South Central

This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

20MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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.

Friday, 20 September 2019:

Teal Season in the LPEZ will be 14 - 29 September 2019.  Teal season got off to a slower start in comparison to the last few years.  For opening weekend, 194 hunters reported a harvest of 275 teal, for an average of 1.42 teal per hunter.

As of noon on Friday, the wildlife area is holding approximately 400 bluewings and a fair number of wood ducks and shovelers.

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited.

Current Information  The roads around the wildlife area are in decent condition.  Be prepared for changing road conditions if we move back into a wet cycle.
Water levels

McPherson Valley Wetlands was under extreme flood conditions from May through July 2019.   Moist soil vegetation has done well in some areas even with the flooding, while others did not see near the waterfowl food production.  The area manager will attempt to open hunter access lanes and hunting holes as season approaches.  Pumping efforts will continue through September and October.

Big Basin:  Most public hunting marshes have a huntable amount of water. Pool 14 will be kept dry during the 2019-2020 season for a renovation project in the spring of 2020, and the Kubin Marshes north of Mohawk Road will be kept dry to complete a current construction project at 9th and Navajo. 

Chain of Lakes:  The Southwestern College tract (east unit) is approximately half full.  The west unit of the Chain of Lakes will be kept dry during the 2019-2020 season for a major renovation project in the early spring of 2020.

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Most public hunting marshes have a huntable amount of water.  

Hunting conditions If the area continues to receive rainfall prior to waterfowl season, without flooding out the remaining moist soil vegetation, conditions should be fair to good.
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 2019 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.



2BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 9/19/2019

1Waterfowl numbers  Welcome to 2019 waterfowl!  Counted no teal on the area today, September 19, 2019. 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  No millet was planted this year.  All marshes were managed moist-soil. 
Hunting conditions

 Good.  Currently 1 marsh is flooded and the lake is full!        

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: 9/19/2019

Waterfowl numbers Only 5 teal observed on 9/19/19.    
Water levels 0.1 feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 9/19/19.    
Hunting conditions Full lake levels will provide waterfowl hunting opportunities and improved access, but hunters should be aware that food resources will be diminished within the wildlife area this year.  Significant flooding (15.6' above conservation elevation) that began in May and persisted into August prevented the establishment of food producing plants along lake edges.  In addition flooding prevented or removed planted crops throughout the wildlife area.     
Expected hunting success Poor.           
Comments Low Plains Teal Season is Sept. 14-29.                  



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 9/20/2019

Waterfowl Numbers NO teal observed on 09/20.
Water level Approximately 0.05' above conservation elevation (1339') on 09/20.  
Hunting conditions Poor. Most of the summer the lake was above conservation pool allowing for very little food resources.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

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

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 14-29, 2018

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:18

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



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/19/2019

Waterfowl numbers There are no teal using the river at this time. 
Water level Medium
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 14-29, 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 9, 2019 - January 5, 2020 AND January 11-26, 2020

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 9/19/2019

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 50 teal present on the area at this time. Maybe more will come in with this next cool front. 
Water
 level
All pools have water in them.  
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Poor
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. 14-29, 2019
  • 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. 26, 2019-Dec. 29, 2019 AND Jan. 18-26, 2020
  • 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: 9/12/2019

Waterfowl Numbers Current numbers are low and change daily. 10 Blue Wing Teal and 65 Canada Geese were observed on 9-12.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=0  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 1350.66 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Fair.

Lake levels have been above conservation pool for most of 2019.  Some of the boat ramps are still closed.

The reservoir was at or near max flood pool for several months this summer and much of the vegetation was flooded out. Now that the water has receded moist soil plants like yellow nut sedge and barnyard grass have come in on the flooded acres near the shore, however the shoreline and coves still lack cover.

Expected hunting success Poor.  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.