Lower Oahe Waterfowl Hunting Areas
2013 Lower Oahe Waterfowl Hunting Guide
2013 Lower Oahe Waterfowl Hunting Guide
Lower Oahe Waterfowl Hunting Field status map
Lower Oahe Waterfowl Access Areas 2013-14 Waterfowl Report
For the Week of December 2, 2013
MAIL SHACK CREEK AREA
This area continues to hold a lot of ducks and several thousand geese. The hunters using the pits are having mixed results hunting the smaller canada geese in the area since most days they fly out too high for pass shooting. There have been a few groups setting out decoys in the walk-in fields and having some success. The birds have been feeding some in these fields but seem to be moving around a lot making it hard to get a pattern on where they are going to go from day to day. With the nicer days the ducks have been coming out after shooting hours and making it back to the water before shooting hours. With the colder temperatures and snow moving into the area this week there should be an increase in geese and hopefully the hunters will see the ducks moving during shooting hours.
The registration fields continue to have hunters using them with mixed success coming in over the weekend. Some areas have been seeing good flights in the mornings and afternoons while other areas will only have either a morning or afternoon flight. The number of geese in the area should continue to grow as more birds move in from the north making the hunting better and a more predictable flight.
Closure of upland game hunting in some of the areas has taken place with the signs changing and the interactive map being updated. Hunters wanting to see the status of an area can find the map showing the areas and their status above this report or by downloading the GFP app on their phone. This map shows areas open or closed along with the type of crops in the fields.
With the lower number of birds in the lower end of Oahe thee have been no reports of pass shooters using the pits.
SOLID AND STRIPED GREEN AREAS
The Stanley county area continues to have birds heading into and around the fields with hunters having some success. Like the other areas this area should see more birds move in. No reports from the solid and striped green areas east of Grey Goose Road. The birds that are flying over that way have been feeding further south of there.
Reports coming in from most of the areas are of mixed success. Pass-shooters in the Mail Shack area have had a few days where they were able to get some birds this past week. Hunters setting out decoys in the walk-in fields did well a couple of days however the birds continue to be hard to get a pattern on where they are going to feed making it difficult to pick a spot.
The decoy-only registration fields continue to have hunters using them on most days with success being good late last week and weekend in some areas while other areas the hunters were seeing birds but were unable to coax them away from the feeds in the fields. The decoy loaner trailer has been out several times the past couple of weeks. This trailer is free to use for hunters that do not have decoys and want to give hunting on the registration fields with decoys a try. Information on how to reserve the trailer and contents is located at the bottom of this report.
Upland game closures have started on the registration fields hunters wanting to see the status of a registration field or area can find the overview map showing the areas and their status above this report or by downloading the GFP app on their phone which will allow you to check areas while out scouting or hunting. By clicking on a field this map also shows the type of crops in the field and if they have a pit in them. With the lower number of birds on lower Oahe there has not been much for pass-shooting activity in the pits along the bluffs or canal.
The striped green area in Stanley County continues to have birds in and around the fields. Hunters are reminded that this area is on a first-come first-served basis and need to be considerate of hunters already in the fields when they arrive. Vehicular trailer into the fields is allowed on designated roads only and are to be used for setting out and picking up of decoys.
In a continued effort to recruit and retain waterfowl hunters, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, along with these great sponsors, has equipped a 6' x 12' enclosed trailer with 5 dozen full body DOA Decoys, 2 dozen Big Foot Shell Decoys, 2 Banded layout blinds, 2 Cabela's layout blinds, Canada goose flags, along with ear and eye protection. This trailer contains everything that is needed to be successful hunting waterfowl on the Lower Oahe Waterfowl Access Area, and the best part is that it is absolutely FREE TO USE!
- South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
- Banded Waterfowl Co.
- Big Foot Decoy Co.
- Delta Waterfowl - Pierre Chapter
- DOA Decoy Co.
- Hunt Safe
- M&R Signs
- Pheasants Forever
- Wildlife Protection Inc.
To reserve this trailer, please click on the link below, enter your name and phone number and select the date you wish to reserve the trailer. This trailer is available for use every day from November 2nd - February 14th, with the exception of Christmas Day.
If you have reserved this trailer, you will need to complete the South Dakota Lower Oahe Waterfowl Access Area Waterfowl Hunt Trailer Loan/Waiver of Liability Agreement, and bring this form to the LOWAA Registration Site on the day you have reserved the trailer.
In addition to the decoy loaner trailer, there are also layout blinds and shell decoys available at the Lower Oahe Waterfowl Access Area Registration Site. These blinds and decoys are available each morning on a first-come, first-served basis; no prior registration is necessary.