Muskegon Wastewater 2020 Draw Procedures

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.

Special Hunts

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.

Other Hunt Rules 

  • There is no single hunter or party preference for drawings during the 2020 season (with the exception of the Youth hunt when all hunting parties by definition will be more than one hunter). 
  • Switching zones or adding hunters to a party after the draw will not be permitted.
  • There are no absentee limits for the 2020 season, but the maximum party size is 4 hunters per hunting party.
  • Hunters or organizations are not allowed to sell items or sponsor food item giveaways in the SGA parking lot.
  • There will be no Wetland wonder Challenge for the 2020 season.
  • Hunters are still required to fill out and return their permits with harvest information to a drop box (located on the Muskegon Wastewater facility).
  • Headquarters restroom facilities previously open to hunters will be closed for the duration of the season.

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.