Ducks

Duck

Most of the 27 species of ducks which frequent Kansas are produced in states and the Canadian provinces to the north. Although 14 species of ducks are known to have nested in Kansas, the major portion of the resident breeding population, estimated at about 20,000 pairs, is composed of wood ducks, blue-winged teal and mallards.

From 1984 through 2003 the total number of ducks reported during the 14 surveys conducted annually (two per month, September through March) on major waterfowl areas in Kansas varied from a high of 3,959,000 in 1998 to a low of 1,194,000 in 1991, and averaged approximately 2,081,000 annually. Generally speaking, duck numbers and harvest declined from levels experienced during the 1970’s, when an all time high of 10,015,000 ducks were reported during waterfowl surveys in 1972, and the average number observed each year (1970-79) was 5,820,000. This decline in Kansas duck numbers is largely due to loss of breeding habitat in Canada and states north of Kansas, aging of our reservoirs, and changing agricultural practices in our state.

Central Flyway

The five most common ducks observed during the 14 annual surveys in Kansas include the mallard, northern pintail, green-winged teal, gadwall and blue-winged teal. Kansas is about half way down the Central Flyway’s eastern tier of states, an area crossed by some of the major migration routes of ducks. Of the five most common ducks, blue-winged teal are the first to arrive, peaking in September and early October. The next major influx of migrants occurs in late October and early November. Northern pintail begin a major buildup in late October, with green-winged teal and gadwall arriving and peaking during the first half of November. Mallards are the last of the top five to arrive, peaking in late December. The mallard is king in our state, with numbers observed commonly reaching 300,000 during the second half of December.

Although the migration chronology of Kansas ducks varies considerably from year to year, depending on weather, there is usually a gradual increase in duck numbers beginning in late August and peaking during December or early January. While data summarized on a statewide basis may show a gradual buildup of ducks, the numbers observed on a particular wetland may have migration characteristics quite different from the “state average”. A common misconception is that there is a gradual movement of ducks, north to south, during the fall and early winter periods. However, a shallow marsh near the Oklahoma border may have peak numbers in late October while a reservoir near the Nebraska border may not see maximum numbers until late December. Within Kansas, the type of habitat has a greater influence on the timing and species composition of the duck migration than does the location.

Over the long term, the fall and winter populations of ducks in Kansas should roughly correlate with the breeding population index for these species. However, numbers observed are influenced by habitat conditions in our state. Even in years of high flyway populations, poor habitat conditions in Kansas will lower fall populations and harvest in Kansas. Conversely, in years of low flyway populations, good habitat conditions in Kansas will raise Kansas fall populations and harvest.

mallard pair

Mallards - photo Mike Blair

During the past six years (1999-2004), Kansas duck hunters averaged approximately 119,000 duck hunting days, and harvested about 228,000 ducks annually. The highest Kansas duck harvest reported occurred in 1971, when an estimated 430,000 ducks were taken. In recent years, mallards have comprised about 50 percent of the total harvest, followed by gadwall at about 14 percent, and green-winged teal at 12 percent.

The future of ducks, unlike geese, is troubling. The long term degradation and loss of wetlands and native prairie on their breeding grounds is a serious problem that is difficult to address. The combination of the agricultural Conservation Reserve Program and record breaking rainfall allowed breeding numbers to rebound during the 1990’s to levels similar to those observed during 1970’s. However, discontinuance of the Conservation Reserve Program, or a return to normal rainfall levels on the breeding grounds, will have severe negative impacts on duck production and fall flights. Federal and state agencies, along with a number of private organizations are working to maintain quality breeding habitat, but the task is difficult and far from being accomplished.

CURRENT WATERFOWL NUMBERS ON WILDLIFE AREAS

For weekly updates on waterfowl numbers on Wildlife Areas during the fall and winter period go to the regional waterfowl reports.

REGULATIONS

Waterfowl Hunting regulations are set annually. Click here to view the latest Kansas Hunting & Furharvesting Regulations Summary.

Youth Waterfowl Seasons: In each of the duck zones, two days are set aside for youth waterfowl hunting (ducks and dark geese). Hunters 15 and younger may hunt under the supervision of an adult 18 or older. The adult may NOT hunt.

Youth Season Daily Bag Limit: 6 (which may include no more than 1 canvasback; 2 scaup; 2 redhead; 1 pintails; 3 wood ducks; and 5 mallards(2 hens). All ducks, coots, mergansers, light geese and dark geese are legal to take.

Youth Season Possession Limit: Double the legal daily bag.

Legal Methods of Taking Waterfowl

Bow and arrow, falconry, or shotgun no larger than 10-guage. Shotguns shall not be able to hold more than three shells.

Illegal Methods of Taking Waterfowl

No person shall take migratory game birds:

1) With a shotgun capable of holding more than three (3) shells, in the magazine and chamber combined.

2) With a trap, snare, fishhook, net, rifle, pistol, shotgun slug, shotgun larger than 10 gauge, poison, drug, or explosive.

3) With the use or aid of electronically amplified or recorded bird calls, or imitations of bird calls or sounds.

4) From a sink box (a low floating device, having a depression affording the hunter means of concealment beneath the surface of the water).

5) From or by means of any motor boat or sail boat unless the motor has been completely shut off and/or the sail furled, and its progress from there has ceased.

6) By the use or aid of live decoys. All tame, captive ducks and geese must be removed 10 days before hunting.

7) By driving, rallying, or chasing birds with any motorized conveyance or any sail boat to put them in range of the hunters.

Wanton Waste

By regulation, hunters must attempt to find any game crippled or killed. Retrieved animals must be kept until: 1) cleaned, 2) eaten, 3) taken home, 4) taken to a taxidermist or processor, or 5) given to another person.

