Hunting at Perry Reservoir

category : Hunting
Perry Lake has approximately 21,600 acres of public land managed for wildlife. Turkey, deer, quail, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, duck and geese may be found on federal public hunting lands. Most of the actual management work is accomplished by leasing lands to local farmers for agricultural purposes. Special conditions are included in the lease agreements to benefit wildlife. Through these programs, non-game species benefit as well.

Hunting is permitted on most public lands, including agriculture leases, with the exception of several restricted areas. Perry Lake has two refuge areas that are closed to hunting from October 1 until January 15 of each year. Hunting is permitted in these two areas for the remaining two weeks of the hunting season. From September 6 until October 16, waterfowl hunting will be prohibited in areas north of the dam.

Public lands are delineated by yellow survey marker signs mounted on yellow posts. These boundary markers delineate the corners and boundary lines. Anything from the sign to the lake is public property.

Nearly 1,000 acres have been developed as marshes at fourteen locations around the lake. The marshes at Perry Provide some early migrant bird hunting. The big water provides the best late season mallard and diving duck hunting. In dry years, water is pumped to some of the area's 10 marshes to ensure adequate water levels.

Snow geese rest on the lake and feed on nearby private land. Canada geese are not common.

Two waterfowl refuges are maintained at Perry. The open water refuge provides sanctuary for ducks and geese, while the upland game refuge provides food and rest for waterfowl.

Pheasants have increased steadily since the early 1970s. The best pheasant hunting is in the area northwest of Valley Falls.

Quail hunting is usually good a Perry. However, severe winter weather sometimes adversely affects their populations.

White-tailed deer are common and are hunted at Perry.

Cottontail rabbits are common throughout the area. New brushpiles are constructed each winter to provide cottontail habitat.

Squirrels are common along the timbered edges.

Coyotes, raccoons,dove, and turkeys are also hunted.

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