Southeast

This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/15/2017

Waterfowl numbers

11/15/17
Ducks have been observed in the area using ponds extensively. Small numbers of ducks have been observed using Toronto Reservoir. Water levels in wetlands, dependent upon rainfall, are still low to dry. Waterfowl species observed in and around the area include: Canada geese, light geese, gadwall, mallards, green-winged teal.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 6-28, 2018. The season for Canada geese and light geese is open now and runs until Feb. 18. The season for white-fronted geese is open now and runs until Dec. 31, when it closes temporarily. It opens again from Jan. 27 to Feb. 28, 2018. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 19 to Apr. 30, 2018.

Water level Reservoir is 0.22' above conservation pool. The marsh on Hwy 54 remains empty until rain arrives to fill it.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% open.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments A new report will be posted weekly. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 11/16/2017

Waterfowl numbers We have been seeing around 3000 ducks.  Some mallards, teal, shovelers, gadwall, pintail, a few widgeon, and wood duck and divers.  No new push of ducks this week.  Most have been flying off the reservoir during the day.
Water level Reservoir near pool level.  Reservoir flooded up this summer 17 ft. Shoreline vegetation was impacted but recovered well. Wetlands west of town have limited water due to drier conditions in that area and limited run off.  Some smaller pools and ponds have received run off and are in better condition.
Hunting conditions Simmons Marsh upgrades started in August and are completed for the year.  A new Water Control Structure was installed in Simmons Marsh and dirt work is done for the year.  Borrow areas and shoreline erosion were repaired.  Some excellent smartweed responses.  Planted millet areas suffered during the drought period.
Expected hunting success Conditions good.  Hunting fair.  Big marshes need significant run off.
Comment For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/15/2017

Waterfowl numbers

11/15/17

A few small rafts of ducks were observed using Fall River Reservoir this week. Ponds continue to draw decent numbers of ducks. Canada geese have been using harvested corn fields. Water levels in wetlands are still low to dry due to lack of rain.

 

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 6-28, 2018. The season for Canada geese and light geese is open now and runs until Feb. 18. The season for white-fronted geese is open now and runs until Dec. 31, when it closes temporarily. It opens again from Jan. 27 to Feb. 28, 2018. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 19 to Apr. 30, 2018.

Water level 0.1' above conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% open.
Expected hunting success Based on numbers of waterfowl arriving in the area, success should be fair to good, depending on location.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly. For questions pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call: 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 11/8/2017

Waterfowl numbers  7500 Mallards, 2000 Divers, 1,500 Snow Geese, 300 Dark Geese.
Water level Current Level: 1041.64 Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0
Hunting conditions

Southeast Zone-  Opens Nov. 11, 2017 through December 31, 2017      and        January 6, 2018 through January 28, 2018

Fair, once again not much shoreline vegetation this year.

   DU Marsh is open, and consist of standing flooded Milo and Corn, only 50% of full water level.     Lower marsh will not be filled this season, as it needs a dry down and infrastructure project completion.  Upper Marsh below dam is open to hunting.  Ducks are loafing in open water thorough day. The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership, but should benefit all, as protected loafing areas that are out of the wind.

Expected hunting success  Should be very good.  Lots of birds roosting on lake at night, and loafing during day.
Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 11/17/2017

Waterfowl numbers 20,000 - 25,000 ducks--over half are mallards.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 4.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels Water levels good nearly everywhere.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Wetland vegetation is generally good with the exception of Unit G.  Unit G is being held full and will be lake-like for regular waterfowl season.
Hunting success Opening day:  403 ducks / 142 hunters = 2.8 hunter success.
Comments

All hunters must check-in daily using iSportsman electronic check-in from a PC, smartphone, or by phone before hunting and check out at the end of the hunt regardless of harvest.  We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman and check station requirements. Please remember to fill out the check-out report 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.  Go to:

https://kdwpt.isportsman.net

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.  Boats must have sufficient PFDs for occupants.

Go to MDCWA and click the "News" icon near the top for more information on general waterfowl habitat.  Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/17/2017

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)

11/17/2017 ( 9:00 AM )---3 Duck Marsh- 50 mallards

                      Willow Marsh- 100 mallards 

                      Sundance Marsh- No ducks at the time of survey

Lowmans's cove- mix of mallards and hooded mergansers 

Marsh of the swans- 

ACOE outlet park- 

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
Comments

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.



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/8/2017

Waterfowl numbers

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

20,000 ducks. 60% mallards, 40% mixed early season migrants (teal, pintail, gadwall, and wigeon).

150 Canada geese and 100 White-fronts

Mallard Migration Rank

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

MMR=4

0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

Pool 1- 190 acres 

Pool 2B - 15 Acres (Oxbow Area)

Pool 4A- 90 acres (12 inches)

Pool 4B- 45 acres

Pool 7- Full

South Unit- Moist soil Pools close to full. Timber-dry

 The areas that are currently available to be pumped this fall are Pools 1, 4A, 4B, and the South Unit (River flow dependent).  For more information on the water level conditions for upcoming season please see the area news by clicking link below and clicking on the "NEWS" icon.
      
Hunting conditions

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

Excellent.  Habitat conditions look extremely good as of August 22, 2017.  Please see the area news page for a breakdown of habitat types within each pool.  Click on link below for a current map of the area.

    

Expected hunting success

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

Good 

Thanks again for your patience during this period while renovation work is being completed.

Comments
SE Zone Youth Season November 4-5, 2017
SE Zone Regular Duck Season November 11 - Dec 31 and January 6 - 28 

If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks

Neosho WA requires all hunters to utilize the daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

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.

Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.

For additional area news please visit the area website at: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/26/2014

Waterfowl numbers 1500 ducks, 
Water level Lake is 972.41 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.