Possession of Live Birds

Wounded waterfowl reduced to possession shall be immediately killed and included in the daily bag.

Transporting Harvested Waterfowl

One fully-feathered wing and /or head must remain attached to waterfowl when transported.

Shipment

No person shall ship migratory game birds unless the package is marked on the outside with: 1) the name and address of the person sending the birds, 2) the name and address of the person to whom the birds are being sent, and 3) the number of birds, by species, contained in the package.

Giving or Receiving Waterfowl

No person may receive, possess, or give to another, any freshly killed migratory game birds as a gift, except at the personal abodes of the donor or donee, unless such birds have a tag attached, signed by the hunter who took the birds, stating the hunter’s address, the total number and species of birds, and the date such birds were taken.

Tagging Requirements

No person shall put or leave any migratory game birds at any place (other than at his personal abode), or in the custody of another person for picking, cleaning, processing, shipping, transportation, or storage (including temporary storage), or for the purpose of having taxidermy services performed, unless such birds have a tag attached, signed by the hunter, stating his address, the total number and species of birds, and the date such birds were killed. Migratory game birds being transported in any vehicle as the personal baggage of the possessor are not considered as being in storage or temporary storage.

Electronic or Mechanically Operated Decoys

The use of electronic or mechanically operated decoys that do not produce bird sounds is legal.

Waterfowl Baiting Regulations

Baiting regulations differ between doves and waterfowl, and are among the most troublesome for hunters to understand. For detailed information on waterfowl baiting go to http://www.le.fws.gov/HuntFish/waterfowl_baiting.htm

Some general baiting rules that waterfowl hunters should remember:

- They may not place, expose, deposit, distribute or scatter salt, grain or other feed that could lure waterfowl to, on or over the area where they are hunting.

- They may not hunt a baited area until 10 days after all bait or feed has been completely removed.

Hunters are responsible for ensuring that the area they plan on hunting has not been baited before they start hunting.

- Hunters may hunt all migratory game birds over natural vegetation that has been mowed or manipulated in other ways, or where seeds or grains have been scattered solely as a result of a normal agricultural planting or normal soil stabilization practice.

- Hunters may use natural vegetation to conceal or construct a blind.

- Hunters may hunt waterfowl over standing crops, standing flooded crops and flooded harvested cropland.

DUCK IDENTIFICATION

Duck regulations include species and sex specific restrictions. The ability of hunters to identify and select desired targets before shooting is important in managing the harvest and allowing maximum hunting opportunity without jeopardizing the future of our waterfowl resource. For help with duck identification go to  -- http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/tools/waterfwl/waterfwl.htm

POPULATION AND HARVEST DATA

A number of population and harvest surveys are conducted annually that are utilized in the development of waterfowl management programs and regulations. To view data for Kansas and the Central Flyway, go to http://www.flyways.us/

REPORTING BANDS

Information obtained from band recoveries reported by hunters and other individuals is, along with harvest and population data, critical to the management of our waterfowl resources. Information derived from banding includes the distribution of the harvest from a particular banding area, the timing of the harvest and most importantly, the harvest rate. This information is utilized annually in the development of harvest frameworks and final regulations. To report a band call 1/800/327/2263 or go to http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/homepage/call800.htm

THE FLYWAY PROCESS OF DEVELOPING REGULATIONS

Flyways

Since most ducks are migratory birds crossing state and national boundaries, regulations and management practices that affect their population numbers must extend beyond our state and include other agencies. Establishing waterfowl regulations is an annual process that can be roughly divided into two areas. The first involves the activities of the states and provinces, working through their respective Flyway Councils in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to develop season frameworks. “Frameworks” set the limit on maximum season length and bag limit, shooting hours, and the earliest opening and latest closing dates of the season for a particular species. This process of developing frameworks begins in December and doesn’t end until August.

Once the frameworks are established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has the ultimate authority for the welfare of our migratory bird resources, the states begin the second part of the annual regulatory process. This second phase involves developing and adopting season dates, bag limits and shooting hours specific to their jurisdiction. A state can always be more restrictive than allowed by the frameworks, but it cannot be more liberal. The primary consideration when developing frameworks is the long-term welfare of the species or resource. Although this consideration is still present when states develop their specific hunting regulations, greater emphasis is placed on providing the greatest amount of hunter opportunity and satisfaction within the limits of the frameworks.

The basis for a rangewide approach to duck management was provided by Fredrick Lincoln, who initiated the first large-scale banding in the United States in 1922. As Lincoln received bands from his ducks, he became convinced that waterfowl management would have to be tailored to the different migration routes. In 1935, he suggested that four flyways be established across the United States and that management regulations be tuned to the situations that prevailed in those flyways. Adoption of his proposal was slow, and it was not until 1948 that the Flyway system was implemented.

Kansas is located within the Central Flyway, which is composed of ten states including Montana and North Dakota to the north, extending south through Texas and New Mexico. Only that area of the West Tier states east of the Continental Divide is currently included within the Central Flyway boundaries. Although the basic responsibility for the management of waterfowl rests with the Federal Government, the states must be involved. In order to transcend state borders, the ten Central Flyway states have joined administratively and formed the Central Flyway Council. The directors of the state fish and game agencies of the flyway states, or their designated representatives, constitute the official voting members of the Council. Delegates from the Canadian provinces participate in Council activities, but do not vote on regulatory recommendations. The Council provides an excellent forum for communication and understanding the problems throughout the flyway and attacking these problems in a cooperative, scientific way. Much of the information needed for the management of ducks is continuously being obtained through banding, survey, and research efforts, planned and conducted by the Flyway Council and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Range Map
Ducks
License Information

All waterfowl hunters 16 and older must have a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Waterfowl Stamp), and all hunters who are required to obtain a hunting license must also have a Kansas State Waterfowl Stamp and a Kansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) stamp before hunting ducks, geese, or mergansers. (Those not required to have a Kansas hunting license include people hunting their own land, and residents 15 and younger)

NEW FOR 2016:  The 48 Hour Waterfowl hunt license is no longer available for KS waterfowl hunters, it has been replaced by the Annual Hunt License.

