Milford Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

Late Duck Season is open January 23rd-31st.

Approximately 500 ducks and 300 geese were seen on the survey this week on the wetlands and the main lake.  The majority of the wetlands and lake are iced over as well as the majority of the river, including boat ramps.

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 1142.49 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 200 CFS. The inflow into the lake is ICE EFFECTED.
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 pumped but pumps were removed following the flood on Dec 13th.  Beichter/Martin, Youth Area and Upper Smith be pumped for late duck season if conditions are desirable.

Expected hunting success Fair.  Few birds in the area but some duck hunters have had some success. 
Comments

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.