Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area News
Wetland habitat for fall 2015 is rated fair to excellent.
Unit A-East: Japanese millet was aerially seeded with excellent results. In addition to Japanese millet, there was good production of wild millet in this unit.
Unit A-North: Buckwheat was planted and produced abundant seed. While buckwheat can produce excellent waterfowl food, hunting can be a challenge due to lack of concealing cover.
C and F Units: These units were managed for moist-soil plant production and results have been generally good with diverse plant composition and good food production.
Unit E: This unit cannot be supplied with pumped water. This unit will have little water unless we get significant runoff rains.
Unit F-West: Trees (pin oaks and pecans) have been planted on about 9 acres on the west side of this unit. These trees will provide flooded timber hunting when mature. The area between rows of trees will continue to be managed for moist-soil plant production as trees mature.
Unit G: Wild millet is the dominant vegetation in Unit G. Insect infestation has dramatically impacted production in this unit--millet is producing fair quantities of seed, but is very short and hunters will find it difficult to hide. Cocklebur dominates higher elevations.
Refuge Units: Unit C-North had fair to good food production. Food production was only fair in the Unit B refuge units.
Cocklebur: Late season drought dramatically increased the abundance and vigor of cocklebur at Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area—most notably in Units A-East, C-North, and G. Food production was often complete before cocklebur developed so in some instances habitat is still good for waterfowl, but hunters will find the burrs to be an annoyance.
Corn: wet spring conditions and flooding prevented planting of corn in wetland units. Flooded corn will be unavailable in fall, 2015.
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River boat ramp: The Marais des Cygnes River boat ramp located just north of E 1700 Rd is closed due to excessive silt accumulation.