Annual Hunting License - All resident hunters age 16 through 74 must have a resident hunting license unless exempt by Kansas Law.  Nonresident hunters, regardless of age, must have a nonresident hunting license.  Annual hunting licenses can be purchased online by clicking here or through all licensed agents, or Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism offices.

Waterfowl Stamps and Licence - All Waterfowl stamps and licenses can be bought at any licensed Agent , Pratt Operations Office , or online, EXCEPT for the Federal Waterfowl Stamp which is bought at a US Post Office, KDWPT Regional and Park Offices, and select license agents.  All Waterfowl stamps are good through season.

  • Kansas HIP Stamp: $2.50
  • State Waterfowl Stamp: $10
  • Federal Waterfowl Stamp: $26.50 - Purchased at any KDWP office or at any US Post Office.

State stamps are available at any licensed agent, online , Pratt Operations Office or Regional office. Federal stamps are available at a US Post Office, Pratt Operations Office or Regional office . Federal stamps must be signed across the face of the stamp.

Waterfowl stamps are not required to hunt Coot, Dove, Rail, Snipe, Woodcock, or Sandhill Crane. HIP is required.

If hunting Sandhill Crane, in addition to a hunting license ( if required), a federal sandhill crane hunting permit issued through and validated by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is required to hunt cranes. Crane permits obtained in other states are not valid in Kansas. The validated permit ($7.50 validation fee) is available at any licensed agent , online , Pratt Operations Office , or Regional office .

All Kansas sandhill crane hunters must pass the "Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters" before obtaining a sandhill crane hunting permit.

"Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters." Click this link to take an online test that provides information about identifying whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, and look-alike species, as well as the hunter’s ability to choose safe shots. The test is both entertaining and informative and only takes a few minutes.

Regulations
115-18-08 (PDF - 58.99 kB)

Retrieval and possession of game animals and migratory game birds - Requirements

115-09-08 (PDF - 9.53 kB)

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.

115-25-19 (PDF - 149.48 kB)

Doves - Management Unit, Hunting Season, Shooting Hours, and Bag and Possession Limits

List of Ducks Recorded in Kansas

27 Species of Ducks Recorded in Kansas

Wood duck Aix sponsa
Green-Winged Teal Anas crecca
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Gadwall Anas strepera
Eurasian Wigeon Anas Penelope
American Wigeon Anas Americana
Canvasback Aythya valisineria
Redhead Aythya Americana
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Greater Scaup Aythya marila
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
Common Eider Somateria mollissima
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
Oldsquaw Clangula hyemalis
Black Scoter Melanitta nigra
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Barrow’s Goldeneye Bucephala islandica
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Waterfowl Reports

Use the map below to pick a region you would like to look at Waterfowl Reports.

CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 3/26/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are currently No Snow Geese                                                                                                                                                   MMR -1
Water level 26.5 ft. low
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success NA
Comments

Contact Cedar Bluff Area Office 785-726-3212 for more information.

Water Refuge is in effect November 1- January 31

Land Refuge is in effect September 1 - January 31

North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting.

Youth / Mentor hunting is also available

Zebra Mussels are present a Cedar Bluff Reservoir.  Please clean and dry all equipment, decoys and boats before hunting other bodies of water.

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 3/23/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS  at Glen Elder WA are required to check in and out daily.  This regulation went into effect on September 1, 2017. Users are encouraged to utilize the ISportsman electronic daily hunting permit system, but may also use the phone system or the 3 paper card stations that are on the property. Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ for more information.

Dabbling Ducks - 45,000 (mixture of mallards, pintails, and wigeon)

Diving Ducks - 10,000

Canada geese - 31,000

Light geese - Maybe 1 - 2,000 snow geese left hanging around.  

Mallard Migration Index (3)

Water level Approximately 1' foot below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Poor. Most of the snow geese moved out last week.
Comments

Spring Conservation Order for Light geese open Feb. 19 - April 30, 2018.

Spring migration won't last much longer.  Its a great time to see a variety of species.

Both Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31st.  

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is located in the Granite Creek Refuge and is in effect from October 1 - January 31. Waterfowl hunting from the shoreline area is allowed in the Youth-Mentor Area as long as EACH adult is hunting with a youth 17 years or younger. Boats of any sort are prohibited in the Granite Creek Refuge.

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in Waconda Lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.



JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 3/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2,000 Snow Geese observed 3/7/18.

2,500 ducks, mostly Pintail and 50 dark geese  

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area.

Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 10 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

Managers released all of the water out of Marsh Creek in preparations for some work on the Marsh Creek Dam.  Water levels have dropped in Marsh Creek, Gun Club and Gamekeeper.  The off storage pools that were pumped during the fall of 2017 will continue to hold water.

Due to the extremely dry conditions this fall, most of the water that has been pumped has dropped significantly.  All of the areas pumped still offer good habitat and hunting opportunities.

North Buffalo Creek marsh is full and has approximately 8 - 14 inches of water, South Buffalo Creek marsh is 95% full and has 8-16 inches of water except for the drainage channel which is deeper.  Gun Club East has very little sheet water left but is freezing easily. Access trails have been mowed to most of the off storage pools that will be pumped. Greenwing Marsh and the Mitigation Marsh have been pumped and are holding at about 10 inches in depth and deeper in the channels.  Scouting before your hunt is highly encouraged.  The downloadable map link below depicts the pools that will have water, along with highlighted access trails to those pools.

