South Central

This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 9/13/2018

Waterfowl numbers Teal numbers are limited right now with local Wood Ducks and other larger ducks interspersed. 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is almost full.  All marshes are planted to Japanese Millet with some being filled currently and other awaiting filling closer to the regular season duck opener. 
Hunting conditions   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! 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: 9/20/2018

Waterfowl numbers No teal were observed on 9/20/18.  25 Canada geese.  Some flooded vegetation exists within upper reaches of the lake making it difficult to view all waterfowl use.  Scouting is encouraged prior to your hunt.                                                   
Water levels 0.3' feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 9/20/18.
Hunting conditions Habitat conditions are 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.  
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair.      
Comments Low Plains Teal Season is Sept. 8-23.              



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 9/13/2018

Waterfowl Numbers   No teal observed on 09/13.
Water level Approximately 0.16' below conservation elevation (1339') on 09/13.  
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 recent raise in water level improved habitat conditions may enhance opportunities for waterfowl hunters with the beginning of the teal season. 
Expected hunting success poor
Comments

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

Teal, Low Plains:  Sept. 8-23, 2018

Youth Waterfowl Season:   Nov. 3-4, 2018

Duck, Low Plains Southeast Zone:  Nov 10, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019 and Jan. 12-27, 2019

Canada Geese:   Oct. 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018- Feb. 17, 2019

White-Fronted Geese:   Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26-Feb. 17, 2019

Light Geese:   Oct 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

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



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/13/2018

Waterfowl numbers There are few teal using the river at this time.  The water level is high on the river at this time.
Mallard Migration Rank=0 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level High
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
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: 9/14/2018

Waterfowl numbers

ATTENTION:  i-Sportsman is up and running, and all hunters are REQUIRED to use the new system!  Please check in, report your harvest, and check out using the mandatory electronic hunt permit system.  Thanks!

Friday, 14 September 2018:

Teal season:  08 - 23 September 2018.

Heavy hunting pressure this week has moved lots of teal off the area.  As of noon on Friday, 276 hunters reported a harvest of 790 teal, for an average of ~2.9 teal per hunter.

Approximately 1,000 - 1,500 teal were observed during a survey of the area Friday morning, with the Big Basin unit holding the best numbers.  A fair number of shovelers and wood ducks were observed during the survey, so be careful choosing your targets!

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited.

Current Information  Road conditions have improved across the area.   Scouting is the key to locating accesible areas with huntable water. 
Water levels

Big Basin:  The west and north sides of the Big Basin received a good shot of runoff in late July, and the marshes in this area have the most water, especially Pools 1, 2, 14, 15 and 16.  Pumping efforts are ongoing in a couple of the marshes north of Moccasin.

Chain of Lakes:  This unit has a fair amount of water, but open water is limited due to dense vegetation.  Be aware of the property boundary and stay off of the private land to the east.

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Pumping efforts and good rains have finally made a positive impact on this unit!  A month ago it was completely dry, but now Pools 13 and 14, along with both Sinkholes, are full.  Other wetlands in this unit have huntable water, although limited.  Scouting will pay off here.

Hunting conditions Although the area has finally received some much needed moisture, all of the wetlands do not have water.  The limited availability of water is going to cause crowded conditions, so please be safe and careful, and plan accordingly.    Moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area. 
Expected hunting success Fair to good, but that could improve considerably if the area continues to receive rain.
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: 9/13/2018

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 35 teal present on the area at this time.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:1

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

Water
 level
All pools have some water in them.
Hunting conditions 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. 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: 9/7/2018

Waterfowl Numbers Current waterfowl numbers are low and have been changing day to day.
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 currently 1347.11 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Fair.

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

There has been very good moist soil production on the shoreline and mudflats (yellow nut sedge, smartweed, barnyard grass), however, this vegetation does not have significant flooding yet. Crops in the areas surrounding the reservoir have been poor due to drought this year.

0% Ice coverage.

Expected hunting success Poor.
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.