Perry Waterfowl Report -
|Waterfowl numbers|| |
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 11/24/2015 and about 3,000 ducks were observed, primarily on the main lake. More mallards are beginning to show up, some other species such as Redheads, Shovelers, Gadwalls, and Goldeneyes were also observed. Just under 1,000 Canada Geese were observed which was also primarily on the lake, a small flock of Snow Geese were observed as well. Ducks in the area are figuring out where they can be and not be pressured, some new ducks on another cold front will improve hunting success.
Kyle West is currently too low to launch boats due to significant loss of water over the last couple months. We will be relying on rainfall from here on to get Kyle West full enough to launch boats.
Mallard Migration Rank = 3 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
|Lake level||0.2 feet above conservation pool.|
|Habitat conditions|| |
We are finished pumping in Kyle Marsh and will nearly finish pumping in West River by the end of this week.
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||Fair|
Due to late flood events early this summer, we were unable to do much work within most wetlands. Most wetlands are relying on natural vegetation only which was also affected by the late flooding.
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: Kyle Marsh East was drained this spring but did not dry all the way out. Quality vegetation growth is primarily in the east pool with some American Lotus beginning to show up along the dike. East- HCR-7 with mostly natural vegetation grew in the East Unit and some Browntop Millet being spread. Kyle West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source.
You can launch boats into Kyle East currently, however Kyle West is still too low.
West River: An abundance of moist soil plants are growing and areas of mud flats were sown to Browntop Millet and a Sorghum mix. North- HCR-6, South- HCR-6.
Upper Ferguson: Water was held after the flooding leading to fair moist soil vegetation growth with some American Lotus beginning to show up. HCR-6.
Lassister: West Lassiter pool was drained this spring and worked for corn planting however do to the flooding the corn did not survive. However, the vegetation response was good. Some water was held in the East unit after the flood, East- HCR-7. West- HCR-7 with some Sorghum mix planted.
Northwest: Planting corn was also attempted in this unit and failed due to flooding. The East structure is currently still removed and will be installed soon. HCR-7 with some Browntop Millet spread in areas.
Headquarters: Water was held this spring and the natural vegetation growth has been good. HCR-7.
Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was held this summer. Vegetation growth has been fair. HCR-6.
Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been good this summer with some browntop millet spread. HCR-8.
Reichart: Reichart marsh had water held in the NW unit and the vegetation growth was fair. Water was drained out of the SW and E units and vegetation growth was good. HCR-7.
Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.
Perry WA is transitioning 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.