St. Inegoes used to be very productive years ago before it recieved alot of presure, since then it has drastically gone down hill. As the years go on, the land has recieved more and more presure from new hunters, and me and my buddys have since seen our sucess go down. If your a new hunter, im not trying to pick on you or scare you away. Just giving you the truth of the matter. Ive seen alot of people break the rules down their, vandalizing the property and jumpshooting roosting geese. Their used to be thousands of geese down their, this year, many of the birds got scared off, and didnt come back. Its actually really unfortunate. As for the water, it is really shallow, with lots of underwater logs n concrete blocks which can be difficult to navigate in the dark if you are not familiar with the waters.Once out on the river, the water can pick up qiuck if you dont watch the wind(that goes for anywhre really-im sure you known that), and their is often some river ducks out thier late in the season, but many stay far offshore several hundred yards and just loaf around. Lastly their is limits on shooters at blindspots and reservations and permits that need to be obtained to use the spots their. DNR has been really active down thier, and many natural resource officers live in the houses down their.
For Newtowne, i think DNR was supposed to be re-opening it this year. That land does not recive to much presure that i Know of. I have hunted it in the past, but not any time lately, so I dont have much to tell you---sorry. However it could be good if it gets reopened!
In my personal opinion its best to find land that hasnt receive much presure. Recently theirs been a ton of new hunters with the duck dynasty surge. If you do choose to go the public land route, newtowne may be your best bett. THeirs also the river side blind spots at GREenwell wich dont recieve too mmuch presure anymore, and can produce alot of birds. Another spot that might be good to try is st marys lake for geese, just take a canoe. the birds their arent too gun shy cuase their used to seeing people, which could work to your advantage.
Lastly theirs private blind spots. Many hunters down here hunt using those. I would recomend that personally. If you havent done private blind spots before, just make sure to be considerate of previous hunters spots. Often times the smae hunters will get their same spots year after year, and everyone respects eachothers spots. Many other hunters put in alot of time scouting and making sure they can recive thier same annual spots. So as long as you respect that , dont take their spots and are friendly to everyone their, you might land a spot in some of their boats on a hunt later in the season.
I hope i gave you somewhat of a idea of what the public land is like. Im not trying to scare you off, just trying to help. No sense wasting a morning on a peice of land that is overhunted. So i hope this helped Goodluck man!!!!