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Fish Point State Game Area

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Fish Point Area Reporter: Bill Ryan -Has hunted this area for over 40 years, he is also an active member of the Fish Point Wildlife Association.
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Oct 19th 2014 -- Bill's Area Report - Cover remains in excellent conditionton and water is in all areas, with some zones having more water than others. I did not see many birds while I driving the area other than the early arrival of a group of swans.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 12,555 ducks and 175 geese.
2014 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 1828 Ducks and 129 Geese

Area 1 thru 3 - Corn about 9' tall Cover is excellent. Water in all zones.

Area 9 thru 13 - Corn about 9' tall Cover is excellent. Water in all zones.

Area 14 thru 19 - Corn about 9' tall - Cover is excellent. Water in all zones.

Area 20 thru 32 - Corn about 9' tall except zone 32 which is only 6' Cover is excellent. Water in all zones.

Area 45 thru 49 - Corn about 9' Cover is excellent. Water in all zones.

Area 50 thru 54 - Corn about 10'. Cover is very good. Water in all zones.

Area 58 thru 63 - Corn ranges 3.5 to 10 feet tall. Cover will be very good. Some water in all zones.

Area 64 thru 69 - Corn about 9' tal.Cover is excellent. Some water in all zones.


Oct 10th 2014 - Bill's Area Report - Yesterday two days before the open I took my final scouting trip before the opener. The crop are in fantastic shape and there are plenty of ducks and geese using the area. There is some bad news, as I write this only the north field has water and not all the zones have enough to set water decoys. The reason for this again is how late the crops were planted and with the cooler and wetter summer the share crops were not ready to be taken off. Some were being taken off yesterday but from what I see it will be another week before they are all off. On a good note, with all the new pumps that have been installed, it will only take a few days to get water into these fields.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 4,760 ducks and 450 geese.

2014 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
0 Ducks and 0 Geese

Area 1 thru 3 - Corn about 9' tall Cover is excellent. No water yet.

Area 9 thru 13 - Corn about 9' tall Cover is excellent. No water yet.

Area 14 thru 19 - Corn about 9' tall - Buckwheat and barley planted around the hunting zones. Cover is excellent. No water yet.

Area 20 thru 32 - Corn about 9' tall except zone 32 which is only 6' Cover is excellent. Water is filling the area east to west.

Area 45 thru 49 - Corn about 9' Cover is excellent. No water visible.

Area 50 thru 54 - Corn in this area is some of the best some reaching 10'. Cover is very good. No water yet.

Area 58 thru 63 - Corn is 9 to 10 feet with some being only 3.5 tall. Cover will be very good. No water yet.

Area 64 thru 69 - Corn about 9' tal.Cover is excellent. No water yet.

Area 70 thru 77
- Corn all 10' tall, field will have 2 strips of 16 rows running the full length of the field Cover ise excellent. This is a dry unit.


Sept 29th 2014 - Bill's Area Report - The area looks fantastic, the best I think I have ever seen it. The corn and crops in most areas is in excellent shape, other than a few spots with deer, goose and sandhill crane damage has occurred. Here is a run down of this years conditions. Water reports will be posted before the opener, some fields may be flooded a little later in the season depending if the crops are ready to harvest.

Area 1 thru 3 - Corn about 9' tall - increased from 32 to 64 rows and Zone 3 is now longer. Buckwheat on both sides of the corn strips. Some critter damage to the corn on north end of the area. Cover will still be excellent.

Area 9 thru 13 - Corn about 9' tall - increased from 32 to 64 rows and Zone 3 is now longer. Buckwheat on both sides of the corn strips. Some critter damage to the corn on north end of the area. Cover will still be excellent.

Area 14 thru 19 - Corn about 9' tall - increased from 32 to 64 rows and Zone 3 is now longer. Buckwheat and barley planted around the hunting zones. Some critter damage to the corn on north end of the area. Cover will still be excellent.

Area 20 thru 32 - Corn about 9' tall except zone 32 which is only 6' - increased from 32 to 64 rows and Zone 3 is now longer. Buckwheat and barley planted around the hunting zones. Some critter damage to the corn on north end of the area. Cover will still be excellent.

Area 45 thru 49 - Corn about 9' tall, zones 45, 46 & 49 now have 64 rows zones 47 & 48 have 80 rows. No critter damage at this time. Buckwheat, millet and barley planted around the hunting zones. Cover will be excellent.

Area 50 thru 54 - Corn in this area is some of the best some reaching 10'. Some critter damage but cover will still be very good. Buckwheat and barley planted around the hunting zones. Cover will be very good.

