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Waterfowl Report for October 29, 2014

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

 

NORTHWEST

Canton-Zone 1:

Date 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lake Elevation 

13.2 feet below normal at 1602.2 (normal = 1615.4

Habitat Conditions Status 

Not Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Winter wheat is mostly planted and in fair condition.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Migration activity has been slow but duck numbers have increased slightly over the last week

Weather Conditions 

Hot and dry, highs in the upper 80's

Other Comments

The NW portion of the lake is still dry. The only usable boat ramps are at the Canadian day use area.


 

Ft. Supply- Zone 1:

Date 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lake Elevation 

2003.24

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Native plants around the lake, most local wheat fields are up and in fair to good condition.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

High

Bird Movements 

Very little bird movement

Weather Conditions 

Hot and windy opening weekend.

Other Comments

Birds just have not arrived yet, there are some teal in the area.


 

SOUTHWEST

Ft. Cobb- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lake Elevation 

1335.01

Habitat Conditions Status 

Not Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Peanut harvest is in full swing

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Unknown

Bird Movements 

None

Weather Conditions 

86 degrees and sunny


 

Hackberry- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lake Elevation 

Dry

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Winter Wheat/Fair, some Milo/Fair

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Low

Bird Movements 

N/A

Weather Conditions 

Partly Cloudy, 63 degrees, Lt south wind

Other Comments

Due to exceptional drought conditions in our region all of Hackberry Flat WMA wetland units are dry.


 

Mt. Park- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lake Elevation 

1395.66

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Milo- good in WDU

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Unknown

Bird Movements 

None

Weather Conditions 

85 degrees and sunny


 

Waurika- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lake Elevation 

933.45

Habitat Conditions Status 

Not Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Wheat planted and starting to come up

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Unknown

Bird Movements 

None

Weather Conditions 

Temperature in 80s

Other Comments

Lake extremely low. Waterfowl habitat conditions are poor. Vegetation exists on dry lake bed but will not be used by waterfowl unless significant rainfall occurs this fall. Lake is 18 feet below conservation pool.

Season currently closed.


 

NORTHEAST


 

Copan- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lake Elevation 

710.33 .33 Above normal

Habitat Conditions Status 

Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Native plant are flooded, Soybeans not cut.

Ducks Numbers 

Moderate

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Low

Bird Movements 

Upper end of lake and on WDU's

Weather Conditions 

82 very warm for October

Other Comments

Two weeks ago had six inches of rain, all ponds lakes and back water areas are full. 
Flooded vegetation is great, just need colder weather to bring birds down.


 

Eufaula- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lake Elevation 

582.64

Habitat Conditions Status 

Not Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Very little farming in area

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Unknown

Bird Movements 

None observed

Weather Conditions 

Windy, unseasonably mild

Other Comments

No millet was planted this summer. Lake elevation was too high preventing conditions for planting in the date window. Native vegetation is very limited due to higher lake elevations through the summer.


 

Ft. Gibson- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lake Elevation 

556.60

Habitat Conditions Status 

Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Smartweed, millets, bidens

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Unknown

Bird Movements 

Some birds coming in ahead of next front

Weather Conditions 

Warm, windy, 74


 

Hulah- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lake Elevation 

734.29 1.29 above normal pool

Habitat Conditions Status 

Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

native vegetation, uncut soybeans

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Low

Bird Movements 

Main body of the lake

Weather Conditions 

82 very warm.

Other Comments

Two weeks ago had 4 inches of rain which filled all pond and lakes in the area. 
Flooded vegetation looks great. Just need colder weather to bring birds down.


 

Kaw- Zone 2:

Date 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lake Elevation 

1009

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Corn, soybeans, wheat in ag fields surrounding the lake. Millet, smartweed and duck potato dominate the mudflats on the Arkansas river arm.

Ducks Numbers 

Moderate

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Low

Bird Movements 

Waterfowl are heaviest is the mud flats.

Weather Conditions 

Zero cloud cover. No wind. Air temp 42F.

Other Comments

Observed Coots, Teal and Gadwall. Gadwall an low numbers compared to the abundance of teal and coots. Waterfowl are congregating over the mudflats on the Arkansas River arm.


 

Keystone- Zone 2:

Date 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lake Elevation 

722.44

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Millet, Smartweed, Sedges

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Unknown

Bird Movements 

Very little bird movement likely due to unseasonably warm temperatures

Weather Conditions 

77 S wind @ 11

Other Comments

Very good food conditions around the lake, especially along the mud flats of both rivers. Most food is above the water right now, lake elevation needs to be at 723.25 in order for water to start covering food.


 

Oologah- Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lake Elevation 

641 (up 3 feet)

Habitat Conditions Status 

Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Wheat fair, soybeans and milo good

Ducks Numbers 

Moderate

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Low

Bird Movements 

More birds coming in with each passing cold front

Weather Conditions 

Fair, low to mid 50's. Light rain last night


 

Sooner- Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lake Elevation 

Average

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Winter wheat in fair condition.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Unknown

Bird Movements 

Some waterfowl movement at this time, and possible more with small weather fronts on the way.

Weather Conditions 

North winds 8 mph, Sunny, mid 70's

Other Comments

Other observations, 2 bald eagles, good numbers of Coot. Good luck on hunt.


 

Webbers Falls- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lake Elevation 

489.91

Habitat Conditions Status 

Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Smartweed, millets, bidens, farm crops nearby

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Unknown

Bird Movements 

Some birds arriving ahead of next front

Weather Conditions 

Warm, windy, 74


 

SOUTHEAST 

Hugo- Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lake Elevation 

Above normal

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Sedges, smartweed

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Unknown

Bird Movements 

None

Weather Conditions 

Cloudy temp 61

Other Comments

Lake above normal, moist soil units water fair, food good, duck numbers low


 

Red Slough- Zone 2:

Date 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lake Elevation 

Low. Most wetland units still dry.

Habitat Conditions Status 

Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Good amounts of wild forage available. No planted crops.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Low

Bird Movements 

Small movement noticed over past few days.

Weather Conditions 

Clear and hot.

Other Comments

Just a very few Gadwall, Ringnecks, and Wigeon starting to come in.


 

Texoma- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lake Elevation 

610.74

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

No crops, limited native vegetation present

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Unknown

Bird Movements 

None

Weather Conditions 

Hot


 

Wister- Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lake Elevation 

479

Habitat Conditions Status 

Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Acorns-fair, sedges and smart weed - good

Ducks Numbers 

Moderate

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity

Low

Bird Movements 

Birds moved in with last weather front

Weather Conditions

Sunny and 75 degrees with slight north wind