Fennville Farm Managed Waterfowl Hunt Area Manager's Update

Review For Week Ending

  • 11/24/2019

Weather

  • Last week we had average temps following the extreme cold we had the week before. All of the 2 ft of snow we received a couple of weeks back melted resulting in a lot of standing water.

Waterfowl Abundance

  • Duck numbers have nearly doubled the last 2 weeks while goose numbers have only slightly risen. Reports have been coming in that there are still a lot of birds north all the way as far north as Traverse City and Kalkaska.

Hunting Conditions

  • Hunting conditions look good. The snow melted making it easier to maneuver vehicles when entering zones and the corn withstood the weight of the snow very well. Some areas are wetter than normal but overall all areas are accessible at this time. Corn strips are still in decent shape for cover. The DU impoundment on 120th Ave is no longer being pumped due to the freezing temps we have had.

Hunter Numbers

  • Weekends have been running roughly 25-30 parties with 10-20 parties on weekdays. Self-registration duck hunting has had little participation.

Waterfowl Harvest

  • Harvest picked up through self-registration duck and through the draw until recently when the birds became a little staler and the weather stopped cooperating. Nov 21st we reopened the draw and harvested 17 geese and 53 ducks. One of the highest duck kills through the draw we have seen.

What to Expect This Week

  • Expect relatively mild weather to start this week. Wednesday a storm system will move through with winds gusting over 50 mph out of the SW becoming NW and heavy rain. By late week we will have E winds at 10-20mph and falling temperatures.

Upcoming Events

  • Our next youth hunt will be Dec. 7th as a PM hunt.

Additional Information

  • There is a new wetland project that has been built in zone 9, east of the railroad tracks on 122nd Ave. This project is a wetland mitigation banking program site and will provide a new 60-acre wetland complex with ponds and moist soils available to duck hunt outside the draw.