Oklahoma Waterfowl Report – 30 October 2013


Waterfowl Report for October 30, 2013

Duck season is currently open for Panhandle Counties and Zone 1. Zone 2 opens Nov. 2. For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com.

NORTHWEST

Canton – Zone 1: Water level is 13.1 feet below normal. Native vegetation is in good condition, but currently not flooded. Winter wheat around the area is mostly planted and is in fair to good condition. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low, with mostly residents. Hunting activity was high on opening weekend. Hunting success was fair on ducks and low on geese. The northwest portion of the lake is dry, and the only usable boat ramp is at the Canadian Campground day use area.

Ft. Supply – Zone 1: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions are fair, some native food is available around the lake. Duck numbers are good mostly teal and some diving ducks. Goose numbers are very low. Hunting activity has been high. Hunting success has been good on ducks, mostly teal. Bird movement was good during opening weekend of the season but numbers have declined since the weekend. All boat ramps are currently open, some ramps on the west side of the lake will be closed starting Nov. 1.

Salt Plains NWR – Zone 1: 19,125 ducks and 2,430 geese are present.

SOUTHWEST

Waurika – Zone 2: Water level is 13.29 feet below normal. Lake level is extremely low and habitat conditions are poor. Area winter wheat is planted and is in fair condition. Duck numbers are low, very few were observed. No geese were observed. No reports on hunting activity or success with season currently closed in Zone 2. Wetland units are dry and will not be pumped unless there is a significant rise in lake level.

NORTHEAST

Copan – Zone 2: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions are excellent. Native plants on units are excellent; soybean fields on WMA are poor. Duck numbers are low, with mostly teal. Goose numbers are low, with mostly resident birds. No reports on hunting activity or success with season currently closed in Zone 2. Youth hunting days were slow, with low success. Bird movement in the area has been light, but increasing with each northern frontal passage.

Eufaula – Zone 2: Water level is .75 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor. Farming activity in the area is light. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low, with local resident birds present. No reports on hunting activity or success with season currently closed in Zone 2. A few migrant flocks of whitefronts were observed moving over the area in the past week. No millet was planted due to summer lake elevations. Native vegetation is very limited due to higher lake elevations through the summer.

Hulah – Zone 2: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions are excellent with native plants on units and soybean fields on WMA. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low, with resident birds present. No reports on hunting activity or success with season currently closed in Zone 2. Bird movement in the area has been light, but increasing with each northern frontal passage.

Kaw – Zone 2: Water level is 2 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor as no millet was planted due to late season flooding and there is very little native forage present. Duck and goose numbers are very low. Some ducks have started moving in. Birds are concentrated on water over mudflats. No reports on hunting activity or success with season currently closed in Zone 2.
Keystone – Zone 2: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions are poor to fair. Almost all sloughs are holding some water in the area, those with smartweed seem to have plenty of food. Cottonwood WDU over 50 percent full, with good food conditions in the northern most flooded units. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunting activity was low for the youth season, and youth hunters had fair success. No reports on current hunting activity or success with season currently closed for Zone 2.

Oologah – Zone 2: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions are good. Duck and goose numbers are low. No reports on hunting activity or success with season currently closed in Zone 2.

Sooner – Zone 2: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions are fair. Winter wheat around the area is in fair condition. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. No reports on hunting activity or success with season currently closed in Zone 2.

SOUTHEAST

Hugo – Zone 2: Water level is slightly above normal. Habitat conditions are fair. Duck and goose numbers are low. No reports on hunting activity or success with season currently closed in Zone 2.

Red Slough – Zone 2: Wetlands are basically dry. Lots of good forage but almost no huntable water. Duck numbers are low but birds are on the reservoir only. Goose numbers are low. No reports on hunting activity or success with season currently closed in Zone 2.

Wister – Zone 2: Water level is 1.5 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good, with smartweed, sedges and acorns present. Duck and goose numbers are very low. No reports on hunting activity or success with season currently closed in Zone 2.

Website: www.wildlifedepartment.com
E-mail: fishingreport@odwc.state.ok.us

This program operates free from discrimination on the basis of political or religious opinion or affiliation, race, creed, color, gender, age, ancestry, marital status or disability. A person who feels he or she may have been discriminated against or would like further information should write: Director, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152, or Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.

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