OK: Waterfowl Report for February, 1 2012

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NORTHWEST

Canton – Zone 1: Water level is 11.45 feet below normal. Habitat
conditions are fair, but none are flooded. Duck numbers are fair,
with a decrease in mallard numbers since December. Goose numbers
are fair, with mostly Canada’s present. Water levels are well below
boat ramps.

Ft. Supply – Zone 1: Water level is 1.96 feet below normal. Habitat
conditions are poor, with most of the winter wheat also in poor
condition. Goose numbers are low, with very little recruitment over
the past week. The WMA portion of the lake is currently surrounded
by approximately 50 yards or more of open shoreline, no boat ramps
are open for use.

Salt Plains NWR – Zone 1: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions
are good. Wetlands in public hunt area are full. Duck numbers are
good. Goose numbers are good. Sandhill Crane numbers are good.
Hunter success has been good, with geese using ag field within unit
and ducks increasing on wetlands. Geese are heading north, east,
and southwest 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 3.41 feet below normal. Habitat
conditions are poor due to water levels. Winter wheat is in fair
condition. Goose numbers are high. Geese in the area have been
using the wheat fields.

Hackberry – Zone 2: Water level is approximately 7 feet below
normal. Habitat conditions in the area are poor, with some winter
wheat. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are good. Geese are
mainly feeding on private lands, with some using the WMA wheat
fields.

Mtn. Park – Zone 2: Water level is 6.92 feet below normal.
Habitat conditions are poor. Goose numbers are fair. Geese seen
using fields on the southwest side of the lake.

Waurika – Zone 2: Water level is 5.9 feet below normal. Habitat
conditions are very poor on the lake, but fair on the wetland
units. Winter wheat present on most area agricultural land, and in
good condition. Goose numbers are fair. No significant bird
movement in the past couple weeks.

NORTHEAST

Copan – Zone 2: Water level is 1 foot above normal. Habitat
conditions are fair. Native plants in fair condition around the
area, and wheat has been planted but very short. Duck numbers are
low. Goose numbers are low. Bird movement continues to increase
with each cold front.

Deep Fork NWR – Zone 2: River elevation 2.29 feet above normal at
Beggs. Ponds, sloughs and wetlands all have water and plenty of
food is present on the refuge. Duck numbers: mallard 600; gadwall
200; bufflehead 50; wood duck 600; ring-necked 50. Goose numbers:
Canada 300. An increase in bird movement on the area has been
observed over the past couple weeks.

Eufaula – Zone 2: Water level is 0.81 feet above normal. Habitat
conditions are excellent, with native vegetation and Japanese
millet present. Farming activity in the area is light. Duck numbers
are good. Goose numbers are low, with local resident birds present.
No significant bird movement observed in the area over the past
couple weeks.

Ft. Gibson – Zone 2: Water level is 0.64 feet above normal.
Habitat conditions are good, with a variety of vegetation
available. Goose numbers are low to moderate. Bird movement in the
area has been light.

Hulah – Zone 2: Water level is 1 foot above normal. Habitat
conditions are good, with harvested soybeans and wheat present.
Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low. A few ducks were
observed moving into the area with the recent cold fronts.

Kaw – Zone 2: Water level is 0.13 feet above normal. Habitat
conditions are fair, with smartweed present. Duck numbers are fair.
Goose numbers are low. Bird movement in the area has been light.
Some birds observed using the lake.

Keystone – Zone 2: Water level is 0.4 feet above normal, and
dropping. Habitat conditions are fair, with natural food sources
available, but deminishing. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are
low. Some ducks have been moving into the area due to recent warm
weather. Most sloughs and potholes are beginning to dry up, forcing
birds to main lake. Southern three units of Cottonwood Creek WDU
are flooded.

Oologah – Zone 2: Water level is 0.54 feet below normal. Habitat
conditions are fair at current lake level. Some flooded millet at
current lake elevation, but lake level needs to rise to normal
elevation for maximum food availability. Duck numbers are poor,
with mostly gadwall, very few mallards and some divers present.
Goose numbers are fair, with migrant Canadians and blue geese in
the area. No significant bird movement observed in the area over
the past couple weeks.

Sooner – Zone 2: Water level is 1.5 feet below normal. Habitat
conditions are poor, with winter wheat in the area in fair
condition. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are good. Bird
movement in the area has been light recently.

Webber Falls – Zone 2: Water level is 2.52 feet above normal.
Habitat conditions are good, with a variety of vegetation present.
Goose numbers are low. Bird movement in the area has been
light.

SOUTHEAST

Hugo – Zone 2: Water level is 7.16 feet above normal. Habitat
conditions are fair, with a variety of vegetation present. Duck
numbers are low. Goose numbers are fair, with 2,500 snows present.
Bird movement in the area has been light.

Red Slough – Zone 2: Most moist soil units at least half full or
more. Habitat conditions are fair to good. Duck numbers are fair.
Goose numbers are low. No significant bird movement in the
area.

Texoma – Zone 2: Water level 0.04 feet below normal. Food
conditions in the area are good, with native vegetation and
Japanese millet available. Duck numbers are good. Goose numbers are
low. No significant bird movement in the area.

Wister – Zone 2: Water level 12 feet above normal. Habitat
conditions are good, with various food sources available. Duck
numbers are very low. Goose numbers are very low. No significant
bird movement in the area.

 

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