Managed Hunts: Waterfowl

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Managed Hunts
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Waterfowl
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Managed hunts for waterfowl occur on the Department’s 15 intensively managed wetlands. These wetlands offer some of the best public waterfowl hunting opportunities in the state. To prevent overcrowding, these areas have draw procedures in place to allocate limited hunting opportunities. 

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Special COVID-19 Draw Procedures are in place

Reservation and morning draw procedures for waterfowl hunting during the 2020–21 season have been modified to ensure your safety.

Be sure to read all 2020 procedure-change information. 

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2020 Reservation Changes
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There will be no pre-season draw. All reservations, including ADA blinds, will be allocated through the in-season online draw.

Hunting opportunity will be available no matter the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak. Reservation and drawing procedures will be adjusted as necessary to comply with Department of Health and Senior Service guidelines at the state and county level. The goal is to provide hunting opportunity while protecting public health during this global pandemic.

Each intensively managed wetland area will use one of four possible reservation/draw levels* depending on the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the county in which they are located. Procedural level will be determined in consultation with the appropriate county health department.

Read Know Before You Go.

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Procedural Level Reservation Allocation % Poor Line Hunt Position Selection # of Hunters in Building* Time limit in building 6 foot markers and travel lanes on floor Waiting hunter location
Red Level 100% No Pre-assigned hunt positions- each pill number corresponds to a hunt location 0 N/A N/A In vehicles
Orange Level 100% No Hunters to select locations on hunt day. One adult per party.** 5 minutes at draw window Yes Encourage hunt parties to stay in their vehicles to maintain social distancing outside.
Yellow Level 100% Poor line allocation for reservation no-shows only Hunters to select locations on hunt day. Reservation holders and poor line parties will need to check-in before draw time. One adult per party.** 5 minutes at draw window Yes Encourage hunt parties to stay in their vehicles to maintain social distancing outside.
Green Level 50% Yes. 50% allocation to poor line. Hunters to select locations on hunt day. Reservation holders and poor line parties will ned to check-in before draw time. One adult per party. ** 5 minutes at draw window Yes Encourage hunt parties to stay in their vehicles to maintain social distancing outside.

 

* MDC staff will control number of individuals in the building to follow local jurisdiction guidelines through morning procedures.

** Exceptions: if ADA hunter requires assistant to check-in, the assistant will be allowed in the draw room and if one adult hunter is hunting with one youth, that youth would be allowed in the draw room as well. Hunter time in the draw room will be limited to reduce exposure to staff and other hunters.

See 2020–2021 Draw Procedures for details about the steps each draw level will follow. 

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Current Area Drawing Procedure Level
Area Name Current Procedural Level Start Date Future Procedural Level (if applicable) Effective Date
B.K. Leach Red 11/25/20 – TBD    
Bob Brown N/A      
Columbia Bottom Red 11/10/20 – TBD    
Duck Creek Red 11/25/20 – TBD    
Eagle Bluffs Red 11/25/20 – TBD    
Fountain Grove Red 11/25/20 – TBD    
Four Rivers Red 11/25/20 – TBD    
Grand Pass Red 11/19/20 – TBD    
Marais Temps Clair Red 11/10/20 – TBD    
Montrose Red 11/25/20 – TBD    
Nodaway Valley Red 11/7/20 – TBD    
Otter Slough Red 11/25/20 – TBD    
Schell-Osage N/A      
Ted Shanks Red 11/25/20 – TBD    
Ten Mile Pond Red 11/26/20 – TBD    
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  • No area will have drawings during the teal season.
  • Teal hunters must still have a Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tag (green card) in their possession while hunting.
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  • No area will have a draw during the youth season.
  • Youth season participants must still have a Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tag (green card) in their possession while hunting.
  • Youth waders will not be available for loaning to youth during the youth season or the regular duck season.
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(COVID-19 Restrictions)
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Details on the waterfowl draw procedure during the 2020–2021 waterfowl season.

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Review these frequently asked questions about waterfowl managed hunts in 2020.

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