Pointe Mouillee 2020 Draw Procedures
Pointe Mouillee managed waterfowl hunting will operate under the Department of Natural Resources’ approved plan for operating managed hunts through in-person draws. Pointe Mouillee will hold two AM draws at 5:30am on Sunday and Tuesday and one PM draw at 11:00am on Thursday every week during the regular waterfowl season. AM draw permits will be good for the entire day and the PM draw permit will be good from the conclusion of the draw until the end of shooting time. Specific information 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).
Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (PMSGA)
Managed hunting operations at Pointe Mouillee SGA will take place via a drive-through registration process at the Pointe Mouillee Shop Yard on the corner of U.S. Turnpike and Sigler Rd (10998 U.S. Turnpike, South Rockwood, MI 48179). The lane leading up to the drive-through will be marked with cones- this area will be required to be kept clear of parked vehicles.
Only the party leader will be required at the drive-through to pick up a permit (unless the entire party is in one vehicle). The driver of the vehicle is required to have a mask on as they drive through, all other vehicle windows will remain closed. DNR staff will be separated from party leader vehicles via a plexiglass shield/booth. Hunters are not allowed to exit their vehicle while in the drive-through. 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 the draw. Once the draw starts and a party’s number is called, only the party leaders will drive back through to pick their zone; zone selections will be broadcast over the FM radio so other hunters can follow zone selection.
- Hunters can start registering at 5:00am with registration closing at 5:30am. The drawing will take place following the close of registration at 5:30am
- The registration card must be filled out prior to the draw, the party leader must have the other party members information
- AM hunting permits 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.
- PM hunting permits will be valid from the conclusion of the draw until the end of shooting time. No 12:00-1:00 PM quite hour will be observed.
- DNR staff will not be checking hunting licenses and no licenses will be sold at the check station. It is the hunter’s responsibility to have the required licenses. (Michigan Base license, Michigan Waterfowl license, Migratory Bird Hunter, and the Federal Duck Stamp).
- There is no single or party preference in the drawings for the duration of the 2020 season. (Single hunters may choose any zone, there is no passing)
- There are no absentee limits for 2020 seasons
- Parties are still limited to a maximum of 4 hunters
- Switching zones or adding hunters onto a party after the draw are not permitted.
- There will not be any leftover zones issued
- There will be no Wetland Wonders Challenge for 2020 seasons.
- Hunters are still required to return their permits with harvest information. There are permit tubes at the headquarters gate and on the right side of the yellow gates at Sigler Rd and the Middle Causeway.
- No bag checks will be completed in 2020.
- The youth priority draw originally scheduled for opening day October 10 (Saturday) PM hunt period will NOT take place. We are only allowed one draw per day and the opening morning draw will be an open AM draw.
- The youth priority draw scheduled for November 8 (Sunday) AM hunt period WILL proceed as scheduled. Individuals wishing to hunt this day through the lottery drawing are required to have at least one youth in their party and no more than 2 adults. Those parties without youth can hunt the open hunting units (Vermet, Humphries, Bad Creek, Mouillee Creek), there will be no stand-by draws.
- The veteran’s preference draw scheduled for November 10 (Tuesday) AM hunt period will proceed as normal with 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. Those parties without veterans or active duty military can hunt the open hunting units (Vermet, Humphries, Bad Creek, Mouillee Creek), there will be no stand-by draws.
- The use of non-toxic shot is required for all hunting types at the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area. Each individual is limited to 25 shells (1 box) with shot size no larger than 1 shot while hunting in the managed zones.
Restroom facilities previously open to hunters will be closed for the duration of the season. Portable restroom facilities will be provided for use and will be cleaned/sanitized by the vendor per guidelines.
FAILURE TO ABIDE BY DIRECTIONS LISTED HERE, PROTOCOLS LISTED AT CHECK STATIONS OR PROVIDED BY STAFF WILL RESULT IN A FORFEITURE OF YOUR DRAW.