South Central

This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 8/8/2017

Waterfowl numbers Hunters! Permits have been sent in for the NAWCA wetland project as of 8/1/2017.  We expect to be moving dirt withing 60 days.  Should that occur, many of the marshes west of Kingman State Lake and also the bison marsh will not be flooded in 2017 as the dikes will be newly constructed and won't have vegetation established.  Please bear with us on this project and the ultimate results will provide improved waterfowl attraction in the future! 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is 3/4 full.  All marshes are dry.
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. 
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: 9/22/2017

Waterfowl numbers Blue wing teal 13, Canada goose 54, Mallard 18
Water level  Below Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 9/21/2017

Waterfowl numbers No teal observed on 9/21.                              
Water levels 0.6' feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 9/21.
Hunting conditions The lake flooded in late March and generally remained flooded into early July.  Flooding peaked in mid-April (6.4') and the lake remained full into September.  Food producing vegetation could not become established on lake fringes because of the floods and full lake levels.  As such, few food resources will be available for waterfowl this season.  
Expected hunting success Poor.    
Comments Low Plains Teal Season is Sept. 9-24.         



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 9/21/2017

Waterfowl Numbers No teal observed on 9/21.  About a dozen mallards and 75 Canada geese. 
Water level Approximately 0.75' below conservation elevation (1339') on 9/21.  
Hunting conditions The lake flooded in late March and generally remained flooded into late June.  Flooding peaked in late-May (5.2') and the lake remained full into September.  Food producing vegetation could not become established on lake fringes because of the floods and full lake levels.  As such, few food resources will be available for waterfowl this season.  
Expected hunting success Poor.  
Comments

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

Low Plains Teal Season is Sept. 9-24. 



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/22/2017

Waterfowl numbers There were no teal observed using the river at this time. 
Mallard Migration Rank=0 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Low
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 9-24, 2017

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 11, 2017 - December 31, 2017 AND January 6-28, 2018

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 9/15/2017

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, 15 September 2017:

Teal season opened Saturday, 09 September and closes on Sunday, 24 September.

After months with little rainfall, the majority of the wetlands are currently dry and the wildlife area is holding low numbers of teal.  A survey of the area on Friday, 15 September resulted in an estimate of 250 ducks on the entire property, about half of which were teal.  See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

For the first week of season, 99 hunters reported a harvest of 104 teal, for an average of about 1 bird per hunter.

Remember that all activities in the 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

 Big Basin:  The only marshes with huntable water are Pools 4, 7, and 8.

Chain of Lakes:  This unit is 99% dry, with only a small slash of water on the far east side.  Be aware of the property boundary and stay off of private land to the east.

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Although still limited, this unit has the most water by far, with about half of the wetlands holding at least some huntable water.

Groundwater pumping efforts have been in full swing for 3 weeks, but with the extremely dry conditions pumping provides only a limited opportunity.  I may shut the pumps off and save some water to pump once later in the season once it rains a little and / or cools off.   With the forecasted temperatures and high winds for the next week, what little water is left will disappear quickly.

Hunting conditions The limited availability of water is going to cause crowded conditions, so please be safe and careful, and plan accordingly.  The dry conditions have allowed for extensive wetland management this summer, with efforts focused on the Big Basin.  Many acres of cattail, canary grass, and perennial smartweed have been removed through disking, mowing, and herbicide application, and over 100 acres of millet was planted in the disked areas.  Moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area: annual smartweed, sprangletop, and barnyard grass production has really come on strong in the last month or so...  the waterfowl food is there, the area just needs some rain!!! 
Expected hunting success Poor to fair, but that could improve considerably with a much needed shot of rain.
Comments

ATTENTION:

 
 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.

Kansas hunters should be aware that iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required on 24 wildlife areas, including McPherson Valley Wetlands (check the 2017 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary or kdwpt.isportsman.net for a list).

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: 9/22/2017

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 20 teal present at this time.  
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 some water in them, except for pool 5 & 6 are dry.
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
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. 9-24, 2017
  • 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. 28, 2017-Dec. 31, 2017 AND Jan. 20-28, 2018
  • 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: 9/8/2017

Waterfowl Numbers A few blue wing teal have been seen on the area, but are only making a brief stay before moving on.
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 1349.59 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels had been near conservation pool for most of 2017, and have dropped to approximately a foot low late this summer. Areas around the reservoir have fair amounts of food, but there hasn't been very much production on the shoreline or mudflats. 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.