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Perry Waterfowl Report

Waterfowl numbers

100 Teal, 20 Mallards and 24 Canada Geese were counted on the Area 9/11.

Mallard Migration Rank = 0 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)

Lake level 2.45 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
All wetland complexes have developed some of the best vegetation seen at Perry in the last several years. All marsh complexes are dependent on natural runoff to fill the complex except West River North & South and Kyle East.

We are currently in the process of working with Ducks Unlimited to apply for a grant to build a Marsh Pump to pump NorthWest and Reichart marshes. We have put some money together from local donors to aid in this project. If you are interested in helping with this project call the Wildlife Area office at (785) 945-6615.

Expected hunting success Poor to Fair.
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools.  Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.

Kyle: Kyle Marsh East was drained this spring but did not dry all the way out. Quality vegetation growth is primarily in the east pool. East- HCR-9 with the marsh being 25% water. Only natural vegetation grew in the East Unit.  We starting pumping water into the East Unit Tuesday. West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source 15% water.

Launching boats in Kyle will probably be nonexistent until regular duck season.

West River: An abundance of moist soil plants are growing and areas of mud flats were sown to Jap Millet and Buckwheat. We are pumping this week into the lower unit which will be running through the upper unit. North- HCR-6 with 20% water. South- HCR-9 with 20% water.

Upper Ferguson: The vegetation is in excellent quality. HCR-8 with 10% water.

Lassister: West Lassiter pool was drained this spring and worked for corn planting however do to untimely rains no corn was planted.  However, the vegetation response was great.  East- HCR-7 with 25% water, will fill if we get enough rain. West- HCR-7 with 0% water

Northwest: Northwest complex was also drained to plant corn this spring but rains prevented it. Vegetation growth since the drawdown was great. HCR-8 with 15% water.

Headquarters: Headquarters started full this spring and over the summer naturally dried up. Quality vegetation growth has been good. HCR-8 with 0% water

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was held this summer. Vegetation growth has been good. HCR-7 with 25% water

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been excellent this summer. HCR-9 with 80% water

Reichert: Reichart pools were held at reatively low levels but retained water most of the summer. The vegetation growth has been exceptional. HCR-9 with 15% water.

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.