Hunting conditions

The shallow water should attract some snow geese, however most of the birds that come through are staying for less than two days then moving on. 

Habitat conditions are good to excellent in the off storage pools and in Buffalo Creek Marsh where the pumping has occurred.  Managers have planted millet in some areas of Buffalo Creek South marsh and the marsh between Greenwing and Gun Club. 

REMINDER:  The light goose Conservation Order runs through April 30, 2018.

iSportsman is still in use.  Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out when they hunt the area.

This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.

REFUGE IS OPEN

Expected hunting success Fair, depending on migrations and pressure. 
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

Light Goose Conservation Order: February 19 - April 30, 2018

Hunters are now REQUIRED to check in using the electronic permitting system.

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

  1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.
  2. Provide hunter information.
  3. ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

Hunters need to make sure they have all the appropriate licenses and stamps for hunting waterfowl.  The following are required:

2017 Kansas hunting license

State waterfowl stamp

Federal waterfowl stamp

Kansas Harvest Information Program Stamp (HIP)

PUDDLER AND RINGNECK MARSHES ARE DESIGNATED FOR YOUTH AND MENTORS ONLY. EACH HUNTER 16 YEARS AND OLDER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ONE OR MORE YOUTH UNDER 16 YEARS OLD.

Marsh Creek Marsh is for non-gasoline powered boats only, this includes electric motor boats and boats with no motors. Gasoline engines are prohibited.

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

THE REFUGE IS CLOSED FROM OCTOBER 1 TO JANUARY 31 on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh.

Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 4/24/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 85 mallards, 300  other puddle ducks.  60 Canada geese. About 70 Light geese.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 1
Water level Reservoir is at 1581.9 or 0.7 feet below conservation pool (1582.6) or 94.6% full. Inflows to Lovewell(58.2 cfs) from the Courtland Canal. Outflows to the Kansas Bostwick irrigation District have ceased. Irrigation season ended September 15. Drawdown was later this season so not much vegetation on the bare mudflats.
Hunting condition Fair. Most mudflats covered and concealing vegetation is close to the shoreline. We received over 0.25" of precipitation so we have mud.DUCK and DARK GOOSE SEASON IS CLOSED.
Expected hunting success  Poor on the WA and poor on private land.
Comments

PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE PARK. NEW REFUGE REGULATIONS:THE LAND REFUGE CLOSED  TO HUNTING YEAR ROUND. CLOSED TO OTHER ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH MARCH 31. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH APRIL 15 on the NORTHEAST half of the reservoir and Wildlife Area from 1/8th mile west of the south end of the dam and following a buoy line northwest to the western boundary of the Cabin Area. No hunting from the park shoreline.. INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH APRIL 15. All boat ramps frozen. In the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area). Wildlife Area ramps are open. All boat ramps are useable at this reservoir elevation. Wildlife Area Boat Ramps (Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek) do not require a permit. Camping cabins are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • HUNTERS USING BOATS MUST EXERCISE EXTRA CARE WHEN BOATING IN COLD WATER AND NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH KANSAS BOATING REGULATIONS
  • OBTAIN PERMISSION BEFORE HUNTING PRIVATE LAND. IF WRITTEN PERMISSION IS REQUIRED ALL HUNTERS IN THE PARTY MUST POSSESS WRITTEN PERMISSION.

FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

FREE DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTING ON THE AREA. ELECTRONIC PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE. REGISTER AT THE i-SPORTSMAN LINK ON THE KDWPT WEBSITE. Lovewell Wildlife Area has been requiring all hunters to register with our paper card, Hunter Survey System and this is still required but a new system called i-Sportsman is now in effect that allows hunters to check-in and check-out electronically with a PC, smartphone, any mobile device and even a rotary dial phone. Hunters are encouraged to pre-register for an account on-line and must do so from a PC, establish a password and  PIN. This will really speed up the process over the card system. Follow this link to get registered. https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE LOVEWELL STATE PARK INFORMATION CENTER IN FRONT OF OR DIRECTLY WEST OF THE LOVEWELL OFFICE under the concrete shelter. If you can't get into iSportsman, please make an effort to completely fill out a daily hunt card.  The information is valuable so please keep trying to check-in, even after the hunt.We do not want technical issues to prevent someone from hunting. If using the card system, the top portion of the two-part permit must be filled out and returned to the survey station prior to hunting and the bottom portion kept with the hunter to record hunting activity. After the hunt the bottom portion is also returned to the survey station where the permits will be collected and information recorded to assist managers with improving the area.This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.  We thank you for your patience. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!

PLEASE DO NOT PICK-UP DEAD GEESE, DUCKS or OTHER MIGRATORY BIRDS YOU FIND IN THE STATE PARK OR WILDLIFE AREA. IT IS ILLEGAL. THE STATE PARK IS NOT OPEN TO HUNTING. TO POSSESS A MIGRATORY BIRD ANYWHERE YOU MUST HAVE A VALID HUNTING LICENSE FOR THE STATE YOU ARE IN AND FOLLOW THE SEASON, BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS FOR THAT STATE.  WILDLIFE DIE FROM NATURAL CAUSES LIKE DISEASE, OTHER HEALTH ISSUES AND SOMETIMES FROM THE RIGORS OF MIGRATION. SOME OF THESE WILDLIFE HAVE BEEN WOUNDED AND MAKE IT BACK TO THE ROOST ONLY TO SUCCUMB FROM THEIR WOUNDS. PARK AND WILDLIFE AREA STAFF MONITOR THE SHORELINES AND PERIODICALLY SAMPLE WILDLIFE FOR SIGNS OF DISEASE. IF YOU SEE EVIDENCE OF ANY LARGE DIE-OFFS OF MIGRATORY BIRDS IN YOUR AREA PLEASE NOTIFY A KANSAS WILDLIFE AND PARKS OFFICE OR EMPLOYEE. THANKS 



NORTON - Last Updated: 3/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1500 ducks. 1200 dark geese. 400 light geese.

