South Central

This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 1/29/2016

Waterfowl numbers Duck numbers are fluctuating around 200 for the entire wildlife area.  Goose numbers change by the minute from 0-500 as they come and go. All water is open.
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  All of the marshes north and west of the lake are full.  Two of the three marshes south of highway 54 are full.  Most ponds are full or filling.  1/29 found the lake, marshes and ponds open. 
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. Marshes have excellent food plants available once they get flooded. 
Expected hunting success Success will be limited unless birds move in in front of this coming storm.
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: 2/3/2016

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 40 Canada geese and 1,200 ducks (primarily merganser and goldeneye) observed on 2/3.               
Water levels 0.47' feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 2/3.
Hunting conditions Lake approximately 1% ice covered on 2/3.  Ice present in shallows and wind protected areas.  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 Low Plains Late Duck Zone season is CLOSED.  Canada goose season is open through Feb. 14.       



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 2/4/2016

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks: Approximately 1,200 ducks - mostly mallard, goldeneye, and merganser.  

Geese:  Approximately 500 Canada Geese. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 1

Water level Lake is at 1338.64' as of 02/04 (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. 

 

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: 2/5/2016

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 13,000 - 15,000 geese were observed on the property 05 February 2016. Goose numbers fluctuate greatly throughout the day. The majority of the geese are snows, but there are also good numbers of Canadas and white-fronts.
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 7

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

Water levels Due to the abundant fall moisture, water levels are excellent across the area.  As of 11am on 29 January, the marshes were approximately 50% frozen.  
Hunting conditions Moist soil vegetation was good to exceptional across the area.  Pondweed, annual smartweed, and barnyard grass production were exceptional this year.
Expected hunting success Fair to good, depending on weather conditions. 
Comments

The Low Plains Early Zone duck season at McPherson Valley Wetlands is NOW CLOSED FOR THE YEAR.  A total harvest of 2,706 ducks has been reported thus far; however, this number will increase a little as the last few hunters check out of i-Sportsman.

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!!

PLEASE CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT WITH EITHER THE i-SPORTSMAN PROGRAM OR PAPER DAILY PERMITS!  PLEASE DO NOT USE BOTH. 

MPWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register 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.

ATTENTION ALL HUNTERS:

In preparation for the transition from paper hunt permits to i-Sportsman, there has been a reduction in the number of daily hunt permit stations (also known as “Iron Rangers”) on the property.  Historically there have been ten daily hunt permit stations on the property; however, this year there will be five.  The locations of these five permit stations are listed below.

Big Basin Marshes:

#1 – South off Mohawk Road on the driveway going to the Area Headquarters / Office

#2 – Pools 1 and 14 parking lot, at the east end of Limestone Road off 8th Avenue

Chain of Lakes Marshes:

#3 – Just south of the intersection of 9th Avenue and Frontier Road, on the west side of the unit

Little Sinkhole Marshes:

#4 – 10th Avenue, between Arapaho and Buckskin roads, at the sunflower field

#5 – Just north of the intersection of 9th Avenue and Arrowhead Road

 

Please plan ahead and register for i-Sportsman prior to hunting McPherson Valley Wetlands, or plan on obtaining a daily hunt permit at one of the five functional permit stations listed above.   

 

ALSO, BE AWARE THAT HALF OF THE PARKING LOT AT POOLS 8 – 12, IN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE LITTLE SINKHOLE MARSHES, IS UNDER WATER.  PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE OR PARK VEHICLES IN THE WATER.  THANKS!

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: 2/5/2016

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 1,500 Mallard, 750 Goldeneye, 1000 Canada geese, with a few white-fronted mixed in, and 7,000 light geese were in the area on 2/4.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=7 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 1350.84 (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. 30% 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. Peak numbers of Bald Eagle can be seen around the reservoir at this time.