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Shiawassee River State Game Area
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Shiawassee Area Reporter: Ernie Smith -Bella & Scooter
Report
Dec 6th 2016 - Managers Update -
Current Bird Numbers:
The DNR area bird count as of last week was N/A ducks and N/A geese.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 6082 Ducks and 911 Geese

Area Condition Update: We had the table set for a great season, no water or crop issues but the ducks just never really showed up for the big event. We had a LOT of positive comments about the conditions of the area, the improvements made to the area and the upgrade to the check station. We did receive some flack about the absentee hunter but those complaints went to the wayside when everyone got use to the change. I did get raked over the coals for water levels the last week and one hunter (who got ticketed for 27 shells over the limit) that 25 shells are not enough to kill 6 ducks and 3 geese. The last week of the season brought more seasonal weather with hunters anticipating a better harvest. Hunter participation for the last week increase drastically with 79 parties on the 26th of November and 60 parties on the 4th of December. We are now allowing trappers into our refuge units so there will be no refuge count for this week or the remainder of this hunting season.
Nov 24th 2016 - Managers Update -
Current Bird Numbers:
The DNR area bird count as of last week was 17640 ducks and 2000 geese.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 5266 Ducks and 806 Geese

Area Condition Update: The weather this week has been great for harvesting ducks. We have started the final round of flooding for the 2016.
Nov 15th 2016 - Managers Update -
Current Bird Numbers:
The DNR area bird count as of last week was 12020 ducks and 1475 geese.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 4199 Ducks and 739 Geese

Area Condition Update: It’s picked up a little here but it’s still hit and miss for success.
Nov 2nd 2016 - Managers Update -
Current Bird Numbers:
The DNR area bird count as of last week was 9866 ducks and 1135 geese.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 3050 Ducks and 591 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 10302 ducks and 1135 geese.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 2487 Ducks and 494 Geese

Area Condition Update: No changes from last week.
Oct 19th 2016 - Managers Update -
DNR area bird count 7565 ducks and 1158 geese.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 1838 Ducks and 393 Geese

Area Condition Update: All fields are flooded at this time with enough water to float decoys in every zone except 32. The first phase of flooding should be completed this week.

Updates From The President of SFCHA
1-5 (Share Cropped corn)-Huntable water 6” or greater
9-14 (Share Cropped corn)-Huntable water 6” or greater

30-38 (Share Cropped corn)-Huntable water 6” or greater w/ zone 32 being the exception
67-76 (Wahl Rd Marsh)- good water levels- NEW pullover at Marsh Creek installed


Oct 14th 2016 - Updates From The President of SFCHA
1-5
(Share Cropped corn)-Farmer has completed harvesting and the DNR has posted the hunting zones and began flooding at 1pm on 10/12/16.
9-14 (Share Cropped corn)- Farmer began harvesting today however with all the rain on Wednesday evening may delay finalizing harvest.
30-38 (Share Cropped corn)-Farmer has roughly 1/3 of corn harvested however with rain finalizing harvest may be delayed.


Oct 11th 2016 - Managers Update -
DNR area bird count 4545 ducks and 730 plus geese.
2016 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 835 Ducks and 171 Geese

Area Condition Update: The corn harvest has started in 1-5 and will continue today. The sharecropper will then move into 9-14 and we will start flooding as soon as the farmer leaves the field.
Oct 5th 2016 - Managers Update -
DNR area bird count 2563 ducks and 277 plus geese.

All of the crops on the area did very well this year. We planted Japanese Millet and buckwheat for small grains and all the corn is well over 6 feet tall. Some new things on the area this year are as follows.
• North Prior field was taken out of production and converted to a small grains field similar to South Prior.
• The field entrances at the Prior Rd. fields have all been redone making it easier for hunters to launch their boats.
• The federal marsh zones 23-28 will only have two hunting zones this year due to a two year draw down plan. The two zones available for hunting are zones 26 and 27.
• The south zones of the 40’s field have been reduced to two hunting zones instead of four. The hunting strip is now centered in the south end of the field and consists of zones 45 and 46.
Fields 55-60, 61-66, 39-46, 6-8, all of the marsh units and the flooded woods will be flooded for the opener.

From The President of SFCHA
1-5 (Share Cropped corn)-Farmer will attempt to harvest in the next 2 weeks weather dependent
6-8 (Transfer Shares-corn strips and small grains)-Huntable water- 6” or greater
9-14 (Share Cropped corn)- Farmer will attempt to harvest in the next 2 weeks weather dependent
15-22 (River Blinds)-water levels higher than normal-wind dependent
23-28 (Federal Marsh)-limited access throughout season due to upcoming controlled burn
29 (Marsh)-Wild Rice Experiment with rice to be planted soon-good water levels
30-38 (Share Cropped corn)-2-3 weeks from harvest
39-46 (Transfer Shares corn strips and small grains) –New experimental trial-(2) South end fields instead of (4) eliminating 47 and 48 –Huntable water 6” or greater
49-52 (Triangle Marsh)-Wild Rice experiment with rice to be planted soon- good water levels
55-60 (North Prior Transfer Shares corn strips and small grains)-Huntable water 6” or greater
61-66 (South Prior Transfer Shares corn strips and small grains)-Huntable water 6” or greater
67-76 (Wahl Rd Marsh)- good water levels
77-117 (Flooded Woods)-higher than normal water levels due to excessive rains in the last week
137-150 (Rookery Marsh)-good water levels

Sept 4th 2015- Ernie's Report: Started to late this year when I got to the area, it was already closed to visitors as of September 1 st. However, I was able to look a Prior Road and the crops there look good. The area is actually primed for flooding I would assume as soon as the crops are harvested. As you can see by the pictures the ditch to the big fields already has enough water to run your boat motor. The Big Woods also has enough water to comfortably float a canoe or flat bottom boat. Swan Creek is full making the access to the North Miller Road fields and the River Blinds possible. The pull over at the end of Hullien Road has had some work done and it looks good. The Bad River is full so river access will be very good.
Aug 2016 - As reported in the SFCHA News letter: 2016 is shaping up as perhaps the best agricultural program in memory. The area did not experience any spring flooding, which allowed our share croppers to get all corn planted in the month of May.All small grains were planted by the end of June. There has been just enough rain at just the right times to keep everything growing. The MDNR will plant green browse in the decoy openings (39-46, 55-60, 61-66) for the early goose season.

Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn is excellent across the entire field. Buckwheat in the NW corner is excellent.
Area 6 thru 8 - Corn hunting zones were planted 10 days later than the other fields and is behind the other units. 6 and 8 should make adequate hunting cover while the south portion of 7 is marginal. 15' sorghum has been planted in front of the zones. 6 and 8 have been moved to the east to improve field position while 7 has been moved to the north. Japanese millet is also planted.
Area 9 thru 14- Corn is excellent
throughout the unit.
Area 30 thru 38 -
Corn is good throughout the field with some height variation. 30' buckwheat strips planted along both sides of each zone.
Area 39 thru 46 -
Corn is excellent across the entire field. 15' sorghum has been planted in front of the zones. Buckwheat
and millet are doing well (note 47 & 48 have been eliminated this year)
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Instead of 3 solid corn plantings, there is a 500' break between the east and west zones with small grains planted in place of the corn. The result is that all parties will have at least 500' of space between them. The new layout looks great and we are asking for feedback from hunters this year. Corn is very good with some height variation.
Buckwheat and Javanese millet are planted in the same layout as he 40's and south Prior.
Area 61 thru 66 -
Corn is excellent across the entire field. 15' sorghum has been planted in front of the zones. Buckwheat and millet are doing well.
Dec 22nd 2015 - Area Conditions: There will be drawings on both the 26th and 27th of December for waterfowl hunting. This mornings refuge count is attached with no ice observed in any of the fields. The refuge count is low because trappers are out there trapping but the birds come back to rest later in the day with numbers topping around 15,000.

DNR area bird count 4200 ducks and 50 geese.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 5424 Ducks and 1089 Geese

Dec 10th 2015 - Area Conditions: There will be water on all of the fields and the flooded woods for the split on December 26th and 27th and there will be a.m. and p.m. drawings on both the 26th and 27th of December Note: if we freeze up completely that will change).

DNR area bird count 14,000 ducks and 1400 geese.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 5424 Ducks and 1089 Geese

Dec 3rd 2015 - Area Conditions: All Fields are flooded and have good water.

DNR area bird count 9,010 ducks and 1018 plus geese.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 4970 Ducks and 1030 Geese
Nov 24th 2015 - Area Conditions: All Fields are flooded and have good water, DNR is adding water to area 61 thru 66.

DNR area bird count 14,944 ducks and 1475 plus geese.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 3866 Ducks and 951 Geese
Nov 17th 2015 - Area Conditions: All Fields are flooded and have good water, four inches have been added to area 55 thru 60.

DNR area bird count 9634 ducks and 953 plus geese.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 3486 Ducks and 892 Geese
Nov 12th 2015 - Area Conditions: This week the DNR will finish the flooding for the season.

DNR area bird count 13,700 ducks and 704 plus geese.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 3113 Ducks and 832 Geese

Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn not harvested - - water added this week
Area 6 thru 8-
Corn
buckwheat & millet - 4 to 8” of water

Area 9 thru 14- Excellent Corn - 0 - 12" of water - water added this week
Area 15-22- River blinds - Wind dependant - Water level good.
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Area 39 thru 48 - Corn buckwheat & millet - 8 to 14” of water

Area 30 thru 38 -
Good Corn, Pumps are on should be open by the weekend
Areas 49 thru 52 -
Marsh - Water at full pool
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn, sorghum, buckwheat - Water now in most of the field
Area 61 thru 66 - Good Corn buckwheat & millet - 4 to 10” of water - - water added this week
Areas 67 thru 76 - remained flooded all summer - Water at full pool
Areas 77 thru 117 -
Flooded woods - Water at full pool
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water at full pool
Nov 3rd 2015 - Area Conditions: Water in many areas still improving, duck numbers fell a little from last week. Over on the Federal side they did a count last week that showed over 22,000 birds and 11,000 were pintails. Good news!.

DNR area bird count 7807 ducks and 704 plus geese.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 3022Ducks and 804 Geese

Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn not harvested - - water added this week
Area 6 thru 8-
Corn
buckwheat & millet - 4 to 8” of water

Area 9 thru 14- Excellent Corn - 0 - 12" of water - water added this week
Area 15-22- River blinds - Wind dependant - Water level good.
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Area 39 thru 48 - Corn buckwheat & millet - 8 to 14” of water

Area 30 thru 38 -
Good Corn, Pumps are on should be open by the weekend
Areas 49 thru 52 -
Marsh - Water at full pool
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn, sorghum, buckwheat - Water now in most of the field
Area 61 thru 66 - Good Corn buckwheat & millet - 4 to 10” of water - - water added this week
Areas 67 thru 76 - remained flooded all summer - Water at full pool
Areas 77 thru 117 -
Flooded woods - Water at full pool
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water at full pool

Oct 22nd 2015 - Area Conditions: Water in many areas still improving, more ducks coming into the area.

DNR area bird count 8549 ducks and 350 plus geese.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 1515 Ducks and 538 Geese

Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn not harvested - - water added this week
Area 6 thru 8-
Corn
buckwheat & millet - 4 to 8” of water

Area 9 thru 14- Excellent Corn - 0 - 12" of water - water added this week
Area 15-22- River blinds - Wind dependant - Water level good.
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Area 39 thru 48 - Corn buckwheat & millet - 8 to 14” of water

Area 30 thru 38 -
Good Corn, Pumps are on should be open by the weekend
Areas 49 thru 52 -
Marsh - Water at full pool
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn, sorghum, buckwheat - Water now in most of the field
Area 61 thru 66 - Good Corn buckwheat & millet - 4 to 10” of water - - water added this week
Areas 67 thru 76 - remained flooded all summer - Water at full pool
Areas 77 thru 117 -
Flooded woods - Water at full pool
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water at full pool

Shiawassee State Game Area Report 10-23-15 North Prior Rd water across most of the field. Shiawassee State Game Area Report 10-23-15, nice view of the Flooded Woods.

Oct 15th 2015 - Area Conditions: Water in many areas is improving, more ducks starting to use the area.

