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.

Spring conservation order snow goose season:  18 February - 30 April 2019.

Friday, 08 March 2019:

The recent trend of warmer temperatures has some of the ice cover finally melting away; however, as of Friday morning the wetlands were still approximately 90% frozen.  During the last week the spring migration has really picked up, with good numbers of ducks and geese arriving across the area.  Approximately 3,000 - 3,500 geese were observed on the property Thursday morning.  About half of the geese were snow geese.  Goose numbers are highly variable, and have been changing daily.  Scouting will be the key to finding a spot to shoot a few snow geese.  

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 roads around the wildlife area are in decent condition.  Be prepared for changing road conditions as the next storm system approaches.
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.