|Waterfowl numbers||Approximately 1300 ducks and 400 geese were observed on the property 20 November 2015. The vast majority of the ducks are mallards, along with 350 lesser Canadas, 50 snows, and a few honkers. The remainder is a mix of gadwall, pintail, and a few divers. There is another major cold front forecasted to sweep across the area this weekend, which may bring freeze-up conditions to the marsh.|
|Mallard Migration Rank|| |
Current rank: 3
This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)
|Water levels||Fair in some of the pools, but the marshes are still losing water. The Big Basin unit has been hit the hardest, and several of the pools are now dry. The marshes at the Chain of Lakes unit are 99% dry. There is still a huntable amount of water in pools 2, 3, 4, 6, 13, and 14 at the Little Sinkhole unit. The area received approximately 1 1/2" of rain last week, which helped to stabilize water levels.|
|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 to good.|
Hunter success for this November 20th - 24th:
74 hunters reported a harvest of 55 ducks and 1 goose, for an average of 0.75 birds per hunter.
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!!
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. 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.