Outdoors

Weekend hunting report (Nov. 11)

Lake Levels

Lake

Normal

Current

Rel

Cheney

1421.6

1421.91

0

Council Grove

1274.0

1274.14

4

El Dorado

1339.0

1339.19

13

Elk City

796.0

796.62

310

Fall River

950.5

948.91

102

Glen Elder

1455.6

1456.56

27

Grand

742.0

741.99

1431

John Redmond

1039.0

1041.29

339

Kanopolis

1463.0

1465.48

75

Kaw

1009.85

1010.25

3000

Marion

1350.5

1350.42

2

Milford

1144.4

1146.66

200

Table Rock

915.0

911.12

1183

Toronto

899.5

902.15

31

Wilson

1516.0

1517.27

5

Waterfowl Report

Canada goose – through Jan. 1, Jan. 4-Feb. 12

White-fronted Goose – through Jan 1, Jan. 21-Feb. 12

Light goose – through Jan. 1, Jan. 4-Feb. 12

Sandhill Crane – through Jan. 5

Low Plains Early Zone Duck Season – through Dec. 4, Dec. 17-Jan. 1

Cheyenne Bottoms WA: Total duck numbers 10,000-25,000, mostly shoveler, green-winged teal and gadwall, plus 4,000-10,000 white-fronted geese are present. Pool 1A is 22 inches, 1B and 1C are 30 inches, Pool 2 is 18 inches, Pools 3A is 14 inches, 3B is dry except for trapped water, 4A is 19 inches, 4B is 20 inches and Pool 5 is 14 inches. Hunting conditions are fair to good. Success expected to be fair to good.

Jamestown WA: Water levels are good to excellent. Approximately 1,000 ducks, mostly teal, wood ducks and mallards, are present, along with a few geese moving in throughout the week. Hunting conditions are good to excellent, with good water and habitat conditions. Success expected to be fair to good.

McPherson Valley Wetlands: Water levels good, marshes are 95 percent full. Approximately 4,500 ducks were observed, mostly teal, pintail, gadwall and wigeon, along with 300-400 geese. Hunting conditions are good to excellent. Success expected to be fair to good.

Texas Lake: Approximately 50 ducks, mostly teal, were observed. Pool 1, 2, 3B, 3D, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 are full. Hunting conditions are good. Hunting success expected to be fair.

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season – through Jan. 1, Jan. 7-29

Byron Walker: Water levels full in the lake; all north marshes are full and 2 of the 3 south marshes are full. Approximately 100 ducks and 25 geese are present. Habitat conditions are good, with three marshes planted to millet. Hunting success expected to be limited.

Cedar Bluff: Water level is 24.1 feet below conservation pool. Few ducks are present along with 250 Canada geese and a few white-fronted geese. A few sandhill cranes are also present. Conditions rated fair, with little flooded vegetation. Success expected to be fair to poor.

Cheney: Water level is 0.3 feet above conservation pool. No recent waterfowl count. Hunting conditions are poor. Hunting success unknown.

Council Grove: Water level is 0.1 feet above conservation pool. Approximately 400 ducks are on the area. Hunting conditions rated difficult, with bare shorelines making hunter concealment challenging. Success rated poor/fair.

Glen Elder: Water level is 1.0 feet above conservation level. Approximately 15,000 ducks, mostly puddle ducks including mallards, gadwall, wigeon, shovelers and teal, 400 Canada and 300 white-fronted geese are present. Hunting conditions are fair, with abundant flooded vegetation. Hunting success expected to be fair.

Isabel WA: The main lake is full. Very few waterfowl are present. Hunting conditions are fair. Hunting success expected to be poor.

Kanopolis: Water level is 2.5 feet above conservation pool. No recent waterfowl report. Hunting conditions are fair, with flooded vegetation available. Expected hunting success unknown.

Lovewell: Water level is at conservation pool. Approximately 11,000 ducks, 80 Canada and 60 white-fronted geese are present. Hunting conditions are fair to good, with flooded shoreline habitat. Hunting success expected to be good.

Marion: Water level is at conservation pool. No recent waterfowl report. Hunting conditions are fair, with good vegetation present for hunting cover. Expected hunting success is unknown.

Quivira: Whooping cranes have been seen recently on the area and Quivira is CLOSED to hunting. Water levels fair to good, with water in many hunting pools. South marsh is dewatered for control structure repairs. Approximately 36,000 ducks, mostly pintails, wigeon, teal, and gadwall, and 24,000 geese, mostly White-fronted, are present, as well as 2,000 sandhill cranes. Check www.fws.gov/refuge/Quivira for Whooping Crane presence and hunting closure information.

Slate Creek: Approximately 100 ducks, mostly teal, are on the area. Hunting conditions are good, with water in all pools. Hunting success expected to be fair to poor.

Webster: Water level is 3.2 feet below conservation pool. Approximately 600 ducks, with teal and a mix of fall migrants, are present, along with approximately 300 Canada geese. Hunting conditions are fair to good, with good flooded shoreline vegetation. Hunting success expected to be fair to poor.

Wilson: Water level is 1.2 feet above conservation pool. Approximately 600 ducks, mostly wigeon, gadwall and shovelers, are present along with approximately 400 Canada geese. Habitat conditions are fair to good, with some flooded vegetation along the shorelines. Hunting success expected to be fair.

Low Plains Southeast Zone Duck Season – Saturday-Jan. 1, Jan. 7-29

El Dorado: Water level is 0.2 feet above conservation pool. Approximately 1,000 ducks, mostly redheads, and 250 Canada geese are present. Hunting conditions are poor with little waterfowl attracting vegetation available. Hunting success expected to be poor.

Elk City: Water level is 0.6 feet above conservation pool. Approximately 9,000 ducks, mostly teal, gadwall and wigeon, are present. Hunting conditions are fair. Hunting success expected to be fair to good.

Fall River: Water level is 1.6 feet below conservation level. No recent waterfowl count available. Hunting conditions are difficult due to recent water level fluctuations. Expected hunting success to be unknown.

Marais des Cygnes: Approximately 24,000 mixed ducks, mostly teal, and 150 Canada geese are present. Most marshes have fair to good water. Hunting conditions are rated good. Success expected to be fair.

Neosho: Approximately 13,500 mixed ducks are on the area. Water levels poor. Hunting conditions fair, with tall vegetation. Hunting success expected to be fair.

Toronto: Water level is 1.7 feet above conservation pool. No recent waterfowl count available. Hunting conditions are difficult due to recent water level fluctuations. Expected hunting success is unknown.

High Plains Duck Season – through Jan. 1, and Jan. 20-29

Norton: Water level is 13.3 feet below conservation pool. Approximately 450 ducks observed on the area, along with 50 Canada geese. Recent reservoir rise has inundated terrestrial vegetation. Hunting conditions are fair to good. Hunting success expected to be fair.

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