Southeast

This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

ELK CITY RESERVOIR/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 2/4/2020

Waterfowl numbers 8,000-10,000 ducks have been seen on the reservoir and wildlife area. Around 5 thousand light geese using the reservoir. A few hundred Canada geese have been seen around the area as well but mostly on adjacent private ground. Duck season is closed.
Water level The Wetlands are full. For current Reservoir levels visit http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELKC.lakepage.html
Hunting conditions ELK CITY RESERVOIR WAS FULL FOR OVER 60 DAYS THIS SUMMER.  The lake edge is primarily mud bank now due to summer flooding and small elevation changes early this fall.  Wetlands are in Fair to Good shape.  See Comments Section.
Expected hunting success Fair. REGULAR DUCK SEASON IS NOV. 9-JAN.5 AND JAN.11-26
Comments

For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).

Wetland water levels and vegetation vary greatly this year due to the duration and extent of the reservoir flood. Some wetlands were not drained at all and some were drained late to attempt to grow some moist soil vegetation. The wetlands that did not flood have good production but vegetation is thick and we were not able to do much mowing. Finding open areas may be difficult, especially in the early parts of the season. 



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/21/2020

Waterfowl numbers

2/21/20

Duck season is closed for the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Seasons for Canada and white-fronted geese, as well as the regular season for light geese, ended on Feb. 16.

The Conservation Order Light Geese Season runs from Feb. 17 to April 30. Light geese are not commonly found in large numbers in the Fall River Reservoir area.

Water level  
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments Waterfowl reports are expected to continue next fall. A new report will normally be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/24/2020

Waterfowl numbers 2,000 divers, 1,500 dark geese  and 30,000 Light geese.
Water level Current Level: 1043.1 Conservation Pool Level: 1041
Hunting conditions

Teal ----Sept. 14-29. 2019

Youth Duck---- Nov. 2-3 2019

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

Dark Geese- Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019 through Feb. 12, 2020

 Light Geese- Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019 through Feb. 16, 2020

Due to extreme high water throughout much of the summer months, vegetation is exceedingly poor on the reservoir this year.  Watch out for submerged timber and flood debris, throughout the lake.

Edges and creeks are starting to ice, and conditions are changing daily, dependent on weather.

Below Dam- Lower marsh is 85% full, and vegetation looks pretty good.  Upper marsh is approx. 100% full, and also looks above average.    The DU Marsh on the east corner, has been planted to millet, and wheat on upper edges.  This areas is currently only 40% flooded.  All department managed marshes are open for public waterfowl hunting, and are located below John Redmond Dam south of spillway.  Beware, both the upper and lower marsh's contain some deep water in lower portions, well over 6 feet in depth.   The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership. 

The smaller ponds and watersheds around county are iced up, and reservoir is starting to stack up with birds.  Birds are loafing and resting in rafts in middle of lake.

Expected hunting successFair

Fair

To see real time John Redmond elevations please visit----  http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html

Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 2/14/2020

Waterfowl numbers Relatively few geese -- varying with conditions.
Water levels Adequate to abundant water in all units.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Vegetation = fair to good moist-soil (millet, smartweed, etc.) in most pools.  Unit G is mostly open water due to summer flooding.  All units frozen. 
Hunting success Season:  4,536 ducks / 3,371 hunter trips = 1.3 success.  Season goose harvest:  110 dark geese, 3 snow geese.  7 dark geese harvested in the last 5 days (Feb 8 thru Feb 12) on 7 hunter trips.
Comments

NOTE:  Legal shooting hours are 1/2-hour before sunrise to SUNSET.  Late shooters (shooting after sunset) will be prosecuted.

Road along the north side of Unit G will be closed just east of Queens Road to allow undisturbed hunting in the north end of the marsh.

All hunters must check-in daily using iSportsman electronic check-in from a PC, smartphone, or by phone before hunting and check out at the end of the hunt regardless of harvest.  We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman and check station requirements. Please remember to fill out the check-out report with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.  Go to:

https://kdwpt.isportsman.net

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.  Boats must have sufficient PFDs for occupants.

Go to MDCWA and click the "News" icon near the top for more information on general waterfowl habitat.  Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/24/2020

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the number of waterfowl on the area.   

Mallard Migration Rank = 1 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

1/24/2020 (  11:00 a.m. )---

                      3 Duck Marsh- Both units are pumped, approximately 2 Mallards and 2 Hooded mergansers were observed at the time of the survey.

