Perry Waterfowl Report -
|Waterfowl numbers|| |
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 2/7/17 and around 500 dark geese were observed. A good mix of ducks are in the area as well including Mallards, Redheads, Goldeneyes, Pintails, and Hooded Mergansers. Reminder that duck season is closed, but Dark Goose season is open through 2/12/2017. Some wetlands have froze up with recent cold temperatures and the Delaware River is open and boat ramps are clear for launching.
*DON'T FORGET TO USE THE ISPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM WHEN HUNTING AT PERRY WILDLIFE AREA. THE SYSTEM EXPERIENCED SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES RECENTLY BUT IS NOW UP AND WORKING. IF THE SYSTEM EXPERIENCES DIFFICULTIES WE WILL TRY TO UPDATE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE ON HERE WITH THE CURRENT STATUS.
Mallard Migration Rank = 6 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
|Lake level||2.0 feet above conservation pool.|
|Habitat conditions|| |
The East Unit of Kyle Marsh is completely full and has water flowing over into the West Unit. Launching into the West Unit is now possible as well.
We are currently in the process of working with Ducks Unlimited to apply for a grant to build a Marsh Pump to pump NorthWest and Reichart marshes. We have put some money together from local donors to aid in this project. If you are interested in helping with this project call the Wildlife Area office at (785) 945-6615.
|Expected hunting success||Poor to Fair|
Perry was once again hit with multiple flood events, however this year the flood were much earlier in the season which allowed us to get work done in multiple pools and the native wetland vegetation is in much better condition than last year.
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat
Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools. Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.
Kyle: The East Unit of Kyle was drained this past spring and dried down well throughout the summer allowing for very good growth of native wetland vegetation within it. American Lotus has continued to grow in the southwest corner of the unit along the dike due to poor drainage of that area. This August we dug the ditch out along the dike to allow for better drainage of this area to hopefully begin controlling the Lotus in years to come. USE CAUTION WHEN WALKING OFF THE DIKE FROM THE WATER CONTROL STRUCTURE TO THE BEND OF THE DIKE BEFORE IT TURNS NORTH AS WATER LEVELS MAY BE OVER YOUR WADERS DUE TO DIGGING THE DITCH OUT ALONG THE DIKE. Kyle East- HCR-8. Kyle West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source since the West unit water level is unmanageable at this point. Where water levels dropped around the edges the native vegetation did have a chance to grow.
West River: Once again, with help from the Leavenworth Ducks Unlimited Chapter we were able to spread Japanese Millet and Sorghum in both the upper and lower units of West River. Due to the timing of floods this year some portions of the marsh grew up large pockets of cocklebur some of which we sprayed and we plan on mowing some as well. North- HCR-8, South- HCR-8. Units are full.
Upper Ferguson: The spring flooding came off in plenty of time and native vegetation grew very well and the Leavenworth DU chapter also helped in spreading millet/sorghum in this wetland as well. This is our refuge marsh and closes October 1st through January 15th. Some of the best native vegetative growth on the area. HCR-10. Unit is full.
Lassister: Water was held in Lassiter West and water levels are still up near full. HCR-4 by holding water we sacrificed our chances for good native vegetative growth and good amounts of cattails began to show up as well. Lassiter East was drained and some Millet/Sorghum was planted and is growing well. Lassiter East is currently full as well. HCR-7
Northwest: Some corn was planted along with German Millet/Sorghum. The east water control structure was out for last years season and we have equipment currently on site to set the new structure in the next few weeks. HCR-7 with some supplemental food sources planted and still battling a reed canary grass issue over portions of the unit.
Headquarters: Water was held this spring and the natural vegetation growth has been decent due to the shallow water and some evaporation that occured. HCR-6. Unit is full.
Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was drawn down this spring and the vegetative growth was decent. Some American Lotus and Cockleburs were sprayed in this unit as well. HCR-6. Unit is full.
Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been good this summer with some German Millet spread as well. HCR-8. Unit is full.
Reichart: Reichart marsh had water held in the NW unit and the vegetation growth was decent. Water was drained out of the SW and E units and vegetation growth was good. We also planted some corn and German Millet in those two pools as well. This unit is full due to flooding late this summer. HCR-7.
Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.
Perry WA has transitioned to a new daily permit system called iSportsman. Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Perry WA. Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits. Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.
Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.