Marais des Cygnes Waterfowl Report

Waterfowl numbers Oct 23 = 2,500 ducks, mostly teal, wood ducks, and early migrants.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 0.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels Unit A-East = 70%, A-North = 40% (pumping), C-South = 0%, E = 100%, F-East = 50%, F-South and F-West = full-->currently discharging water, and G = 50% (very shallow, pumping).  Water levels in refuge units are good.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Good.
Hunting success Teal season total:  389 teal / 209 hunters = 1.9 success.
Comments

Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area is in the Southeast Zone - opening day is November 8.

We cannot pump into Unit C-South until corn is harvested and with current conditions, this will likely not occur for some time yet.  Progress and conditions elsewhere are good.

Waterfowl hunters must register before hunting and report harvest after the hunt (KAR 115-8-1).  Notice: You must fill out reports completely and accurately. False reports will be prosecuted.

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.

Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.