Nayanquing Point Managed Waterfowl Hunt Area Manager's Update

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Review For Week Ending

  • 12/06/2020

Weather

  • Nighttime temperatures varied throughout the week between 28 to 37, with highs reaching the low 40’s.  Hunting conditions this week were windy and cold.

Waterfowl abundance

  • Bird numbers have decreased significantly with refuge counts between 3,000-4,000.

Hunting conditions

  • North Field Zones (2-9)

    • Zones 2-3 - Corn cover averages 8 ft, motor ditch is located in the center of the strip, water depth varies 7-12 inches

    • Zones 4-6 - Corn cover averages 8 ft, motor ditch is located in the center of the strip, water depth varies 6-20 inches

    • Zone 7 - Corn cover averages 3 ft, with extensive deer damage, blind is located on west side of strip, no motor ditch, water 12-18 inches

    • Zone 8 - Corn cover averages 7 ft, with extensive deer damage in 30% of zone at the north end, permanent blind located to the west of the strip, no motor ditch, water 16-18 inches

    • Zone 9  - Corn cover averages 8 ft, motor ditch is located on the west side of the strip, water 18-28 inches

  • Middle Field Zones (10-20)

    • Zones 10-12 - Corn cover averages 8 ft, motor ditch is located on the east side of the strip, water 12-20 inches

    • Zones 13-15 - Corn cover averages 8 ft, motor ditch is located in the center of the strip, water 18-24 inches

    • Zones 16-18 - Corn cover averages 8 ft, motor ditch is located in the center of the strip, water 18-24 inches

    • Zones 19-20 - Corn cover averages 8 ft, motor ditch is located in the center of the strip, water 18-24 inches

  • South Field Zones (21-26)                 

    • Zones 21-22 - Corn cover averages 7 ft, motor ditch is located on the east side of the strip, water 8-18 inches

    • Zones 23-24 - Corn cover averages 7 ft, with drop off to the south end of 24, motor ditch is located in the center of the strip, water 18-30 inches

    • Zones 25 - Corn cover averages 7 ft, motor ditch is located in the center of the strip, water 12-18 inches

    • Zone 26 - No corn, cattail cover is sparse, motor ditch is located in the center of the strip, water 18-30 inches  

Hunter numbers

  • On Monday, November 30th we had the most parties for the week with 26.  On Sunday, December 6th, the final morning only 3 parties showed which was the lowest party size for the entire season. For the rest of the week parties ranged from 7-12.

Waterfowl harvest

  • For the week (Saturday-Friday and the final Saturday-Sunday) we harvested 120 ducks and 4 geese by 203 hunters, for an average of 0.59 ducks/trip. Our running totals through the end of the season are 4,362 ducks, 121 geese, 3,282 hunters, for an average of 1.33 ducks/trip.

What to expect this week

  • Strong north winds with gusts up to 35 mph with falling temperatures.  Highs in the forties and lows in the twenties.

Upcoming events

  • Managed deer hunting will begin with a draw for the muzzleloader season on December 6th at 8 am.  This hunt period will begin on December 7th and end on December 13th.  Beginning December 14th, the area will be self-serve for the entire late antlerless season.

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