This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports
BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 10/14/2016
|Waterfowl numbers||100-150 ducks are on the area.|
|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: 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|
COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 10/20/2016
|Waterfowl numbers||Approximately 550 ducks (mixed species but primarily gadwall) and 420 coots observed on 10/20.|
|Water levels||0.12' feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 10/20.|
|Hunting conditions||The lake flooded in late May (8.0') and has been 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|
Low Plains Late Zone Youth Season is October 22-23.
Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is October 29 - January 1, 2017 and January 21 - 29, 2017.
EL DORADO - Last Updated: 10/7/2016
|Waterfowl Numbers|| |
Ducks: A few local Mallards and Wood Ducks observed.
Geese: Approximately 250 Canada Geese.
Mallard Migration Rank = 0
|Water level||Lake is at 1340.33' as of 10/07 (conservation pool 1339.0').|
|Hunting conditions||Poor. The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake.|
|Expected hunting success||Poor for the upcoming duck season. Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily.|
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: 10/20/2016
|Waterfowl numbers||There are a few ducks was observed using the river at this time.|
|Mallard Migration Rank=1||The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).|
|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: 10/21/2016
|Waterfowl numbers|| |
ATTENTION: i-Sportsman is back up and running! Please check in, report your harvest, and check out using the mandatory electronic hunt permit system. Thanks!
The cooler weather and the full moon helped bring in a fresh batch of migrants over the last week. Although waterfowl numbers are not as high as we would like to see, there has been an appreciable increase of waterfowl on the property. A survey of the area on Friday, October 21st resulted in an estimate of 1,750 - 2,000 ducks on the property. The three most abundant species are green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, and gadwall. Species diversity has increased as the bluewings head south and we pick up more pintail, shoveler, wigeon, and a few divers. The first split of duck season opened Saturday, October 8th and runs through December 4th. 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: 1
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. The area has plenty of water and food, we just need steady cold fronts to push in new migrants.|
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: 10/20/2016
|There are approximately 175 ducks on the area at this time.|
This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)
|All pools have water in them.|
|Expected hunting success||Poor/Fair|
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: 10/21/2016
|Waterfowl Numbers||Approximately 50 Coot were seen on the reservoir on 10/21. Other waterfowl numbers remain low at the time.|
|Mallard Migration Rating||Current Rating=0 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 1350.48 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)|
|Hunting conditions||Fair. Lake levels have been near or above conservation pool for most of the year with some periods of high water levels late this summer. Moist soil plants like smart weed and barnyard grass can be found in the lowland areas around the reservoir, and there is abundant vegetation for hunting cover. 0% Ice coverage.|
|Expected hunting success||Poor.|
|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.|