|Waterfowl numbers|| |
Regular duck season is Closed!
Goose Season is Closed!
Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the numbers of waterfowl on the area.
With colder weather expected the duck and geese numbers seem to be average for this point in the year.
Mallard Migration Rank = 2 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)
02/16/2017---3 Duck Marsh-150 mallards, 20 pintails, 50 canvasbacks, 10 ringnecks.
Willow Marsh-150 mallards, 20 pintails, 20 canvasbacks, 3 buffleheads.
Sundance Marsh-25 mallards, 50 pintails.
50-100 Mallards using Melvern Lake.
50-100 Golden eyes on Melvern Lake.
40-50 coots on Melvern Lake.
200-300 Canadian geese throughout the wildlife area.
Duck and goose numbers are average to poor on the lake where there is open water.
|Water level||Lake level = 1034.27; Conservation pool = 1036. Target goal for the lake is 1034.00. 40% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.|
|Hunting conditions|| |
Due to frequent river flooding and high water levels throughout the growing season, the vegetation and seed production has been reduced on many wetlands. Japanese millet has been planted in all 3 of our wetlands as well as an abundance of invertebrates should provide enough food for the ducks to hang around all season.
Willow, Sundance, and 3-Duck marsh have all been pumped prior to the big duck season, many of our wetlands are holding a good amount of water due to our pumping efforts.
|Expected hunting success||Average|
All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ For more information (click here). Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Road.
Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.
The Refuge Area is CLOSED October 1st through January 15th.
We are currently in the process constructing our new 2017 Marsh. We have put some money together from local donors to aid in this project. If you are interested in helping with this project call the Wildlife Area office at (620) 699-3372.