Milford Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

2015 Teal season opens September 12th and closes September 27th.

Roughly 200 teal were seen on the survey this week on the wetlands and main lake.  

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 1146.24 conservation Pool 1144.4 The dam is releasing 25 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.

Expected hunting success Low, several limits were taken on the opening day but very few teal were seen the following day.  We are not expecting a new push of birds this week given the warm weather forecasted.

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 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.