Region 4

This is a collection of all the Region 4 Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 9/10/2014

Waterfowl numbers Teal numbers are fluctuating around 100.  Beware, a good number of woodducks are also using the lake. 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is about 8 inches low due to work being done to the dam and dry weather.  All marshes are currently dry.  Inflows are insufficient to even saturate the inlet canal and until significant moisture falls or the first frost occurs, we will remain low.
Hunting conditions Marshes have excellent food plants available once they get flooded. 
Expected hunting success Limited.
Comments The hunting permits required for the past several years have been eliminated. Hunters do not need a daily permit to hunt.



CHENEY - Last Updated: 1/30/2014

Waterfowl numbers  Canada 1067, Snow 73,
Water level  At conservation pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments With the lake being full and having flooded brush conditions for waterfowl this year should be better than the past few years.



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 9/18/2014

Waterfowl numbers No teal observed on 9/18.        
Water levels 1.5 feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 9/18.
Hunting conditions Fair.  A thin fringe of food producing vegetation exists along some lake edges, but will not be available to feeding waterfowl without precipitation and increases in lake levels.
Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments Low Plains Teal season is Sept. 13-28.    



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 9/18/2014

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks: No teal observed.

Geese: Approximately 250 Resident Canada Geese.

Mallard Migration Rank = 0

Water level Lake is at 1337.91' as of 09/18 (conservation pool 1339.0')
Hunting conditions Poor.  The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

NOTE: El Dorado is located within the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Teal Season - Sept. 13-28, 2014

Youth Season - Nov. 1-2, 2014

Regular Season - Nov. 8-9, 2014 AND Nov. 15, 2014 - Jan. 25, 2015

Canada Geese - Nov. 1-9, 2014 AND Nov. 12 - Feb. 15, 2015

White-Fronted Geese - Nov. 1 - Dec. 14, 2014 AND Jan. 17 - Feb. 15, 2015

Light Geese - Nov. 1-9, 2014 AND Nov. 12 - Feb. 15, 2015



KAW WILDLIFE AREA WATERFOWL REPORT - Last Updated: 9/18/2014

Waterfowl numbers Only a few teal are using the river at this time.
Mallard Migration Rank= The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Fair
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 13-28, 2014
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Season:Nov. 8-9, 2014 AND Nov. 15, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015
  • Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 9/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers At least 1,500 ducks at this time.  Mostly blue-winged teal. 
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 0

This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water level Good. All pools have some huntable water at this time. 
Hunting conditions Moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area.  Smartweed and barnyard grass production has been exceptional this year.
Expected hunting success Good, if we can get another good push of birds in the next week. 
Comments

PLEASE CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT WITH EITHER THE ISPORTSMAN PROGRAM OR PAPER DAILY PERMITS!  PLEASE DO NOT USE BOTH. 

Early teal season runs from Sept. 13 - 28, 2014.

MPWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

The Little Sinkhole/Farland Lake marsh unit is included in the EARLY low-plains duck zone (as is the rest of MPWL).

MPWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will be able to login from PC, smartphone, or call in from a cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

 

Newsletter:

We are currently producing a McPherson Valley Wetlands electronic newsletter that will be distributed bi-annually. The newsletter will highlight season results, upcoming projects, forecasted fall flights, and other information that hunters / users should be aware of if they plan to visit the area. If you are interested in recieving this newsletter please Click here.

 

Other:

For refuge locations, please see the link McPherson Wetlands brochure and map on the McPherson Wetlands web page for these changes or contact the area office for more information at (620)-241-7669.

All shotgun hunters at McPherson Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgement before entering these roadways. IF ROADS ARE WET, PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL ON THEM! It is very difficult and very expensive to get wrecker assistance once stuck.



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 9/18/2014

Waterfowl
numbers
Approximately 50 teal on the property and about 150 teal around the area.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:

 This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water
 level
Good.  All pools have some water in them.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Poor to Fair
Comments

SCWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at SCWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 13-28, 2014
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season:Nov. 1, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015 AND Jan. 17-25, 2015
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

Also, all shotgun hunters at Slate Creek Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

 Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgment before entering these roadways.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620)-876-5730. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics.



MARION - Last Updated: 9/15/2014

Waterfowl Numbers Waterfowl numbers are low at this time. 50 to 100 Canada geese are currently using the reservoir and surrounding ponds.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=0 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is currently 1349.41 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels are just below conservation pool and the North end of the reservoir, French Creek cove, all of the smaller coves and the shorelines have vegetation.
Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments Remember the Reservoir now has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on.