Mallard Migration 3 (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir is close to the same elevation as last year. The lake is approximately 12 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions The lake is 50% frozen.
Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Moderate
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

Blinds may be used and must be constructed of natural herbaceous materials or woody debris that are present on the site.  Blinds constructed of non-natural materials must be removed from the property each day.  Please do not bring materials from off-site. 

DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED FOR 2017

Teal Season: September 16 - Sept. 24, 2017

Regular Duck Season:  October 7, 2017 - January 1, 2018 AND January 20-28, 2018.

Goose Season: October 28 - 29, 2017 AND Nov 8, 2017 - February 18, 2018

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 2/12/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

50 mallards, and 250 dark geese

REMINDER: DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED

Water level 1463.48; at conservation pool
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 3

This Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak mallard numbers).

Hunting conditions Fair to good; waterfowl are using private agricultural fields to feed (PERMISSION IS REQUIRED TO HUNT PRIVATE GROUND)
   
Comments

Kanopolis Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone. 

Early teal season is open Sept 9-24, 2017

Remember the refuge area on the northwest part of the lake is closed to all access SEPT 1- JAN 31 except by special permit.



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 2/23/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

20,000 ducks (mostly mallards) 20,000 Canada geese, and 1,000 snow geese.   

Mallard Migration Rank 1 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level 0.5 feet above conservation level.
Hunting conditions Inflows in 2017 raised the reservoir to 2.5 feet above conservation level.  Releases to maintain the reservoir at this level and then irrigation releases have resulted in the reservoir being presently at conservation level.  Unlike last year, late summer drawdown results in mudflats along shoreline with little vegetation.  These areas will provide geese with good loafing areas but make shoreline duck hunting more difficult.  However, boat hunters will find many areas of flooded timber.  The area from the southeast corner of the reservoir west to 9 Road is designated as "No Motorized Boats" and is intended for use by walk-in hunters.
Expected hunting success Fair to good.  Majority of birds feeding off area on private land.
Comments

 

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

The Refuge on the water ends on Jan. 31.  However, hunting in or from  the shoreline inside the State Park or along the face of the dam is prohibited. 

Teal Season

Sept. 9 - 24, 2017

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season        CLOSED

Oct 28 - Dec 31, 2017 AND Jan. 20-28, 2018 

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 28-29, 2017 and Nov. 8, 2017-Feb 18, 2018

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  Oct. 28-Dec. 31,2017, and Jan.27-Feb. 18, 2018

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 28-29, 2017 and Nov. 8, 2017-Feb. 18, 2018

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 19 - April 30, 2018

ICE CONDITIONS

50% of lake covered with ice.

Boat ramps will be iced in. 

 

 2017 - 2018 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 2/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

13,000 ducks; mostly mallards and common goldeneyes; 12,000 dark geese and 5,000 light geese

REMINDER: DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED

Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 7

The Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak Mallard Numbers)

Water level 1516.14; at conservation pool
Hunting conditions Reservoir is currently 98% ice covered. Ice conditions will be highly variable over the next few days, with multiple freeze/thaw cycles expected.
Expected hunting success Fair to good - those who are able to find agricultural fields with birds (PERMISSION IS REQUIRED ON PRIVATE FIELDS) should have good opportunities.
Comments

Wilson Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone 

Refuge CLOSED SEPT 1 through JAN 31

Contact Corps of Engineers at 785-658-2551 for hunting restrictions around Minooka, Lucas and Sylvan Parks

Contact Wilson State Park at 785-658-2465 ext. 1 for hunting restrictions around Hell Creek and Otoe Parks



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BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 2/5/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Mallard Migration Rank:    (Estimate of potential mallard numbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest) 
Water level

A map of our wetlands is now available under the Wetland Map tab to the right.

All pumps have been shut off and special hunts have ended.  As of 2/5/18 all wetlands are froze over. 

Wetland #1

Wetland #2

Wetland #3

Wetland #4

Wetland #5

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. The application and drawing will take place online only in 2017. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

Hunting conditions Special hunts have ended. 
Expected hunting success  
Comments  



CLINTON - Last Updated: 2/23/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

02/23/18

The following is a summary of the most recent waterfowl survey (02/23/18)

Canada geese (440) Mallards (90), Hooded Mergansers (66), Common Merganseres (520), and Goldeneye (460).

Other species observed: Bufflehead (21).

The lake is nearly free of ice and waterfowl was found throughout.

 

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 2

Lake level 875.56 (at pool)
Hunting conditions

We are dropping the water levels on Elk Creek marsh, Coblentz marsh and East Coblentz to begin burning followed by disking as soon as the areas dry out.

Shadden- boards are still in and the areas still has some water

Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To register, please go to  https://kdwpt.isportsman.net. This will be mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters. The card survey stations have been removed. Plan ahead and sign up for I-sportsman now.  

Please remember that trapping is also allowed on the Wildlife Area.

Rock Creek Boat Ramp is CLOSED.

 
 



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 3/12/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers 23 Canada geese seen on today's survey, no snow geese. Dabbling ducks seen included mallard, gadwall, shoveler, blue- and green-winged teal, pintail, and widgeon. Also seen were hooded merganser, bufflehead, goldeneye, ring-necked duck, wood duck and coot.
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - empty. Drained for maintenance

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 3/4, 50% is ankle to knee deep

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 3/4 full, mudflats over ~20%

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Full

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - None

Comments  Remember to check-in to iSportsman prior to each hunt. 



