Waterfowl hunting

2011 waterfowl hunt opener conditions

Howard Slough Waterfowl Management Area

Marsh conditions — Good with minimal flood damage. In main impoundments water is at full pool/spilling levels and contain excellent pondweed growth. New extensive marshes have developed west and south of main impoundments. Seasonal, small ponds on the Hooper Hot Springs Unit are full. 280ac of phragmites has been treated by grazing on the east side of the main impoundment southeast of the popular "Shotgun Alley" location.

Bird numbers — Good in main impoundments and way west of new marsh areas along lakefront. Generally duck numbers have been at or above average throughout late summer. Large numbers of geese in the grazed area.

Access — Good, but there will be some finish up construction activities this fall along the main impoundment dike that may temporally disturb some hunters.

Hunting forecast — Good for the openers and later on.

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