Region 4

This is a collection of all the Region 4 Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 12/16/2014

Waterfowl numbers Duck numbers are fluctuating around 400.  500 Canadian geese are using the lake depending upon ice conditions on neighboring ponds.  
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is about 12 inches low due to work being done to the dam and dry weather.  All the main marshes north and west of the lake are full.  Two of the three marshes south of highway 54 have some water however they are not full and have limited space for ducks to land.
Hunting conditions The lake and marshes are open.  WARNING-New rip rap has been added to the Kingman State Lake dam and until the metal has been removed, it poses a hazard to hunters, fishermen, and their dogs. Marshes have excellent food plants available once they get flooded. 
Expected hunting success Fair
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: 12/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers  Mallard 27, Buffle Head 4, Golden Eye 27, Snow 37
Water level  below conservation pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 12/18/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 1,600 ducks (primarily goldeneye with about 470 mallards), 70 Canada geese, and 105 mergansers on 12/18.        
Water levels 2.7 feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 12/18.
Hunting conditions Difficult.  Ice is beginning to form in shallows and wind protected areas.  Lake approximately 1% ice covered on 12/18.  Declining lake levels have pulled water away from cover edges.  Hunters may find it challenging to conceal themselves.  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 Fair.  
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season - Nov. 1 - Jan. 4, 2015 AND Jan. 17-25, 2015



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 12/17/2014

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks: Approximately 1,200 ducks - mostly mallard and goldeneye.  

Geese: 6,500 Canada Geese in the area with a few light geese mixed in.

Mallard Migration Rank = 5

Water level Lake is at 1336.99' as of 12/17 (conservation pool 1339.0')
Hunting conditions Poor/Fair.  The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake. 
Expected hunting success Fair.   Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily.
Comments

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

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 - Last Updated: 12/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 65 ducks and 15 geese using the river at this time.
Mallard Migration Rank=7 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/Fair
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: 12/16/2014

Waterfowl numbers Less than 2500 ducks at this time (mostly mallard), and  3,000 geese.
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank:10

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

Water level Good. 
Hunting conditions Low plains early zone closed at this time, and will re-open Decemeber 20th.  Moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area.  Smartweed and barnyard grass production has been exceptional this year.  Another good run-off rain would imporve conditions.
Expected hunting success Good. 
Comments

Duck season currently closed in the Low Plains Early Zone.

 

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

 

Regular Duck Season Results:

2,139 hunters have harvested 3,410 ducks, 13 geese, 373 pheasants as of 12/8/14.

 

Early teal season results:

890 hunters harvested 1,890 teal for a 2.12 teal / hunter average.  This ranks as the second best teal season harvest on record at MPWL.

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: 12/19/2014

Waterfowl
numbers
Approximately 70 ducks on the property. 
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:8

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

Water
 level
Good.  All pools have water in them.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Poor/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: 12/17/2014

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 50 mallard and 100 goldeneye. There are also around 100 Canada geese.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=2 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 1348.90 (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 have vegetation along the shoreline for cover. There was very little moist soil production this year for food since the reservoir has maintained high water levels since summer 2012.
Expected hunting success Fair.
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.