State owned lands report as of Nov 15 2006

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State owned lands report as of Nov 15 2006

Postby greenster » Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:02 pm

Dave Donaldson Black River WMA:
Percent Flooded: 100 percent
Habitat Conditions: Good, with high abundance of mast crop within the GTRs.
Weather Conditions: Highs for the week will range from 47 to 61 degrees. A 70 percent chance of rain is scheduled for Wednesday, and a 10 percent chance for all other days. Lows for the week will range from 31 to 50 degrees. Opening day predications are sunny, high of 53, and low of 32. Sunrise for opening day is 6:43 am.
Duck Abundance: Moderate numbers have been observed on the WMA, with large numbers of ducks and geese being seen in surrounding fields.
Hunter activity/Success: N/A

Shirey Bay Rainey Brake WMA:
Percent Flooded: The Adam’s Brake GTR is 100 percent flooded at 239.5 MSL. The Rainey Brake GTR is 100 percent flooded at 238.0 MSL. The Phase III moist soil unit, River Field and Charles Crisp moist soil units are 100 percent flooded. The Ward Field moist soil unit is 90 percent flooded.
Habitat Conditions: Good
Weather: On opening day of duck season, the forecast is for mostly sunny skies with a high near 55.
Migrations/Observations: A good number of ducks have been observed moving into the area. The farm fields around the management area are holding a fair number of ducks and geese.
Duck Abundance: Good.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A

St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA
Percent Flooded: The Snowden Waterfowl Rest Area is 30 percent flooded and Fields 1, 2 and 3 are 40 percent flooded. Field 4 is less than 1 percent flooded. The current St. Francis River level at Oak Donnick is 212.72 MSL.
Habitat Conditions: The Snowden WRA has a good stand of smartweed, panic grass, millet and sedges. The Payneway WRA has a higher abundance of smartweed within the borrow areas. Acorn production within the floodways is considered good.
Weather Conditions: Conditions will be partly cloudy for most of the week with temperatures in the upper 50’s. A 60 percent chance of rain is forecast on Wednesday, but opening day should be sunny and 57 degrees.
Migrations/Observations: Moderate numbers of ducks and geese have been seen in the area.
Duck Abundance: A fair number of wood ducks are using the timbered areas.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A

Earl Buss Bayou DeView WMA:
Percent Flooded: The current Thompson Tract gauge reading is at 1.10 feet with the South Oliver Tract gauge reading at 0.80 feet. The Thompson Tract is considered full pool with the South Oliver approximately 60 percent flooded.
Habitat Conditions: Acorn production is considered good. A good stand of smartweed and sedges is located within the natural sloughs and along the edges of Lake Hogue Waterfowl Rest Area.
Weather Conditions: A 50 percent chance of rain on Wednesday with temperatures expected to reach the upper 50’s with lows in the 30’s over the weekend.
Migrations/Observations: A fair number of ducks with most utilizing adjacent agricultural fields.
Duck Abundance: A few wood ducks are using the timbered areas.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A

Big Lake WMA:
Percent Flooded: The area is 100 percent flooded in the timber. Ditches are 100 percent flooded. The target is 235.5 MSL in the north woods with a present reading of 236.3 MSL. The target is 234.5 MSL in the south woods with a present reading is 235.35 MSL. Simmons Field unit 100 percent flooded.
Habitat Conditions: Acorn production is good in the timber. The Simmons Field Units have millet and sorghum in the 80 acre field in the north field on the east side. There is millet, smartweed, and sedges scattered throughout.
Weather Conditions: 90 percent chance of rain on Wednesday. A cold front moving through Wednesday will bring the highs in the low 50’s and the lows in the mid to upper 30’s on Thursday and Friday.
Migrations/Observations: Good numbers observed over the past week.
Duck Abundance: Fair
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A

EASTCENTRAL ARKANSAS-

Dagmar WMA:
Percent Flooded: 10 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Bayou DeView is low, but rising
Weather: Mild conditions.
Migrations/Observations: No new flights observed.
Duck Abundance: Few ducks observed.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Only permanent bodies of water available on Dagmar, but some sloughs are beginning to fill. Cache River gauge at Cotton Plant is 15.3 feet and falling.
Mud Slough GTR:
Percent Flooded: 60 percent
Habitat Conditions: Good acorn crop.
Weather: Mild conditions.
Migrations/Observations: No new flights.
Duck Abundance: A few wood ducks.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Water level is 0.8 of a foot below flood pool and rising.
Apple Lake Rest Area:
Percent Flooded: 20 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good acorn crop.
Weather: Mild conditions.
Migrations/Observations: A few wood ducks are using the lake.
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Apple Lake will remain closed to access until after waterfowl season closes.

Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms WMA:
Percent Flooded: 55 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Main impoundments are 1.5 feet below full pool.
Weather: Mild conditions
Migrations/Observations: New flights reported earlier in the week, but warmer temperatures caused the ducks to move.
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: A quota permit draw (two hours before official shooting hours) is held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays throughout waterfowl season. Approximately 15 permits will be drawn on site opening day. A computer online draw established for (5) stations and (one) mobility impaired blind throughout season. Access to hunting stations will be difficult until the area receives significant rainfall due to low water conditions

Henry Gray Hurricane Lake WMA:
Percent Flooded: 30 percent. White River at Augusta is at 22.16 feet and Georgetown 7.91 feet.
Habitat Conditions: Good acorn crop.
Weather: Mild conditions and wet.
Migrations/Observations: Low numbers of ducks.
Duck Abundance: Very low.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Water conditions are very low and will need significant rainfall for improvement.
North GTR:
Percent Flooded: 30 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good acorn crop.
Weather: Mild conditions and wet.
Migrations/Observations: Low population of ducks.
Duck Abundance: Low.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Water conditions are low and the area will need significant rainfall for improvement.
South GTR:
Percent Flooded: 30 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good acorn crop.
Weather: Mild condition and wet.
Migrations/Observations: Low duck numbers.
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Water conditions are very low and will need significant rainfall for improvement.

Rex Hancock Black Swamp WMA:
Percent Flooded: 90 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good acorn crop.
Weather: Mild conditions and wet.
Migrations/Observations: No new flights noted.
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: The Cache River at Patterson is presently at 9.8 feet.


CENTRAL ARKANSAS-

Bell Slough WMA:
Percent Flooded: 30 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Moderate mast crop.
Migrations/Observations: Fair numbers of wood ducks.
Duck Abundance: Very low.
General Comments: The slough is full, but very little water is in the timber.
Rest Area:
Percent Flooded: 5 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good seed production.
Migrations/Observations: None
Duck Abundance: No ducks are being seen.
General Comments: Rainfall is needed.

Holland Bottoms WMA:
Percent Flooded: 10 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good mast crop.
Migrations/Observations: Fair numbers of wood ducks in the ditches.
Duck Abundance: Very low.
Hunter Activity/Success: None
General Comments: Rainfall is needed.
Rest Area:
Percent Flooded: 100 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Moderate seed production.
Migrations/Observations: None
Duck Abundance: No ducks.

Harris Brake WMA:
Percent Flooded: 95 percent
Habitat Conditions: Moderate mast crop.
Migrations/Observations: None
Duck Abundance: Very low.
General Comments: Fair numbers of wood ducks.

Lake Conway:
Percent Flooded: 40 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Normal
Migrations/Observations: None
Duck Abundance: Very few ducks.
General Comments: Lake drawdown in progress through December. Only Pierce and Dix Creeks are open to waterfowl hunting.

SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS-

Bayou Meto WMA:
Upper Vallier:
Percent Flooded: 5 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good
Migrations/Observations: Low
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
Lower Vallier:
Percent Flooded: 10 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good
Migrations/Observations: Low
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
Government Cypress:
Percent Flooded: 2 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good
Migrations/Observations: Low
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
Buckingham Flats:
Percent Flooded: 90 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good
Migrations/Observations: Low
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments:
Temple Island:
Percent Flooded: 5 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good
Migrations/Observations: Low
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments:
Halowell Rest Area:
Percent Flooded: 100 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good
Migrations/Observations: High
Duck Abundance: Moderate to High
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
Wrape Plantation:
Percent Flooded: 50 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Good
Migrations/Observations: Moderate
Duck Abundance: Moderate
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A

Cut-Off Creek WMA:
Open Area
Percent Flooded: 75 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Excellent
Migrations/Observations: Low
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Deep Slough is at 130.7 MSL.
Rest Area:
Percent Flooded: 100 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Excellent
Migrations/Observations: Low
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A.

