OK: Waterfowl Report for November 16, 2011

Waterfowl season is currently open for all zones. For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com. The next waterfowl report is scheduled for November 23.

 

NORTHWEST

Canton – Zone 1: Water level is 11.7 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are good, but none are flooded. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are fair, with mostly Canada's present. Hunter activity has been high, especially on the weekends. Hunter success has been fair on ducks and low for geese. Bird movement has been light, with a majority of geese heading south west of the lake to feed on agricultural fields. Water levels are well below boat ramps.

 

Ft. Supply – Zone 1: Water level is 3.12 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor. Duck numbers are moderate. Goose numbers are moderate. Hunter activity has been high on weekends, with fair success on divers. Bird movement in the area has increased in the past week. The WMA portion of the lake is currently surrounded by approximately 100 yards or more of open shoreline, with no boat ramps open for use.

 

SOUTHWEST

Ft. Cobb – Zone 2: Water level is 3.75 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor due to water levels. Peanuts around the area are currently being harvested and winter wheat being planted around the lake. Duck numbers are low, but rising. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is light, with good success on ducks and low success on geese. Observed increase in bird movement, with most birds using the shoreline around the WMA.

Hackberry – Zone 2: Water level is approximately 5 feet below normal. Habitat conditions in the area are poor, with some winter wheat. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are good. Hunting activity in the area has been low, with no reports of success. An increase in goose numbers has been seen with each frontal passage. All wetland units are dry.

Mtn. Park – Zone 2: Water level is 6.65 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor, with winter wheat currently being planted. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are fair, with most geese using the southwest side of the lake. Hunting activity has been low, with no reports on success. Bird movement in the area has increased, with most birds using the shoreline on the WMA side of the lake.

 

Waurika – Zone 2: Water level is 5.2 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor on the lake, but fair on the wetland units. Duck numbers are low, with mostly gadwalls. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity has been light, with no reports of success. A small increase in birds has been observed at the lake recently.

NORTHEAST

Copan – Zone 2: Water level is 0.5 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are excellent, but still need more water. Duck numbers are low, with mostly teal. Goose numbers are low, with mostly resident birds. Hunter activity has been light, with poor success. Bird movement in the area has been light, but increasing with each northern frontal passage.

 

Deep Fork NWR – Zone 2: River elevation is at 2.38 feet and has been declining. Habitat conditions are good, with water present in ponds and sloughs on the area. Duck numbers: mallard 100; gadwall 100; wood duck 400. Goose numbers: Canada 100. No reports on hunter activity with season currently closed on area, refuge does not open until after the season split. An increase in bird movement has been seen in the area.

 

Eufaula – Zone 2: Water level is 2.86 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are fair to poor at current lake elevation. Farming activity in the area is light. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low, with local resident birds present. No reports on hunter activity or success. No significant bird movement has been reported in the area.

 

Ft. Gibson – Zone 2: Water level is 1.07 feet above normal. Habitat condition is good, with a variety of vegetation present. Duck numbers are low to moderate. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity has been fair, with fair success. Bird movement in the area has been picking up.

Hulah – Zone 2: Water level is 1 foot below normal. Habitat conditions are good, with harvested soybeans and wheat present. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity has been light, with poor success. No reports of any significant bird movement in the area.

Kaw – Zone 2: Water level is 0.91 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are good, with a variety of vegetation present. Duck numbers are good. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity has been light, with fair success. Bird movement in the area has been light, with more activity expected with incoming cold fronts.

 

Keystone – Zone 2: Water level is 0.68 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good, with an abundant supply of natural food resources. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity has been moderate with fair success. Bird movement in the area has been light. Recent rainfall has made a big improvement to the area, with most sloughs and potholes filled enough to provide habitat and hunting opportunity. Southern two units of Cottonwood Creek WDU are also now flooded.

Sooner – Zone 2: Water level is 3 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are fair, with mostly winter wheat in the area and submerged aquatic vegetation in lake. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are low, with resident birds present. Hunting activity has been high, with fair success on ducks and low success on geese. Bird movement in the area has been light, with a variety of birds present.

 

Webbers Falls – Zone 2: Water level is 2.71 feet below normal. Habitat condition is good, with a variety of vegetation present. Duck numbers are low to moderate. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity has been fair, with fair success. Bird movement in the area has been increasing.

SOUTHEAST

Hugo – Zone 2: Water level is 6 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are fair, with a variety of vegetation present. Duck numbers are low, with mallard, teal and coot present. Goose numbers are low, with 50 resident birds. Hunter activity has been light, with no reports of success. Bird movement in the area is picking up, but birds are not staying.

 

Red Slough – Zone 2: All moist soil units are dry, with Unit 21 40% full and Teal Lake 50% full. Habitat conditions are poor, need water. Duck numbers are fair, with around 2,100 birds. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity has been light, with fair success. Good movement of gadwalls and some mallards into the area with recent cold front.

 

Texoma – Zone 2: Water level 7.34 feet below normal. Food conditions in the area are good, but water level needs to rise for in order for it to be flooded. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity has been light, with poor success. An increase in bird movement has been observed in the area, but birds are not staying.

 

Wister – Zone 2: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions are good on the lake and WDU's. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity has been moderate, with poor success.

 

 

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