|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 numbers of waterfowl on the area.
Mallard Migration Rank = 0 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)
09/14/2018 ( 8:00 AM )---3 Duck Marsh- West unit is pumped and full of water, no waterfowl at time of survey.
Willow Marsh- North unit is pumped and full, no waterfowl at time of survey.
Sundance Marsh- This marsh is dry and will most likely be all year unless we receive a large amount of rain.
Lowman's Cove- Mostly dry and is controlled by run off moisture only.
Shoveler's Slough- Pumped roughly 23 acre feet, only 15 blue wing teal, great water.
Melvern Lake Reservoir:
|Water level||Lake level = 1034.05; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00. 0% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.|
|Hunting conditions||Japanese and German millet (50/50 mix) has been drilled in all 5 of our wetlands and is limited due to drought conditions throughout the summer. Millet as well as Milo was planted in alternating strips throughout all of our wetlands to provide varying structure heights as well as options for ducks to feed on moist soil vegetation and grains. Varying food sources an abundance of invertebrates should provide enough food for the ducks to hang around all season.|
|Expected hunting success||Poor|
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.