South Central

This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

CHENEY - Last Updated: 11/20/2020

Waterfowl numbers 75 to 100 ducks, mixed species, observed on area. Several thousand geese using refuge and moving overhead. Can change daily with weather conditions.
Water level  1.85 feet below Conservation Pool on reservoir. Area ponds are dry.
Hunting conditions

 Poor

The reservoir was at a nearly full level most of the summer, so very few native food producing plants were able to establish along the shoreline. The recent drop in water level has left a large stretch of bare ground between concealment cover and water around most of the wildlife area. Despite the lack of food plants, hunting should improve if the reservoir comes back up. 

Expected hunting success  Poor
Comments

Cheney Wildlife Area is located in the Low Plains Late Zone

Low Plains Late Zone Youth/Veteran/Military Season is Oct. 24-25, 2020. 

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct 31, 2020-Jan 3rd, 2021, and Jan 23-31, 2021.

Daily bag limit: 6

Six ducks is the daily bag limit, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup. The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.

Possession limit: Three times the daily limit.

The refuge at Cheney Wildlife Area, located on the south side of Pretty Prairie Rd between Obee Rd and Kent Rd, extends out from the shoreline 100 yards into the water. What this means is that water along the shoreline of the refuge is included in the restricted access area and is off limits to hunting. Accessing the refuge by boat or hunting near the refuge shoreline is not permitted.

Remember Cheney 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. Area roads are in the process of being upgraded - please use caution as some gravel may not have been fully spread. Off road vehicle use is strictly prohibited.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620) 459-6922. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics. In the event of an emergency, please call 911. 



BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 11/23/2020

Waterfowl numbers  Welcome to 2020-2021 waterfowl!  250 ducks and 50 geese on the area this morning. 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  Millet was planted in all marshes this year.  We have 3 marshes flooded north and west of the lake and 1 marsh south of 54 at the current time.  We are very dry.  The killing frost helped with water inflow.   
Hunting conditions

 Limited.  The lake, river, 3 marshes and several ponds have water that could be hunted.            

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 Limited.    
Comments Hunters! A kayak/canoe launch is available on the dam just west of the refuge line to aid launching boats across the rip rap.  Also, we have a heavy equipment contractor removing trees below the dam this week.  The dam road may be closed during the week to keep our visitors safe from falling trees and the heavy equipment. 



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 11/25/2020

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 250 ducks (primarily goldeneye, scaup, ruddy, and bufflehead) and 0 Canada geese observed on 11/25/20.                
Water levels 1.6 feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 11/25/20.    
Hunting conditions Full lake levels persisted through the summer and prevented the establishment of food producing plants along lake edges.  As such, food resources are  diminished within lake environments.  Dry conditions have prevailed this fall.  Lake levels are slowly declining.  Hunters should be prepared to find water pulled away from cover edges within portions of upper reaches of the lake.     
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair.        
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct. 31 - Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan. 23-31, 2021.                 



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 11/25/2020

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 400 Ducks were observed of various species.  Lots of Canada Geese in the area 650 observed using the reservoir on 11/25/2020.
Water level At 1337.60' approximately 1.40' below conservation elevation (1339').  
Hunting conditions Fair.  Most of the summer the lake was at or slightly above conservation pool creating a significant amount of shoreline cover.
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

Duck, Low Plains Southeast Zone

Nov. 14, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan 9-31, 2021

Canada Geese , Statewide

Nov. 4, 2020-Feb. 14, 2021

White-fronted Geese, Statewide

Oct. 31, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan 23-Feb. 14, 2021

Light Geese, Statewide

Nov. 4, 2020-Feb.14, 2021



KAW WILDLIFE AREA. - Last Updated: 11/19/2020

Waterfowl numbers There is approximately 50 waterfowl using the river at this time.
Water level Low
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 14-27, 2020

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 14, 2020 - January 3, 2021 AND January 9-31, 2021

Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit: Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 11/19/2020

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.

Thursday, 19 November 2020: 

The first split of the Low Plains Early Zone duck season closes 06 December 2020.

Goose season is open.

Approximately 1,800 ducks and 500 geese were observed on the area Thursday morning.  The three most abundant duck species were mallards, gadwall, and greenwings.  Goose numbers are highly variable and fluctuate daily. The majority of the ducks and geese are in the Big Basin Refuge.

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in both the north and south refuges are prohibited.  

Current Information  The warm, dry, windy weather continues.  Many of the pools still have little to no water in them, so scouting will be key.   The water allotment for the groundwater pumps has been pumped, except for 20 acre feet to pump late season at the Little Sinkhole unit.
Water levels

Big Basin:  The wetlands north of Moccasin Road are looking the best at this time.  The center complex (Pools 7, 9 and 10) is almost completely dry, and Pool 8 is at about 25% capacity.  The area needs to see a good runoff rain event! 

Chain of Lakes:  The west unit of the Chain of Lakes will likely be kept dry during the 2020 - 2021 season for continued cattail control and replacement of a water control structure.

Little Sinkhole Unit:  The south and west sides of this unit are looking the best relative to water, although a few of the other wetlands have a huntable amount of water at the time of this update.

Hunting conditions Waterfowl food production (native moist soil vegetation) has been fairly good across the area this year, and approximately 240 acres of millet was planted in various wetlands.  The wetlands are in serious need of a good rain with abundant runoff!  The roads were in good shape at the time of this update.
Expected hunting success Fair if water levels stabilize.
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 2020 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: 11/19/2020

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 30 ducks present on the area at this time.  
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. 12-27, 2020
  • 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. 31, 2020-Janaury 3, 2021 AND Jan. 23-31, 2021
  • 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: 11/19/2020

Waterfowl Numbers

As of 11-19 waterfowl numbers on the reservoir are approximately 300 consisting mostly of Mallard, Goldeneye, Pintail, Red Head, and snow geese.

Numbers can change daily.

Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=2  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 1349.13 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Fair.

The reservoir was at or near conservation pool most of 2020. There was very little natural food production along the shoreline this year in the way of moist soil vegetation like barnyard grass and yellow nut sedge. Some of the acres close to the shore that were flooded in 2019 do have ample production, and crops on the area look good. Corn harvest was about three weeks behind, area wide, so there should be ample amounts of scrap corn on the ground that won't get a chance to germinate. There is also good cover along the shoreline and in the smaller coves. Water levels are going down, leaving quite a bit of bare ground between shoreline cover and the waters edge.

Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments

The refuge at Marion Wildlife area, located on the south west part of the reservoir along French creek, extends out from the shoreline 100 yards into the water. What this means is that approximately 110 acres of water along the shoreline of the refuge are included in the restricted access area, and are off limits to hunting. Accessing the refuge by boat or hunting near the refuge shoreline is not permitted.

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.