Department of Natural Resources
Review For Week Ending
Mild temperatures including cloudy to mostly sunny skies with rain reaching 75 degrees.
The opening weekend, first year returning to the middle zone, was an extremely mild one. The weekend harvest was 359 ducks and 8 geese in 357 hunter trips, for an average of 1.01 ducks/trip. The opening week totals (Saturday-Friday) were 788 ducks and 18 geese in 764 hunter trips, for an average of 1.03 ducks/trip. The running totals including early teal and goose are 1,038 ducks and 44 geese harvested by 1,046 hunters, for an average of 0.99 ducks/trip. In terms of where birds were being harvested last week, the south field averaged 1.22 ducks/trip, the middle field averaged 1.06 ducks/trip and the north field averaged 0.50 ducks/trip. In the marsh hunters averaged 1.11 ducks/trip.
What to expect this week
Safety protocols have been put in place this year for all drawings to reduce contact. Drawings will be held outdoors, only the party leader for each hunting party will interact with check station staff to register and select hunting zones. We will not be checking licenses or selling licenses at registration so please be sure you have all your licenses before coming to the draw. The MWHA rules, procedures and draw order will be announced via FM radio on local broadcast at 107.1 FM. Party leaders will approach the window one at a time to pick their zones once the draw order is announced.
Saturday, October 16th PM hunt will be a non-reserved youth preference hunt for hunting parties with a least one youth and no more than two adults per party.
Thursday, November 11th AM & PM hunts will be a non-reserved veterans preference hunt
Archery deer hunting opportunities exist for the scramble areas though a daily permit. Permits are issued through the walk-up window beginning at 5:30 am. There is a limited number of permits given on a first come first serve basis.