Fish Point SWA 2020 Draw Procedures
Fish Point SWA 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).
Managed hunting operations at Fish Point SWA will take place via a walk-up window at the Fish Point SWA headquarters (7750 Ringle Rd. Unionville, MI 48767).
Hunters should expect plexiglass barriers between themselves and staff. Only the party leader will be required to approach the window to pick up a registration card. Anyone approaching the registration window is required to wear a mask.
The draw process will be conducted over FM radio; station information will be provided at the draw. Once the draw starts party leaders may line up in their draw order at locations marked out along the building or parking area to ensure adequate social distancing.
Any hunters that are not party leaders must stay in their vehicles. If a hunter must exit their vehicle for any reason they must abide by Executive Order rules related to social distancing and face coverings.
- 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.
- Opening weekend reserved hunts will proceed as advertised with an AM and PM drawing each day; the Saturday PM hunt is a youth priority drawing.
- There will be no stand-by draw after the initial drawing and scramble marsh zones will not be available after the preference draw for these opening weekend hunts.
- Permit-only hunting will be closed on Mondays.
- Small game hunting, deer hunting, and waterfowl hunting in the Gaede’s marsh, Gardner Rd. marsh, and state land east of Clark Rd, as well as the Saginaw Bay shoreline south of Allen Rd. is allowed without a local permit during the Monday closure.
- DNR staff will not be checking hunting licenses and no licenses will be sold at the check station.
- The following marsh scramble areas will not be included in the zone drawing and will be available to hunt through first come, first served self-registration after the draw. This is to provide quality hunting opportunities for individuals who are not able to participate in a given day’s drawing. Scramble marsh zones will not be available until after a given day’s draw. Scramble marsh permits are for daily hunts and will be dated as such- one permit is not good for the entire season. These self-registered areas are not open to waterfowl hunting on closed days.
* These areas are also available for pheasant and deer hunting. A permit is required to hunt small game or deer; there is no hunting in these areas on the Monday closure.
- If an individual or party passes in the draw, they then forfeit their ability pick a zone in the draw and are relegated to picking a self-registered scramble marsh zone, there will be no stand-by for passes.
- No leftover zones will be available after a given day’s drawing and staff will not be available after the draw. Only self-registered marsh scramble zones will be available after a drawing.
- The youth priority draw originally scheduled for the Nov. 7 (Saturday) PM hunt period will proceed as a morning draw. Individuals wishing to hunt this day through the lottery drawing are required have at least one youth in their party and no more than two adults. Those parties without youth will be able to hunt through self-registration for a scramble marsh zone after the draw, there will be no stand-by draws.
- The veteran’s preference draw scheduled for the Nov. 11 (Wednesday) PM hunt period 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. Those parties without veterans or active duty military will be able to hunt through self-registration for a scramble marsh zone after the draw, there will be no stand-by draws.
- There is no single or party preference in the drawings for the duration of the 2020 season.
- Party leaders may register up to three absentee hunters.
- Switching zones or adding hunters onto a party after the draw are not permitted.
- Hunters are limited to 25 shotshells
- 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.
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.