and in between the DNR has said it is very slow this week for the action.


Current Conditions:
Bird take as of this 11-17-06 was 3200 and 46 geese.

The DNR area bird count as of 11-9-06 was 5,000 ducks.

South Field - Fully flooded.

Middle Field - Fully flooded.

North Field - Fully flooded.

Nov-12- 06 - Matt's Area Update - Water conditions are now good in all areas. Cover is still in relatively decent condition. DNR says that the hunters have been real careful putting their boats and canoes into the zones.

Current Conditions:
Bird take as of this 11-12-06 was 3029 and 46 geese.

The DNR area bird count as of 11-9-06 was 5,000 ducks.

South Field - Fully flooded.

Middle Field - Fully flooded.

North Field - Fully flooded.

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Nov-02- 06 - Matt's Area Update - Water conditions are good, only a few zones that are not flooded. Crops are still in relatively decent condition. Slight signs of flight birds down out on the bay, mainly divers, but not impressive signs of flights in the refuge

Current Conditions:
Bird take as of this 11-01-06 was 2414 and 46 geese.

The DNR area bird count remains at 8,000 ducks.

South Field - Field is now flooded.

Middle Field - Fully flooded.

North Field - A few zones still need water..

Oct -22- 06 - Area Update - Water conditions are improving but still below normal for the north field. Crops remain in good shape. Note: Next Saturday 10-28-06 the afternoon hunt will be a youth hunt (ages 10 thru 16) which means your party will only be able to participate in this draw if you have a youth in your party.

Current Conditions:
Bird take as of this morning was 1,595 and 46 geese.

The DNR area bird count remains at 8,000 ducks.

South Field - Field is now flooded.

Middle Field - Fully flooded.

North Field - Water continues to rise slowly.

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Field reporter Paul Smith sent this picture in of his 10-7-06 morning hunt at Nayanquing Point. Paul was joined on this hunt by his son Scott, friends Ernie Smith and Bob Sheeks

Oct -15 - 06 - Area Update - Water conditions are still below normal, more North East winds are still needed. Cover still remains in good shape.

Current Conditions:
Bird take as of this morning was 1,224 and 46 geese.

The DNR area bird counts is 8.000 ducks.

South Field - Ditches are full and from our last report there is some water in the field.

Middle Field - Fully flooded.

North Field - Stating to see water at the south end of the field.

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Oct -06 - 06 - Area Update - Field reporter Paul Smith says the strong north east wind has brought water into the ditches. Which is allowing the DNR to start pumping.

Just got the pump in the Refuge and had just started pumping water, there is some water in ditches.

North Field - Just got pump running and there is some water in ditches, will not be ready for the Opener.

Middle Field - Appeared near fully flooded.

South Field - About 2/3 covered in sheet water, with the strong NE wind the pumping is going strong. Will have some water by the Opener.

Also saw a few flocks of geese and some ducks working the area.

Oct -01 - 06 - Area Update - Checked all the areas this morning. Crops are still in good shape and the DNR has started to pump water. Currently there is some water in the area located behind the check station, see the picture to the right. The pump that fills the area to the south of the check station was running but as the picture to the right shows it will be awhile until there is enough water in the ditch to make an impact. What is needed is a good strong North East wind to fill the ditches so the pumps can pump to their capacity. As of this posting there was no water in the North field and the surrounding ditches are low enough to indicate that there is no pumping activity at this time for this area.

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Sept -10 - 06 - Area Update - Checked all the areas this morning and the crops are in great shape. The corn on an average is between 6 and 7 foot tall and in some areas may be up to 8 foot. The ears are full and are of good size. The DNR has been busy mowing the trails and parking lots. Overall Nayanquing looks like it is shaping up to have a good upcoming waterfowl season.

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