Perry Waterfowl Report -
|Waterfowl numbers|| |
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 2/14/2020 showing a decrease in waterfowl numbers. Approx 900 ducks were seen in the area during the survey. Approx 1000 geese were seen in the area with almost all being Canada Geese. Most of the lake was frozen and all of the wetlands were frozen. Due to significant and repeated flooding wetland habitat conditions and cover are poor. With the increase of moisture in our watershed, Perry Lake has increased outflow to 1000cfs. West River Boat Ramp/Parking is inaccessible and will remain CLOSED until renovations can be completed. Kyle Marsh boat ramps are both accessible now. Some wetlands have began drawing down for renovation work.
*DON'T FORGET TO USE THE ISPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM WHEN HUNTING AT PERRY WILDLIFE AREA. THIS IS A FREE AND REQUIRED DAILY HUNT PERMIT SYSTEM THAT ALL HUNTERS MUST USE WHEN ACCESSING THE AREA.
Mallard Migration Rank = 1 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
|Lake level||1.85 Feet Below Conservation Pool|
|Habitat conditions|| |
Due to repeated and long lasting flooding habitat conditions are poor
|Expected hunting success||Poor|
With the lake levels reaching an all time high this year we were unable to do any habitat work in our wetlands. The high lake levels also resulted in minimal vegetation growth in the wetlands and along the levees as many of the levees are under or were under water for a period of time.
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat
Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools. Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.
Kyle: Draw down has begun. Kyle Marsh has remained under water for most of the year, habitat conditions are poor. Currently the parking lot and both boat ramps are accessible. HCR-1
West River: Draw down has begun. West River has remained under water for most of the year, habitat conditions are poor. Currently the boat ramp to the Delaware River and parking lot off of 150th Rd is CLOSED FOR CLEANUP AND RENOVATION (anticipated reopening Spring 2020) HCR-1
Upper Ferguson: Draw down has begun. Upper Ferguson has remained under water for most the year. The refuge is closed Oct 1st thru Jan 15th to ALL Activity HCR-1.
Lassister: Full Pool. West Unit: This unit was worked prior to flooding and there was vegetation growth but had went underwater multiple times, water was held and is now at full pool. East Unit: Water was held in this unit from last year, flooding did occur but was minimal compared to other wetlands. HCR-3
Northwest: Full Pool, a slow draw down was attempted prior to flooding. Vegetation growth was limited and water levels had topped the levees multiple times. HCR-2
Headquarters: Draw down has begun. This wetland had remained under water most of the year so habitat and cover are poor. HCR-1
Mitigation: Full Pool. This wetland had remained under water throughout the year. Standing corn was left in the unit from last year but no habitat work was done this year. HCR-1
Hayward: Full Pool. This wetland had experience repeated flooding throughout the year with some vegetation growth on the edges. HCR-2
Reichart: Draw down has begun on lower pool and upper west pool. A portion of this wetland was worked before flooding had occurred and there was minimal vegetation growth but had remained under water for most of the year. HCR-2.
Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.
Perry WA has transitioned to a daily permit system called iSportsman. Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Perry 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.
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.