Marais des Cygnes Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers 50,000 ducks.  A few hundred geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 10.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels Good water levels in all units.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions All hunting marshes frozen this morning.  Expect open water by the end of the week with predicted temperatures.
Hunting success Last 7 days (Dec 3 thru 9):  322 ducks / 208 hunters = 1.5 success.  Season:  3,022 ducks / 1,782 hunters = 1.7 success.  Season goose harvest = 20.

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:

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.