Department of Natural Resources
Review For Week Ending
Nighttime temperatures were in the low 20's with highs reaching the upper 40's. Cloudy skies and a few rain showers.
The weekly totals (Saturday-Friday) were 179 ducks and 1 goose in 256 hunter trips, for an average of 0.70 ducks/trip.
For the last two days of the regular season (Saturday-Sunday) 2 ducks were harvested in 32 hunter trips. Totals for the season are 4,645 ducks and 88 geese in 4,392 hunter trips, for an average of 1.06 ducks/trip.
The south field averaged 0.60 ducks/trip and harvested 36% of the total harvest this week, the middle field averaged 0.71 ducks/trip and harvested 41% of the total harvest, the north field averaged 1.81 ducks/trip and harvested 16% of the total harvest. In the marsh hunters averaged 0.42 ducks/trip and harvested 6% of the total harvest. The species breakdown for the week included 83% mallard/black duck, 7% shoveler. The remaining 10% included green-winged teal, wood duck, pintail, wigeon and merganser.
What to expect this week
Weather for this week is forecasted to be cloudy, windy, and cold with snow showers likely. Temperatures ranging from the mid 20's at night to daytime highs in the low 30's.
Safety protocols have been put in place this year for all drawings to reduce contact. Drawings will be held outdoors, only the party leader for each hunting party will interact with check station staff to register and select hunting zones. We will not be checking licenses or selling licenses at registration so please be sure you have all your licenses before coming to the draw. The MWHA rules, procedures and draw order will be announced via FM radio on local broadcast at 107.1 FM. Party leaders will approach the window one at a time to pick their zones once the draw order is announced.
Regular waterfowl season closes on November 28th for the middle zone.
Muzzleloader deer season December 3-10; drawing held Thursday, December 2 at 11:00.
Self-serve permits will be available for the goose season until December 16.
Self-serve permits will be available for the late waterfowl two day split on December 11-12.
Self-serve permits will be available for the late firearm antlerless deer season from December 13-January 1.