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Nayanquing Point State Game Area
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Nov 30th 2016 - Managers Update -
Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 6795 ducks and 250 geese..
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 3595 Ducks and 76 Geese

Area Condition Update: We experienced some ice for a few days but birds seemed to congregate in the south refuge and out in the Bay.
Nov 24th 2016 - Managers Update -
Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 9305 ducks.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 3392 Ducks and 71 Geese

Area Condition Update: Still holding large numbers of birds that are now congregated in the open water areas of the refuge.
Nov 17th 2016 - Managers Update -
Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 9720 ducks.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 2981 Ducks and 68 Geese

Area Condition Update:
Nov 8tht 2016 - Managers Update -
Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 7870 ducks.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 2636 Ducks and 66 Geese

Area Condition Update: Last week was a complete bust. Hunter numbers have surpassed ducks and now just waiting for weather. It was a good run while it lasted. Running totals 2649 hunter trips, 2636 ducks, .99 ducks/hunter trip.
Nov 1st 2016 - Managers Update -
Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 9998 ducks.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 2470 Ducks and 65 Geese

Area Condition Update: No changes from last week.
Oct 29th 2016 - Managers Update -
Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 8160 ducks.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 1914 Ducks and 62 Geese

Area Condition Update: No changes from last week.
Oct 17th 2016 - Managers Update -
DNR area bird count 6218 ducks.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 761 Ducks and 8 Geese

Area Condition Update: No new Updates
Oct 11th 2016 - Managers Update -
DNR area bird count 4330 ducks.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 430 Ducks and 8 Geese

Area Condition Update: No new Updates
Oct 4th 2016 - Managers Update -
Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was ____ducks and ____ geese.

Bills Update: Water is in all fields. South field south end has more than the north end. Center field looks mostly flooded and the North field has up to two and half feet in spots. Many ducks and more geese than I have seen here in the past.

Sept 22th 2016 - Managers Update -
Current Bird Numbers:
The DNR area bird count as of last week was 1325 ducks

E xcellent corn cover throughout the area. Only two zones in the south field experienced goose damage. Millet and buckwheat production was excellent in all fields. Water levels on Lake Huron/Saginaw Bay are higher than last year which will allow us to begin flooding the refuge and hunting fields sooner.
North Field Zones
Zones 2-9 Corn cover is excellent with heights between 9-10 feet; buckwheat and millet plots are excellent.
North Marsh
The north marsh is currently in draw down. There are small pockets of water remaining on the eastern edge and the south end. Access to these areas will be extremely difficult. A long term plan is in place to improve this unit, an aerially herbicide application is scheduled for the fall.
Middle Field Zones
Zones 10-20 Corn cover is good with heights between 8-9 feet; buckwheat and millet plots are excellent.
East Marsh
Water levels will be approximately 10 inches lower than last year to make it more attractive to waterfowl. Water levels vary from north to south with deeper water on the south end. Boat access is available on the south end by the observation tower.
South Field Zones
Zones 21-26 Corn cover is excellent with the exception of 24 and 26 which have ground blinds. Heights between 7-8 feet; buckwheat and millet plots are excellent.

Aug 29th 2016 - Bill's Area Report - The corn is looking excellent un all three areas, with some corn being well over 8' tall. The cover crops including sun flowers also looks to be in great shape. With all the rain over the last couple of weeks conditions can only improve. There should be no water issues this year, water levels remain higher than normal.

Nayanquing Crop Report August 2016 Corn and Sun Flowers in South Area are in excellent condition. Nayanquing Crop Report August 2016 Corn in Center Area  are in excellent condition.

July 5th 2016 - Bill's Area Report - Mid summer crop and water report. All areas have their row crops planted. The corn in all the areas is a little short maybe six inches but should be fine by the start of the season, if there is timely rains. Water for fall flooding should not be an issue, all the surrounding ditches water level is as high as I have seen it in alot of years.

Nayanquing Crop Report 2016

Nov 18th 2015 - Good water conditions remain in all fields. Cover is still in very good to excellent shape.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 8715 ducks.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 2840 Ducks and 87 Geese

Oct 30th 2015 - Good water conditions remain in all fields. Cover is still in very good to excellent shape.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 7309 ducks.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 1961 Ducks and 62 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn 5 to 7ft , buckwheat, millet. Water - 4 to 24 inches.

Middle Field - Corn 5 to 7ft, buckwheat, millet. Water - 4 to 16 inches.

North Field -
Corn 6 to 7 ft, buckwheat, millet. Water - 4 to 12 inches.

