Pointe Mouillee Managed Waterfowl Hunt Area Manager's Update

Review for week ending

  • 12/03/2017

Weather

  • For the majority of the week, highs in the mid 40’s with lows in the mid 30’s. Rain on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Winds variable in direction and speed all week, please check the local forecast.

Waterfowl abundance

  • Duck numbers have not picked up, the waterfowl count is done on the Walpatich, Lautenschlager, Bloody Run, Vermet, and Banana Dike this time of year.  Mallard and gadwall numbers are dipping. Wood Ducks are almost all moved on. Birds are still piled into the refuge but they are not venturing very far outside of the refuge units.

Hunting conditions

  • 2017 was a good growing year again.  We had an early spring and were able to start working our fields in April.  We have great corn production in the Nelson and Walpatich Units, we also have great buckwheat and millet production in the Nelson, Walpatich and Bad Creek Units. There will be plenty of food and very good cover throughout the game area. 

MANAGED ZONES/HUNTING OUTLOOK

  • Zones 2-10
    • LongPond Unit - Managed Cattail Marsh - same as last year, great cover, great potholes, and great marsh hunting opportunity
       
  • Zones 11-14
    • Nelson Unit - Flooded Ag Fields - There is good buckwheat/millet production along with excellent corn cover; corn height 6-8ft. A few decoy openings have been cut in each zone. Water is approximately knee deep
       
  • Zones 15-19 and 21
    • Walpatich Unit - Ag fields and cattail marsh - Zones 15 & 16 have good corn cover with corn height 6’-7’ tall.  This year we planted buckwheat around the corn strips in Zone 15 to provide hunters with a dry hunt field opportunity.  Zone 17 has excellent corn cover with corn height 6-8’ tall and good buckwheat production.  Zones 19 & 21 have excellent corn cover with corn height 6-8’ tall and good buckwheat production. Water is approximately below knee deep
       
  • Zones 20, 22
    • Walpatich Unit - Managed cattail marsh - 20 and 22 will be the same as last year, great cover, great potholes, great marsh hunting opportunity. Water is approximately below waist deep      

OPEN HUNTING OUTLOOK

  • Humphries Unit
    • Humphries Unit is a little deeper than last year, the two outer tubes at the south end have been plugged and have helped with our ability to control water levels. There should be good water depth to launch boats and outboards may be able to get in the Unit but you will have to stay to the east end.
       
  • Vermet Unit
    • Vermet Unit was drawn down in June/July to promote the growth of vegetation on the north and east parts of the unit. The west and south parts of the unit will once again be very good marsh hunting. We did add a little water to this unit for waterfowl season but not much, plan on it being a little shallower than last year but you should be able to navigate the northeast portion now.
       
  • Bad Creek
    • Bad Creek is a newer unit in just its fourth season with water control. It is positioned on the west side of the Humphries Unit off of Roberts Rd. It is still a work in progress but there will be flooded buckwheat and corn and lots of opportunity for walk-in hunting. We are currently flooding the Unit and will fill it to full pool.

Hunter numbers (only for the 24 managed zones)

  • 80 hunter trips for November 28th, 30th, and December 3rd

Waterfowl harvest (only for the 24 managed zones)

  • November 28th, 30th, and December 3rd - 38 ducks and 0 geese = .48 waterfowl/hunter trip

What to expect this week

  • Highs in the mid 40’s with lows in the mid 30’s to start the week. By the end of the week, highs will be in the low 30’s dropping into the 20’s at night. Rain possible on Monday night. Winds W to SW 8-20mph, please check the local forecast.
  • Full moon on December 3rd

Upcoming events

  • N/A

Additional Information

  • Changes made prior to the 2016 season

  1. The shotshell limit has been increased from 18 shells to 25 shells each.

  2. The check station will remain open until 4:00pm on Sundays and Thursdays for hunters to come in and take a left-over zone.