UTAH HUNTING

Waterfowl hunting

2012 waterfowl hunt opener conditions

Farmington Bay, Timpie and Layton-Kaysville

Marsh conditions

The Great Salt Lake has decreased to an elevation of 4194.9 feet above mean sea level. This is over two feet below last year's fall elevation. Marsh vegetation is in good shape along shoreline areas below Crystal and Turpin. Interior marshes are in great condition. Overall, marsh conditions at Farmington Bay are good outside diked units and great inside diked units.

The Turpin Unit within the dikes, Unit 2 west and the south end of Farmington Bay WMA were all treated with Glyphosphate last fall for phramites, but due to less than ideal conditions we have not burned the areas. This fall, we sprayed the East Crystal and West Crystal with a helicopter. In these areas, you are going to find more phragmites than usual, but with a little luck we will burn the areas next spring and really open up the marsh.

Marsh conditions at Timpie are good to excellent.

Marsh conditions at Layton-Kaysville are fair. Lower marshes are dry. Interior marshes are in fair condition, however there were over 400 acres of phragmites that were sprayed with the helicopter this fall. We have hopes that the area will really open up in the next year. Airboat access into the interior will be very difficult.

Water conditions

All units within Farmington Bay will be holding and spilling fresh water throughout the fall. All units will be at 100 percent capacity by the general opener. Unit one was allowed to dry up this summer because a new unit is being constructed in the southeast corner. The unit was dried to lower the water table for construction. However, there are many benefits to drying this unit that include: soils oxygenating and releasing excess nutrients and toxins, rest area signs were reset (last winter the ice knocked them over) and the first island that was eroding was repaired.

Because Timpie Springs WMA is spring-fed, water conditions are the same as last year and good to excellent.

Water conditions at Layton-Kaysville are poor. Once the irrigation season ends October 15, incoming fresh water may diminish. This will be highly dependent on fall precipitation.

Access

All access points into Farmington Bay WMA will be open September 19, 2013. We encourage boat hunters to use the north entrance to launch into Unit 1 and Turpin. Small boat access is also available at the south entrance. Due to submersed hazards, we advise wakeless boat speed in all freshwater impoundments. We encourage hunters to consider retrieval of downed birds before selecting a place to hunt.

An ATV corridor is posted and available for use. The corridor is located at the north entrance, next to Goose Egg Island. When the parking lot is full, no more access will be allowed. Users must obey signs.

Access points into Timpie and Layton-Kaysville will be open one day prior to the youth hunt, September 20, 2013.

Bird use

Great numbers of ducks and a few geese are present at Farmington Bay, while fair numbers of ducks and geese are present at Timpie and Layton-Kaysville. An increase in bird use and distribution is anticipated, due to great habitat conditions. The 2012 opening weekend average at Farmington Bay was 2.5 ducks per hunter.

This year's opener should be similar to last year's near-record opener.

Special regulations

The Waterfowl Youth Hunt will be held September 21, 2013, followed by the general waterfowl opener on October 5, 2013.

Important: Shooting on the Youth Hunt will begin at 6:44 a.m. Shooting on the general opener will begin at 7:30 a.m.

  • All areas listed above are open for hunting.
  • The northwest corner of Unit 1 at Farmington Bay WMA is posted as a Waterfowl Rest Area and is closed to hunting and trespass.
  • The area west of the main entrance road to the first right bend in the road and north of the road until you get to Goose egg Island is closed for education purposes.
  • Shooting is prohibited at Farmington Bay WMA within 600 feet of all dikes and roads open to motorized vehicles.
         — Airboats are prohibited within diked units.
         — The South Crystal Unit is posted as a motorless unit.
  • Camping is allowed in parking areas only. Open fires are prohibited. Please clean your camp site so we can continue to allow camping.
  • ATVs must stay within the posted corridor; failure to do so will result in a citation.

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