If you're willing to hike gear in at least a half mile you can get birds. Ash meadows is not a lazy mans hunting area. Between access restrictions and poor area management in regards to waterfowl its tough going, you have to remember that the place is focused on the pupfish and dace so virtually no resources go into waterowl support. They even cancelled the VOLUNTEER cattail clearing party in September
...it would have cost them nothing and enhanced access to peterson reservoir but she isn't all that hunter friendly so I'm not too surprised. The same can be said for the manager at Pahranagat, the rules say they have to allow hunting but they don't have to make it accessible. (Hence water on the upper "rest" lake and nothing in middle marsh or lower lake.) Over the last two seasons she has dried out and refilled upper lake twice and always says theres no water for the rest of the area. I don't waste the gas anymore but used to enjoy Ash meadows.