|Waterfowl numbers|| |
ATTENTION: i-Sportsman is back up and running! Please check in, report your harvest, and check out using the mandatory electronic hunt permit system. Thanks!
The cooler weather and the full moon helped bring in a fresh batch of migrants over the last week. Although waterfowl numbers are not as high as we would like to see, there has been an appreciable increase of waterfowl on the property. A survey of the area on Friday, October 21st resulted in an estimate of 1,750 - 2,000 ducks on the property. The three most abundant species are green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, and gadwall. Species diversity has increased as the bluewings head south and we pick up more pintail, shoveler, wigeon, and a few divers. The first split of duck season opened Saturday, October 8th and runs through December 4th. Remember that the north refuge in the Big Basin became off limits on October 1st, and all activities in both the south and the north 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||The area has received abundant rains this summer, with several significant flood events. 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. The remaining pools in the Big Basin are at, or near, capacity. The Chain of Lakes marshes have lost a lot of water over the last few weeks, with only small pools remaining in some of the marshes. The Little Sinkhole marshes are in good shape, with the majority at, or near, capacity.|
|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 progresses.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair. The area has plenty of water and food, we just need steady cold fronts to push in new migrants.|
Kansas hunters should be aware that iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required on 24 wildlife areas, including McPherson Valley Wetlands (check the2016 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary or kdwpt.isportsman.net for a list). The electronic permit system has been in place for two years, and after a few issues in the last two weeks is now fully functional, fast, and efficient.
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.