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 2/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks: <200 

Geese: Approximately 200 Canada geese and <5,000 snow geese

Parts of the lake remain frozen and snow goose numbers on the area fluctuate drastically depending on hunting pressure and time of day. 

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Fair for geese
Comments

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

Individuals wishing to hunt Unit #2 of the wildlife area must enter through the main gate and sign in at the guard house. Be sure to have a photo I.D. with you when checking in.

Hunters are required to drive maintained roads only. A map will be provided to all hunters showing open roads as well as parking areas. Vehicles are allowed to park in parking areas only.



MILFORD WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/26/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Approximately 500 ducks and 3,500 geese were observed around the wetlands and main lake this week.  As wetlands are thawing out, please use caution when hunting.

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the numbers of waterfowl on the area.

Lake level Current Level is 1143.52 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 500 CFS. The inflow into the lake is unavailable due to ice.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production has been desirable in many of the wetland areas.  All managed wetlands either have or are being pumped at least partially for this time of the year.  Water levels should continue to rise throughout the waterfowl season as conditions permit.

No activites/hunting allowed in the Steve Lloyd Wetland/Refuge.

Motorized boats are only allowed in the Mall Creek wetland, electric motors are considered "motorized". All other public hunting wetlands are open to NON motorized boats and walk in hunting.

Expected hunting success Fair, most waterfowl were observed on open pockets of water throughout the wetlands and reservoir.  Some waterfowl are using the river.
Comments

Do NOT drive on dikes. Vehicles disrupt and discourage waterfowl from using the wetland areas. We have had several dikes being damaged due to unauthorized vehicles driving on them. Scouting is best done on foot to evaluate bird numbers and habitat conditions.

Please report any vehicles on dikes and anyone seen disturbing our pumps. Without the pumps in optimal condition we are unable to pump the wetlands to their greatest potential.

Remember - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Milford Wildlife Area. Hunters can register and check in using the I-sportsman system from any phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.



PERRY - Last Updated: 2/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 02/14/2018 and around 6,000 ducks were observed and 2,000 Dark Geese were observed mainly around Lake Perry. Some wetlands are beginning to open up and the Delaware River remains frozen and portions of Perry Lake are beginning to open up, mostly out away from shorelines. 

*DON'T FORGET TO USE THE ISPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM WHEN HUNTING AT PERRY WILDLIFE AREA. THIS IS A FREE AND REQUIRED DAILY HUNT PERMIT SYSTEM THAT ALL HUNTERS MUST USE WHEN ACCESSING THE AREA. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 5 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 0.75 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
Water levels are not adequate in the Kyle Marsh for launching of boats. We will hold water in West Kyle Marsh this season and will be dependent on rainfall and runoff to fill it. As of now we will not be pumping any water into the Kyle Marsh this duck season to allow for continued draining and drying of the East unit for renovation work. West River marsh has had a significant amount of water pumped into both the upper and lower units and will have huntable water for opening weekend.   

Our new marsh pump project that will pump the Reichart and Northwest Marshes has been awarded and construction will begin the Winter of 2017. It is unlikely that the pump will be complete in time for this years waterfowl season.

Expected hunting success Poor to Fair
Comments
With only one flood event in early spring, conditions were favorable for getting work done in many of the wetland pools this season. Everything from tree/brush removal, disking, spraying, and seeding were done in many different pools this summer.  
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools.  Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.

Kyle: Again, we will not be pumping Kyle Marsh this season for renovation work needed in the East Unit.  Kyle West: We will be holding water in this unit and relying on rainfall/runoff for filling to the level to launch boats into. We will update this report as the water levels change. The west unit did dry down significantly this season to allow for some spraying of non-desirable plants which also allowed for some good response of native wetland vegetation around the edges. The majority of the unit is still open water like most years. HCR - 5

West River: Once again, with help from the Leavenworth Ducks Unlimited Chapter we were able to spread Millet and Sorghum in both the upper and lower units of West River. A significant amount of tree/brush removal was conducted in both the upper and lower units of West River along with some cocklebur spraying.  North- HCR-9, South- HCR-8. Pumping has begun and will continue until full pool is reached throughout the season.

Upper Ferguson: We performed a late draw down in this unit that promoted excellent native wetland vegetation. We also got in and sprayed some cocklebur and perennial smartweed which allowed the millets and annual smartweeds to dominate. This is our refuge marsh and closes October 1st through January 15th. Some of the best native vegetative growth on the area. HCR-10.

Lassister: Water was held in Lassiter West and water levels are still up near full. HCR-4 by holding water we sacrificed our chances for good native vegetative growth and good amounts of cattails and Lotus began to show up as well. Lassiter East was drained and half of it has corn planted in it. We will not begin collecting water in this unit until the corn is harvested. HCR - 8

Northwest: Nearly all woody vegetation was removed from within this unit. Corn was planted in this wetland to provide food for ducks and also to hep with the Reed Canarygrass issue that was covering most of the wetland. The new water control structure is installed in the East part of the wetland. We will not begin collecting water in this wetland until the corn is harvested.  HCR-8  

Headquarters: This wetland was drawn down to allow for some milo planting and native vegetation to grow and we got a good response. HCR-8. 

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was drawn down this spring and the vegetative growth was decent. Some American Lotus and Cockleburs were sprayed in this unit as well. HCR-6.

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but has reached full pool with recent rains. The vegetation growth has been good this summer with some German Millet spread as well. HCR-8.

Reichart: This unit was drawn down and a significant amount of brush/tree removal occurred. We also sprayed some non-desirables and spread some millet. This unit also has corn planted in it to help with reed canaraygrass issues and other than the ditches of the lower unit, we will not begin to collect any water until the corn is harvested.  HCR-8. 