Oct 22nd 2015 - Water in the fields continues to rise slowly. Cover is still in very good to excellent shape.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5810 ducks.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 1276 Ducks and 54 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn 5 to 7ft , buckwheat, millet. Water - 4 to 24 inches.

Middle Field - Corn 5 to 7ft, buckwheat, millet. Water - 4 to 16 inches.

North Field -
Corn 6 to 7 ft, buckwheat, millet. Water - 4 to 12 inches.

Oct 15th 2015 - Water in the fields continues to rise slowly.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 2700 ducks, 125 geese.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 624 Ducks and 38 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn 5 to 7ft , buckwheat, millet. Water - dry to 10 inches.

Middle Field - Corn 5 to 7ft, buckwheat, millet. Water - 4 to 8 inches.

North Field -
Corn 6 to 7 ft, buckwheat, millet. Water - dry to 10 inches.

Nayanquing Point State Game Area Report 10-15-15 North Area water on the rise Nayanquing Point State Game Area Report 10-15-15 North Area water filling up the field

Oct 7th 2015 - Bill's Area Report - The area is in the best I have ever seen it. The corn and other crops are in excellent shape and all the pumps were running this morning when I was there.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 2700 ducks, 125 geese.

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn 5 to 7ft , buckwheat, millet. Water - dry to 10 inches.

Middle Field - Corn 5 to 7ft, buckwheat, millet. Water - 4 to 8 inches.

North Field -
Corn 6 to 7 ft, buckwheat, millet. Water - dry to 10 inches.

Nayanquing Point State Game Area Report 10-7-15 North Area water entering the field Nayanquing Point State Game Area Report 10-7-15 Corn very good in the Nouth Area Nayanquing Point State Game Area Report 10-7-15 Water in the Middle Field Nayanquing Point State Game Area Report 10-7-15 Corn is excellent in South Area
Aug 27th 2015 - Bill's Area Report - The corn is in great shape in three areas ranging in size from 6 to 8 feet, the cover crops are also planted and all are up.
Nayanquing Point State Game Area Report 8-27-15 South Area Nayanquing Point State Game Area Report 8-27-15 Center Area Nayanquing Point State Game Area Report 8-27-15 Center Area Nayanquing Point State Game Area Report 8-27-15 North Area
July 5th 2015 - Bill's Area Report - Mid summer crop and water report. The corn is up in all three areas ranging in size from 6 to 12 inches, the cover crops are also planted and some are up. There os plenty of water in the cuts for fall flooding.

Nov 2nd 2014 - Bill's Area Report - Cover remains excellent with water in all areas and zones

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5950 ducks

2014 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 1268 Ducks and 49 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Cover is good to excellent. Huntable water in all zones.

Middle Field - Cover is excellent. Water in all zones.

North Field - Cover is excellent. Water in all zones.

Oct 26th 2014 - Bill's Area Report - Cover remains excellent with water in all areas and zones

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 4000 ducks

2014 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 1268 Ducks and 49 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Cover is good to excellent. Huntable water in zones 21-26 .

Middle Field - Cover is excellent. Water in all zones.

North Field - Cover is excellent. Water in all zones.

Oct 19th 2014 - Bill's Area Report - Cover remains excellent with water in all areas and zones

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 4000 ducks

2014 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 869 Ducks and 39 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Cover is good to excellent. Huntable water in zones 21-26 .

Middle Field - Cover is excellent. Water in all zones.

North Field - Cover is excellent. Water in all zones.

Oct 10th 2014 - Bill's Area Report - The corn crop is in excellent conditionton, with water in all the areas. Both the North and South areas fill from the south to the north so the zones on the south end of the areas will have the most water. The center area look to be at full pool. I did see more geese that I have seen here in awhile, did not see a lot of ducks.

Aug 17th 2014 -- Bill's Area Report - Todays scouting trip finds the corn crop mostly in excellent conditionton. In most areas the corn is between 6 and maybe in some sections 8 feet high. The cover crops such as buckwheat is in flower and looks also to be in great shape to provide pleanty of food for the waterfowl.


South Field_________Middle Field_________North Field

 

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 area was being worked up to plant the cover crops. The Saginaw Bay water level is up again the year and as I see it there should be no water problems for the fall flooding.

Nov 21th 2013 - Bill's Area Report - Water conditions remain good. Duck numbers on the refuge have delcined.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week 1000 ducks

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2653 Ducks and 58 Geese

 

Nov 11th 2013 - Bill's Area Report - Water conditions remain good. Duck numbers on the refuge remain good.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5300 ducks

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2589 Ducks and 57 Geese

 

Nov 4th 2013 - Bill's Area Report - Water conditions continue to improve. Duck numbers on the refuge have increased.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 6000 ducks

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2258 Ducks and 55 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from good to very good. Water still being pumped to finish filling the field.

