McPherson Valley Wetlands Waterfowl Report -
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, 10 SEPTEMBER 2021

At the time of this posting, The Wetlands are holding approximately 2,700 ducks:  2,300 bluewings and 400 wood ducks, shovelers, mallards, pintails and other species.  Duck numbers have been fluctuating daily.

Remember that all activities in the south refuge are prohibited.  

Current Information  There are three new regulations in effect for the 2021 season:  1)  The Big Basin Marshes have been designated as "youth only" during the 2-day youth and military waterfowl weekend, 2) No motorized boats are allowed on the property, and 3) Centerfire rifles and handguns are prohibited. 
Water levels

The area received almost three inches of rain last weekend, and habitat conditions improved considerably as a result.  All three units now have at least some huntable water.  Scouting will be critical in determining which wetlands have water, as not all of them caught runoff after the storm. 

Big Basin:  Good water in many of the wetlands that are open to public hunting, and good water in the refuge.  I am currently pumping the wetlands north of Moccasin Road.  Pool 10 will most likely be kept dry this season to prep for a renovation project in late winter / early spring.

Chain of Lakes:  Water is still limited in this unit, but at least it is no longer dry.  The west pools have the best water, and the east pools have very little. 

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Huntable water in most of the wetlands.  I am currently pumping Pools 13 and 14.  

Hunting conditions We have treated approximately 500 acres of cattails, Lotus, and other undesirable vegetation this growing season.  As the treated vegetation dies off and the desirable moist soil vegetation completes seed production, we will continue to roller chop / manipulate vegetation as the season moves forward.  Waterfowl food production (native moist soil vegetation) has been fairly good across the area this year, and approximately 400 acres of millet was planted in various wetlands.  The rain this weekend was a tremendous help, but the area will still need more rain to hold water all season. 
Expected hunting success Fair to good if water levels stabilize.
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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.