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October - March 14

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Waterfowl Report for March 5, 2014

Conservation Order Light Goose Season is opened state wide. For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations log on to wildlifedepartment.com.

For zone maps and complete waterfowl hunting regulations go the Waterfowl Guide.

NORTHWEST

Canton – Zone 1: Water level is 12.8 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor at the current lake level. Winter wheat around the lake is in fair condition. Row crops have been harvested and are in good condition. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is low. Hunter success for geese is unknown. The northwest portion of the lake is dry, and the only usable boat ramp is at the Canadian Campground day use area.

Fort Supply – Zone 1: Water level is .59 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are poor. Local winter wheat is in poor condition. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is moderate. Hunter success is good. Goose numbers have decreased considerably over the past week. The lake and sloughs are currently 100% open and clear of ice.

SOUTHWEST

Fort Cobb – Zone 2 : Water level is 5.76 feet below normal. Habitat conditions poor due to the lake level. Local winter wheat is in fair condition and peanut, soybean and milo harvest is winding down. Duck numbers are high. Goose numbers are high. Hunter activity is high and success is fair. Walnut Slough WDU is dry.

Hackberry – Zone 2: Hackberry Flat reservoir and wetland units are dry. Habitat conditions are POOR. Some native vegetation is present in wetland units. No ducks or geese are present. . No report on hunter activity or success.

Mountain Park – Zone 2: Water level is 13.37 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor due to lake level. Winter wheat is planted on WMA in most fields and is in fair conditions. Duck numbers are low and goose numbers are fair. Hunter activity is low and success is fair. 6 of the 11 units are flooded on the WDU. Large number of snow geese using the lake.

Waurika - Zone 2: Water level is 14.19 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor due to lake level. Winter wheat is in fair to poor condition on WMA area fields. Duck numbers are low and goose numbers are moderate. No information on hunter activity or success. Wetland units are not flooded due to lack of rain.

NORTHEAST

Copan – Zone 2: Water level is normal; however all water is frozen. Habitat conditions are fair. Native plants on units are good; soybean fields on WMA are poor. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is low and success is poor. Birds are using the main body of the lake also have seen birds on WDU’s.

Deep Fork NWR - Zone 2: No report submitted.

Eufaula – Zone 2: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions are poor. Farming activity in the area is light. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is low to moderate and success is low. No millet was planted due to summer lake elevations. Native vegetation is very limited due to higher lake elevation through the summer.

Fort Gibson – Zone 2: Water level is 1.07 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are fair. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is low.

Hulah – Zone 2: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions are fair. Native plants on units and soybean fields on WMA have been harvested. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is low and success is poor. Shallow water has just now opened up from freezing conditions.

 Kaw – Zone 2: Water level is 3 feet above normal. Habitat conditions poor; no millet was planted due to late season flooding and very little native forage is present. Duck numbers are very LOW, very few waterfowl on the WMA. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is low and success is fair on ducks and low on geese. Water is open, few ducks on the lake and surrounding fields, mainly Canada geese present.

Keystone – Zone 2: Water level is .3 feet below normal. On a scale 1-10 habitat conditions are a 2. Soy beans in the area have all been harvested leaving some beans scattered on bare ground and wheat fields in the area are in poor condition. Duck and goose numbers are fair. Hunter activity and success is fair. Most ducks have moved out of the area due to depleted food sources and freezing of sloughs and shallow water. Almost all sloughs are holding some water in the area, but due to the lack of rain elevations are beginning to recede. Cottonwood WDU is 50% full with fair food conditions in the northern most part of the unit.

Oologah – Zone 2: Water level is 0.1 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good. Duck numbers are low and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is low. More birds are moving in with each passing cold front.

Sequoyah NWR - Zone 2: Water level at Kerr are stable. Water levels on Sally Jones Lake are high. Harvested and un-harvested corn, harvested soybeans and winter wheat are present at the Sandtown Bottoms and Webbers Falls Management Units. Snow geese are present in the Webbers Falls area, some limited use has been seen on the Sandtown Bottoms Management Unit. Snow geese are spending substantial periods of time off refuge. Hunter activity is and success is low.

Sooner – Zone 2: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions on lake are poor. Winter wheat around the area is in poor condition. Duck numbers are low, mostly mallards. Goose numbers are fair. Hunter activity is moderate. Hunter success is fair.

Webbers Falls – Zone 2: Water level is 2.47 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are fair with smartweed, barnyard grass, bidens, cut soybeans, corn, milo and winter wheat in the area. Goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is low.

SOUTHEAST

Hugo – Zone 2: Lake level is normal. Habitat conditions are fair. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is moderate and success is fair.

Red Slough – Zone 2: Most wetlands units are full or near full. Habitat conditions are good. No light geese are present.

Texoma – Zone 2: Water level is 7 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor at current lake level. The lake would have to rise 4 feet to get into good habitat. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is high and success is fair.

Wister – Zone 2: Lake level is normal. Habitat conditions are poor. Duck numbers are moderate and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity is very high and success is fair. Most of the ducks are using the WDU’s.