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  1. rsimms

    rsimms New Member

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    [​IMG] I'm a fishing guide and freelance outdoor writer from East Tennessee. For six years I've been heading West for do-it-yourself duck hunts, mostly in South Dakota. But I'm ready for a change (and something slightly closer). It looks like Michigan has some pretty good WMA's and potential other public access land. I am definitely headed (solo) somewhere the first two weeks of November. I'd appreciate whatever honest feedback I can get on my prospects in Michigan. FYI, I care more about the quality of the hunting than I do the quantity of what I kill. And I'll have no boat... but I do have a retriever. I'm interested specifically in walk-in waterfowl areas and/or decent pheasant hunting opportunities. I know this is a very broad inquiry... here's a few specific questions.

    -- Been reading (and watching video) on Nayanquing Point WMA. Any specific advise on this, or the other WMA's that offer daily drawings?
    -- I see there are a decent number of other public access opportunities (HAP, state or federal game lands). Should I expect to find any decent walk-in duck hunting, and/or pheasant hunting on such areas, and if so, any suggestions of what portion of the state to most seriously consider?
    -- Should I expect a potential freeze-up the first two weeks of November?
    -- Should I expect any private landowners to provide access when I ask for permission to hunt (ducks or pheasants), or is that highly unlikely?
    -- Should I decide I want to check into duck hunting guides, anyone have any specific recommendations?
    -- Finally, if anyone is interested in doing a "trade-out" hunt (or hunts) for a Tennessee River fishing trip, I'm open. :)
    Obviously you're welcomed/encouraged to PM me if you don't want to "go public. Regardless, thanks very much for reading and for any information.
     
  2. jrothWA

    jrothWA Senior Refuge Member

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    Howdy,

    I do a outdoor column for local weekly paper in Lenawee County, [SE Michigan}
    You have a tough nut for th first two weeks of November as Archery is winding down and November 15 is opening day for Deer, till nov 30.
    I'm just getting into waterfowling, by walking small streams locally, the MIDNR website has info on possible walk-ins but more need than slots available. One area possibly to consider in HARSEN Islands, at the north end of Lake St. Clair, bur heavy hunting and need small boat /canoe.
    Most private land will be closed as to the end of archery and beginning of Deer.
    No definite standard "freeze-up date, can be early or late.

    Michigan is divided into three zone with staggered open / close dates then reopen in December to late January for second season.

    Let me do further checking and get back to you.
     
  3. rsimms

    rsimms New Member

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    Thanks very much.
     
  4. jrothWA

    jrothWA Senior Refuge Member

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    RSimms,

    Just copied from MIDNT+R weekly report:

    Looking for a new place to hunt waterfowl this fall? Take a trip to Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area for a quality hunting experience.

    Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area, just north of Linwood, Michigan, on the western shore of the Saginaw Bay, has a family feeling. The hunters there take great pride in this local resource and appreciate the natural beauty and abundant waterfowl in the area.

    A mix of dabbling and diving ducks, as well as Canada geese, can be found at Nayanquing Point and on the adjoining waters of Saginaw Bay. Mallards are the most commonly harvested duck, with a good number of wood ducks (early in the season), green-winged teal and widgeon taken as well.

    Waterfowl hunters wishing to hunt at Nayanquing Point must enter the managed hunt drawing. Drawings occur every day of the waterfowl hunting season at 5:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. There are 26 flooded field zones and 40 marsh zones on the area, most with easy walk-in access.

    The wildlife area encompasses 1,505 acres and consists of cattail marsh, farmed upland fields and shrubby lowlands. Water-control structures allow for the flooding of farm fields for excellent waterfowl habitat during fall migration. Waterfowl hunters aren’t the only ones who benefit from the habitat management at Nayanquing Point – it is also a popular destination for pheasant, small game and deer hunters.

    Nayanquing Point is one of the top birding spots in Michigan, and many birders come each year to see the large yellow-headed blackbird colony in the marsh. Wildlife viewers, birders and hunters appreciate the observation tower overlooking the cattail marsh and Saginaw Bay. In addition to the yellow-headed blackbirds, red-winged blackbirds, marsh wrens and swamp sparrows build their nests among the cattails in the spring and summer months.

    “Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area provides a unique experience, particularly for novice hunters, due to its size, location and ease of access.” said Brandy Berger, wildlife technician at Nayanquing Point. “Its proximity to coastal wetlands, flooded woods and agricultural fields provides the opportunity to hunt around a diversity of habitat, to harvest a mixed bag that may include mallards, green winged teal, pintail, widgeon, redheads and ring- necks, and to easily access Saginaw Bay by foot.”

    To learn more about Nayanquing Point and to see a video outlining its managed waterfowl hunt drawing, visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders or contact the Nayanquing Office at 989-697-5101.

    We look forward to seeing you at Nayanquing Point this fall!

    Don't forget that the Wetland Wonders Challenge, sponsored by Consumers Energy, runs until Feb. 12, 2017. Youth and adult hunters that hunt at three managed waterfowl hunt areas can be entered in the contest. Seven winners will be chosen to win ultimate waterfowl hunting prize packages valued at $1,500, including a "golden ticket" that's good for one first-choice pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area for the 2017-18 season (non-reserved). Check outwww.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders for contest terms and conditions.

    The Wetland Wonders Challenge is part of the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan's waterfowl, wetland and waterfowl hunting community. The initiative is a "call to action" to honor yesterday, engage today and build for tomorrow. To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/mwl or look for Michigan Waterfowl Legacy on Facebook.



    That's about two and a half hours from my location. and a boat is needed, you're on the north side of Saginaw Bay and N or NE wind BLOWS you will be traveling.

    Send PM if more info needed.
     
  5. rsimms

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    Thanks very much! I received this news release via my Outdoor Writers network. It is actually what got me started looking at Michigan to begin with. The more I am learning, the more I'm liking the idea. I am VERY impressed at how helpful folks on this thread (and via PM's) have been. Another reason I am beginning to see an MI Trek in my future!
     
  6. warrenwaterfowler

    warrenwaterfowler Senior Refuge Member

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    Good luck...bingo hunts (in my opinion) are too crazy and take the "getting away from it all" factor out of the hunt....skybusters and overcalling abound. While there can be alot of ducks, it's just not worth the headaches. If I was coming from out of state, I wouldn't bother with the bingos, I'd hire a guide or try to find someone to take you out on a real hunt away from the flooded corn madness....again- just my opinion(s). Best of luck on your pure Michigan adventure!
     
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  7. big_frank25_2002

    big_frank25_2002 Elite Refuge Member

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    I hope you enjoy your time here. No where near the typical season!
     
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  8. rsimms

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    Yea, this kind of weather seems to follow me around (when I don't want it to). :( But yes, I have enjoyed it thoroughly so far.
     

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