Area 58 thru 63 - Corn is 9 to 10 feet with some being only 3.5 tall. No signs of critter damage. Buckwheat, millet and barley planted around the hunting zones. Cover will be very good.

Area 64 thru 69 - Corn about 9' tall, Buckwheat planted around the hunting zones. Cover will be excellent.

Area 70 thru 77
- Corn all 10' tall, field will have 2 strips of 16 rows running the full length of the field Cover will be excellent.

July 21st 2014 - Bill's Area Report - Had to run up to the Point for other business today and decided to take a quick crop tour while there. The condition of the crops is far better than last year at this time. The corn depending on which field is between 18 to 36 inches and has not tasseled yet, not including the 70' zone which is about 6 foot high. Cover crops are also coming along as well. The water level in the refuge remains high from past years which is a good thing (my opinion).

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July 2nd 2014 -- Bill's Area Report - This early summers scouting trip found the corn crop growth is about what is needed to have a good fall crop. In most areas the corn is between 4 to 6 inches. The cover crops of barley, millet and buckwheat are almost all planted. All that is needed now, is the weather to cooperate.

On a good note: The Saginaw Bay water level is up again the year, the refuge has been pumped up and as I see it there should be no water problems for the fall flooding.

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May 27th 2014 -- Bill's Area Report - This mornings trip finds the fields are still a little wet for planting but they are drying out even after the major rains of a couple of weeks ago. The DNR also has cut trenchs into some of fields to help drain off excess water.
The goose hatch is on seen many differnt sizes of little ones. Also seen a few ducks and a lot more Sand Hill Cranes than normal.

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May 12th 2014 -- Bill's Area Report - Took a quick trip up to the Point this morning to see how the fields were drying out and I found they are still wet in spots but for the unusally cool spring I don't think think it is to bad. The farmers in the out laying area are just getting started with their planting. So dependiing on how much rain we get this week, maybe some planting activity can start in the next couple of weeks. Also looks like the DNR tried to burn the refuge which turned out so-so. Geese are on their nests.

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Apr 7th 2014 - Bill's Area Report - There are still plenty of birds in the area for viewing, canada geese, a few snow geese, swans and more ducks than last week including, mallards, blacks, shovlers, mergansers and many others. The area is drying out well and if there are no monsoon type spring rains, the crops should get planted when they should.



Mar 31st 2014 - Bill's Area Report - As spring looks like it may have found mid - Michigan, I made a visit to check out the annual sping waterfowl migrations progress. Its hard to tell what stage the migration is in, becuase of the extra long winter we have had. There are swans, sand hill cranes and plenty of canada geese but I only viewed a few ducks. This might be a sign that we may still have a week or so left before the migration pushes north.

Nov 21th 2013 - Bill's Area Report - Water remains at full pool throughout the area. Duck numbers on the refuge continue to decline.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 6,000 ducks and 1000 geese.

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
5730 Ducks and 591Geese

 
Nov 11th 2013 - Bill's Area Report - Water remains at full pool throughout the area. Duck numbers on the refuge have come down. Swans starting to show up. Talking with the DNR this a.m. there are still a lot of ducks in the upper peninsula.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 11,000 ducks and 1000 geese.

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
5544 Ducks and 585 Geese

 

Nov 4th 2013 - Bill's Area Report - Water is at full pool in most zones. Duck numbers on the refuge are building. If there is any doubt that the migration is a little behind that of most years. A couple of hunters checked in this morning with blue winged teal.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 20,000 ducks and 1000 geese.

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
5103 Ducks and 576 Geese

Area 1 thru 3 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to very good. Full Pool

Area 9 thru 13 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to good. Full Pool

Area 14 thru 19 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to good. Full Pool.

Area 20 thru 32 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to very poor.Full Pool

Area 45 thru 49 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. Water is starting to enter field as ditch levels are being brought up. Full Pool

Area 50 thru 54 -Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to good. Full Pool

Area 58 thru 63 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to very good. Full Pool

Area 64 thru 69 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to very good. Full Pool

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60's at Full Pool

Oct 27th 2013 - Bill's Area Report - Water continues to rise in all zones.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 8,000 ducks and 800 geese.

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
3511 Ducks and 518 Geese

Area 1 thru 3 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to very good. Fully flooded levels being raised.

Area 9 thru 13 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to good. Fully flooded levels being raised.

Area 14 thru 19 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to good. Fully flooded.

