South Central

This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

CHENEY - Last Updated: 11/8/2019

Waterfowl numbers 120 waterfowl observed. Even groups of dabblers, diving ducks, and geese present, no species dominant. Can change daily with weather conditions.
Water level  0.57 feet below Conservation Pool on reservoir. Area ponds are holding some water but below dam level.
Hunting conditions

 Fair.

Water is present, but food is limited due to large flood event over summer months preventing annual food plants establishing along coves and shoreline, as well as damaging area crops.

Expected hunting success  Poor - Fair
Comments

Cheney Wildlife Area is located in the Low Plains Late Zone

Low Plains Late Zone Youth Season is Oct. 19-20. 

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct. 26-Dec. 29, and Jan. 18-26, 2020.    

Daily bag limit: 6

Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, one pintail, three wood ducks, three scaup and five mallards (only two of which may be hens). 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 or extremely unsafe behavior, please call 911. 



2BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 11/8/2019

1Waterfowl numbers  Welcome to 2019 waterfowl!  Less than 100 ducks and 20 geese on the area this morning. 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  No millet was planted this year.  All marshes were managed moist-soil.  The 4 marshes on the west end of the lake have water.  Two of the three marshes south of highway 54 are dry.  NAWCA construction in those marshes was completed 10/21/19.   Cover crops and grass will be seeded on the denuded dikes yet this fall, so no flooding will be attempted in the west marsh this fall.       
Hunting conditions

 Good.  Currently 4 marshes are flooded and the lake is full!  The west marsh of the 3 south of highway 54 is filling.         

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 Fair.    
Comments Hunters! 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. The south part of the NAWCA project in the old Bison Marsh was not started in 2018 due to wet conditions, however, it started October 14, 2019 and was completed on 10/21. The west marsh will probably not be flooded in 2019/2020.  The east marsh will be flooded as the construction project winds down if the dike side slopes are not exposed.     



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 11/14/2019

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 115 ducks (primarily goldeneye and mallard), 70 Canada geese, and 25 mergansers were observed on 11/14/19.      
Water levels 0.02 feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 11/14/19.    
Hunting conditions Ice is beginning to form in shallows and wind protected areas during some days.  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 Late Zone Duck Season is Oct. 26-Dec. 29, and Jan. 18-26, 2020.                    



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 11/7/2019

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 750 ducks and 100 Canada Geese observed on 11/7
Water level At 1338.88' approximately .12' below conservation elevation (1339') on 11/.  
Hunting conditions Poor. Most of the summer the lake was above conservation pool allowing for very little food resources.
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

Low Plains Southeast Zone Duck

Southeast Duck Season: Nov. 9, 2019-Jan 5, 2020 and Jan 11-26, 2020

Dark Geese 

Nov 6, 2019-Feb 16, 2020

White-fronted Geese

Season: Oct. 26-Dec 29, 2019 and Jan. 25-Feb 16, 2020

Light Geese

Nov. 6 2019-Feb. 16, 2020



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/15/2019

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 80 ducks using the river at this time. 
Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor/Fair
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



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 11/15/2019

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.

Thursday, 15 November 2019:

The cold weather early in the week locked up most of the wetlands.  Ice cover was near 100% mid-week, but the warming trend should have some holes thawed soon. 

Approximately 24,000 geese and 1,500 ducks were observed on the property Thursday afternoon.   The most abundant species are mallards and snow geese.

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited.

Current Information  As of Thursday morning, the township roads were in good condition.
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 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:  Other than Steel's Pond, this unit is now dry.  Be mindful of the private property east of the wildlife area.  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 to good.
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.



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 11/15/2019

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 50 ducks present on the area at this time. 
Water
 level
All pools have water in them.  
Hunting conditions Poor/Fair
Expected hunting success Poor/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. 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: 11/15/2019

Waterfowl Numbers

Current duck numbers are approximately 1500 consisting of Gadwall, Mallard, Wideon and shoveler.

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 1350.09 (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 Fair.
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.