Department of Natural Resources
The Muskegon Wastewater will operate under the Department of Natural Resources approved plan for operating managed hunts by means of in-person draws (three days per week). Tuesdays and Saturdays will have one morning draw per day and Thursdays will have one afternoon draw.
Specific operations are designed to align with the DNR Wildlife Division SARS-CoV-2 Preparedness and Response Plan for Lower Exposure Risk Employees (Rev. 09/22 2020).
Managed hunting operations at the Muskegon Wastewater will take place by means of walk-up location at the overhead door at the Muskegon State Game Area headquarters (7600 Messinger Road, Twin Lake, MI. 49457).
Hunters should expect plexiglass barriers between themselves and staff. Only the hunting party leader will be expected to approach the overhead door location to pick up a registration card. Anyone approaching the registration area is expected to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.
The drawing information will be announced by means of a PA system. During the draw, party leaders will be expected to social distance. After the draw, party leaders will be called to the registration location one at a time based on the drawing results. All other hunters must stay in their vehicles. If any hunters exit their vehicles, they must abide by the Executive Orders relating to social distancing and face coverings.
Drawing times will remain at 5:30 AM for the Tuesday and Saturday hunts. Hunting permits will be valid for the entire day from opening of shooting hours to the close of shooting hours. The noon to 1:00 PM quiet hour will not be observed.
Drawing times for the Thursday afternoon hunts will remain at 11:00 AM. Hunters may enter the area after the draw and begin hunting at 12 noon. Hunting will continue from noon to the end of legal shooting hours.
DNR staff will not be checking or selling licenses at the check station.
The Youth priority hunts scheduled for October 31 (Saturday) will proceed as a morning draw. Individuals wishing to hunt on this day through the drawing process are required to have at least one youth hunter in the party and no more than two adults. Only Youth hunting parties will be eligible to hunt since there will be no second or stand-by draws.
The Veterans preference draw will take place on Tuesday, November 10. Individuals or parties wishing to hunt must have at least one hunter who is active duty military or a veteran as described on page 14 of the 2020 Waterfowl Hunting Digest. Only Veteran hunting parties will be eligible to hunt since there will be no second or stand-by draws.
FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THE DIRECTIONS LISTED HERE OR PROTOCOLS LISTED AT THE CHECK STATION OR INFORMATION PROVIDED BY STAFF WILL RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF YOUR DRAW AND HUNTING PRIVILEGE.