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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Waterfowl Report

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  • Duck season is currently open statewide. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has issued the following area information:
    Hugo - Zone 2: Water level is very low. Habitat conditions are good around lake, with MS1 unit water low and food fair; Sawyer unit is dry with fair food. Duck numbers are low. No geese observed on the area. Hunter activity is low and success is low. Birds are not staying.
    Red Slough - Zone 2: Mostly dry. Plenty of wild forage; will be good when we get some water. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is low and success is unknown. Birds are mainly using the waterfowl refuge area.
    Sequoyah NWR - Zone 2: In general, duck numbers at Sequoyah NWR are low.
    Green-winged teal and wood duck numbers are moderate. Mallard numbers are low but increasing daily. Snow geese have been spotted, but have not yet started using the refuge. Wetland management areas are about a 1/4 flooded.
    Texoma - Zone 2: Water level is 6.5 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor, but a rise in water level would flood Japanese millet and native vegetation. Duck and goose numbers are very low. Hunter activity and success is low. Birds are not stopping due to poor habitat conditions.
    Wister - Zone 2: Water level is 1 foot below normal. Habitat conditions are fair, with smartweed, sedges and acorns present. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is moderate and success is low. No new birds in the area.
    Ft. Cobb - Zone 2: Water level is 5.43 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor due to water levels. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. No reports on hunting activity or success.
    Hackberry - Zone 2: Water level is extremely low. Habitat conditions are poor, with some winter wheat present. Duck and goose numbers are low. No reports on hunting activity or success. Very little bird movement over the last week.
    Mtn. Park - Zone 2: Water level is 10.50 feet below normal. Habitat
    conditions are poor. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. No reports on hunting activity or success.
    Waurika - Zone 2: Water level is 10.3 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor due to drought. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. No reports on hunting activity or success. Wetland units are dry and expected to remain dry throughout season. Waterfowl habitat on the lake is virtually non-existent due to the drought and very low lake level.
    For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com.

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