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Shiawassee River Area Archived Reports

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Dec -5-11 - Area Update -
Area Managers Report:
We had a few good days of hunting this week but overall hunting was slow. We will have draws both Saturday and Sunday this upcoming weekend. We have not begun to dewater and are waiting until after the 11th to start. We are at high water stage right now because of the rain and snow this last week.


Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 7100 ducks and 1500 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
3925 Ducks and 900 Geese
 

Nov -28-11 - Area Update -
Area Managers Report: Things have been pretty slow here. The harvest so far is slightly above last years take. Hunter numbers have been pretty low also with a low of 8 parties and a high of 35. Deer check is going pretty well with 675 deer being checked so far, which is just a little above last year.
In the refuge count we had more trumpeters show up this week with two of them having yellow collars.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 7100 ducks and 1500 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
6206 Ducks and 1273 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Cover is Sorghum
Areas 6 thru 8- Sheet water - Cover is Corn
Areas 9 thru 14- Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 23 thru 29 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Marsh

Areas 30 thru 38 -
Water level is 4 to 20 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
Water level is 6 to 18 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 49 thru 52 - Water level is 8 to 20 inches - Marsh
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Water level is 6 to16 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 61 thru 66 -
Water level is 4 to 8 inches - Foxtail, Smart Weed, Buckwheat, Millet
Areas 67 thru 76 - Dry - Habit Project

Areas 77 thru 116 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48 inches deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

 
Nov -22-11 - Area Update -

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 4500 ducks and 500 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
5942 Ducks and 1273 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Cover is Sorghum
Areas 6 thru 8- Sheet water - Cover is Corn
Areas 9 thru 14- Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 23 thru 29 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Marsh

Areas 30 thru 38 -
Water level is 4 to 20 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
Water level is 6 to 18 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 49 thru 52 - Water level is 8 to 20 inches - Marsh
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Water level is 6 to16 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 61 thru 66 -
Water level is 4 to 8 inches - Foxtail, Smart Weed, Buckwheat, Millet
Areas 67 thru 76 - Dry - Habit Project

Areas 77 thru 116 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48 inches deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

 
Nov -09-11 - Area Update - Water is now in all zones , Corn in the out laying areas is about 50% harvested.
Area Managers Report: The refuge count is up this week. We’ve seen a change in the composition of birds with some canvasback, scaup and considerably more blacks. The green wing teal and wood duck numbers have dropped off significantly in our weekly count. Harvest has been slow as well as hunter participation.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 9000 ducks and 1000 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
4313 Ducks and 1253 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Cover is Sorghum
Areas 6 thru 8- Sheet water - Cover is Corn
Areas 9 thru 14- Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 23 thru 29 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Marsh

Areas 30 thru 38 -
Water level is 4 to 20 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
Water level is 6 to 18 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 49 thru 52 - Water level is 8 to 20 inches - Marsh
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Water level is 6 to16 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 61 thru 66 -
Water level is 4 to 8 inches - Foxtail, Smart Weed, Buckwheat, Millet
Areas 67 thru 76 - Dry - Habit Project

Areas 77 thru 116 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48 inches deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

 

Nov -01-11 - Area Update - Water is now in all zones , Corn in the out laying areas is continuing to be harvested.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 5000 ducks and 400 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
3500 Ducks and 1119 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Cover is Sorghum
Areas 6 thru 8- Sheet water - Cover is Corn
Areas 9 thru 14- Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 23 thru 29 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Marsh

Areas 30 thru 38 -
Water level is 4 to 20 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
Water level is 6 to 18 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 49 thru 52 - Water level is 8 to 20 inches - Marsh
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Water level is 6 to16 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 61 thru 66 -
Water level is 4 to 8 inches - Foxtail, Smart Weed, Buckwheat, Millet
Areas 67 thru 76 - Dry - Habit Project

Areas 77 thru 116 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48 inches deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

 

Oct -25-11 - Area Update - Water is now in zones 6-14, Corn in the out laying areas is starting to be harvested.


Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 6000 ducks and 1500 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2965 Ducks and 963 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Cover is Sorghum
Areas 6 thru 8- Sheet water - Cover is Corn
Areas 9 thru 14- Water level is 4 to 10 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 23 thru 29 - Water level is 4 to 24 inches - Marsh

Areas 30 thru 38 -
Water level is 4 to 20 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
Water level is 6 to 18 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 49 thru 52 - Water level is 8 to 20 inches - Marsh
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Water level is 6 to16 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 61 thru 66 -
Water level is 4 to 8 inches - Foxtail, Smart Weed, Buckwheat, Millet
Areas 67 thru 76 - Dry - Habit Project

Areas 77 thru 116 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48 inches deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

 

Oct -18-11 - Area Update - Water is in every area except 6-14 which is still dry, pumps are running.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 4000 ducks and 400 geese.

