|Waterfowl numbers|| |
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.
Mallard Migration Rank = 1 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)
12/07/2017 ( 9:00 AM )---3 Duck Marsh- 50 mallards
Willow Marsh- 25 mallards
Sundance Marsh- No ducks at the time of survey
Refuge- A few mallards and diving ducks
East of South Hoch Bridge- 100+ mallards
Marsh of the swans- 0
|Water level||Lake level = 1033.00; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00. 0% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.|
|Hunting conditions||Japanese and German millet (50/50 mix) has been drilled in all 3 of our wetlands and is flush from great growing conditions throughout the summer. Millet as well as Milo was planted in alternating strips throughout all of our wetlands to provide varying structure heights as well as options for ducks to feed on moist soil vegetation and grains. Varying food sources an abundance of invertebrates should provide enough food for the ducks to hang around all season.|
|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.