UTAH HUNTING

Waterfowl hunting

2017 waterfowl hunt opener conditions

Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area

Water conditions: Conditions will be normal for the Youth Waterfowl Hunt and the general opener. The gates will open on September 21, 2017. Pondweed production on the east and north impoundments was fair to good at Salt Creek, and excellent Taylor dike impoundments. Wren marsh has been dry all summer and will start receiving water within the next week. The northeastern portion of Salt Creek Bay was dry for most of the summer but is now full.

Waterfowl use: Bird numbers are excellent and building daily. You should see mallard, pintail, green-winged teal, gadwall, cinnamon teal and wigeon. There are also numerous Canada geese right now.

General information: Camping is allowed, but there are no facilities available. Fires are the responsibility of the camper. Please respect posted signs and regulations along with regulations in the Utah Waterfowl Guidebook.

Herbicide treatments are complete for the year. Some new areas have been thinned and opened for access. The North Marsh was treated again to remove remaining cattail. There are pockets of open water and considerably less vegetation with interspersed water. That should hold ducks like mallard, green-winged teal and cinnamon teal. Spring burns conducted in the Gadwall and Stilt marshes on the large cattail stands that were once present. These burns have produced thinner, more accessible and more desirable vegetation.