2011 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1825 Ducks and 715 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - Cover is Sorghum
Areas 6 thru 14 - Dry Pump is Running - Cover is Corn
Areas 23 thru 29 - Water level is 4 to 24 inches - Marsh

Areas 30 thru 38 -
Water level is 4 to 20 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
Water level is 6 to 18 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 49 thru 52 - Water level is 8 to 20 inches - Marsh
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Water level is 1 to12 inches - Cover is Corn
Areas 61 thru 66 -
Water level is 4 to 8 inches - Smart Weed, Buckwheat, Millet
Areas 67 thru 76 - Dry - Habit Project

Areas 77 thru 116 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48 inches deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

 
Sept-26-2011 - Ernie's Report: Shiawassee River State Game Area Conditions : We seen many wood ducks in the flooded woods area, the Pull over is in place at the parking lot. There has been some dike work and a new gate installed at the Northeast corner of the 30’s that connects the containment pond to the north.

Other than the wood ducks, we did not see many ducks at all. There are however lots of Canada’s in the area.
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Other observations:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Sorghum has had substantial growth over the last month - it is thick and tall.
Areas 6 thru 14 - Crops are in excellent condition.
Areas 30 thru 38 -
Crops are in excellent condition.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
Crops are in excellent condition, it looks as though the share crop has been harvested.
Areas 55 thru 60 - Crops are in excellent condition.
Areas 61 thru 66 - With substantial growth over the last month and it looks like at the back there is now sufficient cover to hide.

Areas 77 thru 116 - Flooded woods area is mostly flooded.


Area 55-60 North Prior Rd


Area 61-66 South Prior Rd

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Area 1- 5 Miller Road


Area 6- 14 Miller Road


30's


40's


Aug-19-2011 - Ernie's Report: Shiawassee River State Game Area Conditions : Great news all the crops in most of the areas look real good except South Prior and 1-5. Corn looks to be at a minimum of 6 feet high and still growing. The food crops between the zones looks healthy.  
 
Nov 30th 2010 - Area Update - Water levels remain the same as last week. In the surrounding area the crops are 97% harvested and those fields are 95% plowed or chisel plowed. Hunting continues slow this week.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 10000 ducks and 2000 geese.

2010 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
6263 Ducks and 1258 Geese
 
Nov 22th 2010 - Area Update - Water levels remain the same as last week. In the surrounding area the crops are 97% harvested and those fields are 95% plowed or chisel plowed. Hunting continues slow this week.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 8075 ducks and 2500 geese.

2010 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
5687 Ducks and 1258 Geese
 

Nov 15th 2010 - Area Update - Water levels remain the same as last week. In the surrounding area the crops are 97% harvested and those fields are 95% plowed or chisel plowed. Hunting has slowed the week. DNR did not have a new bird count for the refuge this week.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 15150 ducks and 2500 geese.

2010 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
5308 Ducks and 1258 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Water level is 8 to 12 inches- cover is corn
Areas 6 thru 14 - Water level is 8 to 14 inches - cover is corn
Areas 23 thru 29 - Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

Areas 30 thru 38 -
Water level is 12 to 36 inches - cover is corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
Water level is 12 to 36 inches - cover is corn
Areas 49 thru 52 - Water level is 6 to 20 inches - cover is marsh
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Water level is 8 to20 inches - cover is corn
Areas 61 thru 66 -
Water level is 8 to 20 inches -cover is corn
Areas 67 thru 76 - Water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh

Areas 77 thru 116 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48 inches deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

 

Nov 8th 2010 - Area Update - Water is in every area. In the surrounding area the crops are 97% harvested and those fields are 90% plowed or chisel plowed. Hunting has picked up with more birds in the area.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 12000 ducks and 2500 geese.

2010 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
5011 Ducks and 1204 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Water level is 8 to 12 inches- cover is corn
Areas 6 thru 14 - Water level is 8 to 14 inches - cover is corn
Areas 23 thru 29 - Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

Areas 30 thru 38 -
Water level is 12 to 36 inches - cover is corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
Water level is 12 to 36 inches - cover is corn
Areas 49 thru 52 - Water level is 6 to 20 inches - cover is marsh
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Water level is 8 to20 inches - cover is corn
Areas 61 thru 66 -
Water level is 8 to 20 inches -cover is corn
Areas 67 thru 76 - Water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh

Areas 77 thru 116 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48 inches deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

 

Nov 2nd 2010 - Area Update - Water is in every area. In the surrounding area the crops are 90% harvested and those fields are 80% plowed or chisel plowed. Hunting has been slow the last couple of days.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 6500 ducks and 1700 geese.

