Milford Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report

Waterfowl numbers

Duck Season is Closed.  Dark Goose Season Closes Feb 9th.

Only 200 Canada geese were observed in the area this morning.  The lake is approximately 100% ice covered.  No waterfowl were seen using the wetlands. The wetland cells are still covered with ice as well as the Gatesville Boat ramp.  

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the numbers of waterfowl on the area.
Lake level 1144.07 conservation Pool 1144.4 The dam is releasing 75FS. Republican River gauge is frozen.
Hunting conditions

Poor

No activites/hunting allowed in the Steve Lloyd Wetland/Refuge.

Due to low flows and the lake being below conservation pool, all pumping of the wetland cells has stopped.

Motorized boats are only allowed in Mall Creek wetland, electric motors are considered "motorized". All other wetlands are open to NON motorized boats and walk in hunting.

Lower Smith Bottom and the Gatesville boat ramp have been reopened for the 2013 fall hunting and fishing season.

The lower refuge dike has been repaired and both the upper and lower refuge pools are holding good amounts of water which should help to attract waterfowl to the area.

Flooding in early August filled many of the wetlands but damaged some of the natural vegetation and most of the agricultural crops.

Expected hunting success

Hunter survey report:

Vegetation and water levels are adequate. Flooding in early August has filled most of our wetlands. Many crops and some natural vegetation was damaged to due the early flooding . 

Comments

Do NOT drive on dikes. Vehicles disrupt and discourage waterfowl from using the wetland areas. We have had several dikes being damaged due to unauthorized vehicles driving on them. Scouting is best done on foot to evaluate bird numbers and habitat conditions.

Please report any vehicles on dikes and anyone seen disturbing our pumps. Without the pumps in optimal condition we are unable to pump the wetlands to their greatest potential.

Remember- a free permit is required to hunt waterfowl in the wetland areas on Milford Wildlife Area. These are available at all of the marsh parking areas. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.