Fennville Farm Managed Waterfowl Hunt Area Manager's Update

Review For Week Ending

  • 11/06/2021

Weather

  • Last week temperatures were on a warming trend with daytime highs approaching or exceeding 60 by the end of the week. Skies were mainly sunny with light winds from the northwest.

Waterfowl Abundance

  • Wood duck and other early migrating waterfowl numbers continue to decline while Mallard abundance continues a steady but slow upward trend with around 1800-2200 Mallards using the area. More geese have moved into the area with around 3000 geese using the area. No birds have moved to the north half of the farm yet but may transition that way soon now that corn fields in the refuge have been cut.

Hunting Conditions

  • Hunting conditions are highly variable. Zone 7D, 7E, and the south half of zone 5 make for very difficult hides with short , sparse corn. Some posts in zone 8 have sparse, weak corn as well. The decoy areas in zone 2 and zones 8 H-J have been combined. Expect the need for blinds or good camo for good concealment in many areas.

Hunter Numbers

  • Opening weekend of goose season saw 55 hunter trips in 2 days. Weekdays are still significantly slower with few people hunting.

Waterfowl Harvest

  • Harvest was very poor for the opener of goose. Only 4 geese and 1 duck were harvested in 2 days.

What to Expect This Week

  • Expect temperatures to drop significantly. Highs are expected to be in the 40s by the end of the week. Rain is expected Thursday through the weekend and winds should pick up. Forecast is calling for 25mph winds with possible gusts to 50mph Thursday from the south switching top SW for the remainder of the week.

Upcoming Events

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Additional Information

  • Remember to use self-registration cards to duck hunt located in the farm unit parking lot display board.