2010 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
4235 Ducks and ---- Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Water level is 4 to 8 inches- cover is corn
Areas 6 thru 14 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - cover is corn
Areas 23 thru 29 - Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

Areas 30 thru 38 -
Water level is 6 to 20 inches - cover is corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
Water level is 6 to 18 inches - cover is corn
Areas 49 thru 52 - Water level is 6 to 20 inches - cover is marsh
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Water level is 6 to14 inches - cover is corn
Areas 61 thru 66 -
Water level is 6 to14 inches -cover is corn
Areas 67 thru 76 - Water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh

Areas 77 thru 116 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48 inches deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

 

Oct -25-10 - Area Update - Water is in every area This week. In the surrounding area the crops are 80% harvested and those fields are 60% plowed or chisel plowed.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 4000 ducks and 750 geese.

2010 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
3300 Ducks and ---- Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Water level is 0 to 4 inches- cover is corn
Areas 6 thru 14 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - cover is corn
Areas 23 thru 29 - Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

Areas 30 thru 38 -
Water level is 6 to 20 inches - cover is corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
Water level is 6 to 18 inches - cover is corn
Areas 49 thru 52 - Water level is 6 to 20 inches - cover is marsh
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Water level is 6 to14 inches - cover is corn
Areas 61 thru 66 -
Water level is 6 to14 inches -cover is corn
Areas 67 thru 76 - Water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh

Areas 77 thru 116 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48 inches deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

 

Oct -19-10 - Area Update - Water is in every area except 1-5 which is still dry.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 4500 ducks and 1500 geese.

2010 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2111 Ducks and 1012 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Still Dry - cover is corn
Areas 6 thru 14 - Water level is 6 to 12 inches - cover is corn
Areas 23 thru 29 - Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

Areas 30 thru 38 -
Water level is 6 to 20 inches - cover is corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
Water level is 6 to 18 inches - cover is corn
Areas 49 thru 52 - Water level is 6 to 20 inches - cover is marsh
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Water level is 6 to14 inches - cover is corn
Areas 61 thru 66 -
Water level is 6 to14 inches -cover is corn
Areas 67 thru 76 - Water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh

Areas 77 thru 116 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48 inches deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Water level is 6 to 24 inches - cover is marsh

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North Prior Rd.
Sept 30-10 -Ernie's Report: Shiawassee River State Game Area Conditions :
1-4: Crops have not been harvested some water in the ditch
5-12: Crops have not been harvested some water in the ditch
30’s: Crops have not been harvested some water in the ditch
40s: Crops have not been harvested some water in the ditch and there has been plowing in front of the corn strips.
N Prior: Corn has been harvested. The rows will run East and West this year. Some water in the ditch
S Prior: Crops have not been harvested some water in the ditch.
Rookery: Flooded
Areas 77 thru 150 (Woods): Flooded

There were many geese, however, not that many ducks. When I was back in the 30-40 fields, I could see birds flying over the woods. I have heard from the locals that there are many birds around. I did see and feel lots of mosquitoes.

As you can see by the pictures the Bad River is low. There are several new skids added at several of the cross over points.

Hope everyone has a great season!


Flooded Woods _______Hullien Rd Parking Lot

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Area 5-12

Area 1-4

The 30's

The 40's

North Prior

Jul-22-10 -Ernie's Report: That’s right the first day of spring and it was snowing and blowing. It was a great day for late November. I would have been really excited if it were. But after all the nice weather we had previously, this was somewhat of a disappointment.

I checked the Wildlife Refuge first and by the sounds I heard there were lots of birds off Curtis road at the end of the trail. I didn’t go back because no pets are allowed. So Tugg and I headed over to the state side and took a walk back Prior Road.

There were a fair number of birds but not any mass migration. I suspect this happened last week or earlier. I know Bill and I did the Fish Point Tower shoot earlier in the month near Kingston and there was still lots of snow and ice. On my way to that shoot I saw several large flocks of Swans some flocks close to 100. As the pictures show at Prior Road, we seen mostly Canada’s and Swans. Though there were many ducks, they were difficult to see because of the blowing snow. There were also a fair number of Cranes around and one nasty muskrat.

Tugg got after the rat before I could stop him. You can see by the picture he got bit pretty good on the end of his nose. That must have made him angrier because I had to physically pull him away before he got bit again. So about 4 hours later and a $170 vet bill we’re back home. As you can see, he has a collar to keep him from agitating the wound until it heals. He’s also taking antibiotics twice a day for the next week. I must admit I was pretty scared when we first got home and I seen all the blood he lost. Had I been trailing a deer in bow season and seen that much blood, I would have been sure of a good hit. So for all you guys with nosy Labs, watch out for nasty rodents!

