This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports
BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/24/2015
|Waterfowl numbers||40 Mallards|
|Water level|| |
We now have water!!!!
The Middle wetland complex has huntable water as of 11/24/2015. The pumps on the West Wetland Complex were stated on 11/24/2015 and it should have huntable water by Friday 11/27/2015.
October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. The application and drawing will take place online only in 2014. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".
|Hunting conditions||Good wetland vegetation and the water is rising|
|Expected hunting success||Fair,|
|Comments||Hope to have all wetland full by first of December|
CLINTON - Last Updated: 11/13/2015
|Waterfowl numbers|| |
Around 450 ducks were seen on the survey this week. The ducks were on the lake to the north and west of bloomington park. Their were several mallards, pintails, gadwalls, and a few redheads and scaup. They still seem to be spending the majority of their time on the refuge at elk creek. Around 80 canada geese were also seen on the survey.
Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 1
|Lake level||877.16 (1.65 feet above conservation pool).|
|Hunting conditions|| |
THE REFUGE IS NOW CLOSED TO ALL ACTIVITIES UNTIL JANUARY 15th
Clinton Wildlife area marshes have water!!
Elk Creek marshes- Pools one and two are full. We are currently refilling pool three after removing a leaky water control structure. Waterfowl numbers in the marsh complexes are good.
Coblentz marshes - The north, middle, and east pool are all around 80% full. The little southeast pool at the main complex is about 50% full and the little southwest pool at the main complex is about 30% full. We are currently pumping a little more water into all the pools.
Shadden marsh- is also full of water
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IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To register, please go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net. This will be mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters. The card survey stations have been removed. Plan ahead and sign up for I-sportsman now.
Please remember that trapping is also allowed on the Wildlife Area.
The Refuge area will be closed to ALL activities from October 1st - January 15th.
HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 11/19/2015
|Waterfowl Numbers||Approximately 6,500 ducks, primarily mallard, were observed during a waterfowl survey on the morning of 11/19/2015. Other species identified included American coot, Canada goose, and Hooded Merganser. Please note that waterfowl numbers and locations change frequently.|
|Water Level|| |
Antioch Wetland - Nearly full. Excellent forage plants (smartweed, arrowhead, duckweed)
Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Drained for repairs.
Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 2/3 full. Excellent forage plants (millet and smartweed)
Youth-Mentor Wetland - 2/3 full. Excellent forage plants (millet and smartweed)
Hillsdale Lake - Normal pool (See Army Corps Daily Report).
JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 11/20/2015
|Waterfowl numbers||Ducks: approximately 2000 ducks Geese:approximately 2000 snow geese and 300 Canada geese|
|Expected hunting success||Fair for ducks and geese|
Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.
Aux- Lake will be OPEN to waterfowl hunting on November 1st.
Individuals wishing to hunt Unit #2 of the wildlife area must enter through the main gate and sign in at the guard house. Be sure to have a photo I.D. with you when checking in.
Hunters are required to drive maintained roads only. A map will be provided to all hunters showing open roads as well as parking areas. Vehicles are allowed to park in parking areas only.
MILFORD WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/25/2015
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Regular duck season opens October 31st.
Roughly 300 ducks were seen on the survey this week on the wetlands. There was a good push of ducks last Friday with several limits taken but they do not appear to have stayed.
Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the numbers of waterfowl on the area.
|Lake level||Current Level is 1145.0 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 84 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 140 cfs.|
|Hunting conditions|| |
Due to frequent river flooding and high lake levels throughout the growing season, the vegetation and seed production has been significantly reduced.
No activites/hunting allowed in the Steve Lloyd Wetland/Refuge.
Motorized boats are only allowed in Mall Creek wetland, electric motors are considered "motorized". All other public hunting wetlands are open to NON motorized boats and walk in hunting.
The West Broughton Youth/Mentor Area looks excellent this year due to the installation of a new wetland pump.
Beichter, Martin, Quimby, Zach Hudec, Upper and Lower smith have been and will continue to be pumped throughout the season as long as the weather and water rights permit.
|Expected hunting success||Fair. Few birds in the area but some duck hunters have had some success.|
Do NOT drive on dikes. Vehicles disrupt and discourage waterfowl from using the wetland areas. We have had several dikes being damaged due to unauthorized vehicles driving on them. Scouting is best done on foot to evaluate bird numbers and habitat conditions.
Please report any vehicles on dikes and anyone seen disturbing our pumps. Without the pumps in optimal condition we are unable to pump the wetlands to their greatest potential.
Remember - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Milford Wildlife Area. Hunters can register and check in using the new I-sportsman system from any rotary phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.
PERRY - Last Updated: 11/24/2015
TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/18/2015
|Waterfowl numbers|| |
24 ducks were observed, and 4 juvenile snow geese on 11/16/2015.
Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 1
|Water level||The lake is currently at 1074.6.|
|Hunting conditions||With Tuttle creek lake level being 40 feet high this summer vegetation in the wetlands units will not be the greatest.|
|Expected hunting success||Poor|
|Comments||A permit/survey is required to hunt the Black Vermillion and Olsburg marshes and can be found at the parking lots adjacent to each marsh. Please complete this survey. The data collected from this permit/survey supplies the Manager with valuable comments and harvest information to better manage the area.|