Seven Devils WMA:
Percent Flooded: 10 percent.
Habitat Conditions: Fair
Migrations/Observations: Low
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Water is too shallow for boat access at this time.

Trusten Holder WMA at Arkansas River:
Percent Flooded: River water only, with variable levels of backwater flooding.
Habitat Conditions: Good
Migrations/Observations: Gadwalls, teal and a few mallards.
Duck Abundance: Few
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Arkansas River gauge at Pendleton Ferry, was 26.1 feet on Nov. 14.

Choctaw Island WMA:
Percent Flooded: River water only, with variable levels of backwater flooding.
Habitat Conditions: Fair
Migrations/Observations: Poor
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
Comments: Mississippi River gauge at Arkansas City was 14.1 feet on Nov. 14.

Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita WMA:
Percent Flooded: 0 percent
Habitat Conditions: Fair
Water Levels: 53.2 feet above sea level below the Felsenthal Lock and Dam. The area will begin to flood when water levels exceed 65.0 feet above sea level.
Duck Abundance: Very few ducks have been reported.
General Comments: Ducks will begin to migrate to the area when water levels rise due to increased precipitation.

SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS-

Dr. Lester Sitzes, III/Bois d’ Arc Lake Rest Area:
Percent Flooded: 80 percent
Habitat Conditions: Good
Weather: Cloudy, raining and cool.
Migrations/Observations: Some new ducks.
Duck Abundance: A few mallards and wood ducks.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Lake is closed for duck hunting.

Dr. Lester Sitzes, III/Bois d’ Arc WMA:
Red Slough Rest Area:
Percent Flooded: 5 percent
Habitat Conditions: Poor
Weather: Cloudy,raining, cool.
Migrations/Observations: Few wood ducks
Duck Abundance: Poor
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Rest area completely closed for duck hunting.
Greentree Reservoir:
Percent Flooded: 5 percent
Habitat Conditions: Good mast crop, conditions should improve with rain and cooler weather.
Weather: Cloudy, raining.cool
Migrations/Observations: Some mallards and gadwall.
Duck Abundance: Poor.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
Little Grassy:
Percent Flooded: Dry
Habitat Conditions: Poor
Weather: Cloudy, raining, cool
Migrations/Observations: No ducks
Duck Abundance: Poor
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A

Millwood Lake:
Percent Flooded: 259.90.
Habitat Conditions: Water is rising slowly.
Weather: Cloudy, raining, cool.
Migrations/Observations: Some ducks observed during aerial waterfowl count.
Duck Abundance: Moderate
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A

Sulphur River WMA:
Mercer Bayou:
Percent Flooded: 50 percent
Habitat Conditions: Water Level is stable
Weather: Some rain possible, cooler temperatures predicted.
Migrations/Observations: Some new ducks arrived with recent cold front.
Duck Abundance: Mostly wood ducks, gadwalls, blue wing teal, green wing teal and a few mallards.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
Henry Moore Rest Area:
Percent Flooded: 75 percent
Habitat Conditions: Good, seed production in the moist soil openings was good
Weather: Some rain possible, cooler temperatures predicted.
Migrations/Observations: Some new ducks arrived with recent cold front.
Duck Abundance: Aerial waterfowl survey counted a few mallards in the rest area.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-

Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA:
Percent Flooded: 70 percent
Habitat Conditions: Good moist soil plants and millet.
Weather: Slight chance of rain with mild conditions.
Migrations/Observations: Several thousand ducks.
Duck Abundance: 50 percent mallards and 50 percent mixed.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Should be a good opening weekend.