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Look Close for the Sand Hill Cranes


Keep your Dog Away form the Rats

Nov- 26 -09 - Area Update - Crops in 9 thru 14 and 61 thru 66 are pretty much eaten off. The water level has been raised in areas 6 thru 8 and the north field on Prior Rd. 55 thru 60.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 9,000 ducks and 450 geese.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
6769 Ducks and 737 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - water level is 6 to 12 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 6 thru 14 - water level is 6 to 16 inchs - cover is corn
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 6 to 24 inchs - cover is marsh
Areas 29 - Area is Full
- cover is Marsh
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 8 to 24 inchs - cover is corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 8 to 18 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 8 to 18 inches -cover is corn and sparse.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh.

Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 36 inches deep.

 

Nov- 18 -09 - Area Update - Crops in 9 thru 14 and 61 thru 66 are pretty much eaten off. The DNR is raising the water levels in areas 6 thru 8 and the north field on Prior Rd. 55 thru 60.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count No update at this time.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
6440 Ducks and 737 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - water level is 6 to 12 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 6 thru 14 - water level is 6 to 16 inchs - cover is corn
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 6 to 24 inchs - cover is marsh
Areas 29 - Area is Full
- cover is Marsh
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 8 to 24 inchs - cover is corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 8 to 18 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 8 to 18 inches -cover is corn and sparse.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh.

Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 36 inches deep.

 
Nov- 11 -09 - Area Update - Everything remains the same as last week with water is in every area now. Cover Crops except for 61 thru 66 is still in good shape.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 11,225 ducks and 600 geese.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
5832 Ducks and 652 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - water level is 6 to 12 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 6 thru 14 - water level is 6 to 16 inchs - cover is corn
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 6 to 24 inchs - cover is marsh
Areas 29 - Area is Full
- cover is Marsh
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 8 to 24 inchs - cover is corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 8 to 18 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 8 to 18 inches -cover is corn and sparse.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh.

Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 36 inches deep.

 
Nov- 4 -09 - Area Update - Water is in every area now. Cover Crops except for 61 thru 66 is still in good shape.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 7110 ducks and 400 geese.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
5379 Ducks and 611 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - water level is 6 to 12 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 6 thru 14 - water level is 6 to 16 inchs - cover is corn
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 6 to 24 inchs - cover is marsh
Areas 29 - Area is Full
- cover is Marsh
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 8 to 24 inchs - cover is corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 8 to 18 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 8 to 18 inches -cover is corn and sparse.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh.

Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 36 inches deep.

 
Oct -27-09 - Area Update - Water is in just about every area now. Cover Crops except for 61 thru 66 is still in good shape.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 4320 ducks and 150 geese.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
4041 Ducks and 462 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Still Dry - cover is corn
Areas 6 thru 14 - water level is6 to 16 inchs - cover is corn
Areas 23 thru 28 - Water level is low - cover is marsh
Areas 29 - Area is Full
- cover is Marsh
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 8 to 24 inchs - cover is corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is just about full - cover is corn.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches -cover is corn and sparse.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh.

Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 36 inches deep.

 

Oct -19-09 - Area Update - Water is starting to be pumped into some of the areas that were dry for the opener.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 4325 ducks and 150 geese.

2009 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2658 Ducks and 284 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 - Still Dry - cover is corn
Areas 6 thru 14 - Still Dry - cover is corn
Areas 23 thru 28 - Water level is low - cover is marsh
Areas 29 - Area is Full
- cover is Marsh
Areas 30 thru 38 -
Still Dry - cover is corn
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches - cover is corn.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is just about full - cover is corn.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches -cover is corn and sparse.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 1 to 3 feet - cover is marsh.

Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 36 inches deep.

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Field Reporter Ernie with friend Nora and His Dog Tugg on Opening Day


Becareful when Backing Up


Prior Rd North Field

Sept -26-09 -Ernie's Report: This is the last report before the opener. Yours truly will be there opening day for the AM hunt. I’ll let you know more after that.

North Miller Road has two corn strips probably posts 1, 2, 3, 4 without 5.

South Miller Road posts 6 through 12 look to be in good shape.

The 30’s field has adequate cover though some of the strips are sparse in places.

Ditto for the 40’s - thought they may be a little better.

North Prior is in good shape; good cover.

South Prior is still quite bare with the exception of a single sorgum strip at the North end.

The woods is full as are most of the ditches so when the crops come off they will be ready to flood the fields.

On my bike ride around the unit from Wahl Road to Hulien Road, I noticed many deer and geese. Not that many ducks the ones I did see were mostly Wood Ducks.


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30's

30's

40's

40's

Prior Rd South
Jul -26-09 -Ernie's Report: 

The South Miller Road field has corn which looks to be in fair/good condition.

The 30’s field has corn which looks about the same as the South Miller Road field (fair)

I haven’t been to the 40’s fields, I’ll do that for the late summer/early fall report.

South Prior Road is nearly bare. Unless there is sorgum planted there probably won’t be any cover.

