Pointe Mouillee Managed Waterfowl Hunt Area Manager's Update

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Review for week ending

  • 11/27/2021

Weather

  • Cold temperatures throughout the week. Ice formed early in the week but melted off by Thanksgiving. Rain on Thursday then snow into the weekend. Prevailing west winds.

Waterfowl abundance

  • With the arrival of ice this past week, many ducks have moved on or are finding areas with open water elsewhere. A steep drop-off in numbers for the refuge count reflected this. In areas where there was open water, mostly mallards and gadwall were using them.  Divers, especially scaup and bufflehead, are present in good numbers in the river and mouth of Lake Erie.
  • Running data:
    • 1140 hunters
    • 1142 ducks
    • 71 geese
    • 1.00 ducks per hunter taken

Hunting conditions

  • Managed ZonesOpen Hunting
    • Zones 2-10 Zones 11-14 Zones 15, 16, 19, 21 Zones 17, 18, 20, 22
      • Long Pond Unit - Managed Cattail Marsh - Water depth knee-thigh deep.
      • Nelson Unit - Flooded Ag Fields - Corn 4-6' tall. Buckwheat, millet, and natural grasses. Water depth knee-thigh deep.
      • Walpatich Unit - Flooded Ag fields - Corn 4-6' tall. Buckwheat, natural grasses. Water depth ankle-knee deep.
      • Walpatich Unit - Cattail Marsh - Water depth knee-waist deep.
    • Zones 23, 25
      • Brancheau Unit - Managed by USFWS. Per their request, the Brancheau Unit has been left out of the draw process for this year.
    • Humphries Unit
      • Humphries Unit is again deeper than historical levels. Like last year, the east end of the unit is very deep. The west end, however, provides new cattail growth and depths that range from 1-4'.
    • Vermet Unit
      • Throughout most of the unit, depth will be 2-5'. Cattail growth is sparse because of limited ability to control water in this unit.
    • ​​Bad Creek
      • Bad Creek has desired water depths and is entirely cattails and moist soil. Cattails are thick, but potholes throughout the unit are present and provide walk-in hunting opportunity.
      Cripple Point
      • This is a new unit that was completed earlier this year. It lies adjacent to Bad Creek to the south. Phragmites management was completed in August and flooding has yielded 6 inch-2 feet water depth for moist soil/cattail habitat.

What to expect this week

  • Temperatures in the 30s, aside from a warm day on Thursday with temperature approaching 50. Rain midweek and next weekend. Winds prevailing from the west.

  • All draws are now non-reserved.

Upcoming events

  • No draw for 2-day split

Additional Information

  • A new boat ramp floating dock has been completed and installed at the headquarters thanks to the Gibraltar Duck Hunters Association. It is now ready for use.

  • Trapping permits are available for the 2021-22 trapping season.

  • The main office is closed until further notice. Draws will be held at:
    10998 US Turnpike
    S Rockwood, MI 48179