Early October is prime time for Greg Pickett to pick paw-paws along a creek bottom in Elk County. You can read about on Sunday's outdoors page.Word from the major public marshes in the low plains early zone is that most hunters met with success.
CHEYENNE BOTTOMS – Wildlife area manager Karl Grover said Saturday’s opener saw quite a few hunters. The day’s average was about 3.9 ducks per hunter. Sunday the average was about 2.9 ducks per hunter.
Grover said pintails are possibly the most common duck at Cheyenne Bottoms, with good numbers of teal and shovelers about, too.
He described water conditions as “good” and habitat conditions as “excellent.”
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MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS – Manager Brent Theede said Saturday’s opener was probably the most-crowded since the wetlands opened. Success was mixed.
“We talked with guys that had limits and guys who only had one or two,” Theede said. “I don’t think we talked with anybody who didn’t get a bird, though.”
Blue and green-winged teal made up the majority of the birds taken over the weekend.
Oh, problems posting photos online for the Maine moose hunting story have been fixed. They’re at www.kansas.com/outdoors if you’d like to see them.
I’ve been enjoying some of the paw-paws we picked yesterday in Elk County. That story runs Sunday.