North Prior has the best corn and beans. This will probably be the pick field.

Talked with some of the local folks and they had a pretty wet spring, which explains the less than desirable crops.

I’ll have one more report/update in early September.

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Mar -17-09 -Ernie's Report:  What a difference a week makes! I toured the area March 8th and the water was mostly gone from the woods, as you can see from the first picture on the right. The fields mostly had residual “puddles” probably from the ice and snow melt. All of the roads were accessible. There were a fair number of Canada Geese but very few ducks.

One week later and the only road I could get down was Hullien. The woods was full and the ditch was nearly over the dike just past the “Water Control Structure”. As you can see from the pictures, there is water everywhere and lots of geese. We did see a fair number of ducks though I think there are still more on the way.

The next weekend March 24, 25 should see lots of birds. If you decide to go, take a boat!

See you there,

Ernie

 

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Nov -25-08 - Area Update - Area remains locked up in ice, other than the Shiawassee River, the next few days of warmer weather may open some of the zones.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5000 ducks and 200 geese.

2008 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
7105 Ducks and 1050 Geese

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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 -17-08 - Area Update - Water conditions are full pool, no more flooding for the year. Cover is getting thin in some of the zones and the DNR is asking that when pulling your boat or canoe into the cover, use one of the spots already knocked down.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 10,670 ducks and 250 geese.

2008 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
6151 Ducks and 1040 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 8 to 24 inches.
Areas 29 -water level is 6 to 18 inches.

Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 16 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 20 inches.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 36 inches deep.

 

Nov -10-08 - Area Update - Water conditions are improving. Most cover remains good.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 10,100 ducks and 300 geese.

2008 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
5114 Ducks and 925 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 8 to 24 inches.
Areas 29 -water level is 6 to 18 inches.

Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 16 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 20 inches.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 36 inches deep.

 

Nov -3-08 - Area Update - Water conditions are improving. Most cover remains good.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 7000 ducks and 500 geese.

2008 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
4502 Ducks and 803Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 8 to 24 inches.
Areas 29 -water level is 6 to 18 inches.

Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 16 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 20 inches.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 36 inches deep.

 

Oct -27-08 - Area Update - Water conditions are improving. Most cover remains good.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 1,500 ducks and 300 geese.

2008 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
3843 Ducks and 725 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 -
Dry.
Areas 6 thru 8 - Water level
is 0 to 6 inches.
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 8 to 24 inches.
Areas 29 -water level is 6 to 18 inches.

Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 0 to 4 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 16 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 20 inches.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 36 inches deep.

 

Oct -20-08 - Area Update - Water keeps leaking out of area 6-8 and the DNR is filling areas 9-14 and 30-38. Most cover remains good.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 1,500 ducks and 300 geese.

2008 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2654 Ducks and 432 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 -
Dry.
Areas 6 thru 8 - Water level
is 6 to 12 inches - Dike may have leak.
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 0 to 8 inches.
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 8 to 24 inches.
Areas 29 -water level is 6 to 18 inches.

Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 0 to 6 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 4 to 16 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 20 inches.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 36 inches deep.

 

Oct -9-08 - Area Update - Area looks great plenty of water and birds can be seen using the fields. Some areas have not or in the the process of being harvested and may not be open for the opener

Current Conditions: No bird count at this time.


Areas 1 thru 5 -
Planted to solid corn this year. Expected to be harvested within the next 10 days.
Areas 6 thru 8 - Planted to soybeans and they are harvested, field is flooded. Good corn for cover, partially tilled.
Areas 9 thru 14 -
East half planted to soybeans and they are harvested. West half of field was planted to corn and it has not been harvested. Expected to be harvested this week. Zones 10 - 14 will be open for Saturday ( unless they are still harvesting), this will be a dry land hunt.
Areas 30 thru 38 -
Field was planted to corn. This field will not be open for Saturday. Expected to be harvested within 10 days.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
This field has corn for cover and buckwheat for food, decoy openings have been disked in. Flooding is ongoing and will be flooded for opener.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Planted to soybeans and they have been harvested, field is flooded. Good corn for cover, partially tilled.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
This field has corn for cover and buckwheat for food, decoy openings have been disked in. Flooding is ongoing and will be flooded for opener.

Note: all woods and marsh areas have been flooded and are ready for the opener.

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Birds numbers are building


Flooded woods is ready


Water is in the fields
Sept -25-08 - Ernie's Report: I thought some of you might like to see pictures of the area after all the rain a couple of weeks ends ago. Most were taken at the parking lot by the flooded woods. From these images and what I saw there should not be a problem with a lack of water this year.

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Aug -20-08 - Ernie's Fall Area Report: This year the crops, as far as cover is concerned, are in excellent condition through out the entire unit. Even South Prior Road has cover the entire length of the field.

