OCTOBER 1, 2015
Getting ready for opening day – after a scare with the main pump (blown hydraulic line that had to be pulled and replaced and some fluid cleaned up in the pit) it is up and running and we are on schedule to have all units at hunting depth and ready for the season. The Vermet, Humphries, and Long Pond are all set and ready for opening day. Water was added to the Vermet but it will still be shallower than last year; flat bottom boats, mud motors, canoe, and kayak will have no problem getting around, short shaft outboards and v bottom boats will need to be careful and will be limited to the deeper parts of the unit. Humphries will also be shallower than last year to start the year, short shaft outboards and v bottom boats will have an easier time getting around this unit. The south causeway tubes are leaking from Lake Erie so we don’t have good water control over this unit, it will continue to get deeper as the season goes on. We will try to control it some with the main pump. Long Pond looks great same as the last two years.
The Bad Creek Unit has the ditches full and spilling out into the unit. The same thing is being done with the Bloody Run and the Nelson Units. Because there is not any corn this year (due to 13 inches of rain in the month of June) we will be flooding the Ag fields very slowly over the course of the season. This is to prevent waterfowl from eating all the buckwheat and small grains right away and not leaving anything for late season hunting.
We will begin flooding the Walpatich Unit first thing next week.
Our open house is Thursday October 8th at 6pm; come by and talk to us about the coming hunting seasons, game area conditions, and go for a quick tour of the area at dusk.
Pointe Mouillee State Game Area
Pointe Mouillee Update June 2015
· The game area Ag fields are still very wet, the pumps are running nonstop trying to keep up with the rain. The corn fields have been chisel plowed and disked but nothing has been planted, the rain is coming heavy and too close together. There has not been enough time between rainfalls for the fields to dry out to get a tractor on them. Chuck is going to have to work his magic, it is going to be a tight time frame to get everything in.
· We will begin dredging some of the ditches this month hopefully in the Walpatich if the permits come through.
· Pheasant Forever Monroe Chapter will be working on getting a field in the Humphries Unit planted to warm season grasses but again we are delayed due to wet conditions.
· We are drawing down the Vermet Unit, again the rain is not helping but it is down about 8 inches and has about a foot more to go. We are trying to spark the regrowth of cattails and we will also be spreading some cattail seed collected by trappers (Dan Harold, Dave Pastor, Dave Veiner and Cliff Vieiner) this past winter.
· Humphries Unit is still a concern, the South causeway tubes are still leaking after a couple of attempts to fix it. Right now we are just trying to slow the leak down and hope to have the funds to fix it in the next two years.
· We are getting ready to replace some culverts and water control structures, these projects will happen over the next two months.
· Goose Banding – Due to the recent confirmation of High Path Avian Influenza in wild Canada Geese there have been some restrictions made on who can help with goose banding this year. At this point we will not be allowed to have children (17 and under) handle the geese. Children can still help herd the geese into the pens but they will not be able to touch or handle the birds.
All adults helping will also need to sign a waiver, we will have those available each morning.
Saturday June 20th 6AM @ Pointe Mouillee State Game Area Office
Monday June 22nd 6AM @ Pointe Mouillee State Game Area Office
Tuesday June 23rd 6AM @ Pointe Mouillee State Game Area Office
Pointe Mouillee State Game Area