DNR area bird count 4700 ducks and 350 plus geese.
2015 Hunter Bird Take Stands at: 1005 Ducks and 377 Geese

Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn not harvested - Dry
Area 6 thru 8-
Corn
buckwheat & millet - 4 to 8” of water

Area 9 thru 14- Excellent Corn - 0 - 12" of water
Area 15-22- River blinds - Wind dependant - Water level good.
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Area 39 thru 48 - Corn buckwheat & millet - 8 to 14” of water

Area 30 thru 38 -
Good Corn, Dry closed to hunting
Area 39 thru 48
- Corn buckwheat & millet - 8 to 14” of water
Areas 49 thru 52
-
Marsh - Water at full pool
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn, sorghum, buckwheat - Dry, But water started into field on east end
Area 61 thru 66 - Good Corn buckwheat & millet - 4 to 10” of water
Areas 67 thru 76 - remained flooded all summer - Water at full pool
Areas 77 thru 117 -
Flooded woods - Water at full pool
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water at full pool

Shiawassee State Game Area Report 10-15-15 North Prior Rd Ditches are filling Shiawassee State Game Area Report 10-15-15 North Prior Rd water showing in the east end of the field

Oct 6th 2015 - Area Conditions: For the upcoming waterfowl opener

DNR area bird count 4500 ducks and 200 plus geese.

Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn not harvested - Dry
Area 6 thru 8-
Corn
buckwheat & millet - 4 to 8” of water

Area 9 thru 14- Excellent Corn - 0 - 12" of water
Area 15-22- River blinds - Wind dependant - Water level good.
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Area 30 thru 38 - Good Corn, Dry closed to hunting
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn buckwheat & millet - 8 to 14” of water
Areas 49 thru 52
-
Marsh - Water at full pool
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn, sorghum, buckwheat - Dry
Area 61 thru 66 - Good Corn buckwheat & millet - Good Water
Areas 67 thru 76 - remained flooded all summer - Water at full pool
Areas 77 thru 117 -
Flooded woods - Water at full pool
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water at full pool

Shiawassee State Game Area Report 10-6-15 North Prior Rd Dry for the opener

Sept 10th 2015 - Managers Area Condition Report -Conditions here this year have been pretty good for getting things done on the area. Crops were planted fairly early and germinated well. Frequent rains early on in the summer hampered some planting and set back some of the corn but overall crops did very well. Staff here upon the request of hunters doubled the amount of millet planted on the area this year. The Prior Rd refuge marshes were drained for water control replacements and are now being refilled. Crops are drying down well and harvest should be on time. Ditches will start to be filled the week of the Sept 15th.

Area Conditions:
Area 1 thru 5 -
The sharecropper's portion of this field was planted to soybeans this year with our share of corn strips also being planted. Staff here prepped and planted 5 acres of feral land northwest corner of the unit and planted a small grain mixture. Crops are doing pretty god in the this unit and corn strips will provide good cover. Staff also planted a strip of sorghum along the edges of the corn strip to provide additional cover.
Area 6 thru 8 - Corn strips are planted in and "L" pattern with small patches of Japanese millet planted in various locations throughout the unit. Sorghum was also planted to provide some buffers in the areas throughout the field. The rest was left fallow for production of moist soil plants. We will be mowing predetermined areas before hunting season and flood the unit 6 to 12 inches deep for the season.
Area 9 thru 14- The sharecropper's share of the unit was also planted to soybeans with our share of corn strips for cover. The conditions in this field are excellent with corn being well over 6 feet stall.
Area 23 thru 28 - This unit was partially drawn down this summer to do some opening work with the marsh master. Forest management division came in and made 5 openings throughout the unit. This unit was also sprayed late last fall and had great success setting back the unwanted vegetation. Water is back in the unit.
Area 29 - This marsh unit has been at full pool all summer.
Area 30 thru 38 -
This field was planted to all corn and at this point is fair to good with some low areas.
Area 39 thru 48 -
Sharecropper's
planted corn strips in this unit and doing great with the corn well over 6 feet tall. Buckwheat and millet were planted between corn strips and is doing well. A sorghum strip was planted between the hunting strips to provide a buffer for hunters.
Areas 49 thru 52 - The water levels in this unit have been kept high to help control unwanted vegetation.
Areas 55 thru 60 -
The sharecropper's
portion of this field was planted to soybeans with our share to corn strips. Sorghum along the edges of the corn strip to provide additional cover. Buckwheat was planted on the west edge of this field and is doing well.
Area 61 thru 66 -
The states share of corn is doing well and should provide excellent cover.
Buckwheat and millet were planted between corn strips and is doing well.
Areas 67 thru 76 -
Remained flooded all summer. We did some spot treatment of unwanted
vegetation. Forest management did some opening work with the marsh master this spring.
Areas 77 thru 117 -
Flooded woods area is at full pool with a lot of smart weed.
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Remained flooded all year.

Aug 27th 2015- Ernie's Report: This should be a very good year. All we need if for the ducks and geese to show up.

Area 1-4: Good corn cover strips with other crops between

Area 5-12: Very good corn cover strips with other crops between

Area 20s: Very good corn dike to dike

Area 30s: Very good corn cover with other crops between

Prior Road North: Very good corn cover strips with other crops between

Prior Road South: Very good corn cover strips with other crops between

The entire area is in very good to excellent conditions crop wise for 2015. There is some water in most of the ditches around the fields. There is water in the moist soil area and the area directly north of the 20s fields.


Shiawassee State Game Area Summer Crop Report 8-27-15  area 1 thru 4 Shiawassee State Game Area Summer Crop Report 8-27-15  area 5 thru 12 Shiawassee State Game Area Summer Crop Report 8-27-15 the 20's Shiawassee State Game Area Summer Crop Report 8-27-15 the 30's Shiawassee State Game Area Summer Crop Report 8-27-15 North Prior Rd Shiawassee State Game Area Summer Crop Report 8-27-15 South Prior Rd

Nov 12th 2014 - North Prior Rd has good water..

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 5998 ducks and 1877geese.