North and South Prior Road have corn approximately ¼ of the field with shorter crops in between the rows.

West Miller Road has corn approximately ¼ of the big field with shorter crops in between, while the smaller North West field is entirely planted with corn.

East Miller road is planted entirely with corn.

The North field across from the “Woods” is entirely planted with corn, while the South field is ¼ corn with shorter crops in between.

The moist soil unit directly across from the woods has lots of birds (ducks, coots, egrets, grebes) and looked very rich. It appears that the two triangles are now one unit?

I seen lots of deer and there were a pair of Bald Eagles cruising the river near the “Woods”. I know I’ve probably said this every year but it bears repeating. This is a “Beautiful Sanctuary” for animals and man alike. I am always amazed at the beauty of the unit and the way it has been managed overall. It is a great place to ride a bike or go for a hike. There are lots of “critters” to observe.


Until next time, see you in the marsh,

Ernie

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Mar -30-08 - Ernie's Spring Report:
There are lots of Canada Geese and Mallards. I saw several flocks of 4-12 Pintails as well as Buffelhead and Goldeneye. In smaller numbers, there were Wood Ducks, Teal, Blacks, Widgeon, and Mergansers. Additionally, there were Turkeys, Sandhill Cranes, and many Swans.

The area ditches are still frozen. About 50% of the rest of the area is also frozen. Where the water is shallow and protected, it is open. That would be about 40% of the area. Most of the activity is around the river and the containment ponds on Prior Rd. There are also fair numbers of birds at the Wahl Rd. marsh.

With this week’s warmer temperatures and rain, larger numbers of birds should be showing up this week. This weekend could be spectacular! I found the trails very walkable and not all that muddy. So if you want to see some birds, get out there this weekend.

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Nov -26-07 - 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.

Current Conditions:
The area bird harvest as of today is 8528 ducks and 798 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of this morning is 5,000 ducks and 500 geese.
This count does not include the federal refuge bird count.

Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 4 to 12 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 - water level
is 6 to 12 inches
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 8 to 24 inches.
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 16 inches.
Areas 29 - water level is 12 inches.
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 8 to 30 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 30 inches.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 18 to 30 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 8 to 36 inches deep.

 
Nov-19-07 - Water and cover conditions remain good.

Current Conditions:

The area bird harvest as of today is 7229 ducks and 723 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of this morning is 15,000 ducks and 1500 geese.
This count does not include the federal refuge bird count.

Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 4 to 12 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 - water level
is 6 to 12 inches
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 8 to 24 inches.
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 16 inches.
Areas 29 - water level is 12 inches.
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 8 to 30 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 30 inches.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 18 to 30 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 8 to 36 inches deep.
 
Nov-12-07 - Water and cover remain good. The big news from here is the new amount of birds on the area refuge. We have been reporting numbers now for 2 years and this is the most birds we have reported using the state refuge.

Current Conditions:

The area bird harvest as of today is 6,614 ducks and 693 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of this morning is 20,000 ducks and 2500 geese.
This count does not include the federal refuge bird count.

Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 4 to 12 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 - water level
is 6 to 12 inches
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 8 to 24 inches.
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 16 inches.
Areas 29 - water level is 12 inches.
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 8 to 30 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 30 inches.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 18 to 30 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 8 to 36 inches deep.
 
Nov-05-07 - Water and the cover remains good.

Current Conditions:

The area bird harvest as of this morning was 5,922 ducks and 635 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of this morning continues to hold at 9,000 ducks and 1000 geese.
This count does not include the federal refuge bird count.

Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 4 to 12 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 - water level
is 6 to 12 inches
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 8 to 24 inches.
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 16 inches.
Areas 29 - water level is 12 inches.
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 8 to 30 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 30 inches.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 18 to 30 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 8 to 36 inches deep.
 
Oct-29-07 - Water and the cover remains good.
Current Conditions:
The area bird harvest as of this morning was 4,714 ducks and 516 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of 10-29-07 was 9,000 ducks and 1000 geese.
This count does not include the federal refuge bird count.

Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 4 to 12 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 - dry
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 8 to 24 inches.
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 16 inches.
Areas 29 - water level is 12 inches.
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 8 to 30 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 30 inches.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 18 to 30 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 8 to 36 inches deep.
 

Oct-22-07 - Crops are off in all areas and the cover remains good.

Current Conditions:
The area bird harvest as of this morning was 3,137 ducks and 412 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of 10-22-07 was 3,500 ducks and 200 geese.
This count does not include the federal refuge bird count.

Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 4 to 12 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 - dry
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 8 to 24 inches.
Areas 23 thru 28 - water level is 16 inches.
Areas 29 - water level is 12 inches.
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 8 to 30 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 30 inches.
Areas 49 thru 52 - water level is 18 to 30 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 67 thru 76 - water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 8 to 36 inches deep.

