This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports
BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 1/25/2017
|Waterfowl numbers||For the entire area, 500 ducks and 100 geese estimated. Most are mallards, gadwall and widgeon. Most of the birds are staying off of the area or flying up the river.|
|Water level||Kingman State Fishing Lake is full. All north marshes are full and 2 of the 3 south marshes are full.|
|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||Limited|
|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: 1/19/2017
|Waterfowl numbers||Canada 750, mallard 1000, shovler 1|
|Water level||at Conservation Pool|
|Hunting conditions||poor on the reservoir|
|Expected hunting success||poor|
COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 3/23/2017
|Waterfowl numbers||No snow geese. Approximately 800 ducks (mixed species), and 14 Canada geese observed on 3/23.|
|Water levels||1.5' feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 3/23.|
|Hunting conditions||The lake flooded in late May (8.0') and was full during the remainder of the summer. Food producing vegetation could not become established on lake fringes because of the flood and full lake levels. As such, few food resources will be available for waterfowl this season.|
|Expected hunting success||Poor.|
|Comments||Light Goose Conservation Order is in effect through April 30.|
EL DORADO - Last Updated: 3/23/2017
|Waterfowl Numbers|| |
Ducks: 19 BW Teal, 11 Mallards. 64 Coots were also observed.
Geese: 28 Canada Geese. No Light Geese Observed.
|Water level||No Current Report Available (conservation pool 1339.0').|
|Hunting conditions||Fair. The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake.|
|Expected hunting success||Duck season is CLOSED. Canada and White-Fronted Goose is season is CLOSED. Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily. This will be the last report for the 2016/17 season.|
Teal Season - (Low Plains) Sept. 10-25, 2016
NOTE: El Dorado is located within the Low Plains Southeast Zone.
Youth Season - Nov. 5-6, 2016
Regular Season - Nov. 12, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 7-29, 2017
Canada Geese - Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017
White-Fronted Geese - Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 21 - Feb. 12, 2017
Light Geese - Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017
KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/27/2017
|Waterfowl numbers||There are approximately 20 ducks and 8 geese was observed using the river at this time.|
|Mallard Migration Rank=8||The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).|
|Water level||Running a little high.|
|Expected hunting success||Poor|
TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE
Season: Sept. 10-25, 2016
Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
Daily bag limit:6
Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp
DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE
Season: November 12, 2016 - January 1, 2017 AND January 7-29, 2017
Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)
Daily bag limit:6
Possession limit:Three times the daily limit
MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 3/3/2017
|Waterfowl numbers|| |
ATTENTION: i-Sportsman is back up and running, and all hunters are REQUIRED to use the new system! Please check in, report your harvest, and check out using the mandatory electronic hunt permit system. Thanks!
Friday, March 3, 2017:
The Low Plains Early Zone duck season ended on January 1st. Preliminary results indicate that harvest was very similar to last season, with 1,655 hunters reporting a harvest of 2,379 ducks, for an average of 1.44 ducks per hunter.
The Light Goose Conservation Season is now open, and light geese are the only legal species. Approximately 2,200 snow geese were surveyed on the area this week, but goose numbers change with each passing day. Warmer weather and south winds should bring another round of geese through the area this weekend as they head north.
Remember that the north refuge in the Big Basin became off limits on October 1st, and all activities in both the south and the north refuge areas are prohibited.
|Mallard Migration Rank|| |
Current rank: 2
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 several significant flood events. 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. The remaining pools in the Big Basin are at, or near, capacity. The Chain of Lakes marshes have lost a lot of water over the last few weeks, with only small pools remaining in some of the marshes. The Little Sinkhole marshes are in good shape, with the majority at, or near, capacity.|
|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 progresses.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair to good, depending on weather conditions.|
Kansas hunters should be aware that iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required on 24 wildlife areas, including McPherson Valley Wetlands (check the2016 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary or kdwpt.isportsman.net for a list). The electronic permit system has been in place for two years, and after a few issues in the last two weeks is now fully functional, fast, and efficient.
iSportsman replaces the old paper permits and allows hunters to conveniently check in and out using a telephone, smartphone or home computer. As with the old paper system, information gathered helps area managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference. The paper system was inconvenient for hunters and labor intensive for managers.
**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 SOUTH REFUGE AREA IN THE BIG BASIN IS OFF-LIMITS TO ALL ACTIVITIES, AND THIS INCLUDES DUCK HUNTING. THERE IS NO HUNTING OR PUBLIC ACCESS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED IN THE REFUGE!!
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: 1/27/2017
|There are approximately 20 ducks present at this time. Some of the pools are have ice on them.|
This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)
|All pools have water in them.|
|Expected hunting success||Poor|
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
DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE
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: 2/23/2017
|Waterfowl Numbers||Approximately 300 Canada Geese, 25 White-Fronted Geese, 500 Snow Geese, 50 Mallard, 40 Wigeon, 200 Pintail, and 150 Goldeneye were seen on and around the reservoir.|
|Mallard Migration Rating||Current Rating=2 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 1348.65 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)|
|Hunting conditions||Fair. Lake levels had been near or above conservation pool for most of 2016 with some periods of high water levels late last summer. A two foot winter draw down has recently exposed some shoreline, and mudflats on the north end and in some of the shallow coves. 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.|