Oklahoma Waterfowl Report for January 4, 2012

Waterfowl season currently open in Zones 1 and 2. For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com. The next waterfowl report is scheduled for January 18.

NORTHWEST

Ft. Supply – Zone 1: Water level is 2.31 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor, with local winter wheat also in poor condition. Duck numbers are moderate. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity has been high on the weekends and moderate during the week. Hunter success has been fair on ducks and low on geese. Duck movement has been fair in the area the last week. The WMA portion of the lake is currently surrounded by approximately 50 yards or more of open shoreline, there are no boat ramps open for use.

Salt Plains NWR – Zone 1: Water level is slightly below normal. Habitat conditions are good. Recent rains have increased water in wetlands. Duck numbers are good. Goose numbers are good. Sandhill Crane numbers are good. Geese are heading north, east, and southeast of the lake to feed on agricultural fields and sandhill cranes heading southeast, east and northeast onto agricultural fields.

SOUTHWEST

Ft. Cobb – Zone 2: Water level is 3.60 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor due to water levels, with winter wheat on the area in fair condition. Duck numbers are high. Goose numbers are high. Hunter activity has been fair, with good success. Geese observed using the area wheat fields.

Hackberry – Zone 2: Water level is approximately 6.5 feet below normal. Habitat conditions in the area are fair, with some winter wheat. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are excellent. Hunter activity has been moderate, with good success. Geese in the area are mainly feeding on private land, but some are using the WMA fields.

Mtn. Park – Zone 2: Water level is 6.68 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor, with winter wheat planted and growing. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are good. Hunter activity has been light, with fair success. Geese in the area observed using the WMA fields on the southwest side of the lake.

NORTHEAST

Copan – Zone 2: Water level is 0.85 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are excellent, with native vegetation present. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are fair. Hunting pressure in the area has been high. Most birds observed using the main body of the lake.

Ft. Gibson – Zone 2: Water level is 0.47 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good, with a variety of vegetation present. Duck numbers are moderate. Goose numbers are moderate. Hunting activity in the area has been moderate, with fair to good success. Bird movement in the area has been slow.

Hulah – Zone 2: Water level is 1.35 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good, with harvested soybeans and wheat present. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. Hunting pressure has been high on the area in the last couple weeks. Most birds observed using private ponds around the area.

Kaw – Zone 2: Water level is 3.25 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are excellent, with a variety of vegetation present. Duck numbers are good. Goose numbers are good. Hunting activity has been light, with very good success. Most birds are using ponds during the day, and returning to the lake in the evening.

Keystone – Zone 2: Water level is 0.5 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good, with an abundant supply of natural food resources available. Duck numbers are low to fair, with a majority of ducks seen on the Arkansas River mudflats south of Cleveland. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity has been high over the past couple weeks, with fair success. Heavy hunting pressure has moved many birds out of the area. All sloughs and potholes have filled enough to provide habitat and hunting opportunity. Southern two units of Cottonwood Creek WDU are pumped.

Webber Falls – Zone 2: Water level is 2.97 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good, with a variety of vegetation available. Duck numbers are moderate. Goose numbers are low to moderate. Hunting activity in the area has been moderate, with fair to good success. Bird movement in the area has been slow.

SOUTHEAST

Texoma – Zone 2: Water level 3.92 feet below normal. Food conditions in the area are good. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are fair. Hunting activity has been light, with fair success. Recent cold fronts have not produced any large amounts of birds. Boat access continues to be a problem.

Wister – Zone 2: Water level 0.51 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good, with various food sources available. Duck numbers are moderate. Goose numbers are low.

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