 
Oct-11-07 - Crops are off in all areas and the cover is good.

Current Conditions:
The area bird harvest as of 10-11-07 was 1,046 ducks and 155 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of 10-08-07 was 5,000 ducks and 400 geese.
This count does not include the federal refuge bird count.

Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 4 to 12 inches.
Areas 6 thru 14 -
is dry but he DNR was trying to get the pump in the field today.
Areas 30 thru 38 -
is dry but the DNR plans to turn pumps on 10-12-07.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 6 to 30 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 18 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 8 to 36 inches deep.

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Oct-02-07 - Area Update - Hint! Make sure to have your bug spray with you, as I was scouting today the mosquitoes were real bad.

Prior Road
- Zones 55 to 60 - Crops have been harvested and cover is very good. The DNR expects to have enough water to float decoys by the 5th of Oct.
Zones 61 to 66 - East section cover is better than the west section, this section may not be huntable - field is flooded with enough water to float decoys.
Miller Road - Zones 1 to 5 - Corn is poor but sorghum will provide good cover, the field is dry but should have water by the 12th.
Zones 6 to 14
- Is still being harvested as of this posting and should be completed by the 5th - most likely will not have huntable water until the 12th.
Zones 15 to 22 - Water levels are very low and will be hard to get to.
Zones 23 to 28 - There is a good growth of smart weed here and the section is flooded
Zone 29 - Fully flooded.
Zones 30 to 38 - The north 200 feet of the corn strips will provide little cover but the rest is about 6 foot tall. Crops are still being harvested and the field should be flooded by the 12th.
Zones 39 to 48 - The corn and sorghum are about 6 to 7 feet tall. This field is flooded and all zones have enough water to float decoys.
Zones 49 to 52 - The unit is flooded but has little cover. Think about a blind or cover if hunting this area.
Zone 67 to 76 - Construction on this unit will delay flooding.
Flooded Woods and the Rookery -
Zones 77 to 150 - both units are fully flooded.

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Sep-03-0 7 - Ernie's Field Report -

Prior Road - Prior Road North unit is solid corn. It is close to excellent condition. South unit has fair corn on the East side. More than half the West side has no cover. This year the rows are shorter in length though the corn looks like it will hide a shooter.

Miller Road - The west field (or from Wahl Road the first field 6-12) is solid corn and is close to excellent condition. The North East field (1-5) has little or no corn. There has been sorghum planted and it will afford good blind cover. It doesn’t look like there are any other crops in that field.

The North big field (30’s?) is planted with strips of corn with beans in between. The corn isn’t as good as Prior or West Miller Road. It does look like it will hide a shooter and there is food.

The woods is full and most of the supply ditches are about ¾ full in the fields. It shouldn’t take long to fill the fields.

This is the best I’ve seen the area in a few years.

Good Hunting

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Miller Road East Unit


Prior Road North Unit

Twenties

Flooded Woods Looking North

Mar-25-07 - Ernies Field Report - Checked the area today and found many geese are making the spring migration - also seen a number of ducks - There is water over the end of Prior Road, so to view the area you will have to hike in.
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Dec -03-06 - Duck Seasons Last Day - Goose season will remain open until 12-12-06.  
Nov-21-06 - All areas now have good water and the cover remains good. Note: The last drawings will be on Dec-03-06.

Current Conditions:
The area bird harvest as of 11-20-06 was 9,175 ducks and 964 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of 11-20-06 was 6,600 ducks and 350 geese.
This count does not include the federal refuge bird count.

Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 12 to 18 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 -
water level is 12 to 16 inches.
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 12 to 36 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 12 to 16 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded.
 
Nov-15-06 - All areas now have good water and the cover remains good.

Current Conditions:
The area bird harvest as of 11-14-06 was 8,555 ducks and 912 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of 11-09-06 was 8,500 ducks and 400 geese.
This count does not include the federal refuge bird count.

Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 12 to 18 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 -
water level is 12 to 16 inches.
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 12 to 36 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 12 to 16 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded.
 
Nov-08-06 - Crops are off in Area 30-38 and is now open to hunting. All areas now have water and the cover remains good.

Current Conditions:
The area bird harvest as of 11-07-06 was 7,834 ducks and 851 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of 11-03-06 was 9,000 ducks and 350 geese.
This count does not include the federal refuge bird count.

Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 12 to 18 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 -
water level is 12 to 16 inches.
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 30 thru 38 -
water level is 2 to 12 inches.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 12 to 24 inches.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 12 to 16 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded.
sorry no pictures at this time
Nov-01-06 - Crops are not off in Area 30-38 and remains closed to hunting, there is a possiblity that these crops may be taken off some time this week. All the other areas have at least 4 inches of water and the cover remains good.

