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Crow Island State Game Area
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Oct-10th-2014- Water levels are up in all units. Still far more cattails than needed. DNR did try a burn last winter but never did get it to go after three trys. A new pump has been install for the east unit which will help keep the the water levels up in this unit. If hunting this unit - Launching a boat and getting it through the cattails along River Road will take alot of effort.

I did see plenty of ducks and a few geese while driving the area.

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Plenty of water

Lots of coots - many ducks further out

New Pump East Unit
Oct-20th-2013- I am kind of suprised that the Balpate unit water has not been pump up a little more, but there is still a fair amount of water. It does look like the DNR has raised the water level in the refuge.

Many geese roosting on Haithco Lake and now in the surrurnding harvested corn field.
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Oct-9th-2013- Drove the lane between the Balplate & Mallard (Refuge) Units today will be checking the east unit later in the week. With the Freeways being all rerouted it's kind of hard to get around.

There is plenty of water in the Balpate unit, only seen coots, greibs and Blue and White Hurons with plenty of Geese roosting on Haithco Lake.

Oct-10th-2013- Todays visit took we to the east side of unit along River Rd between Bay City and Saginaw.

The East Unit is dry as was reported earlier by the DRN for major improvements.

The Panko Unit which is just North of the East Unit has some water. Looks like it could use some more but I do not know how that would effect the work taking place on the East unit.

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Balpate Unit


Ditch along Balpate Unit


East Unit Dry


Panko Unit Has Some Water

Aug-9th-2013- East Unit There is a lot of activity in the East Unit. The East Unit is currently as dry as we can get it. Ducks Unlimited and The Michigan DNR has a grant to replace the pump station in zone 13 and the two tubes in the east unit. The plan is to burn the unit this fall or winter to improve food and cover. Water levels in the unit will probably be low until the spring runoff.
Panko Unit
At this time the water level is dropping due to little to no rain. Bird numbers are good at this time.
Baldpate Unit
This unit is in great shape. There are good water levels and great cover with a fair number of birds.
Greenhead Unit (Refuge)
The water level is good with a decent number of geese and ducks.
Davis Unit
The water level is down in this unit as we are working on reshaping the dike to stop erosion. We will be pumping water into the unit as soon as we get the dike repairs finished.
Other projects
We will be working on these projects as the summer comes to a close: Spraying 100acres of Phragmites, mowing brush, dredging out the main supply ditch to greenhead pump and waterfowl banding.
 
Nov 10 th-2012- Bill's Area Report - DU & Michigan DNR awarded $161,589 to replace the pump and infrastructure for the east units and should be completed by the fall of 2013. Hopefully now this area will finally have adequate water. Of course we will have updates posted here so everyone can keep up with the construction.  
Oct 21st -2012- Bill's Area Report - Water is up a little mainly from the rain over the past week. I did see a few ducks in the area. Only a couple of hunters were out.
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A Few Ducks with the Coots

Sept 30th -2012- Bill's Area Report - Not much to report from here. The only thing that I wish the DNR would do is keep the water level up. The areas on the west side of the Saginaw River could use a foot to a foot and half of water and the area on the east side of the river could use a couple of feet.

Seen a few Geese flying around and under the Zilwaukee Bridge and of course there are always a few ducks in the pools, but nothing new.

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Sept -12th - 2012 - This was my first scouting trip of the area this year. The cattails are plentiful and will make for good cover. The water levels seem low but that is always the case this time of year.
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Nov -5th -2011 - Not many hunters using the area this year.
Current DNR Bird Numbers:
1075 ducks and 250 geese.
 
Nov -5th -2011 - Not many hunters using the area this year.
Current DNR Bird Numbers:
950 ducks and 400 geese.
 
Oct -29th -2011 - Not many hunters out this morning.
Current DNR Bird Numbers:
1125 ducks and 350 geese.
 
Oct -22th -2011 - Not many hunters out this morning.
Current DNR Bird Numbers:
650 ducks and 50 geese.
 
Oct -16th -2011 - Still plenty of water and cover.
Current DNR Bird Numbers:
745 ducks and 100 geese.
 
Oct -6th -2011 - There is plenty of water and cover to start the season, a few ducks were seen and I heard a couple of geese.

Current DNR Bird Numbers:

945 ducks and 75 geese.
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Sept -1st - 2011- - Bills Area Update - Area looks good, water levels seem to be higher than this time last year.  
Nov -7th -2010 - Current DNR Bird Numbers:
635 ducks and 500 geese.
 

Oct -30th -2010 - Bills Area Update - Hunting remains slower than normal here. I have seen many canada geese using the fields west of Bay City and Linwood.

Current DNR Bird Numbers:
745 ducks and 500 geese.

 

Oct -24th -2010 - Water remains low. Talked to a couple of hunters and they agreed the water should be higher. They think if the water was higher it would attract more ducks. They said the hunting has been a little slow.

Current DNR Bird Numbers:
510 ducks and 700 geese.

 
Oct -17th -2010 - Water is still a little low.

Current DNR Bird Numbers:
700 ducks and 2 geese.
 
Oct -7th -2010 - Area looks ready to go, I personally wish there was a little more water. The area looks like a it could use about a foot more. I didn't notice any of the pumps running.  
Sept -25-10 - Water remains a little low. I only noticed a few duck this morning, but I did see a lot of White Egrets.
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Sept -12-10 - This was my first scouting trip of the area this year. The cattails are plentiful and will make for good cover. The water is low but I don't believe the DNR has started pumping. A few ducks and geese are in the area.
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Nov -8 -09 - Scouted the area this morning, trying to find a way to get into the Davis and Plow dry Units. From what we could see in the fog. It would be a hike into the Plow dry Unit. We will be doing more scouting without the fog in the future on how to get into these areas.

Current DNR Bird Numbers:
1945 ducks and 750 geese.

 
Oct -24-09 - Talked to a few hunters this morning and they said there are plenty of birds still using the area, but hunting success depends on where you setup and where the birds want to be.

Current DNR Bird Numbers:

1815 ducks and 575 geese.
 
Oct -18 -09 - Talked to a few hunters who have been using the area since opening day. They told me that action had been fairly good in both the east and west units. Today one party had 9 birds they had taken from the west unit and others had no birds. Another told me earlier in the week his party and taken 10 geese and 5 ducks on a hunt in the east unit.

Current DNR Bird Numbers:
1225 ducks and 975 geese.
 
Oct -4-09 -  Crow Island State Game area is marsh area located along the Saginaw River between Saginaw and Bay City MI.

Water is at good levels and on this mornings scouting trip a fair number of both ducks and geese were seen in and around the area.

Current DNR Bird Numbers:
1405 ducks and 125 geese.
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Looking ito the Baldpate Unit


Ducks in the Pool
   
   
   

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