2014 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
4829 Ducks and 782 Geese


Area Conditions:

Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn not harvested - 6 to 12” of water
Area 6 thru 8-
Corn
buckwheat & millet - 6 to 12” of water
Area 9 thru 14- Corn, sorghum, buckwheat - 6 to 18’ of water
Area 15-22- River blinds - Wind dependant - Water level good.
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Area 30 thru 38 -
Corn, buckwheat -10
to 24” of water
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn buckwheat & millet - 6 to 20” of water
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn, buckwheat - 6 to 12” of water
Area 61 thru 66 -
Corn buckwheat & millet - 6 to 14” of water
Areas 67 thru 76 - remained flooded all summer - Water at full pool
Areas 77 thru 117 -
Flooded woods - Water at full pool
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water at full pool
 
Nov 6th 2014 - The crops are harvested on North Prior Rd and the flooding has started.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 7405 ducks and 2,607 geese.

2014 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
3764 Ducks and 710 Geese


Area Conditions:

Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn not harvested - 6 to 12” of water
Area 6 thru 8-
Corn
buckwheat & millet - 6 to 12” of water
Area 9 thru 14- Corn, sorghum, buckwheat - 6 to 18’ of water
Area 15-22- River blinds - Wind dependant - Water level good.
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Area 30 thru 38 -
Corn, buckwheat -10
to 24” of water
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn buckwheat & millet - 6 to 20” of water
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn, buckwheat - Dry (flooding stated)
Area 61 thru 66 -
Corn buckwheat & millet - 6 to 14” of water
Areas 67 thru 76 - remained flooded all summer - Water at full pool
Areas 77 thru 117 -
Flooded woods - Water at full pool
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water at full pool
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N. Prior Rd.


N. Prior Rd.
Oct 28st 2014 - Special Update - Crops are harvested in the 30's and Miller Rd fields and flooding was started on the 27th and 28th  
Oct 28st 2014 - Area conditions improving slowly, two areas are still closed to hunting still waiting for the sharecrops to be harvested. The hope of is to have them off this week but this depends on the weather.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 3041 ducks and 607 geese.

2014 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2642 Ducks and 597 Geese


Area Conditions:

Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn not harvested - Closed to hunting
Area 6 thru 8-
Corn
buckwheat & millet - 6 to 12” of water
Area 9 thru 14- Corn, sorghum, buckwheat & millet - 6 to 18’ of water
Area 15-22- River blinds - Wind dependant - Water level good.
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Area 30 thru 38 -
Corn, buckwheat - Dry
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn buckwheat & millet - 6 to 20” of water
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn, buckwheat - Closed to hunting
Area 61 thru 66 -
Corn buckwheat & millet - 6 to 14” of water
Areas 67 thru 76 - remained flooded all summer - Water at full pool
Areas 77 thru 117 -
Flooded woods - Water at full pool
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water at full pool
 
Oct 21st 2014 - Area conditions improving slowly, three areas are still closed to hunting waiting for the sharecrops to be harvested.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 3041 ducks and 607 geese.

2014 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1747 Ducks and 482 Geese


Area Conditions:

Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn not harvested - Closed to hunting
Area 6 thru 8-
Corn
buckwheat & millet - 6 to 12” of water
Area 9 thru 14- Corn, sorghum, buckwheat & millet - 6 to 18’ of water
Area 15-22- River blinds - Wind dependant - Water level good.
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Area 30 thru 38 -
Corn, buckwheat - Closed to hunting
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn buckwheat & millet - 6 to 12” of water
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water at full pool
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn, buckwheat - Closed to hunting
Area 61 thru 66 -
Corn buckwheat & millet - 6 to 14” of water
Areas 67 thru 76 - remained flooded all summer - Water at full pool
Areas 77 thru 117 -
Flooded woods - Water at full pool
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water at full pool
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Miller Rd

North Prior

South Prior

South Prior

Sept 30th 2014 - Area Condition Prediction for opening weekend from Shiawassee Flats Citizens & Hunters Association

Area Conditions:
Area 1 thru 5 -
sharecrop corn will not be harvested for opening day- closed to hunting
Area 6 thru 8- pumping now, expect 6 to 12” of water (excellent corn cover and small grains)
Area 9 thru 14- water starting into the field, expect 6 to 12” of water (good sorghum cover and excellent small grains), 3 to 4’ high 65 day corn with small ears
Area 15-22- river blinds are up 18+” from last year due to higher great lakes levels.
Area 23 thru 29 - drawn down for lily pad control and currently being pumped, expect near full pool water level 29- remained flooded all summer, full pool water level
Area 30 thru 38 -
sharecrop soybeans will not be harvested for opening day- closed to hunting
Area 39 thru 48 -
water starting into the field, expect 6 to 24” of water (excellent corn and small grains)
Areas 49 thru 52 - marsh was drawn down with some jap millet planted, expect 6 to 12” of water (cattail cover on south portion of unit)
Areas 55 thru 60 -
sharecrop corn will not be harvested for opening day- closed to hunting
Area 61 thru 66 - pumping now, expect 6 to 12” of water (excellent corn cover and small grains)
Areas 67 thru 76 - remained flooded all summer, full pool water level
Areas 77 thru 117 -
Flooded woods area is at full pool
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh drawn down all summer to replace stop log structure, currently being pumped, expect near full pool water level (jap millet planted and good smartweed response to drawdown), limited decoy openings

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Aug 8th 2014 - Ernie's Report:
Shiawassee River State Game Area 2014 field report

1. Field (1-5) has lots of healthy corn.


2. Field (6-8) has corn about 3 ft. high along with millet and buckwheat while (9-14) was hit hard by flooding this spring and summer. The dyke washed out twice but has been repaired. The field has been replanted with Millet, 69 day corn, and buckwheat. Also, sorghum was planted along the edge of the corn strips for more cover. The future weather will determine how well it dose.


3. Field (23-28) was dewatered to control the lily pad growth. SFCHA members hand planted millet.

4. Field 29 has had water all summer


5. Field (30-38) has good corn with a few thin spots but mostly good. There are also soy beans planted by the
sharecropper.


6. Field (39-48) has good corn throughout. The DNR planted buckwheat and millet that is doing well.


7. Field (49-52) was dewatered to make repairs. These should be complete very soon and the field will be re-flooded.

8. Prior Road (55-60) has very good corn. There is a large strip of buckwheat on the west end of the field.


9. Prior Road (61-66) has very good corn. The DNR planted buckwheat and millet also.


11. 67-76 Wahl Road marsh has had water all summer and the openings have stayed the same.

