McPherson Valley Wetlands Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers Approximately 800 blue-winged teal were observed on the area this week, with the majority in the Big Basin refuge.  There are also numerous wood ducks and shovelers mixed in with the teal, so be careful when selecting your targets.  As of 730am on September 22nd, 238 hunters had reported a harvest of 811 teal thus far, for an average of 3.36 teal per hunter.  Please report your harvest on i-Sportsman as required.  The hot weather this week has caused a decrease in teal and hunter activity, which has negatively impacted hunter success.  There is a cold front forecasted to push through the area this weekend, which hopefully will push fresh teal in for the final weekend of teal season.
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 several significant flood events.  As of September 9th, 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.
Comments

 **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!!

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 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.