|Waterfowl numbers||Fair numbers of blue-winged teal, mallards, and Canada geese summered on the area. Production was fair with several broods of each of these species observed during the summer months. During the last couple of weeks, small flocks of migrant teal have begun to arrive at McPherson Valley Wetlands. Teal numbers on the property are around 500 - 600 at this time.|
|Mallard Migration Rank|| |
Current rank: 0
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 three distinct flood events. As of 26 August 2016, the marshes are approximately 95% full. 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.|
|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 approaches.|
|Expected hunting success||Good to excellent. With the majority of the pools full to capacity, including the refuge pools, conditions at McPherson look very promising.|
**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 NORTH AND SOUTH REFUGE AREAS IN THE BIG BASIN ARE OFF-LIMITS TO ALL ACTIVITIES, AND THIS INCLUDES DUCK HUNTING. THERE IS NO HUNTING OR PUBLIC ACCESS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED IN THE REFUGES!!
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 back harvest similar to the paper daily permits. Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.
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.