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.

Low Plains Early Zone duck season:  CLOSED  30 December 2018.

Canada Goose season:  07 November 2018 - 17 February 2019.

White-fronted Goose season:  27 October - 30 December 2018, and 26 January - 17 February 2019.

Light Goose season:  07 November 2018 - 17 February 2019; spring conservation order 18 February - 30 April 2019.

Friday, 11 January 2019:

After the recent stretch of warm weather, the wetlands have plenty of open water at this time.   There are approximately 4,000 - 6,000 snow geese on the property, along with 1200 Canada geese and 400 Whitefronts (season closed on whitefronts until 26 January).  Goose numbers are highly variable and have been changing daily.

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited, AND THE NORTH REFUGE UNIT IS NOW IN EFFECT, along with the south refuge in the Big Basin.

Current Information  The floodwater is off the roads in the Big Basin and Chain of Lakes units, but slick and muddy conditions should be expected with the rain and snow forecasted for the weekend.
Water levels

Big Basin:  Most public hunting marshes are full.  

Chain of Lakes:  The boards have been pulled in the southwest unit to prep for cattail treatment.  The Southwestern College tract will not be dewatered until after the close of goose season.

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Most public hunting marshes are full.  

Hunting conditions Now that duck season has closed, the geese are beginning to use more of the wetlands, which should improve hunter success.
Expected hunting success Fair.
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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 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.