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Waterfowl Report for January 7, 2015.

Duck season is currently open in Zone 1 and Zone 2.  For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com.

 

NORTHWEST

Canton-Zone 1:

Date 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lake Elevation 

1601.9 (13.5 feet below normal)

Habitat Conditions Status 

Not Good.

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Wheat is in fair condition.

Ducks Numbers 

Moderate

Goose Numbers 

High

Hunter Activity 

Low

Bird Movements 

Waterfowl numbers have increased with the last few cold fronts.

Weather Conditions 

Highs in the 30s, lows in the 20s, clear.

Other Comments

The northwest portion of the lake is still dry. The lake is around 80% ice covered but will likely be completely ice covered after the next couple of days.

 

Ft. Supply- Zone 1:

Date 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lake Elevation 

2003.37 (Normal Pool 2004.00)

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Area wheat is in fair condition.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

High

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Good numbers of geese have moved in with the colder weather conditions.

Weather Conditions 

Highs in the upper teens and low twenties, lows in the single digits and teens.

Other Comments

The lake is 90% frozen and all boat ramps are inaccessible due to ice.

 

Salt Plains NWR-Zone 1:

Date 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lake Elevation 

Normal

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Wheat/Good, Stubble Crops/Good, Native/Fair.

Ducks Numbers 

High

Goose Numbers 

High

Hunter Activity 

Low

Bird Movements 

Most birds were moving out North, East, & South of refuge to forage in Ag fields.

Weather Conditions 

Clear, cold, majority of lake and small water bodies ice covered.

Other Comments

Wetland units on refuge continue to be dry due to persistent drought.

 

SOUTHWEST

Ft. Cobb- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lake Elevation 

1334.78

Habitat Conditions Status 

Not Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Fair winter wheat.

Ducks Numbers 

Moderate

Goose Numbers 

Very High

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Geese using wheat fields around lake.

Weather Conditions 

32°F, clear, light wind.

Other Comments

Walnut Slough WDU is partially flooded.

 

Hackberry- Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lake Elevation 

DRY

Habitat Conditions Status 

Not Good.

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Winter wheat.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

None

Bird Movements 

N/A

Weather Conditions 

40 Degrees, NE wind 15, sunny.

Other Comments

All units and reservoir are dry. No water or waterfowl.

 

Mt. Park- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lake Elevation 

15.79 low

Habitat Conditions Status 

Not Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Winter wheat is fair on WMA.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Birds moving around the lake shores in all directions.

Weather Conditions 

35 degrees, clear.

Other Comments

WDU has 1 of 11 units flooded, birds have been present.

 

Waurika- Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lake Elevation 

932.89 18.5 feet below conservation pool.

Habitat Conditions Status 

Not Good.

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Winter wheat in lake vicinity is in good condition.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Unknown

Bird Movements 

No significant movements observed.

Weather Conditions 

Sunny with temperature in the 40's.

Other Comments

Lake is extremely low & at only 30% of norm.

 

NORTHEAST

Copan- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lake Elevation 

710.23 above normal 0.23

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Soybeans good, native foods good.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Birds where seen on main lake.

Weather Conditions 

Cold but sunny.

Other Comments

Shallow water was all frozen, only open water was on main body of the lake. 

Deep Fork NWR-Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lake Elevation 

River and area wetlands are low.

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Smartweeds, sedges, grasses, etc.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Ducks have been scattered throughout the area. More birds observed in area after last front.

Weather Conditions 

Cold. Most water is currently frozen over.

Other Comments

Many wetlands in the area are still dry. Consult the refuge hunting brochure for specific duck hunting regulations.

 

Eufaula- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lake Elevation 

582.48

Habitat Conditions Status 

Not Good.

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Very little farming in vicinity.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Low

Bird Movements 

Some migration ahead of current front.

Weather Conditions 

Cold, clear, light winds.

 

Ft. Gibson- Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lake Elevation 

554.98

Habitat Conditions Status 

Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Smartweed, bidens, millet.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Low

Bird Movements 

Slow

Weather Conditions 

27 Clear

 

Hulah- Zone 2:

Date 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Lake Elevation 

734.15 above normal 1.15

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Cut soybeans and native foods fair.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Low

Bird Movements 

Birds where seen on main body of the lake

Weather Conditions 

Cold and sunny.

Other Comments

Shallow water is all frozen the only open water is on main body of the lake.