12. The Big Woods has remained empty all summer. There are patches of smartweed growth.

13. The rookery (137-150) was dewatered this spring for repairs. The SFCHA hand seeded millet in the unit and there is smartweed growth.

 Mar 31st 2014 -Ernie's Report: Prior Road, Wahl Road, and North Miller Road have little or no access to the game area. Hullien Road has access however the parking lot is more than half flooded. After spending a few hours finding this out, I did walk the dike down the west side of the “Big Woods” back to the 30s and 40s fields.
There are lots of birds in the unit and the surrounding area of the game and wildlife refuge. The area is, as of this posting, still more than half frozen. The Shiawassee River is open however the Bad River is frozen from the field office back to where the spill dumps the water from the woods. The woods is still full of water. Swan Creek is mostly frozenv with some openings.
I would expect there will be birds around for another week or so before the start moving out.

Nov 21th 2013 - Field and Water conditions for most areas ream ins the same - bird numbers on the refuge continue to increase.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 7500 ducks and 950 geese.

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
5646 Ducks and 925 Geese
Nov 14th 2013 -Field and Water conditions for most areas ream ins the same, the only significant change is the water level for North Prior road is up to 6 to 18 inches - bird numbers on the refuge continue to increase.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 5500 ducks and 600 geese.

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
4968 Ducks and 876 Geese
Nov 6th 2013 - North Prior Rd has water. Bird numbers have increased a bit.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 4750 ducks and 800 geese.

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
3722 Ducks and 821 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Area 1 thru 5 -
Sorghum Buckwheat and Millet -
Water level is 6 to 12"

Area 6 thru 8- Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 9 thru 14- Corn Sorghum Buckwheat and Millet-
Water level is 6 to 18"

Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh
-Water level is 6 to 30"
Area 30 thru 38 -
Water level is 6 to 24"
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 6 to18"
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water level is 12 to 24"
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn -Water level is 0 to 10"
Area 61 thru 66 - Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 6 to 14"
Areas 67 thru 76 - Marsh - Water level is 6 to 16"
Areas 77 thru 116 -
Flooded woods area is flooded and the Water ranges from 6 to 40" deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water level is 12 to 30"

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North Prior Rd
Has Water

Oct 30th-2013 - Looks like the pumps are running for North Prior Rd, water is starting to spill into the field. I said last week that I would go out on a limb - well the limb broke - from what I understand they had trouble getting the pumps to run. So it was still dry last weekend. Area 30 to 38 has sheet water.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 3500 ducks and 750 geese.

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2771 Ducks and 730 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Area 1 thru 5 -
Sorghum Buckwheat and Millet -
Water level is 6 to 12"

Area 6 thru 8- Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 9 thru 14- Corn Sorghum Buckwheat and Millet-
Water level is 6 to 18"

Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh
-Water level is 6 to 30"
Area 30 thru 38 -
Sheet Water
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 6 to18"
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water level is 12 to 24"
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn - Dry Some water starting to show
Area 61 thru 66 - Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 6 to 14"
Areas 67 thru 76 - Marsh - Water level is 6 to 16"
Areas 77 thru 116 -
Flooded woods area is flooded and the Water ranges from 6 to 48" deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water level is 12 to 30"

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North Prior Rd


North Prior Rd
Oct 24th 2013 - North Prior Rd is still dry, the new field pumps are installed. The DNR told me they should be started today. I will go out on a limb here - I think this area should open by the weekend. Area 30 to 38 remain closed.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 4500 ducks and 750 geese.

2013 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
1538 Ducks and 500 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Area 1 thru 5 -
Sorghum Buckwheat and Millet -
Water level is 6 to 18"

Area 6 thru 8- Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 9 thru 14- Corn Sorghum Buckwheat and Millet-
Water level is 6 to 18"

Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh
-Water level is 6 to 30"
Area 30 thru 38 -
Closed
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 6 to18"
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water level is 12 to 24"
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Closed
Area 61 thru 66 - Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 6 to 14"
Areas 67 thru 76 - Marsh - Water level is 6 to 16"
Areas 77 thru 116 -
Flooded woods area is flooded and the Water ranges from 6 to 48" deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water level is 12 to 30"

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North Prior Rd

Oct 10th 2013 - Water conditions as of today -

Miller Road - ditch at has been dredged and there is plenty of water to launch boats.

North Prior - The field is still dry and the DNR is waiting on the new field pump to be deliverd.

South Prior - Water is in the east end on the field.

Wahl Road - Ditches & Marsh are full

Flooded Woods - Looks to be at full pool

For crop conditions see the Oct 1st Report -

 

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Miller Rd


North Prior


South Prior


Flooded Woods

Oct 1st 2013 As posted on their Face Book Page * Field 1-5 Has sorghum and corn for cover that has reached 4-5 feet in height depending on zone your in (zone 3 has poor cover). There has been decoy openings mowed in this unit and buckwheat and millet will provide a good food source in this unit. The ditches are full at this time, this unit will not be flooded for the opener ( probably will be flooded for the second weekend).

* Field 6-8 Has corn planted in this unit for cover, the corn is about 6 feet tall and is expected to provide food for the season. Buckwheat and millet was planted for a food source and turned out well. The ditches are full in this unit and it will be flooded for the opener.

* Field 9-14 Corn and Sorghum was planted for cover in this unit, you have 6 to 7 feet tall cover and some of the corn will provide food. Buckwheat and millet will provide for plenty of food in this unit this year. The ditches are full at this time and this unit is expected to be flooded for the opener.

* Zones 15-22 The river blinds all have been reposted this year, the water levels have remained pretty good so far this fall.

* Zones 23-28 The federal marsh unit has low water levels at this time, we are working on getting the pump up and running and hopefully we can get the water levels up some before the opener.

* Zone 29 The marsh has good water levels.

* Zone 30-38 Corn was planted for cover and is 6 to 8 foot tall and will provide food for waterfowl. White beans was planted as the farmers share and is expected to be harvested around the 10th – 12th of October. This unit will not be open for the opener. Expected to be flooded for the weekend of 10/19/2013.

* Zone 39-48 Corn was planted for cover in this unit, corn is 6-8 feet tall and will provide food for the hunting season. There is some bare patches in this unit due to wet conditons (zone 39 and 40 are the worst) but every zone has enough cover to hide in. Buckwheat and millet was planted in this unit and will provide food but not as well as we would have liked. However there is a lot of natural foods such as fox tail, volunteer millet and smart weed in this unit that will provide a lot of food value. This unit will be open and flooded for the opener.