Area 20 thru 32 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to very poor. Fully flooded levels being raised.

Area 45 thru 49 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. Water is starting to enter field as ditch levels are being brought up. Fully flooded.

Area 50 thru 54 -Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to good. Water in all zones.

Area 58 thru 63 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to very good. Water in all zones.

Area 64 thru 69 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to very good. Some water in all zones.

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Water Up in the 60's


Water Up behind the Barn

Oct 20th 2013 - Bill's Area Report - The 50's and 60's now have some water. Area 1-3 water still seems to be a little low. Cover will be an issue all season.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 10,000 ducks and 1,000 geese.

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1124 Ducks and 384 Geese

Area 1 thru 3 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to very good. Water is now in low spots and north end.

Area 9 thru 13 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to good. Fully flooded levels being raised.

Area 14 thru 19 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to good. Fully flooded.

Area 20 thru 32 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to very poor. Fully flooded levels being raised.

Area 45 thru 49 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. Water is starting to enter field as ditch levels are being brought up. Fully flooded.

Area 50 thru 54 -Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to good. Water in all zones.

Area 58 thru 63 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to very good. Water in all zones.

Area 64 thru 69 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to very good. Some water in all zones.

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Water Now in the 60's

Oct-8th-2013 - Bill's Area Report - The area is in the finals stages of being preped for the upcoming season which opens this Saturday 10/12/13. The sharecrops have been harvested and water is now being pumped into the fields. I seen plenty of Canada Geese and a fair number of ducks. Looks like the opener should be good for those that were lucky to get a draw for the weekend.

Area
1 thru 3 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to very good. Water is now in low spots and north end.

Area 9 thru 13 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to good. Water is now in lower zones.

Area 14 thru 19 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to good. Water is starting to enter field as ditch levels are being brought up. Fully flooded. 20 thru 32 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to very poor Water is starting to enter field as ditch levels are being brought up.

45 thru 49 -
Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. Water is starting to enter field as ditch levels are being brought up.
Fully flooded.


Area 50 thru 54 -Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to good. No Water

Area 58 thru 63 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to very good. No Water

Area 64 thru 69 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to very good. No Water.

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Fish Point Report 10-8-13 - Many Canada Geese Using the Area
Pleanty Of Geese

Fish Point Report 10-8-13 - Area 1,2,3  water in the lower areas
Area 1,2,3

Fish Point Report 10-8-13 - Teens Flooed
Teens Flooded

Fish Point Report 10-8-13 - North Field Flooed
North Field Flooded

Fish Point Report 10-8-13 - Sandhill Cranes  seen  in many fields.
Sandill Cranes



Sept-22nd-2013 - Bill's Area Report -
The area is starting to take shape for the upcoming water fowling season. Here is the latest update of the conditions by area.

Some of the ditches are stating to be filled, I also noticed that some of the field ditches have been enlarged. Also a couple of the old wooden bridges have been replaced with new metal bridges. The major change is the front row of Area 20 to 32, the corn was so bad that it has been mowed and all the zones now have blinds.
Area 1 thru 3 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to very good.
Area 9 thru 13 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to good.
Area 14 thru 19 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to good. Water is starting to enter field as ditch levels are being brought up.
Area 20 thru 32 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to very poor. Water is starting to enter field as ditch levels are being brought up.
Area 45 thru 49 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. Water is starting to enter field as ditch levels are being brought up.
Area 50 thru 54 - Corn and Sorghum - crop conditions range from fair to good.
Area 58 thru 63 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to very good.
Area 64 thru 69 - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from fair to very good.

Fish Point Report 9-22-13,  Ditches A little Deeper Fish Point Report 9-22-13, Area 14 to  19
Field Ditches ............. Zone 15
Fish Point Report 9-22-13,  Ditches being  filled Fish Point Report 9-22-13, Area 20 to 32
Ditches Filling ................Zones 20 to 23

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Fish Point Report 9-22-13, Area 58 to 63
Zone 61

Fish Point Report 9-22-13, Area 64 to 69
Zone 65

Fish Point Report 9-22-13, Area 1 to 3
Zone 1

Fish Point Report 9-22-13, Area 9 to 13
Zone 9


|Zone 49


Zone 47

Aug-26th-2013- Bill Area Report - Some fields are getting better while others still require some help. There is still about six weeks for the cover crops here to catch up but help will be needed such as timely rains - the Sorghum has been spayed with nitrogen so a rain right now will make a huge difference.

At this time, if you are planning on hunting here this year make sure you have additional cover.