Middle Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. Fully flooded.

North Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. Water is a little higher than last week. North zones starting to get water.

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Water Level Improves in the
North Field

Oct 27th 2013 - Bill's Area Report - Water conditions continue to improve. Not much change from last week.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5200 ducks

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1681 Ducks and 48 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from good to very good. Water still being pumped to finish filling the field.

Middle Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. Fully flooded.

North Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. Water is now in the south zones, North zones still dry.

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Middle Field Fully Flooded


Water on Rise in North Field

Oct-20th-2013 - Bill's Area Report - Water conditions continue to improve.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 3600 ducks

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1082 Ducks and 44 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from good to very good. Water still being pumped to finish filling the field.

Middle Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. Fully flooded.

North Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. Water is now in the south zones, North zones still dry.

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Water now in North Field
Oct -9th-2013- Bill's Area Report - Lots and Lots of ducks using the area. The pumps are running to put water into the fields.

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from good to very good.
Water is being pumped to finish filling the field.

Middle Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. Fully flooded.

North Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair. No change from last report - Very little water at this time.

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Water Into South Field

Crops In South Field

Water in Middle Field


Very Little Water in North Field
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.

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from good to very good.
Water is starting to enter field as ditch levels are being brought up.

Middle Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair.
Water is starting to enter field as ditch levels are being brought up.

North Field - Corn and Sorghum crop conditions range from poor to fair.
Water is starting to enter field as ditch levels are being brought up.


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Nayanquing Point Report 9-22-13 South Area Buffer Zone
Buffer Zone South Field
Nayanquing Point Report 9-22-13 Zone 25
Zone 25
Nayanquing Point Report 9-22-13 Ditches Being Filled
Ditches Being Filled
Nayanquing Point Report 9-22-13 Zone 18
Zone 18
Nayanquing Point Report 9-22-13 Zone 15
Zone 15

Zone 4

Aug-9th-2013- This coming fall, hunters can expect moderate corn cover throughout the area. Wet conditions this spring destroyed several areas that had to be replanted at a much later date than planned. A short heat window followed by cool temperatures and lack of substantial rain fall may lead to shorter corn than in 2012. Deer and grazing geese damaged several zones, but there still is a potential for enough corn cover in those zones. Zones without enough cover will have blinds. Water levels remain higher than last year in the supply ditches so flooding of the fields will begin the first of September.
North Field Zones
Good buckwheat/millet production
Zones 1-3 Good, thick corn cover; corn height 4 – 5 ft
Zones 4-5 Moderate, variable corn cover; corn height 3 ft
Zone 7 No corn cover, blind set
Zones 8-9 Good, thick corn cover; corn height 4-5 ft
North Marsh
The north marsh water levels remain consistent with previous years; however, water will be present in more areas of the marsh. Despite a successful prescribed burn, cattail regeneration remains a problem for this unit. Dredging did occur on the inside perimeter of the north end of the unit to help build up the newly formed dike. Hunters can expect easier water access to the north marsh from the Erickson road parking lot.

Middle Field Zones
Good buckwheat/millet production
Zones 10-18 Moderate, variable corn cover; corn height 4 – 5ft.
Zones 19-20 Good; corn height is 3 ft. and severely stunted by geese. May expect blinds.
East Marsh
Following the installation and successful operation of the new C pump, the waterfowl season of 2011 was the first time that there was water control over the East Marsh unit. Since that time a deeper water marsh is being managed. Water levels have been kept high and continued efforts to maintain openings have been established (spraying and closed trapping).

 

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 to be behind what a normal years growth would be. The old saying is knee high by the fourth of July. Well it was hard to find corn over four inches high. 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 they have not sprouted yet.

On a good note: With the Saginaw Bay level up and all the rain, there should be no water problems as in the past couple of years, the same picture of the full ditch last year only showed just a trickle of water.

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Nayanquing Point State Game Crop  Report 7-4-13
Compare the 2012 Picture

Nayanquing Point State Game Crop  Report 7-4-13

Nayanquing Point State Game Crop  Report 7-4-13

Nayanquing Point State Game Crop  Report 7-4-13

Nov 18th -2012 - Bill's Area Report - Water conditions remained the same as last report. Bird numbers are up a little from my last report and a few swans are starting to show up.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 5500 ducks

2012 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1949 Ducks and 69 Geese
plus 1 snow goose

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn is in good condition. Some water in most zones.

Middle Field - Corn is good to bad depending on the zone. All but two zones have water.

