Went to green island this past weekend and the actual refuge part had no water. The public hunting part had hardly any though. Not enough to even take a boat in. I think the canals from the river are too low as well for any water to be pumped in. Looks like they shut the gates to just hold what little water there is. No way there is enough water for everyone to hunt. Have to walk in, and that will suck.
Its along the Mississippi and it gets tons of pressure all week long during the season. There is just not enough water to hold the amount of people that go there. I'd say only about a fourth of the people that usually go will be able to hunt. The other 3/4 won't find a spot. There won't be any ducks there all year just due to what little water there is getting hunted probably every day. No free areas for them to rest except for the refuge, but they will learn that quick and never come back.
Well when everything is dried up like this it's not good. I mean you can see water in the canals that are used to travel to spots. Normally you can turn into the vegetation then and find a spot, but if you look closely you see that there is not water on the other side of the canal. All that vegitation should have a foot of water or more sometimes in it. There is nothing. You can't hunt the canals, there are never any ducks in them. Just going to be a horrible year and sucks having to wait until next year to actually be able to duck hunt again. There are not really any spots on the iowa side to duck hunt on the mississippi either. It's just the main channel. Illinois has all the backwater.