 

Kaw- Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lake Elevation 

1012.78

Habitat Conditions Status 

Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Wheat planted in surrounding ag fields, cut bean, corn and milo fields around the lake, a few hundred acres of smartweed is now flooded on the mudflats.

Ducks Numbers 

Moderate

Goose Numbers 

Moderate

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Birds are holding in open water in coves and rafting up in the body of the lake.

Weather Conditions 

Cold, windy, sunny.

Other Comments

Arkansas River Arm of the lake is frozen down to Bear Creek, Beaver Creek Arm of the lake is frozen over shallows where the creek meets the lake. Birds are still using frozen areas, but are difficult to reach. Fewer ducks are observed following this front, species present include Pintail, majority are Mallards, Goldeneye, Gadwall, few teal, and Canada Geese.

 

Keystone- Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lake Elevation 

720.5

Habitat Conditions Status 

Not Good.

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Soybeans along Arkansas River have been harvested.

Ducks Numbers 

Moderate

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

High

Bird Movements 

Very little bird movement in the past two weeks.

Weather Conditions 

Sunny, 30* SSE 8 MPH.

Other Comments

Freezing temperature the past few days have caused the Cottonwood Creek WDU to freeze over, along with all other shallow water in the area making it difficult for ducks to find food. The only shallow water that remains unfrozen is in the rivers where there is a little current, small groups of ducks have been utilizing these areas.

 

Oologah- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lake Elevation 

638 (normal)

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Harvested beans, milo, volunteer wheat-fair.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Hard to determine. Seems scattered and spotty.

Weather Conditions 

Clear, temps low teens warming to low 30's, light wind.

Other Comments

All farm ponds, coves and inlets frozen over. Birds, if present, are forced into open water on the south end of the lake or open areas of the Verdegris River.

 

Sooner- Zone 2:

Date 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lake Elevation 

1-1.5 ft. low

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Winter wheat in good shape, milo, corn and beans harvested.

Ducks Numbers 

High

Goose Numbers 

High

Hunter Activity 

High

Bird Movements 

Steady, concentrating with cold.

Weather Conditions 

Cold, wind N 25-30.

Other Comments

Please follow written procedures for permits and hunt locations.

 

Webbers Falls- Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lake Elevation 

490.23

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Ag Crops near area good.

Ducks Numbers 

Low

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Slow

Weather Conditions 

27 Clear

 

SOUTHEAST

Hugo- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lake Elevation 

408, couple feet above normal.

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Natural

Ducks Numbers 

Moderate

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Low

Weather Conditions 

Teens

Other Comments

Most shallow water iced over, Lake level is up forcing most waterfowl off area to river and other water.

 

Red Slough- Zone 2:

Date 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lake Elevation 

75% full.

Habitat Conditions Status 

Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Plenty of wild forage: toothcup, switchgrass, smartweed, etc.

Ducks Numbers 

High

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Yes, over past weekend with front. Large amount of ducks moved onto the area.

Weather Conditions 

Clear, cold, slight wind.

Other Comments

Received 5 + inches of rain last Thursday and Friday. About half our wetland units are full to near full. All have huntable water now. Large movement of ducks onto area with front. See also mid-winter waterfowl report for Red Slough.

 

Sequoyah NWR-Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lake Elevation 

stable

Habitat Conditions Status 

Good

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Moist-soil units, harvested soybeans, winter wheat, standing corn.

Ducks Numbers 

Moderate

Goose Numbers 

Moderate

Hunter Activity 

High

Bird Movements 

Duck numbers are moderate-low but increasing. Geese use has been unpredictable.

Weather Conditions 

Cold front is expected to change the waterfowl distribution.

 

Texoma- Zone 2:

Date 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lake Elevation 

611.53

Habitat Conditions Status 

Fair

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Smart weed - Good

Ducks Numbers 

Moderate

Goose Numbers 

Moderate

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Active

Weather Conditions 

Cold

Other Comments

Goose numbers - medium size flocks , majority of geese snows & canadas
Ducks - small groups - majority mallards, gadwalls, and varieties of others.

 

Wister- Zone 2:

Date 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lake Elevation 

481.29

Habitat Conditions Status 

Excellent

Crop Types/Status, other food 

Few acorns are left, sedges and smart weed.

Ducks Numbers 

Moderate

Goose Numbers 

Low

Hunter Activity 

Moderate

Bird Movements 

Birds are very call shy at this point in the season with the majority of the movement being within the first three hours after daylight.

Weather Conditions 

Artic front moving in Wednesday.