Harsens Island 2020 Draw Procedures

Each of managed waterfowl hunt areas will operate under the Department of Natural Resources’ approved plan for operating managed hunts through in-person draws for one AM drawing period per day for six days of the week. Specific information for each area is listed below.

Specific operations are designed to align with DNR Wildlife Division SARS-CoV-2 Preparedness and Response Plan for Lower Exposure Risk Employees (Rev. 9/22/2020).

Harsens Island Managed Waterfowl Area (MWA)

Managed hunting operations at Harsens Island Managed Waterfowl Area will take place via a walk-up window at a trailer outside of the normal check station, located at 3857 Columbine Road, Harsens Island, MI, 48028. The area in front of the registration area will be blocked off as ‘no parking’ and a line-up area will be designated leading up to the registration window.

Only the party leader will be required to come up to the window to register. The party leader must have the names of all party members when they register. The remaining party members must remain in their vehicles. If a hunter must exit their vehicle in the parking area for any reason, they must abide by Executive Order rules related to social distancing and face coverings.

The draw process will be conducted over FM radio; station information will be provided at registration. After the rules are announced and the draw is started, party leaders may begin lining up in order in front of the registration window on pre-marked spots. Party leaders will approach one at a time to select their zones. The map and area information will be available to view at the head of the line.

  • The drawing time will remain at 5:30am
  • A hunting permit will be valid for an entire day, from the opening of shooting hours to the close of shooting hours. No 12:00-1:00 PM quiet hour will be observed.
  • All hunting in permit areas will be closed on Wednesdays.
  • DNR staff will not be checking hunting licenses and no licenses will be sold at the check station.
  • All draws will be conducted by pre-printed random number sheets; no drawing of bingo balls will be allowed this year.
  • No leftover zones will be issued after the draw and no switching of zones will be allowed.
  • There are no self-registration ‘scramble’ areas available at Harsens Island. Hunters who are unsuccessful in the draw can head out onto the Flats or across the river to St. Johns Marsh.
  • The youth priority draw originally scheduled for the Nov. 6 (Friday) PM hunt period will proceed as a morning draw. Individuals wishing to hunt this day through the lottery drawing are required to have at least one youth in their party. There will be no standby draws or leftover permits for parties that do not have a youth.
  • The veteran’s preference draw originally scheduled for the Nov. 11 (Wednesday) PM hunt will be moved to Nov. 10 (Tuesday) and will proceed as a morning draw. Individuals or parties wishing to hunt must have at least one individual that is either active duty military or a veteran as described on page 14 of the 2020 Waterfowl Hunting Digest. There will be no standby draw or leftover permits issued for parties that do not meet this criteria.
  • There is no single or party preference in the drawings for the duration of the 2020 season. All zones are open to 1-4 hunters.
  • There are no absentee limits for 2020 seasons. One hunter can register up to three other hunters.
  • Zones 8 and 12 have been eliminated this year.
  • Switching zones or adding hunters onto a party after the draw are not permitted.
  • Hunters are not allowed to sell items in state parking lots.
  • There will be no Wetland Wonders Challenge for 2020 seasons.
  • Hunters are still required to return their permits with harvest information to the check station or drop box; no bag checks will be completed in 2020.

Outdoor restroom facilities will be available and cleaned/sanitized regularly.