 

My next report will be Mid-September

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Fish Point State Game Area   8-26-2013 Crop Report

Zone 59
Fish Point State Game Area   8-26-2013 Crop Report
Zone 1
Fish Point State Game Area   8-26-2013 Crop Report
Zone 69
Fish Point State Game Area   8-26-2013 Crop Report
Buckwheat in 1 & 2
Fish Point State Game Area   8-26-2013 Crop Report
Haying the Fields
Fish Point State Game Area   8-26-2013 Crop Report
Short Corn in the 20's
July-22nd-2013- Bill Area Report - Some good and some bad news, since my last report. Some of the crops are doing better and some have been re-planted and some are just starting to break through. This is true in most areas and zones.

This waterfowl season which starts Sept 1st for early goose, there will be good spots of cover and bad spots of cover.

On a better note I do not think there will be any water problems like last year, so flooding should be able to take place on time.
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Fish Point State Game Area  Report  7-22-2013 Crop Report
Fish Point State Game Area  Report  7-22-2013 Crop Report
Fish Point State Game Area  Report  7-22-2013 Crop Report
Fish Point State Game Area  Report  7-22-2013 Crop Report
Fish Point State Game Area  Report  7-22-2013 Crop Report



July-4th -2013- Bill Area Report - With all the rain we have had in this area so far this year it is not surprising that I found the corn crop growth in some areas behind what the normal growth would be, Good in other areas and in some spots the corn was re planted. The old saying is knee high by the fourth of July. I do believe that if the weather cooperates the corn should catch up and be OK for the upcoming hunting season. The food crops seem to be all planted but some have not sprouted yet.

On a good note: With Saginaw Bay water level up and all the rain, there should be no water problems as in the past couple of years.

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Spots With Good Corn

Fish Point State Game Area  Report  7-4-2013 Crop Report
Re Planted Spot


North Field Crop

Fish Point State Game Area  Report  7-4-2013 Crop Report
Spots with Fair Corn

June-3rd -2013- Bill Area Report - Today's report finds all the row crops have been planted and have broke ground. As to be expected the growth in some areas is a little further along than others. All the recent rains has left many wet areas and even some standing water is some spots. This weeks weather report has only one day with a chance of rain, this should help to dry the fields.

On this mornings trip I couldn't help but to be encouraged by the amount of Canada Geese in the area. The Geese are every where and many had little ones with them.

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Fish Point State Game Area  Report  6-3-2013  -  Standing water in some of the fields.

Fish Point State Game Area  Report  6-3-2013  - Many Canada Geese int the  area

Fish Point State Game Area  Report  6-3-2013  - North area starting to dry out from all the rains.

Apr-22nd -2013- Bill Area Report - Took a scouting trip this morning to see how the area faired after all the rain of the past week. Some of my findings.

Ditches are a little higher than a month ago - but I was surprised to not see them higher.

Canada Geese are on their nests - check the two deer pictures to the right and you can see the geese in the grass.

Fields will have to dry out before spring planting can begin. But there is plenty of time and we really don't want to plant to early.

Coots and Huron's have arrived in number this must be a sure sign that spring has finally arrived.

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Red Wing Black Bird at Fish Point

Deer and Geese in the Fields at Fish Point

Fields have to dry out before  planting can begin at Fish Point

Apr-1st -2013- Bill Area Report - Because of all the cold weather this spring a lot more birds than usual are staying around the area. This morning I found the largest group of Canada Geese and Swans southwest of the point south of M25 between Bradlyville and Garner Rds. There was a lot of active ducks using the new DNR area at the north end of Garner Rd. Also as a point of interest the Tom Turkeys have their groups of hens broke out and if you spot a group hang around and the Tom may fan for you.

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Turkeys Grouping Up for the Spring
Turkeys Grouped Up


Some Ducks Around


Geese

Spring Water fowl Migration at Fish Point
Geese and Swans

Mar-12th -2013- Bill Area Report - Still plenty of birds in the area for spring time viewing. Lots of Canada Geese, some Swans and Ducks including Mallards. I think the cold weather that we have had this March has held up the migration with many birds being see on the ice and finding open water in the cuts.

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Mar-1st -2013- Bill Area Report - The spring migration is on - there are thousands of birds returning here to Fish Point. They showed up really heavy on Saturday. I seen Snows, Pintails, Wood ducks, Canada, Swans, Sandhill Cranes, lots of Mallards, and many others as well.

 

Make sure to set some time aside and visit while the birds are still here. It truly is something to see.

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Birds are back


Ditches are High