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Discussion in 'MichiganWaterfowl.com' started by answerguy8, Sep 10, 2013.
...that seems to be much earlier than I've seen in the past.
Anyone hear why?
My guess is that they are flooding it in time for the youth hunt this upcoming weekend. They must figure since the corn failed, they do not have to be concerned with the ducks eating out all the food.
I think they are just filling the ditches around the fields for now
probably charging the ditches, smart move..do it while u got the water.
Yea, fish point tools all season to flood last yer. Good move IMHO
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Water levels are low on the great lakes and with water levels dropping in the fall its just smart to start pumping while you can. Last year was a tough year for water. It's not twittling thumbs that caused the lack of water in the managed areas around the bay. It was the lack of ability to get water to the supply ditches that feed the pumps because of the low water levels. And without all the rain this spring it woulda been dismally low right now. Anyone with questions or complaints about managed areas I'd encourage you to join an organization, go to the meetings, voice your opinion and become intimate with the challenges area managers face each year. I think it'd be a real eye opener. There's a lot of work/money/funding challenges that goes into a successful waterfowl season. Do you think managers like low water or poor crops come hunting season? Their name is on the finished product. But despite their best efforts to make YOUR hunt a memorable one, sometimes Mother Nature steps in and makes decisions we don't necessarily agree with that cause undesirable outcomes on the areas.
To answer the question. With the new pump installed a couple years ago it allows them to put water in the east marsh but distribute it to the middle field when/if need be. So they're pumping the marsh above levels and filling the ditches while they have water in the supply ditch so they have that much less water to worry about later on. It's a smart move.
I think most will agree this is a smart move, with regards to what Kid and Adam are talking about. When we have low water conditions who gets blamed the manager,this is an all round smart move.so how people you think will give her a pat on the back and say great job, smart move,probaly not many but when we want to bitch its not a problem.We all blame to quickly
I know this, they do everything in their power up there to get good crops, good water and make everyone happy. Mother nature has not been kind to them.
(note to everyone that hunts there) please take a step back and think before you criticize some of these workers at the stations. They have been operating on shoestring budgets for 10 years now and barely open...the bay being down 2-3' over the long term average has only made their jobs miserable.
And to add what's been talked about ?....The twenty's at Fish Point were replanted 3 times, but between 5" of rain the deer and cranes, the corn just didn't have a chance. The new manager there has done a "TON" of work as well as the FP organization. But people are still gonna complain.
People just don't realize how much work is involved.
Another example is the 50's this year......12 rows of corn and the rest is all soy beans....say what ? The soy beans were planted to help with phrag control. Plow them under put in beans then next year go back to corn.
That's what was told to me.
Yep. From what Joe Robison of the DNR, who is in charge of all of these managed areas, told us at Shiawassee, all of the areas have very poor crop conditions this year due mainly to the flooding earlier this year. We'll all still shoot birds, but hunters need to be prepared for the worst, and get creative with concealment.
Actually things are not looking too bad at most of these areas. With the warm weather and a little bit of rain here and there, Crop conditions are fair to fairly good. This is why I stressed back in August a lot could happen between now and the duck opener. A lot of things has changed at each area over the past month or so. If we don't get an early frost we should be in pretty good shape at each of these areas. There are some zones at each managed area that were either drowned out by all the rain, eaten by geese or eaten by deer that will have limited cover. Another report will be put out by each area a week prior to the opener of conditions and cover. You can also see these areas first hand at one of the open houses that are availalble or call the individuals that run these areas to hear the information first hand.
here's some pic's from flats.
1-5 had sorghum added in strips(still growing) to the outside of the failed corn (failed)
9-14 is actually in decent shape for what we thought it would end up.
30's turned out pretty good
Great pics, Kid...thanks for all of your hard work out there!