* Zone 49-52 The triangles marsh is full at this time, we were able to go in there and make some openings this year. We installed a gate on the inside of the unit to be able to control the water levels this year. We have set a water level gauge in the north end and we will be able to monitor the levels in this unit better this year.

* Zones 55-60 There is corn for cover in this unit that is 7-9 feet tall and will provide good food and cover this year. White beans was planted as the farmers share. This unit will not be open for the opener (maybe dry) but is expected to be flooded by the second weekend.

* Zones 61-66 Corn was planted in this unit this year and stands 7-10 feet tall with good ear growth, corn will provide food for waterfowl. Buckwheat and millet was planted for food in this unit and did well. The ditches are full in this unit and it will be flooded for the opener.

* The woods, rookery and Wahl rd. marsh are all flooded to full pool and will be open for hunting on opening weekend.

Just a reminder that opening weekend is limited to thirty parties and the opening day p.m. hunt if youth priority (we will only allow 30 parties on the area for each hunt opening weekend). There will be drawings for any unfilled spots.

 
July 28nd 2013- Current Area Conditions, from the SRSGA news letter.
Planting was delayed in all units due to constant weather systems hitting SRSGA with enough rain to keep soil too wet for planting until the end of June. The only exception was South Prior. Most other areas were palnted between June 22 and June 25. Our best estimate at this time is that these zones will have marginal cover conditions in the 5' height range with corn ear maturity dependent on the date of the 1st killing frost. Sharecropping was cancelled for 1-5 and 9-14, which experienced a 2 dike breeches and subsequent flood event in early June. These fields will have 30' wide sorghum I corn cover strips, which were planted last week. Jap millet was planted in 4 fields in mid-June with good germination, while buckwheat was delayed until the 2nd week of July, again due to soil conditions which were too wet for the small grain drill. Buckwheat germination will not be known for another week.

Specific field conditions are as follows.
Area 1 thru 5 -The 30' cover strips will contain an 8' width sorghum on both outside edges with seed corn donated by Leo Gross in the center of the strip. 25 yard decoy openings on both sides are bordered by buckwheat with a center millet strip. The amount of waterfowl food available will be dependent on growing conditions and timing of the 1st frost. Sorghum has not germinated yet so cover height cannot be estimated.
Area 6 thru 8- 150' corn hunting zones were planted on June 25th with good germination observed. However Significant sandhill crane and goose grazing damage is noted. The balance of the field is planted to millet and buckwheat.
Area 9-14 - Same as 5.
Area 30-38 - 150' corn hunting strips were planted on June 23rd with good germination observed. Hunting prospects are dependent on corn maturity.
Area 39-48 - 150' corn hunting strips were planted on June 24th with only 40-50% germination. This is likely due to high soil moisture as the field is not tiled. Also some crop damage due to goose grazing. Sorghum was planted on the outside edges of each zone to provide additional cover. The balance of the field is planted to buckwheat and millet.
Area 55-60 - 150' corn hunting strips were planted on June 22nd with good germination observed.
Area 61-66- 150' corn hunting strips were planted on June 9th and are now waist high. This field will provide excellent corn cover and feed. Thebalance of the field is planted to millet and buckwheat.

Now that all planting is complete, SRSGA could actually use a nice. 5" to 1" rain. We will also need timely rains throughout August in order to allow the extremely late planting the opportunity to catch up.

2013 had more major infrastructure project work approved than any previous year since SRSGA was constructed in the late 1950. Unfortunately, widespread flood damage occurred on 2 separate occasions this spring which dictated that DNR resources be diverted to perform emergency dike repairs. The flood damage forced delays in all but one planned project, the 7 tubes replacement structure, began in early July and are moving ahead. The following is status update on each project as well as the dike repairs.
Siphon Tube Liner- The original siphon tube running under the Shiawassee River conveys water from the woods to the Prior road sump and was installed in the late 1950s. It is more than 20 years past its projected life span. If this tube were to fail, it would be practically impossible to flood the Prior road fields. In order to extend the siphon tube life, a 700 foot long, 24" PVC liner tube is being installed inside the old CMP tube. The new tube is now in place and grout has been pumped into the vacant exterior space to support and stabilize the liner. The woods end concrete control structure is being formed and poured this week and the Prior sump control structure will be poured next week. Gates will be installed at both ends of the new tube as well as a trash guard on the inlet (woods] end, The project is on schedule to be completed prior to the planned 9/1/13 radial gate closure date.
Prior Rd Pump House - The original pump house was far past its designed life expectancy and structurally unstable due to soil erosion underneath the structure. It has been demolished and the contractor is driving pilings to support the new pump house this week. Plans call for the new pump house to be operational by 10/1/13 and the contractor reports that he is on schedule,
Electrical Power Installation to 33-28 & 30-38 Pumps - Consumers Power will begin overhead electrical power installation to the existing B2 line south to the pump sites. The electrification will eliminate the current LP and diesel pump drives and provide much improved reliability as well an energy savings. The SFCHA will provide funding for the 23-28 pump motor control panel.
Triangle Marsh Water Level Control - The original plan called for replacement of the existing tube and exterior gate, which are leaking and creating water level control problems. Due to the other demands, the plan has been modified to add a new gate on the interior side of the existing tube. The required drawdown will be conducted next week and work is scheduled for the following week.
Lily Pad Control - Aerial spraying is planned in August for the 23-28 marsh and Prior refuge units to create openings in the dominant lily pad monoculturc and promote greater waterfowl usage.
Dike Repairs - The 2 major floods created 16 large dike breeches as well as severe erosion along thousands of linear feet of dike. The MDNR received a FEMA grant which paid for a contractor to repair all of the holes in the I -5 and 6-14 outer dikes as well as some interior dike patching. SRSG personnel spent much of the summer reconstructing the NE corner of the 30-38 field after the dike, gates, and tubes were destroyed in the 1st flood. A new discharge channel has been built which places all control structures on state land (the previous discharge was partially on a private easement). Given the scope of damage from the flood and the excessive rains which impaired work for almost all of May and June, SRSG will enter the 2013 season in good condition. While waterfowl food and hunting cover arc still in doubt, the infrastructure improvements and rebuilding are extremely impressive. The MDNR wildlife division deserves a great deal of credit for their successful efforts. We acknowledge our appreciation to Russ Mason and the wildlife division for long term commitment to continued SRSGA managed waterfowl operations.

