|Waterfowl numbers||The conservation season on light geese remains open; however, only 23 light geese were observed during the area survey on March 16th. There are good numbers of ducks across the property providing excellent viewing and photography opportunities.|
|Mallard Migration Rank|| |
Current rank: 6
This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers).
|Water levels||Due to the abundant fall moisture, water levels are excellent across the area. As of 11am on 12 February, the marshes were almost completely open water, with only about 5% ice cover.|
|Hunting conditions||Moist soil vegetation was good to exceptional across the area. Pondweed, annual smartweed, and barnyard grass production were exceptional this year.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair to good, depending on weather conditions.|
The Low Plains Early Zone duck season and the dark goose season at McPherson Valley Wetlands are NOW CLOSED FOR THE YEAR.
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!!
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.