Arkansas River Valley:
Percent Flooded: 90 percent
Habitat Conditions: Still have a lot of beans in the field that need to be harvested and good habitat conditions.
Weather: Slight chance of rain with mild conditions.
Migrations/Observations: Large flights of snow geese observed the Nov. 2-3, along with a good number of ducks.
Duck Abundance: Fair
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Best habitat conditions prior to opening season in several years. Excellent conditions on all private land.

Dardanelle WMA:
Percent Flooded: 100 percent
Habitat Conditions: Moist soil units are 100 percent. High-energy seeds are scattered throughout.
Weather: Slight chance of rain with overall mild conditions.
Migrations/Observations: Large flights of snow geese observed the Nov. 2-3, along with a good number of ducks.
Duck Abundance: Numbers are high on islands near the Clarksville/Spadra area with mostly gadwalls, a few mallards and an unusually high number of coots.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Habitat conditions are good. Duck numbers are up and this area should have a good opening weekend.

Ozark Pool:
Percent Flooded: 100 percent
Habitat Conditions: Moist soil units are flooded. Good millet crop and moist soil plants.
Weather: Slight chance of rain with overall mild conditions
Migrations/Observations: Large flights of snow geese observed the Nov. 2-3, along with a good number of ducks.
Duck Abundance: Numbers are high on Dyer Lake with mallards and green-wing teal being reported.
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Should be good opening weekend.

Dyer Lake Cells:
Percent Flooded: 100 percent
Habitat Conditions: Good habitat conditions. Moist soil produced excellent food along with good millet crop.
Weather: Slight chance of rain, overall mild conditions.
Migrations/Observations: Large flights of snow geese observed the Nov. 2-3, along with a good number of ducks.
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Excellent habitat conditions have ducks spread out over the area.

Arkansas River Pool 9:
Percent Flooded: 100 percent
Habitat Conditions: Good. Agricultural fields along the river have good water.
Weather: Slight chance of rain, overall mild conditions
Migrations/Observations: Large flights of snow geese observed the Nov. 2-3, along with a good number of ducks.
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Excellent habitat conditions have ducks spread out over the area.

Petit Jean WMA:
Percent Flooded:
Black Lands Moist Soil Units-100 percent
Slaty Crossing Moist Soil Units-100 percent
Pullen Pond-50 percent
Pond Creek-40 percent
Slaty Pond-50 percent
Santa Fe-100 percent
Habitat Conditions: Excellent hard mast crop in the timber and millet did well in Black Lands fields.
Weather: Clear skies, sunny, highs in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s for opening weekend.
Migrations/Observations: Seeing a few early arrivals, mainly divers. Species noted are ruddy, ring-necked, gadwall, canvasbacks, green-winged teal, shovelers, wood ducks, widgeon, mergansers and a few mallards.
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Need cold weather to push birds down.

Lake Nimrod WMA:
Percent Flooded: 100 percent
Habitat Conditions: Excellent hard mast crop in the timber and millet did well in field systems.
Weather: Clear skies, sunny, highs in the 50’s, and lows in the 30’s for opening weekend.
Migrations/Observations: Seeing a few early arrivals, mainly divers. Species noted are ruddy, ring-necked, gadwall, canvasbacks, green-winged teal, shovelers, wood ducks, widgeon, mergansers and a few mallards.
Duck Abundance: Good
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Need cold weather to push birds down.

Galla Creek WMA:
Percent Flooded: 100 percent
Habitat Conditions: Poor
Weather: Slight chance of rain, overall mild conditions.
Migrations/Observations: None observed.
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: Don’t anticipate a good opening weekend.

Johnson County Rest Area:
Percent Flooded: 60 percent
Habitat Conditions: Good moist soil units produced excellent food with a good millet crop.
Weather: Slight chance of rain, overall mild conditions.
Migrations/Observations: Large flights of snow geese have been observed, along with a good number of ducks.
Duck Abundance: Low
General Comments: No hunting.

Frog Bayou WMA:
Percent Flooded: 65 percent
Habitat Conditions: Good moist soil units produced excellent food, good millet crop,
Weather: Slight chance of rain, overall mild conditions
Migrations/Observations: Large flights of Snow Geese observed Nov. 2-3, along with a good number of ducks.
Duck Abundance: Low
Hunter Activity/Success: N/A
General Comments: N/A
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