Melvern Lake/Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report
|Waterfowl numbers||Approximately 8,000 ducks (6,000 dabblers and 2,000 divers, primarily redheads) and 1,500 geese. A mixed bag of dabbling ducks but about 85% mallards. 80% of birds observed were on the refuge.|
|Water level||Lake level 1034.97; Conservation pool = 1036.|
|Hunting conditions||There is huntable water in all wetlands. Most ice cover should be off of shallow water areas by this weekend with the warmer forecast weather. Moist soil vegetation looks excellent.|
|Expected hunting success||Good|
Mallard migration: 5
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 Rd. Paper permits will also be available through the 2014 hunting season.
Youth waterfowl season is October . Regular waterfowl season opens November 1, 2014.
Refuge Area is CLOSED Oct. 1st through Jan. 15th