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Archive for Sunday, December 19, 2004

Surveys show waterfowl plentiful

Check of Clinton Lake wildlife area produces abundance of mallards, snow geese

December 19, 2004

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Late season waterfowl hunters have something to anticipate as Christmas approaches.

While many mallards and geese are still expected to migrate from the north, many state wildlife areas are reporting good numbers of waterfowl.

Other hunters are waiting for the later migrating birds. Ample rainfall throughout the fall also offers good hunting on private land, as well.

Duck hunters who prefer the late season should have ample opportunities. The second segment of the duck season will run Dec. 25 to Jan. 2 in the early zone.

In the late zone, the season will run through Jan. 2 then reopen Jan. 22-30. In the high plains zone, duck season will run through Jan. 4 and also reopen Jan. 22-30.

Canada goose and light goose seasons continue through Feb. 6, and white-fronted goose season through Jan. 28.

A federal conservation order also extends light goose hunting through April 30.

Although numbers may change daily and are approximate, as of mid-December, Wildlife and Parks reported the following waterfowl numbers on state wildlife areas and national wildlife refuges:

Northeast

Clinton -- 1,750 ducks, mainly mallards; 370 Canada geese, 4,200 snow geese.

Hillsdale -- 150 ducks, mostly mallards.

Jeffery Energy Center -- 150 small ducks, 1,000 large ducks, mostly mallards and shoveler; 900 light geese, 200 Canadas.

Milford -- 6,000 ducks, mostly mallards.

Perry -- 5,500 ducks, mostly mallards; 750 Canada geese.

Pomona -- less than 500 ducks, mostly mallards.

Tuttle Creek -- 700 ducks, mostly mallards; 500 Canada geese.

Northwest

Cedar Bluff -- 8,000 ducks, mostly mallards, but a good mix of gadwalls and widgeons; 1,800 canada geese and 25 snows.

Glen Elder -- 5,000 ducks (includes 4,500 mallards and 500 divers); 2,700 Canada geese, 600 white-fronted, and 21,000 light geese.

Jamestown -- 650 ducks, including teal, mallards, wigeon, and gadwalls; 150 Canada and 300 light geese.

Kanopolis -- 2,000 puddle ducks, mostly mallards and pintails, 200 divers; 500 canada geese.

Kirwin NWR -- 64,300 ducks, mostly mallards; 13,000 light geese, 27,000 Canadas.

Lovewell -- 2,000 ducks, including teal, mallards, wigeon, gadwalls, and some divers; 500 Canada and 1,150 light geese.

Webster -- 10,000 large ducks, mainly mallards; 4,000 Canada geese and 1,000 light geese.

Wilson -- 400 ducks, 600 Canada geese.

Southwest

Cheyenne Bottoms -- fewer than 4,000 ducks; 10,000 to 30,000 geese.

Isabel -- approximately 50 mallards.

Quivira NWR -- visit http://quivira.fws.gov for details.

Texas Lake -- 100 mallards.

Southcentral

Byron Walker/Kingman -- 200 ducks, including mallards, gadwall, widgeon, and some divers.

Cheney -- 350 mallards, 200 mixed ducks; 6,000 Canada geese, 1,000 white-fronted, and 700 light geese.

Council Grove -- 400 ducks, including 200 mallards and 200 divers.

El Dorado -- small number of ducks.

Kaw -- 300 duck, including 50 mallards, 250 gadwall, and a few teal; good numbers of Canada geese.

Marion -- 500 ducks, mainly mallards, gadwalls, and divers; 500 Canada geese.

Mcpherson Valley Wetlands -- fewer than 300 ducks, mainly mallards, wigeon, gadwalls, and teal; 100 Canada geese.

Slate Creek -- 200 ducks, including mallards, gadwall and scaup; 100 Canada geese.

Southeast

Elk City -- 3,000 ducks, mostly mallards and a few teal; 8,000 light geese and 300 Canadas.

Fall River -- 100 mallards.

John Redmond/Flint Hills -- 6,200 mallards, 1,500 other ducks; 730 light geese, 250 white-fronted, and 250 Canada geese.

Marais des Cygnes -- 10,000 ducks; 5,000 geese.

Melvern -- fewer than 600 ducks, mostly mallards.

Neosho -- 24,000 ducks, mostly mallards; 200 white-fronted geese, 1,300 light geese, and 600 Canadas.

Toronto -- 100 mallards.

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