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  1. Chris Benson

    Chris Benson Elite Refuge Member

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    No, you can't hunt the marsh itself. Only on the private fields surrounding Oak Hammock Marsh. It is not all leased up by any extent, there are a few fields that are managed by outfitters but this might amount to maybe 6 or 8 quarter sections in the WMA. Most land owners are really great to deal with and are used to hunters asking permission. You will need a signed permission form though.
     
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    I remember, back in the day, of having to go the south check station , which is on the road to "The Palace" (interpretive centre), signing in and going hunting on a barley field about 500 yds from the current interpretive centre. I think it took all of about 5 minutes for the 4 of use to limit out on each of the 3 days we were in there. The noise from the geese was deafening, and probably the neatest thing was going there in the evening and watching the geese come back to the refuge. No outfitters back then, and hunting was a lot more fun.

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    There were special rules for hunting within the marsh itself, and this was the old regulations:

    Oak Hammock Managed Hunting Area Oak Hammock Managed Hunting Area (MHA) provides safe hunting experiences by distributing the hunters in this area and ensuring that hunting only takes place on private land with the permission of the owner or lawful occupant. The boundaries of the area are: PTH 67 on the south, Petersfield Road (88N) on the north, PTH 8 on the east and PTH 7 on the west. The Waterfowl Control Area and Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are closed to hunting. Mandatory registration at the Check Station was discontinued in 2003. Hunting Regulations a) Please consult the annual Manitoba Hunting Guide for season dates, bag limits, and hunting hours. b) Hunting is permitted only on private land with written permission from the landowner. Hunting is prohibited on road allowances and water resource drains in the MHA. c) On any given day not more than four hunters, including the landowner, will be permitted per quarter section (160 acres) of land or two hunters on holdings of less than 160 acres. This quota aids in the distribution of waterfowl from crops and enhances quality hunting by avoiding firing-lines and high hunter densities on private land. d) An individual may hunt to a maximum of six days during the season in the MHA. This restriction is intended to provide a wider opportunity for more hunters. e) Dead or crippled birds must be retrieved immediately. If they are within the boundaries of the area closed to hunting, firearms must be left outside the area. Crippled birds must be killed immediately. f) Hunters may be asked for waterfowl hunting data while in the field. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated. To Hunt at Oak Hammock MHA a) Obtain a Managed Hunting Area Landowners Permission Form from Manitoba Conservation, 200 Saulteaux Crescent in Winnipeg, the Oak Hammock Marsh Conservation Centre, or the Manitoba Conservation Selkirk District Office, #1 Keystone Drive in Selkirk. b) Take the form(s) to the landowner of the property you wish to hunt. Have it signed and completed with only one name and one quarter section per form (multiple dates are allowed). c) Take the signed permission form and your valid Manitoba Game Bird licence and Federal Migratory Game Bird licence (with attached Habitat Conservation Stamp) with you into the field while you are hunting. Why Managed Hunting Managed Hunting will continue to be included as part of the recreational benefits associated with the Oak Hammock Marsh WMA. Maintaining a co-operative relationship between hunters and landowners will provide regulated quality hunting with the potential for hunters to distribute feeding waterfowl from private crops. The “Waterfowl Control Area” provides protection for staging waterfowl and enhances public use of the Oak Hammock Marsh WMA. Hunters should exercise discretion when traveling on wet, unmaintained roads. Excessive damage to roads may cause additional expense to municipalities for maintenance and repair.
     
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    Thanks for the info Chris and Bang. Going to make a trip up there this spring when the birds are on the move and check it out.
     
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    The fall migration is a better time to visit, but the interpretive center is a great place to take the kids and spend the day.
     
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    I'm sure fall is the ultimate time to visit. The spring trip will be a "scouting trip". Fall will be a hunting trip.
     
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    Going to pass up a day of fishing and head up to the marsh this weekend to take a look around. Just planning on an up and back home day trip. Going to the interpretative center. Anything else that should be on the list while in the area?
     
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    Look up Chis..maybe he can give you a tour
     
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    Thought about trying to contact him but didn't want to bother him.

    We had a good time, nice drive. Saw a lot of birds. We'll be taking the grandsons up there and have to make the drive over to the snake bits with them to.
     
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    Haven't been on the forums for a little while, and of course missed the recent messages in this thread, but yeah musher I would have been happy to give you a quick tour. The Oak Hammock centre is a great spot to take the family as well as do some pre-scouting. Also once the crops are up, it will be better to get an idea of what fields might hold birds later in the fall.
     
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    Thanks Chris. I'll give you a shout next time we are up that way.
     

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