Statewide waterfowl report just mouse click away
There will be never be a replacement for windshield time or boot leather when it comes to finding ducks and geese, however waterfowl hunters can do a little “virtual scouting” by logging on to the Wildlife Department’s Web site. Statewide waterfowl reports are available at www.wildlifedepartment.com/watrfowl.htm.
For instance, this week’s reports indicates that Kaw Lake in northcentral Oklahoma is a real hotspot for mallards. According to Ron Folks, wildlife biologist at Kaw Wildlife Management Area, as many as 30,000 ducks can be found on the upper end of the lake. The Department’s annual millet planting efforts at the reservoir were particularly successful this year, which is good news for ducks and duck hunters.
Kaw Lake certainly isn’t the only prime waterfowling spot in the state. Good numbers of Canada geese are using the wetland units at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in southwest Oklahoma and more mallards are moving into Hugo Lake in southeast Oklahoma.
Not only can hunters find a report of the number of ducks and geese in the area - the site also offers a status report of the habitat conditions at wetland development units across the state.
Waterfowl hunters should be sure they have a state waterfowl license and a federal waterfowl stamp, along with their Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) Permit. The free HIP permits are required to be carried by all migratory bird hunters in the United States. Data collected from the surveys helps state and federal migratory bird biologists better gauge bird harvests and hunter numbers, which are used to improve migratory bird management.
For complete details see the “2004-05 Oklahoma Waterfowl Hunting Guide” available at hunting license vendors or log on to wildlifedepartment.com.
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