South Central

This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

2BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 2/11/2019

Waterfowl numbers  Duck numbers from this past weekend are:  200 ducks, and 50 geese.
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  All marshes are planted to Japanese Millet and are full.
Hunting conditions

 Poor on the lake, marshes, and ponds due to freeze up.      

WARNING-New rip rap has been added to the Kingman State Lake dam and until the metal has been removed, it poses a hazard to hunters, fishermen, and their dogs. 

Expected hunting success Poor.   
Comments Hunters! Bids closed for the NAWCA wetland project as of 10/17/2017.  We started moving dirt the week of November 13, 2017 and the north project was completed last winter.  We will be flooding those marshes west and north of the lake with a shallow depth in order to not threaten the integrity of the dikes while perennial vegetation is being established.   Also, a new kayak/canoe launch has been installed on the dam just west of the refuge line to aid launching boats across the rip rap.  We will be adding a hardened surface beside it to better facilitate launching.  The south part of the NAWCA project in the old Bison Marsh was not started in 2018 due to wet conditions, however, it will be flooded and the work put off until 2019.    



CHENEY - Last Updated: 9/18/2018

Waterfowl numbers  No water fowl observed at this time
Water level  Above Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 3/7/2019

Waterfowl numbers Although present earlier in the week, no snow geese were observed on 3/7/19.  Dark geese and ducks (primarily mallards and pintail) remain abundant.  
Water levels 0.2 feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 3/7/19.    
Hunting conditions Difficult.  The lake was approximately 99% ice covered on 3/7/19.  Habitat conditions are slightly improved as compared to most years.  Food producing vegetation became established on lake fringes as a result of drought conditions and declining lake levels.  In mid-August rains returned and gradually filled the lake in early September.  Flooding in October, November, and December has diminished the quality of this vegetation however.    
Expected hunting success Poor.         
Comments Light Geese Conservation Order is open through April 30.  Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is CLOSED.  Dark Geese seasons are CLOSED.                



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 2/7/2019

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 700 Canada geese observed on 02/07.  Lake is approximately 10% ice covered.
Water level Approximately 0.23' above conservation elevation (1339') on 02/07.  
Hunting conditions Most of the summer the lake was approximately 4.5' below conservation pool.  Good moist soil production of vegetation has occurred along the exposed shore line and mud flat areas throughout the summer due to the low water levels.  With a fall raise in water level improved habitat conditions may enhance opportunities for waterfowl hunters.
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

NOTE: El Dorado Lake is located within the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Canada Geese: Nov. 7, 2018- Feb. 17, 2019

White-Fronted Geese: Jan. 26-Feb. 17, 2019

Light Geese: Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

Light Geese, Conservation Order:  Feb. 18-April 20, 2019



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/24/2019

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 200 waterfowl using the river at this time. 
Mallard Migration Rank=8 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Good
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair/Good
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 8-23, 2018

Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:18

Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

Season: November 10, 2018 - January 6, 2019 AND January 12-27, 2019

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 3/8/2019

Waterfowl numbers

ATTENTION:  i-Sportsman is REQUIRED to hunt this area.  All hunters MUST use the electronic daily hunt permit system!  Please check in, report your harvest, and check out using i-Sportsman for each and every hunt.

Spring conservation order snow goose season:  18 February - 30 April 2019.

Friday, 08 March 2019:

The recent trend of warmer temperatures has some of the ice cover finally melting away; however, as of Friday morning the wetlands were still approximately 90% frozen.  During the last week the spring migration has really picked up, with good numbers of ducks and geese arriving across the area.  Approximately 3,000 - 3,500 geese were observed on the property Thursday morning.  About half of the geese were snow geese.  Goose numbers are highly variable, and have been changing daily.  Scouting will be the key to finding a spot to shoot a few snow geese.  

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited, AND THE NORTH REFUGE UNIT IS NOW IN EFFECT, along with the south refuge in the Big Basin.

Current Information  The roads around the wildlife area are in decent condition.  Be prepared for changing road conditions as the next storm system approaches.
Water levels

Big Basin:  Most public hunting marshes are full.  

Chain of Lakes:  The boards have been pulled in the southwest unit to prep for cattail treatment.  The Southwestern College tract will not be dewatered until after the close of goose season.

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Most public hunting marshes are full.  

Hunting conditions Now that duck season has closed, the geese are beginning to use more of the wetlands, which should improve hunter success.
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments

ATTENTION:

MPWL has transitioned to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register with i-Sportsman prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Kansas hunters should be aware that iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required on 25 wildlife areas, including McPherson Valley Wetlands (check the 2018 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary or kdwpt.isportsman.net for a list).

iSportsman replaces the old paper permits and allows hunters to conveniently check in and out using a telephone, smartphone or home computer. As with the old paper system, information gathered helps area managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference. The paper system was inconvenient for hunters and labor intensive for managers. 

**THERE IS A "NO TRASH POLICY" IN EFFECT AT MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS.  PLEASE CARRY OUT WHATEVER YOU CARRY IN, INCLUDING EMPTY HULLS AND OTHER TRASH.  PLEASE TRY TO LEAVE YOUR HUNTING SPOT AS CLEAN OR CLEANER THAN IT WAS WHEN YOU ARRIVED.  THANKS!!!

REFUGE AREAS:   THE SOUTH REFUGE AREA IN THE BIG BASIN IS OFF-LIMITS TO ALL ACTIVITIES, AND THIS INCLUDES DUCK HUNTING.  THERE IS NO HUNTING OR PUBLIC ACCESS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED IN THE REFUGE!!

The Little Sinkhole/Farland Lake marsh unit is included in the EARLY low-plains duck zone (as is the rest of MPWL).

All shotgun hunters at McPherson Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 1/24/2019

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 80 waterfowl present on the area at this time.  Most of the waterfowl consist of mostly mallards.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:8

 This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water
 level
All pools have water in them.  Some are frozen shut.
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

SCWL is using a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at SCWL.  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.

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 8-23, 2018
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 27, 2018-Dec. 30, 2018 AND Jan. 19-27, 2019
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

Also, all shotgun hunters at Slate Creek 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 greasy. Please use caution and good judgment before entering these roadways.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620)-876-5730. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics.



MARION - Last Updated: 2/10/2019

Waterfowl Numbers

Current Duck Numbers: approximately 300 - primarily Mallard along with a few Ring-neck. 

Current Goose Numbers: somewhere between 4000-5000 depending on the time of day, mostly Snow with a few Canada geese mixed in.

Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=6  The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is at 1350.74 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Good.

Lake levels have been below conservation pool for all of 2018.  Some of the boat ramps are still closed.

There has been very good moist soil production on the shoreline and mudflats (yellow nut sedge, smartweed, barnyard grass), and this vegetation is starting to see significant flooding now that the water levels have started to rise.  Crops in the areas surrounding the reservoir have been poor due to drought this year.

Expected hunting success Fair.  Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily.
Comments Remember Marion Reservoir has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on.