South Central

This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 9/16/2016

Waterfowl numbers 100-150 teal are on the area.  These are mixed in with just as many wood ducks, so caution in duck ID is necessary! 
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 Fair! 
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: 9/23/2016

Waterfowl numbers No ducks observed on 9/23.                         
Water levels 0.77' feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 9/23.
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 Poor, unless new birds arrive with approaching cold front.     
Comments Low Plains Teal Season is September 10-25.           



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 9/23/2016

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks:  No ducks observed.

Geese:  Approximately 250 Canada Geese. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 0

Water level Lake is at 1339.7' as of 09/23 (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 teal season.  Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily.
Comments

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: 9/22/2016

Waterfowl numbers There are a few teal 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).
Water level High
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 10-25, 2016

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 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: 9/22/2016

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 800 blue-winged teal were observed on the area this week, with the majority in the Big Basin refuge.  There are also numerous wood ducks and shovelers mixed in with the teal, so be careful when selecting your targets.  As of 730am on September 22nd, 238 hunters had reported a harvest of 811 teal thus far, for an average of 3.36 teal per hunter.  Please report your harvest on i-Sportsman as required.  The hot weather this week has caused a decrease in teal and hunter activity, which has negatively impacted hunter success.  There is a cold front forecasted to push through the area this weekend, which hopefully will push fresh teal in for the final weekend of teal season.
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 several significant flood events.  As of September 9th, 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 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!!

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 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: 9/22/2016

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 30 teal on the area at this time and 50 around the wetlands.  Hopefully this next front will push more down this weekend.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:1

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

Water
 level
All pools have water in them.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair
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. 10-25, 2016
  • 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. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 21-29, 2017
  • 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: 9/23/2016

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 20 Canada Geese were using the reservoir on 9/23.
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 1351.21 (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.