South Central

This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 8/26/2016

Waterfowl numbers  
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  I am currently flooding 1 marsh north of the lake with hopes of killing some of the cockle bur.  I am also flooding 2 marshes south of the highway to take advantage of this wet August.
Hunting conditions   WARNING-New rip rap has been added to the Kingman State Lake dam and until the metal has been removed, it poses a hazard to hunters, fishermen, and their dogs. 3 Marshes are planted to millet and should provide good attraction once the migration begins.   
Expected hunting success Isn't waiting for opening day tough?  We'll get there!
Comments The hunting permits required for the past several years have been eliminated. Hunters do not need a daily permit to hunt.



CHENEY - Last Updated: 2/5/2016

Waterfowl numbers  Canada 212, golden eye 88, Mallard 2, Merganser 21, Scaup 1, Buffle Head
Water level  above Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 3/24/2016

Waterfowl numbers No snow geese observed on 3/24.  Approximately 40 ducks (mixed species but primarily goldeneye), 7 Canada geese, and 4 coots.                     
Water levels 0.10' feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 3/24.
Hunting conditions Lake approximately 0% ice covered on 3/24.  Abundant precipitation throughout the month of May caused significant lake flooding (12.6' above conservation elevation) that persisted until early August.  Food producing vegetation could not become established on lake fringes because of the flood and late dewatering.  As such, few food resources will be available for waterfowl this season.  
Expected hunting success  Poor.   
Comments Duck and Dark Goose seasons are CLOSED.  Light Goose Conservation Order is in effect through April 30.         



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 4/1/2016

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks: Approximately 200 ducks of mixed species and 500 coots. 

Geese:  Approximately 70 Canada Geese.  No light geese observed.

Mallard Migration Rank = 1

Water level Lake is at 1338.42' as of 04/01 (conservation pool 1339.0')
Hunting conditions

Poor/Fair.  The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake.

Duck Hunting in the Low Plains Southeast Zone is Closed for the 2015-2016 Season. 

Dark Goose Seasons are closed.

Expected hunting success Fair.  Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily.
Comments

Teal Season - (Low Plains) Sept. 12-27, 2015

NOTE: El Dorado is located within the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Youth Season - Nov. 7-8, 2015

Regular Season - Nov. 14, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 AND Jan. 9-31, 2016

Canada Geese - Oct. 31, 2015 - Nov. 1, 2015 AND Nov. 4 - Feb. 14, 2016

White-Fronted Geese - Oct. 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 AND Jan. 23 - Feb. 14, 2016

Light Geese - Oct. 31, - Nov. 1, 2015 AND Nov. 4 - Feb. 14, 2016



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/27/2016

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 80 ducks using the river at this time.  There are some geese flying around the area in the mornings and evenings.
Mallard Migration Rank=10 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Fair/Good
Expected hunting success Fair/Good
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 12-27, 2015

Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:18

Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

Season: November 14 - January 3, 2016 AND January 9-31, 2016

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 8/26/2016

Waterfowl numbers Fair numbers of blue-winged teal, mallards, and Canada geese summered on the area.  Production was fair with several broods of each of these species observed during the summer months.  During the last couple of weeks, small flocks of migrant teal have begun to arrive at McPherson Valley Wetlands.  Teal numbers on the property are around 500 - 600 at this time.
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 0

This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers).

Water levels The area has received abundant rains this summer, with three distinct flood events.  As of 26 August 2016, the marshes are approximately 95% full.  There are a few marshes on the west side of the Big Basin that are not completely full, as attempts were made to de-water these pools to control vegetation.  
Hunting conditions Although the flooding caused it to mature late in the season, moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area.  Pondweed, annual smartweed, sprangletop, and barnyard grass production has really come on strong in the last month or so.  Due to the extremely wet conditions, vegetation manipulation was impossible in most of the marshes, but efforts to open up holes in the emergent vegetation will continue as season approaches.
Expected hunting success Good to excellent.  With the majority of the pools full to capacity, including the refuge pools, conditions at McPherson look very promising.
Comments

 **THERE IS A "NO TRASH POLICY" IN EFFECT AT MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS.  PLEASE CARRY OUT WHATEVER YOU CARRY IN, INCLUDING EMPTY HULLS AND OTHER TRASH.  PLEASE TRY TO LEAVE YOUR HUNTING SPOT AS CLEAN OR CLEANER THAN IT WAS WHEN YOU ARRIVED.  THANKS!!!

REFUGE AREAS:   THE NORTH AND SOUTH REFUGE AREAS IN THE BIG BASIN ARE OFF-LIMITS TO ALL ACTIVITIES, AND THIS INCLUDES DUCK HUNTING.  THERE IS NO HUNTING OR PUBLIC ACCESS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED IN THE REFUGES!!

MPWL has transitioned to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register with i-Sportsman prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

The Little Sinkhole/Farland Lake marsh unit is included in the EARLY low-plains duck zone (as is the rest of MPWL).

All shotgun hunters at McPherson Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 1/27/2016

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 75 ducks on the area at this time.  Mostly mallards and pintails.  All pools are open.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:10

 This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water
 level
All pools have water in them.
Hunting conditions Fair/Good
Expected hunting success Fair/Good
Comments

SCWL is using a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at SCWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 12-27, 2015
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 31, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016 AND Jan. 23-31, 2016
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

Also, all shotgun hunters at Slate Creek Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

 Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgment before entering these roadways.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620)-876-5730. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics.



MARION - Last Updated: 2/26/2016

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 485 Mallard, 315 Goldeneye, 50 Canada geese, with a few white-fronted mixed in, and a few Pintail, Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Teal, and Gadwalls were in the area on 2/25.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=3 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is currently 1350.89 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels have been near or above conservation pool for most of the year with an extended period of high water levels this summer. Moist soil plants like smart weed and barnyard grass are prominent around the reservoir with large patches of smart weed on the north end just west of the causeway bridge. 0% Ice coverage.
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments Remember the Reservoir now has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on. Bald Eagle can be seen around the reservoir at this time.