Waterfowl hunting

2013 waterfowl hunt opener conditions

Public Shooting Grounds Waterfowl Management Area

Water levels may be low for the Youth Waterfowl Hunt due to a hot and dry June, July and August. Widgeon Lake may be too low for boats on the Youth Waterfowl Hunt on September 21.

Water levels should be near normal by the general opener on October 5.

Bird numbers are good but may decrease following the season opener until new birds arrive.

Mallard, pintail, green-winged teal, gadwall and cinnamon teal are the primary birds present and Wigeon are starting to show up.

There are numerous Canada geese present at the moment.

Gates will be open on September 20, 2013.

Camping is allowed, no facilities available and fires are the responsibility of the camper. If you lose it, you pay for it.

Access to the interior marsh and small pond areas above Pintail Lake and between Widgeon Lake and Pintail Lake should be greatly improved. This area was burned May 2013.

Changes this year

Widgeon Lake is now the non-motorized boat lake and Pintail Lake is open to motorized and non-motorized boats.

The area lacked enough water to maintain all impoundments and marshes with adequate water this year, and in some areas the vegetation is dormant already.

Green and/or brown camo are the colors depending on the area you plan to hunt.

There will be less food available due to drought conditions and lack of water this summer. Hunt early and often.

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