|Waterfowl numbers||Approximately 860 ducks were observed on the property 01 October 2015. This estimate includes 375 blue-winged teal, 125 green-winged teal, and 60 mallards; with the remainder being a mix of pintail, wigeon, gadwall, wood ducks, and shovelers.|
|Mallard Migration Rank|| |
This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)
|Water level||Fair in most of the pools, with some pools still holding good amounts of water. The marshes could really use another rain event to get them primed for the upcoming general season.|
|Hunting conditions||Moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area. Pondweed, annual smartweed, and barnyard grass production has been exceptional this year.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair.|
TEAL SEASON SUMMARY:
At the conclusion of teal season, 515 hunters completed either a paper daily hunt permit or registered their activities through i-Sportsman. These hunters reported a total harvest of 888 teal, for a season long average of 1.72 teal per hunter.
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 DUCK HUNTING. THERE IS NO HUNTING OR PUBLIC ACCESS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED IN THE SOUTH REFUGE!!
The north refuge went in to effect on October 1st, and is now off-limits to all activities.
PLEASE CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT WITH EITHER THE i-SPORTSMAN PROGRAM OR PAPER DAILY PERMITS! PLEASE DO NOT USE BOTH.
MPWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman. Hunters will need to register 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.
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!
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.