 

July 15th 2013 -Ernie's ReportThe Flats was hit hard by this springs early flooding. Every field is just drying out with some crops starting to show. I spoke with the unit manager and he said buckwheat was being planted this very day. There is sorgum planted for cover. We won't have a good idea what it will look like until late this summer.

Some good news: There are contactors preparing to remove the old pumps on Prior Road as I am making this report. They said they would be done by October. On the north end of the 40's field, there has been a new set of control valves and several hundred feet of drain ditch (heading toward swan creek) replaced. The DNR has been very busy and these improvements will definitely help out in the future.
SRSGA Report July 2013 - Miller  Rd Area SRSGA Report July 2013 - Area 30

SRSGA Report July 2013 - North Prior Rd SRSGA Report July 2013 - Prior Rd New Pumps

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SRSGA Report July 2013 - Area 40
SRSGA Report July 2013 - Area 40
SRSGA Report July 2013 - Area 40
SRSGA Report July 2013 - Area 40 New Drains

May 24th 2013 - SRSGA Report: This spring we had up to 8 feet of water in some of the areas. We do have an excessive amount of dike damage, at last count there are 16 breaches in our main farm land dikes and that doesn't count the excessive amount of erosion on all the dikes.

We are now bulldozing some of the major breaks so we can start to haul dirt in to start the repairs. I expect we will be most of the summer repairing all the dikes and getting them back to an acceptable conditions.

There are a lot of major projects to be done this year but we will be very hard pressed to complete them all with the amount of dike damage that need to be repaired.

 

 

Apr 1st-2013 -Ernie's Report

3-16-13 - It"s hard to believe that last year on this date the temperature was in the 80's. We are seeing birds locally though not that many at the Flats. Perhaps when the fields melt there will be more birds.

3-31-13 - The family and I went to the Flats Saturday. Still did not see many duck or geese. There are lots of folks fishing on the Bad River though. The river isn't as high as years past and the trails are fairly dry. This made for a nice hike. There were lots of other folks hiking the dikes also.

On the way back we ran into a DNR fellow. He said that he hadn't seen that many water foul in the unit either. He said there were many more birds in Gratiot County than the flats. which he also covers. He seemed to think there were still more birds on the way.

We did see a fair number of Canadas. There were also Sand Hill Cranes in the unit. A few mallards were in the woods as well as Mergansers along the big cuts.

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Prior Rd. 3-16-2013


Woods 3-31-2013

11-27-12 - Bird numbers stayed the same as last week.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 7,000 ducks and 1,500 geese.

2012 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
5589 Ducks and 1151 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn - Dry
Area 6 thru 8- Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 9 thru 14- Corn - Water level is 8 to 20"
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh
-Water level is 6 to 30"
Area 30 thru 38 -
Corn - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 8 to 30"
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water level is 12 to 24"
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn - Water level is 12 to18"
Area 61 thru 66 - Corn - Water level is 8 to 18"
Areas 67 thru 76 - Marsh - Water level is 6 to 24"
Areas 77 thru 116 -
Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48" deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water level is 12 to 30"

 
11-19-12 - Bird numbers fell last week & water levels stayed the same.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 7,000 ducks and 1,500 geese.

2012 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
4903 Ducks and 1104 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn - Dry
Area 6 thru 8- Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 9 thru 14- Corn - Water level is 8 to 20"
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh
-Water level is 6 to 30"
Area 30 thru 38 -
Corn - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 8 to 30"
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water level is 12 to 24"
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn - Water level is 12 to18"
Area 61 thru 66 - Corn - Water level is 8 to 18"
Areas 67 thru 76 - Marsh - Water level is 6 to 24"
Areas 77 thru 116 -
Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48" deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water level is 12 to 30"

 
11-5-12 - Bird numbers stayed about the same as last week, water levels stayed the same.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 11000 ducks and 2500 geese.

2012 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
4483 Ducks and 1077 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn - Dry
Area 6 thru 8- Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 9 thru 14- Corn - Water level is 8 to 20"
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh
-Water level is 6 to 30"
Area 30 thru 38 -
Corn - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 8 to 30"
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water level is 12 to 24"
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn - Water level is 12 to18"
Area 61 thru 66 - Corn - Water level is 8 to 18"
Areas 67 thru 76 - Marsh - Water level is 6 to 24"
Areas 77 thru 116 -
Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48" deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water level is 12 to 30"

 
11-5-12 - Bird numbers moved down last week water levels stayed about the same.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 10000 ducks and 500 geese.

2012 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
4077 Ducks and 1033 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn - Dry
Area 6 thru 8- Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 9 thru 14- Corn - Water level is 8 to 20"
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh
-Water level is 6 to 30"
Area 30 thru 38 -
Corn - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 8 to 30"
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water level is 12 to 24"
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn - Water level is 12 to18"
Area 61 thru 66 - Corn - Water level is 8 to 18"
Areas 67 thru 76 - Marsh - Water level is 6 to 24"
Areas 77 thru 116 -
Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48" deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water level is 12 to 30"

 
10-29-12 - Bird numbers on the refuge doubled from last week

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 12000 ducks and 3800 geese.

2012 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
3012 Ducks and 849 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Area 1 thru 5 -
Corn - Dry
Area 6 thru 8- Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 9 thru 14- Corn - Water level is 8 to 20"
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh
-Water level is 6 to 30"
Area 30 thru 38 -
Corn - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 6 to 30"
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water level is 12 to 24"
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn - Water level is 12 to18"
Area 61 thru 66 - Corn - Water level is 8 to 16"
Areas 67 thru 76 - Marsh - Water level is 6 to 24"
Areas 77 thru 116 -
Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48" deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water level is 12 to 30"

 

10-23-12 - All areas now have water. All crops are in good conditions.

Current Bird Numbers: The DNR area bird count 6400 ducks and 750 geese.

