|Waterfowl numbers||Approximately 600 blue-winged teal, 75 mallards, 40 wood ducks, and 5 pintail observed on the area 28 August 2015.|
|Mallard Migration Rank|| |
This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)
|Water level||Fair to good. Recent rains have helped replenish some of the water lost during the hot summer months.|
|Hunting conditions||Moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area. Smartweed and barnyard grass production has been exceptional this year. Another good run-off rain would improve conditions.|
|Expected hunting success||Good.|
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).
We are currently producing a McPherson Valley Wetlands electronic newsletter that will be distributed bi-annually. The newsletter will highlight season results, upcoming projects, forecasted fall flights, and other information that hunters / users should be aware of if they plan to visit the area. If you are interested in recieving this newsletter please Click here.
For refuge locations, please see the link McPherson Wetlands brochure and map on the McPherson Wetlands web page for these changes or contact the area office for more information at (620)-241-7669.
All shotgun hunters at McPherson Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.
Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very muddy and slick. Please use caution and good judgement before entering these roadways. IF ROADS ARE WET, PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL ON THEM! It is very difficult and very expensive to get wrecker assistance once stuck.