Current Conditions:
The area bird harvest as of 11-01-06 was 6,095 ducks and 769 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of 10-27-06 was 10,000 ducks and 500 geese.
This count does not include the federal refuge bird count.

Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 4 to 8 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 -
water is 8 inches deep.
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 30 thru 38 - Crops are still in the field and is closed to hunting.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 12 to 30 inches. NOTE: There have been reports that in zone 44 there are pockets of water up to 48 inches deep. Use Care!
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded.
sorry no pictures at this time
Oct -25-06 - Crops are not off in Area 30-38 and remains closed to hunting, all the other areas have at least 4 inches of water.

Current Conditions:
The area bird harvest as of 10-25-06 was 4,720 ducks and 609 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of 10-17-06 was 4720 ducks and 100 geese.
This count does not include the federal refuge bird count.

Areas 1 thru 5 -
water level is 4 to 8 inches.
Areas 6 thru 8 -
water is 8 inches deep.
Areas 9 thru 14 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 30 thru 38 - Crops are still in the field and is closed to hunting.
Areas 39 thru 48 -
water level is 12 to 30 inches. NOTE: There have been reports that in zone 44 there are pockets of water up to 48 inches deep. Use Care!
Areas 55 thru 60 -
water level is 6 to 12 inches.
Areas 61 thru 66 -
water level is 6 to 24 inches.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded woods area is flooded.

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Area 55 to 60


Flooded Woods

Oct -16-06 - The DNR is working with the sharecroppers to get the remaining crops off and to have at least sheet water over the entire area by this weekend 10-21-06.

Current Conditions:
The area bird harvest as of 10-12-06 was 2,383 ducks and 320 geese.
The DNR area bird count as of 10-9-06 was 15,015 ducks and 50 geese.


Areas 1 thru 5 - started flooding as of today.
Areas 6 thru 8 - Dry
Areas 9 thru 14 - Flooding
Areas 30 thru 38 - Crops are still in the field and is closed to hunting.
Areas 39 thru 48 - Area is flooded and open.
Areas 55 thru 60 - Area is flooded and now open.
Areas 61 thru 66 - Partialy flooded.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded wood area is flooded.

sorry no pictures at this time

Oct -13-06 - Ernies Field Report -
Current Field Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 -
started flooding as of today.
Areas 6 thru 8 - Dry
Areas 9 thru 14 - Still getting crops off should start to flood next week.
Areas 30 thru 38 - Crops are still in the field and is closed to hunting.
Areas 39 thru 48 - Area is flooded.
Areas 55 thru 60 - Partialy flooded.
Areas 61 thru 66 - Partialy flooded.
Areas 77 thru 150 - Flooded wood area is flooded.

sorry no pictures at this time

Sept-09-06 - Current Field Conditions:
Areas 1 thru 5 -
Corn is 3 - 4 foot high and the buckwheat produced about a 50% crop.
Areas 6 thru 8 - Sorghum is about 6 foot high and the buckwheat produced about a 50% crop.
Areas 9 thru 14 - Sorghum is abouth 6 to 8 foot high.
Areas 30 thru 38 - Corn in this field is the best in the area and rages from 6 to 9 foot tall.
Areas 39 thru 48 - The corn in this area ranges from5 to 7 foot tall and buckwheat produced about a 75% crop.
Areas 49 thru 52 - Under construction - when this area reopens there will be good cover and food supply for the waterfowl.
Areas 55 thru 60 - The corn averages about 6 foot high and will be good cover.
Areas 61 thru 66 - The corn averages about 4 foot high.

sorry no pictures at this time
Aug -13-06 - Ernies Field Report - The North (Miller Rd.) fields are in poor condition. It looks like the heavy rain took its toll. I would rate the hunting conditions there a D-. The corn isn't much more than 3 feet high and the ears are very small. The East field
has the better conditions. There is buckwheat planted around the corn. The West field (Tugg is setting in front of the best corn I could find) has next to no cover unless you were to lie on the ground. There are beans planted around the corn there and they look pretty puny. They are sparse and the vines have next to no beans on them.
The Prior Road fields look much better. The North field is a B+. The South field is a C-. The corn in the North field is better than 6 foot. Beans are around the corn there and are 2 feet high and thick. However, the corn in the South field for the most part is in the 4-5 foot range most of which is ~ 4 foot and the buckwheat planted around it is very thin.
The North teens field is A+. The corn is 8 foot almost the entire field, and, that field is all corn. I did not get to the South section of that unit. Maybe next time. At that point I had been walking for 3 hours and I till had a 1 1/2 hour walk back to the truck.
What struck me most about the entire unit is how lush the plant growth was this year. Also I was struck by the natural beauty of it. There is tremendous potential here and I think the entire unit is under utilized.

Until next time!
Ernie