North Field - Corn remains in fair condition. Some Zones have good Water, others remain dry.

Sorry no pictures - way to foggy
Nov 3rd -2012 - Bill's Area Report - DNR still pumping the south field when they can, water conditions are improving slowly.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 4000 ducks

2012 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1623 Ducks and 62 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn is in good condition. Some water in most zones.

Middle Field - Corn is good to bad depending on the zone. All but two zones have water.

North Field - Corn remains in fair condition. Some Zones have good Water, others remain dry, DNR says they are close to the end of pumping into this field.

 
Oct 28th -2012- Bill's Area Report - DNR still pumping the south field when they can, water conditions are improving slowly.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 4000 ducks

2012 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1300 Ducks and 55 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn is in good condition. Some water in most zones - pump was running this morning.

Middle Field - Corn is good to bad depending on the zone. All but two zones have water.

North Field - Corn remains in fair condition. Some Zones have good Water, others remain dry, DNR says they are close to the end of pumping into this field.

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Oct 21st -2012- Bill's Area Report - DNR still pumping when they can.and water conditions are improving slowly.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 3700 ducks

2012 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1092 Ducks and 42 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn is in good condition. All Zones are Dry the pump was running this morning.

Middle Field - Corn is good to bad depending on the zone. All zones now have water.

North Field - Corn remains in fair condition. Some Zones have good Water, others remain Dry, water is rising slowly.

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South Field Getting Water

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North Field Water Rising

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More Water in North Field
Oct 12th -2012- Bill's Area Report - DNR still struggling to pump with all the strong south and west winds last week. Water conations will improve slowly if at all unless there is a very strong North East Blow.

Note:
The bay level is getting so low at Quanicassee and Sebewaing that even medium-sized boats are having trouble launching and retrieving

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count as of last week was 2800 ducks

2012 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
625 Ducks and 41 Geese

Current Conditions:
South Field - Corn is in good condition. All Zones are Dry.

Middle Field - Corn is good to bad depending on the zone. Some Zones have good Water others are Dry.

North Field - Corn remains in fair condition. Some Zones have good Water Conditions others are Dry.

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Some Zone Water is Improving

Oct 5th -2012- Bill's Area Report - Low water for the opener is most zones. The center field has the most water, but it looks to be in the lower spots of the field. The ditches the North field are full and some water is showing up at the south end. The South field ditches look full but I could see no water in the zones. The DNR needs to get a little help from mother nature to get a good Northeast wind to get water to the pumps.

I have not spotted a lot of waterfowl using the area in the last couple of visits.

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Water showing in the North field

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Center field has some water

Sept 30th -2012- Bill's Area Report - Opening day next weekend will be about water. The bay is near a record low and getting water to the hunting field's will be a chore unless there are heavy northeast winds this week. A lot of the zones will have little or no water at all. This areas pumping is ahead of the Fish Point Area with visible water showing in both the north and center areas. I could not see any water in the south area but the water is up in the interior ditches, which means the DNR is pumping when the can. The seasonal refuge ditches are full but there was no visible water in the area itself.

On the bird front, I only seen a few geese and pair of teal. That was it.

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Low Water
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Boat Launch South Area
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Center Area has Water
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Center Area has Water
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North Area Ditches Have Some Water

Sept 9th -2012- Bill's Area Report - Even though I had reported a big improvement in the crops conditions from July to August and I thought that if we got some timely rains they might improve further from August to September. Even though the rains came they don't seem to have helped. A lot of the corn is over 6' high, but it is not consistent with a lot of short corn in each row not more than 2' or 3'.

Not all bad news though, the south units crops don't look to bad and should be OK and the ditches are starting to be filled.

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Water Being Pumped Into Ditches
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North Unit Crops Need Help

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South Unit Crops Look Good

Aug 5th -2012- Bill's Area Report - There has been a big improvement in the crops over the last month, with the help of some timely rains. I still have some concerns even though a lot of the corn is over 6' high, it is not consistent with a lot of short corn in each row not more than 2' or 3'. Hopefully if there is some more rains the short corn will catch up. The buckwheat is looking really good.

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South Field
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Center Field
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North Field

July-4th -2012- Bill's Area Report - Crops seem to be a little ahead, when comparing them to this time last year. But with timely rains they should be just fine just like last year. In some zones the corn is a little thin.

South Field - Corn - Some ditch cleaning is taking place here.

Middle Field - Corn

North Field - Corn

May-19th -2012- Bill Area Report - Took a quick crop tour of the area this morning and most fields are worked but there are no crops planted at this time.

On a good note I did seen a lot more Canada geese in the area than I usually do this time of year.

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