The Milford Wildlife Area has approximately 500 teal on the area, according to the KDWPT, with many wetlands still full of flood water from heavy rains earlier this month.
It says vegetation growth and seed production have been desirable in many of the wetland areas, but the high flood waters are expected to severely damage the quality and food value of the vegetation in the wetlands for the entire waterfowl season.
The roads are back open at Tuttle Creek, but the KDWPT reports low bird numbers so far with only 20 ducks counted. Good hunting conditions are expected on the wildlife area.
The agency also reported:
• Jeffrey Energy Center near St. Marys had fewer than 10 ducks as of Sept. 7, offering poor conditions for hunting hoping to use the wildlife area.
• Hillsdale Reservoir is currently without a manager, so pumping will be minimal this waterfowl season. That is likely to have a negative effect on the waterfowl numbers in the area.
• Clinton’s latest reported saw 84 large Canada geese, 22 mallards and 52 blue-winged teal.
• Benedictine WA also has seen low bird numbers but has quality hunting conditions in all wetland complexes.