The Pryor Times

November 24, 2012

Waterfowl reports


— NORTHEAST



Copan - Zone 2: Water level is 3.5 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are excellent, just need water. Duck and goose numbers are fair. Hunter activity is heavy on weekends and light on weekdays. Hunter success has been fair. Bird movement in the area has been light, but increasing with each northern frontal passage.

Eufaula - Zone 2: Water level is 4 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are 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. Hunter activity is low and success is unknown. Some birds moved in with the last front. Native vegetation and Japanese millet from the millet program are excellent and plentiful, but not inundated at current lake level.

Fort Gibson - Zone 2: Water level is normal. Habitat conditions are good. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is fair.

Hulah - Zone 2: Water level is 4 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are fair. Duck numbers are low. Goose numbers are low, with resident birds present. Hunter activity and success is low. A few birds have moved in with the recent fronts.

Kaw - Zone 2: Water level is 0.97 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are good, with Japanese millet, smartweed and good quantities of native food present. Duck numbers are good. Goose numbers are fair. Hunter activity is light and success is fair. Bird movement is moderate.

Keystone - Zone 2: Water level is 3.8 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are poor to fair. Almost all sloughs and potholes are dry due to extreme drought conditions. Cottonwood WDU over 80% full and filling with excellent food conditions in the majority of the units. Duck numbers are fair. Goose numbers are low. Hunting activity is low and success is fair. Some birds arrived with recent cold front.

Oologah - Zone 2: Water level is 3.34 feet below normal. Habitat conditions are fair to good at current lake level. 300 acres seeded with Japanese millet, but not flooded at this time. Duck numbers are good, with mostly blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, gadwalls, American widgeon, northern shoveler and a mallards. Goose numbers are good, with resident Canada geese and migrants present. Hunting activity and success is fair. Bird movement has picked up in the past week.

Sooner - Zone 2: Water level is 3-4 feet below normal. Habitat conditions on lake is fair. Winter wheat around the area is also in poor condition. Duck numbers are good with a noticeable increase in mallard numbers. Goose numbers are fair with a mix of Canada and white-fronted geese. Hunter activity is moderate to high and hunter success is moderate. Movement of additional birds in the last few days with the cold front.

Webbers Falls - Zone 2: Water level is 2.68 feet above normal. Habitat conditions are good with smartweed, barnyard grass, bidens, cut soybeans, corn, milo and winter wheat in the area. Duck and goose numbers are low. Hunter activity and success is low. Bird movement is slow.