Marais des Cygnes Waterfowl Report

Waterfowl numbers Waterfowl numbers are changing daily with ice conditions.  15,000 +/- ducks, few geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 6.

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

Water levels All units have good water levels for early in the season.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Marshes are still frozen this morning, but ice is generally thin and weak.  This week, hunters have been breaking ice with some success.  If weather predictions are accurate, we anticipate considerable thawing over the next several days.
Hunting success Wednesday and Thursday:  85 ducks / 37 hunters = 2.3 success.  Season:  1,382 / 561 hunters = 2.5 success.  Dark goose harvest = 1.
Comments

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.  Isportsman electronic registration is not available for Marais des Cygnes this season.

There is construction work along the river side of Unit G – for your safety, please stay away from the construction area.

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.