                      Willow Marsh- North and South units are pumped.  Approximately 15 unidentified ducks observed at the time of the survey with one hunter present.  

                      Sundance Marsh- This unit is pumped, 7 Hooded mergansers and 2 Mallards were observed at the time of the survey.  

                      Lowman's Cove- All units are completely full. No waterfowl were observed at the time of the survey with one hunter present.

                      Shoveler Slough- LOCATION:  South parking lot for Shoveler Slough is at the intersection of W 317th St. & S Davies Rd. 

                                                 No waterfowl were observed at the time of the survey. (NOTE: Motorized boats are prohibited)

                      Refuge- There were approximately 150 ducks and 50 Canada geese observed at the time of the survey.

Water level Lake level = 1035.81; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         60% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions Due to the excessive amounts of rain and flooding, there is very little food in the managed units. The majority of impoundments held water all summer long not allowing for regrowth of vegetation, as the entire reservoir was above normal pool.
Expected hunting success Poor to Fair.
Comments

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/  For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Road.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

The Refuge Area is CLOSED October 1st through January 15th.



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 2/14/2020

Waterfowl numbers
iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) is required for all hunters, We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman.
DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED!

10 to 15,000 ducks consisting of Mallard, Pintail Green Wing Teal and mixed diver species. 1,500 White-fronts, 500 Canada Geese and 10,000 Snow Geese

Water level

Planning water level management strategies for the upcoming growing season.  No water is being released at this time. 

Adequate water in all pools for goose hunting and launching boats.   

Please take a look at the maps below for a layout of the pools and their respective names.

    

Hunting conditions

Ice conditions exist as of 2/14/20 which could make the goose hunting tough. 

Please see the area news page for a breakdown of habitat types within each pool.  

Expected hunting success
Duck season is closed!
Dark goose season closes February 16th, 2020
Regular Season 2019-2020

Southeast zone duck season was a very successful one on Neosho Wildlife Area. We want to thank everyone for the continued cooperation with utilizing our electronic check-in/out system. We encountered very few issues with compliance this year. Below is some of the general data that can be extrapolated from the information the hunters provide.  Area staff look at and manipulate this data in many different ways to make management decisions for upcoming years and to also look at what management strategies worked during the hunting season.  

Season totals: 3,491 hunter trips (13th overall in hunter numbers) harvested 6,041 birds (10th overall in total harvest, 1300 more than 2018-2019) for a 1.73 BPH average (9th overall BPH).

November Totals (23 days): 1,359 Hunters (39% of 2019-2020 hunters) harvested 2,766 birds, 46% of total harvest (54% Mallards, 30% Green-winged Teal, 4% Pintail) for a 2.03 BPH average. Average of 59 hunters/day harvesting 120 birds/day.

December Totals (31 days): 1,422 Hunters (41% of 2019-2020 hunters) harvested 2,166 birds, 36% of total harvest (82% Mallards, 5% Pintail, 4% Green-winged Teal) for a 1.52 BPH average. Average of 46 hunters/day harvesting 70 birds/day.

January Totals (20 days): 710 Hunters (20% of 2019-2020 Hunters) harvested 1,110 birds, 18% of total harvest (79% Mallards, 5% Pintail, 5% Ring-necks) for a 1.56 BPH average. Average of 36 hunters/day harvesting 56 birds/day. 

32 Youth Hunters Harvested 133 ducks for a 4.15 bph. 20% of the Harvest was teal, 53% Mallards.

Teal Season 2019 - 129 Hunters harvested 384 teal for a 2.98 BPH average 

Comments
All Boating regulations are enforced! (Lifejackets, navigation lights, etc.)
All boats must operate at no wake speeds within boating canals (signs are posted)

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, each individual hunter needs to check in/out and report his/her harvest totals. i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

Neosho WA requires all hunters to utilize the daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/to register prior to hunting season.

Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/21/2020

Waterfowl numbers

2/21/20

Duck season is closed for the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Seasons for Canada and white-fronted geese, as well as the regular season for light geese, ended on Feb. 16.

The Conservation Order Light Geese Season runs from Feb. 17 to April 30, 2020. Light geese are not commonly found in large numbers in the Toronto Reservoir area.

Water level  
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments Waterfowl reports are expected to continue next fall. A new report will normally be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.