2012 Hunter Bird Take Stands at:
2116 Ducks and 676 Geese

Current Area Conditions:
Area 1 thru 5 -
Area Is Closed
Area 6 thru 8- Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 9 thru 14- Corn - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 23 thru 29 - Marsh
-Water level is 6 to 30"
Area 30 thru 38 -
Corn - Water level is 4 to 12"
Area 39 thru 48 -
Corn, Buckwheat, Millet - Water level is 6 to 30"
Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh - Water level is 12 to 24"
Areas 55 thru 60 -
Corn - Water level is 12 to18"
Area 61 thru 66 - Corn - Water level is 4 to12"
Areas 67 thru 76 - Marsh - Water level is 6 to 24"
Areas 77 thru 116 -
Flooded woods area is flooded and the water ranges from 6 to 48 inches deep
Areas 137 thru 150 -
Marsh - Water level is 12 to 30"

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Shiawassee River State Game Area Hunting Report
North Prior Flooded
Shiawassee River State Game Area Hunting Report
South Prior
Shiawassee River State Game Area Hunting Report
Headed Out
Shiawassee River State Game Area Hunting Report
Miller Rd Ditch Has Water
10-4-12 - I drove around the area today the crops are in good shape but some are still not harvested and a couple units may not be open for the opener. Also there are a few water issues this year and some of the units may not get any water at all and some will be hard to get to this season. I posted the DNR Area Update that was updated on the 1st for your review.

DNR - Current Area Conditions:

Areas 1 thru 5 -
This unit was planted to all corn. The crop is excellent but harvest has not begun yet. There will be difficulty flooding the unit this year.

Areas 6 thru 8- This unit was planted to corn for cover strips however 6 & 7 has poor corn for cover . Millet was planted next to the green browse strips ( 75 feet wide) and the rest of the field was planted to buckwheat. This unit is being flooded by gravity from Prior Rd there should be at least sheet water over the entire field by the opener.

Areas 9 thru 14- This unit was planted to all corn and the harvest has begun. The crop is excellent and this unit will be dry for unit and will be open for the opener if the harvest is complete.

Areas 23 thru 29 - The water levels in this unit have been maintained throughout the summer. Hunting conditions in this unit are good but access may be an issue.

Areas 30 thru 38 -
This field was planted to all corn, and the harvest has not begun yet. This unit will not be open for the opener.

Areas 39 thru 48 -
This unit has corn planted for cover strips, there is also 75 feet on each side planted to green browse and has 75 foot of Japanese Millet next to the green browse and the rest planted to buckwheat. All crops in this unit are excellent and also has good water.

Areas 49 thru 52 - Marsh unit has excellent water in it and also has some smartweed and millet growing in it as well.

Areas 55 thru 60 -
This unit has corn planted for cover strips and soybeans were planted in the rest. The crops are in excellent condition. Harvest has just begun and most likely will not be open for the opener

Areas 61 thru 66 -
This unit was planted with corn for cover and is in good condition. There is also 75 feet planted to green browse and 75 foot of Japanese Millet is next to the green browse both the millet and browse are in good condition. There is enough water to float decoys.

Areas 67 thru 76 - Marsh unit and has good water. This unit was burned last winter and it did create some potholes in the middle.

Areas 77 thru 116 -
Flooded woods area is flooded a little higher than normal. There is an over abundance of smartweed.


Areas 137 thru 150 -
The rookery is flooded to full pool and has some smartweed this year.

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Shiawassee River State Game Area Hunting Report
Flooded Woods
Shiawassee River State Game Area Hunting Report
River is Low
Shiawassee River State Game Area Hunting Report
North Prior Still in the Crops
Shiawassee River State Game Area Hunting Report
Sorth Prior Ready to go
Shiawassee River State Game Area Hunting Report
End of Walh Rd
Shiawassee River State Game Area Hunting Report
Miller Rd ditch is really low

8-26-12 -Byron Muck Hunters ReportEarly Goose is looking promising. We have seen lots of geese in the air but trying to find the fields this year to hunt them has been another story. All in all lots of geese this year.

Ran up to scout the area early this morning on our bikes. Rode from Huellen Rd. up through the 30's, around the backside of the refuge and into the 50's and 60's. All the crops looked very good. The River looked like it was at a normal level but the Bad River looked quite low. Most of the Marsh's had good water as well. Seen good numbers of Wood ducks but not much of anything else. Geese numbers were low from what we saw out there and did not seen many mallards but sounded like their were quite a few in the refuge. Looks like a good year is on track and we have hopes that more rain is coming to keep the flats full this year. If you head up there take Bug spray! The mosquitos are ridiculous!

Good Luck to Everyone!

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7-30-12 -Ernie's ReportWe started out at 7:00 am on our bikes and headed back toward the 1 through 12 fields off Wahl Road. It was a beautiful morning and there were plentiful Herons and Egrets. We saw about a dozen deer or more and a few turkeys.

For the report:
The fields all looked fair to good. There will be plentiful cover. Fields 1 through 12 are planted entirely with corn. The 30s field is also corn ditch to ditch. The 40s field is corn with beans in between as are the two fields on Prior road. One bright spot for me was to see the amount of corn on the south Prior side. It looked very good as compared to years past. We hope you all have a rewarding season and good luck to all.

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Shiawassee Game Area Hunting Report
30's Field
Shiawassee Game Area Hunting Report
40's Field
Shiawassee Game Area Hunting Report
Miller Rd
Shiawassee Game Area Hunting Report
North Prior Rd Field
Shiawassee Game Area Hunting Report
South Prior Rd Field
Shiawassee Game Area Hunting Report
Walh Rd Field

3-15-12 -Ernie's ReportLate February found flocks of Tundra Swans and Canada’s along with smaller flocks of mergansers. The unit was still 80% iced over. Two weeks late, no ice and waterfowl are abundant. No deer were out the times I walked the area. Most of the fields are empty of water the exception being the north field east of the Big Woods. The northeast half was covered with water and there were many geese and duck using it. Mallards were scattered thought out along with Canada geese.
The last time I walked the unit March 9th the access roads to the parking areas were very muddy and slippery. The roads inside the unit were very good as I walked them in tennis shoes and did not get wet or muddy.
Yesterday locally near me I’ve been seeing Wood Ducks in the small lakes and ponds.
Although there were many waterfowl, I did not see as many this year as I have in years past. I don’t know if I missed them or they have not made it in large numbers yet. Could be they are at Fish Point
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