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.

Perry WA has transitioned to a daily permit system called iSportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Perry WA. Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

   



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/23/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

0 ducks   200 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =

Water level The lake is currently at 1073 and steady. 
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  The marshes and most of the river are frozen.



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CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 4/20/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  25,000 ducks, mostly shovelers and teal.  Few nesting pairs of Canada geese
Water level iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  Pool 1A is near 26", 1B and 1C are around 23".  Pool 2 is near 13", Pool 3A is about dry, 3B is about dry, 4A is 9", 4B is about dry, and Pool 5 is dry. 
Hunting conditions

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  Burned cattails in Pool 5 on 2/14/18.  Almost all cattails in Pool 5 have been disked at least twice.  Pools 3A, 3B, and 4B are drying out and about ready for work. 

Burned about 1,500 acres of uplands and small wetlands in Pool 5 and 3B. 

Use the foot crossings along the 3B/4A road, 3A, and along 4B as channels have been dug out for de-watering and are very deep. 

Expected hunting success iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  Fair, similar to last year.  
Comments

MOTORIZED BOATS ALLOWED ONLY DURING OPEN WATERFOWL SEASON

LEGAL SHOOTING HOURS ARE 30 MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

UNLAWFUL TO SHOOT FROM ROADS OR DIKES ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

DO NOT PARK BLOCKING ROADS, GATES, BOAT RAMPS, FOOT CROSSINGS, ETC.

NO TRASH POLICY ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

Regular Ducks, Low Plains Early Zone, -

Goose Seasons:

Canada -

Whitefront -

Light -

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  

Hunters are required to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system. 

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2. Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx



ISABEL - Last Updated: 2/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 400 geese - mostly Canadas, a few whietfronts.
Water level The west pool adjacent to Hwy. 42 is nearly dry.  The main lake is 75% full.  The pool south of the main lake is dry, and there is a small amount of water to the east of that on the east side of the county road.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Regular duck season (Low Plains Late Zone) is Oct. 28-Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 20-28, 2018.
Comments

Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system this year. 

KDWPT IMPLEMENTED AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM STARTING THE 2015-2016 HUNTING SEASONS

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1.  Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2.  Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER.

PAPER PERMITS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT ISABEL WETLANDS. iSportsman WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY ON THIS AREA IN 2017-2018.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 1/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 1/18.  100% ice-covered.
Water level Pools 1, 2, & 6, 7, & 8 are full.  There is water north of pool 6.  Pool 9 is 20% full.
Hunting conditons 100% ice-covered.  Duck season has closed. This site will be updated if any geese start using the area.
Expected hunting success Regular duck season (Low Plains Early Zone) is Oct. 7 - Dec. 3, 2017 and Dec. 16-31, 2017.
Comments

KDWPT IS CONTINUING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2017-2018 HUNTING SEASONS

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1.  Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2.  Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER.

PAPER PERMITS MAY STILL BE AVAILABLE AT SOME OF THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.



This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 2/12/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Hunters! Bids closed for the NAWCA wetland project as of 10/17/2017.  We started moving dirt the week of November 13.  As a result, many of the marshes west of Kingman State Lake and also the bison marsh will not be flooded in 2017 as the dikes will be newly constructed and won't have vegetation established.  Please bear with us on this project and the ultimate results will provide improved waterfowl attraction in the future!  Also, a new kayak/canoe launch has been installed on the dam just west of the refuge line to aid launching boats across the rip rap.   

Currently, approximately 300 ducks and 300-500 geese are using Kingman State Lake and the river.  Have had days last week where several thousand snow geese moved onto the lake, but left a couple of days later. Caution: 4 Trumpeter Swans have been seen at the lake and are protected.   

Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is 3/4 full with levels 1 foot low and boat access limited in the western 1/3 of the lake.  All marshes are dry. Much of the lake is frozen over today, but warmer weather mid-week should open that up.  
Hunting conditions   WARNING-New rip rap has been added to the Kingman State Lake dam and until the metal has been removed, it poses a hazard to hunters, fishermen, and their dogs. 
Expected hunting success Limited.
Comments We have installed a canoe/kayak launch just west of the refuge line on the dam.  Please let us know if there are ways to improve this new facility.  We did place a gravel path along side the launch to give users a safer walking surface than the current rip rap.   



CHENEY - Last Updated: 2/23/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Canada goose 35, Mallard 53, Goldeneye 1303, Snow goose 6, Common merganser 29, Wigeon 92, Gadwall 261, Pintail 23, hooded merganser 43, buffle head 7
Water level  Below Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  Lake is 2% ice covered 



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 3/29/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers No snow geese.  Approximately 225 ducks (mixed species), 10 Canada geese, and 45 coots on 3/29/18.                                           
Water levels 2.02' feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 3/29/18.
Hunting conditions In 2017, the lake flooded in late March and generally remained flooded into early July.  Flooding peaked in mid-April (6.4') and the lake remained full through August.  Food producing vegetation could not become established on lake fringes because of the floods and full lake levels.  As such, few food resources will be available for waterfowl along the lake edge this season.  
Expected hunting success Poor.    
Comments Duck and Dark Goose seasons are CLOSED.  Light goose spring conservation order is open through April 30.            



