Nayanquing Point Managed Waterfowl Hunt Area Manager's Update

Review For Week Ending

  • 10/09/2021

Weather

  • Mild temperatures including cloudy to mostly sunny skies with rain reaching 75 degrees.

Waterfowl abundance

  • Bird numbers continue to climb with refuge counts close to 7,000. 

Hunting conditions

  • North Field Zones (2-9)
    • Zones 2-3: Corn cover averages 8 ft, water depth varies 5-7 inches
    • Zones 4-6: Corn cover averages 8 ft, water depth varies 6-12 inches
    • Zone 7: Corn cover averages 7 ft, tapers on north and south ends due to deer damage, no motor ditch, water 6-8 inches
    • Zone 8: Corn cover averages 7 ft, spotty deer damage, permanent blind located to the west of the strip, no motor ditch, water 6-12 inches
    • Zone 9: Corn cover averages 8 ft, motor ditch is located on the west side of the strip, water 12-18 inches
  • Middle Field Zones (10-20)
    • Zones 10-12: Corn cover averages 8 ft, water 5-7 inches
    • Zones 13-15: Corn cover averages 8 ft, water 6-12 inches
    • Zones 16-18: Corn cover averages 8 ft, water 12-18 inches
    • Zones 19-20: Corn cover averages 8 ft, elevated blind on east side of zone 19, water 12-18 inches
  • South Field Zones (21-26)
    • Zones 21-22: Corn cover averages 8 ft, water 6-8 inches
    • Zones 23-24: Corn cover averages 8 ft, slight drop off to the south end of 24, water 12-18 inches
    • Zones 25-26: Corn cover averages 8 ft, tapered on the south end of zone 26, water 12-18 inches

Hunter numbers

  • The opening weekend, October 2 & 3 was pre-registered at 35 parties each for the am/pm hunts with Saturday afternoon being a youth priority hunt. A stand-by drawing was conducted for each hunt to fill any unissued reservations. For Saturday morning 29 parties claimed their reservation and for the afternoon youth hunt 20 of the 35 parties showed.  On Sunday morning we had 30 parties and for the afternoon we had 28 parties. For the rest of the week the highest draw was Monday afternoon with 33 parties and the lowest was Wednesday afternoon with 11 parties in the draw.

Waterfowl harvest

  • The opening weekend, first year returning to the middle zone, was an extremely mild one. The weekend harvest was 359 ducks and 8 geese in 357 hunter trips, for an average of 1.01 ducks/trip. The opening week totals (Saturday-Friday) were 788 ducks and 18 geese in 764 hunter trips, for an average of 1.03 ducks/trip.  The running totals including early teal and goose are 1,038 ducks and 44 geese harvested by 1,046 hunters, for an average of 0.99 ducks/trip. In terms of where birds were being harvested last week, the south field averaged 1.22 ducks/trip, the middle field averaged 1.06 ducks/trip and the north field averaged 0.50 ducks/trip.  In the marsh hunters averaged 1.11 ducks/trip.

What to expect this week

  • 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.

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, October 16th PM hunt will be a non-reserved youth preference hunt for hunting parties with a least one youth and no more than two adults per party.

  • Thursday, November 11th AM & PM hunts will be a non-reserved veterans preference hunt

Other comments

  • Archery deer hunting opportunities exist for the scramble areas though a daily permit. Permits are issued through the walk-up window beginning at 5:30 am. There is a limited number of permits given on a first come first serve basis.