Shiawassee River Managed Waterfowl Hunt Area Manager's Update

Review for week ending

  • 11/27/2021

Weather

  • Cold weather this week formed some ice on the fields.  Most of the fields had ¼ to ½ inch of inch hunters still managed to get out into the fields. The river zones, flooded woods and rookery finally got some hunting pressure this last week (moving water keep these units open). We experienced our first snowfall this week receiving an inch of snow. Today we received three inches of freshly fallen snow.

Waterfowl abundance

  • Refuge count was not done this week due to the holiday and scheduling conflicts. .

Hunting conditions

  • No change in water levels this week.

Hunter numbers

  • There was a high of 50 parties in the draw this week with a low of 1.

Waterfowl harvest

  • Thus far we have harvested 6,889 ducks ducks and 705 geese during 5214 hunter trips. Bid per hunter trip is an average of 1.45 birds per hunter trip.

What to expect this week

  • This week temperatures expected low temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees we will likely experience some icing conditions.  Highs are to be in the mid 40's for a couple of days which will likely melt some of the ice and snow.

Upcoming events

  • No special events.

Other comments

  • Icing conditions throughout the week really didn't slow down hunter participation much. Those hunters working through the ice conditions are harvesting birds. Hunters are commenting on the fact we have still not had a good push of birds move through and stay here. We have had a couple of pretty good increases in numbers of waterfowl in the area but it only lasts a few days and they move elsewhere.