KS: Marais Des Cygnes Wildlife Area has banner year

Record duck harvest recorded despite dry

PLEASANTON – Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area, near the Missouri
border in Linn County, reported a record breaking-year for
waterfowl hunters in the 2011-2012 season. Duck hunters reported
harvesting more than 8,300 ducks during the 74-day season,
shattering the old record of 6,220 in 1997. Duck hunters made 5,160
trips to the wildlife area, bagging an average of 1.6 ducks per
hunter trip.

“The hunter success rate we had in the 2011-2012 season is
particularly remarkable when one considers the hot, dry summer we
had,” says area manager Karl Karrow. “Marsh vegetation that
provides habitat for ducks does not produce well under the
conditions we had during last year’s growing season, so we used
additional management tools – notably pumping water to irrigate
marsh plants during the summer – to provide good habitat. And
relatively mild weather this winter didn’t freeze the wetlands.
That was a huge factor.”

Nearly 70 percent of ducks harvested were mallards, a species
prized by hunters. Green-winged teal were a distant second,
comprising only 10 percent of ducks harvested.

“While this is great news for hunters,” Karrow adds, “this is
also important to communities near the wildlife area. Most duck
hunters come from outside of the local area, and traveling hunters
spend money on gas, food, and other supplies at local stores. We
saw hunters from North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, and other states.
Any activity that brings more than 5,000 visitors to the area helps
the local economy.”

In addition to the regular duck season, early teal season and
goose seasons provide opportunities for waterfowl hunters on Marais
des Cygnes Wildlife Area. For more information, phone Karrow at
913-352-8941, or visit KDWPT’s website, ksoutdoors.com, and click
on “Hunting/Where To Hunt In Kansas.”


Categories: News Archive

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *