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Melvern Lake Waterfowl Report

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 3,500 ducks. 95% mallards with a few divers. 12,000 geese, approximately 50/50 snows and canadas. All birds observed were roosting in a few locations on the ice in the middle of the lake and likely feeding in area agriculture fields.
Water level Lake level 1033.23.
Hunting conditions All wetlands are 100% iced over, 90% of lake iced over with all open water located in the middle of the lake.  Vegetation looks excellent in all pools and along the shoreline at the upper end of the reservoir.
Expected hunting success Fair, plenty of waterfowl in the area.  Please take extra precaution when hunting on and around ice!!  Best hunting will likely be found by locating agricultural fields birds are using.  

Mallard migration: 4

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit. Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Rd. Permits will be available at 10 locations across the property including Willow marsh. Hunters utilizing 3-duck marsh (north of RR tracks 1 mile east of Reading) can obtain permits from the kiosk on Hwy 170 just east of the river or at the Melvern WA office on the east side of Reading. Maps illustrating locations to obtain permits are available at the kiosks on Hoch Rd and Highway 170, the Melvern Wildlife Area office, the Emporia office, and the website

Youth waterfowl season is October 19-20. Regular waterfowl season opens October 26, 2012.

Refuge Area is CLOSED Oct. 1st, 2013 through Jan. 15th, 2014