|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 number of waterfowl on the area.
Mallard Migration Rank = 1 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)
01/11/2019 ( 11:00 AM )---
3 Duck Marsh- Both units are pumped and full of water, 80 mallards and 120 canada geese.
Willow Marsh- North and South units are pumped and full, 116 mallards and 20 unidentified.
Sundance Marsh- No waterfowl was observed on the survey.
Lowman's Cove- Full of water. No waterfowl was observed on the survey.
Shoveler Slough- LOCATION: South parking lot for Shoveler Slough is at the intersection of W 317th St. & S Davies Rd.
About 200 mallards and 110 unidentified waterfowl were observed at the time of this survey. (NOTE: Motorized boats are prohibited)
Refuge- Observed waterfowl at the time of the survey was about 15 mixed species of waterfowl.
|Water level||Lake level = 1036.85; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00. >5% 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||Season is closed till 01-19-2019|
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.