McPherson Valley Wetlands
Since the opening of teal season, I have had several hunters ask me about hunting the south refuge in the Big Basin unit. This area is known to many as "the fish farm." THIS REFUGE AREA IS OFF-LIMITS TO ALL ACTIVITIES YEAR-ROUND, AND THIS INCLUDES TEAL HUNTING. THERE IS NO HUNTING OR PUBLIC ACCESS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED IN THE SOUTH REFUGE!! The north refuge in the Big Basin unit (the area around the office / headquarters) is a refuge-in-time and is closed to all public activites from October 1st to April 1st annually.
2015 Dove Management
UPDATE - 25 September 2015
McPherson Valley Wetlands will have one, 62-acre sunflower field for dove hunting during the 2015 season. The field is located one mile north of Arapaho Road on 10th Avenue, southeast of Inman, in the Little Sinkhole Unit. The May planting of sunflowers was flooded out, but the June planting of sunflowers is looking good; however, the flowers will not be mature for the September 1st dove opener and they will not be mowed or harvested until after the season is open. As a result, this field should provide better opportunities for dove hunting later in September. This field is open to ALL hunters, and non-toxic shot is required. All hunters are required to either obtain and complete a free daily hunt permit, available on the property, or use the i-Sportsman electronic hunt permit system. Hunters are encouraged to use i-Sportsman instead of the paper hunt permits as i-Sportsman will be required of all hunters in 2016. Please see the KDWPT website to complete the registration process for i-Sportsman.
The dove hunting has continued to be slow in the sunflower field, although the sunflowers are beginning to ripen. The blackbirds are beginning to pick lots of seed from the sunflowers, and there is starting to be a fair amount of seed scattered on the ground. Hopefully the doves will find it soon!
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 DUE TO RECENT RAINS. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE OR PARK VEHICLES IN THE WATER. THANKS!
For additional information please contact the McPherson Valley Wetlands office at (620) 241-7669.
Staff at the McPherson Valley Wetlands will be producing a newsletter that will include season results, upcoming projects, special opportunities, fall flights, and other information that hunters / users may need to know if planning to visit the area. The newsletter will be produced bi-annually, prior to hunting season (mid August to mid September) and following waterfowl season (mid March to mid April). This document will be distributed electronically, and if you are interested in getting on the mailing list Click here.
The newsletter is an attempt to get information to more of our constituents since attendance at our public informational meeting has been very low due to a variety of reasons.
In the past, area staff has (after the fact) been informed of regulation violations during the hunting season. Even though selective law enforcement by Public Lands and Law Enforcement division employees, is done routinely at the wetlands, we can't be everywhere all the time. If you witness a violation, please call the area office at (620)-241-7669 and leave a description of the violation including the vehicle tag number if possible.