Milford Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

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.

The waterfowl survey this week resulted in 31 Mallards, 6 Redheads, 2 Goldeneye, 25 unidentified ducks and 40 large Canada geese.  Throughout the week, around 250 mallards, 150 Canada geese and a mix bag of ducks have been observed around the wildlife area.

Lake level Current Lake Level is 1143.83 and Conservation Pool is 1143.58 The dam is releasing 150 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 120 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production has been above average this year. The majority of the pumps are running where there is enough water.

Lower Smith/Gatesville boat ramps are open. Mall Creek boat launch is open but water levels are extremely low 

Wetlands that have water are Sugarbowl, Lower Smith, Upper Smith, Beichter and the Youth/Mentor area.    

No activites/hunting allowed in the Steve Lloyd Wetland/Refuge.

Motorized boats are only allowed in the 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 Fair

** All three zones of Milford Lake are in a Blue-Green Algae WARNING (A harmful algal bloom is possible and may be present) status. This could affect humans and pets hunting water sourced from the reservoir, such as Sugar Bowl, and the Hazard Area on the North end of the lake.** 

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.

Do NOT block gates, and pay attention to No Parking signs in the wetland parking lots.

Hunter's need to be aware of their targets before shooting.

The area is a no trash policy, so if you take it in, please bring it back out with you.  This includes spent shotgun shells

Fires are not permitted anywhere on the wildlife area. Violators will be ticketed

Remember - Hunters can check-in / check-out here, All hunters (youth included) must first register online. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area. for more information on seasons and limits.