PRINCETON – A pump failure combined with low water conditions could cause some challenges to waterfowl hunters for the opening of the duck season at the Princeton Wildlife Management Area in Scott County a week from now.
The Princeton Wildlife Management Area will have lower than normal water levels for the opening of the duck season on September 22nd. Normal pumping operations were forced to a halt recently due to major mechanical problems. The DNR is working to get the problems fixed as quickly as possible, but they do not expect the pump to be operational until the week of September 24th.
Water levels in the south pool are expected to be around 1.5 feet below normal pool for the five-day early split of the duck season. This will make boat access more difficult, especially for larger boats and boats with outboard motors. Preseason scouting is recommended for hunters planning to boat into the area.
On a more positive note, habitat conditions look good on the Princeton Wildlife Area. The dry summer conditions have allowed for good wetland plant growth, creating food and cover for waterfowl. DNR staff were able to complete several food plots and other habitat work within the marsh this year, making the area even better and more attractive for wildlife. Once pumping operations resume later this month, the water levels will be brought up to full pool for the second opener on October 20th.
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