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 2/23/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers No Light Geese Observed.  Approximately 600 Canada geese, 400 ducks (primarily Mallard), and 800 mergansers observed on 2/23.  
Water level Approximately 3.8' below conservation elevation (1339') on 2/23.  
Hunting conditions The lake flooded in late March and generally remained flooded into late June.  Flooding peaked in late-May (5.2') and the lake remained full through August.  Food producing vegetation could not become established on lake fringes because of the floods and full lake levels.  As such, few food resources will be available for waterfowl this season.  Warm and dry conditions throughout September and water releases to facilitate maintenance work to the dam have reduced lake levels.  In many locations water is a significant distance from shoreline cover.  With current conditions, hunters may find it difficult to conceal themselves for a hunt. 
Expected hunting success Poor- The Lake is 5% covered in ice.
Comments

NOTE: El Dorado Lake is located within the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Light Geese, Conservation Order Season  Feb 19- April 30, 2018



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/26/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 35 ducks using the river at this time.  Most of the waterfowl are not using the river as much do to all the other of bodies of  water open.
Mallard Migration Rank=10 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Fair
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 9-24, 2017

Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:18

Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

Season: November 11, 2017 - December 31, 2017 AND January 6-28, 2018

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 2/16/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

ATTENTION:  i-Sportsman is back up and running, and all hunters are REQUIRED to use the new system!  Please check in, report your harvest, and check out using the mandatory electronic hunt permit system.  Thanks!

Friday, 16 February 2018:

The recent stretch of warm weather has melted the majority of the ice, and a few more geese returned to the area during the last week.   Approximately 2,550 geese were observed on the area during a survey the morning of February 16th, but the number of geese present varies greatly from day to day.  There is a fairly even mixture of snows, Canadas, and specklebellies present at this time.  Most of the geese are in the Big Basin refuge.

General goose seasons close Sunday, February 18th.  The snow goose conservation season opens Monday, February 19th.

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited.

Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 2

This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers).

Water levels

Big Basin:  The only marshes with huntable water are Pools 7 and 8, and those are getting very shallow.

Chain of Lakes:  This unit is 99% dry, with only a small slash of water on the far east side.  Be aware of the property boundary and stay off of the private land to the east.

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Although still limited, this unit has the most water, with a few of the wetlands holding at least some huntable water.

Hunting conditions The limited availability of water is going to cause crowded conditions, so please be safe and careful, and plan accordingly.  The dry conditions have allowed for extensive wetland management this summer, with efforts focused on the Big Basin.  Many acres of cattail, canary grass, and perennial smartweed have been removed through disking, mowing, and herbicide application, and over 100 acres of millet was planted in the disked areas.  Moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area: annual smartweed, sprangletop, and barnyard grass production has really come on strong in the last month or so...  the waterfowl food is there, the area just needs some rain!!! 
Expected hunting success Poor to fair, but that could improve considerably with a much needed shot of rain.
Comments

ATTENTION:

MPWL has transitioned to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register with i-Sportsman prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Kansas hunters should be aware that iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required on 24 wildlife areas, including McPherson Valley Wetlands (check the 2017 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary or kdwpt.isportsman.net for a list).

iSportsman replaces the old paper permits and allows hunters to conveniently check in and out using a telephone, smartphone or home computer. As with the old paper system, information gathered helps area managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference. The paper system was inconvenient for hunters and labor intensive for managers. 

**THERE IS A "NO TRASH POLICY" IN EFFECT AT MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS.  PLEASE CARRY OUT WHATEVER YOU CARRY IN, INCLUDING EMPTY HULLS AND OTHER TRASH.  PLEASE TRY TO LEAVE YOUR HUNTING SPOT AS CLEAN OR CLEANER THAN IT WAS WHEN YOU ARRIVED.  THANKS!!!

REFUGE AREAS:   THE SOUTH REFUGE AREA IN THE BIG BASIN IS OFF-LIMITS TO ALL ACTIVITIES, AND THIS INCLUDES DUCK HUNTING.  THERE IS NO HUNTING OR PUBLIC ACCESS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED IN THE REFUGE!!

The Little Sinkhole/Farland Lake marsh unit is included in the EARLY low-plains duck zone (as is the rest of MPWL).

All shotgun hunters at McPherson Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 1/26/2018 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 15 ducks present at this time. Mostly mallards are present.  All of the pools have open water
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:10

 This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water
 level
All pools have some water in them, but all are frozen shut.
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

SCWL is using a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at SCWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 9-24, 2017
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 28, 2017-Dec. 31, 2017 AND Jan. 20-28, 2018
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

Also, all shotgun hunters at Slate Creek Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

 Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgment before entering these roadways.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620)-876-5730. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics.



MARION - Last Updated: 3/2/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Total goose numbers are approximately 1800, with approximately 1000 snow geese. Ducks numbers are approximately 1000 consisting mostly of  mallard, goldeneye, pintail, green-winged teal, Northern shoveler, gadwall, and common merganser.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=3 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is currently 1348.60 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels had been near conservation pool for most of 2017, and dropped to approximately a foot low late this summer. Areas around the reservoir have fair amounts of food, but there has been very little moist soil production on the shoreline or mudflats. 0% Ice coverage.
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments Remember the Reservoir now has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on.



This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/21/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2/21/18

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is now closed. The seasons for Canada geese & white-fronted geese are closed. The light goose conservation order will continue from Feb. 19 to Apr. 30, 2018.

Water level The reservoir is 0.5 ft. below conservation pool level.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is approximately 0% frozen over.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the next fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 2/19/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 5000 to 6000 snow geese.
Water level Near pool on Elk City Reservoir
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Most birds flying out into the county to feed on private land.
Comment For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/21/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2/21/18

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is now closed. The seasons for Canada geese & white-fronted geese are closed. The light goose conservation order will continue from Feb. 19 to Apr. 30, 2018.

Water level Water level is at approximately 0.61 ft. below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir has approximately 0% ice cover.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the next fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/24/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers  500 mixed puddle ducks, 800 mixed divers, 130 dark geese.  Fairly Poor, most birds have moved to Wolf Creek, but are still in area.  
Water level Current Level: 1041.77 Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0
Hunting conditions

Southeast Zone-  Opens Nov. 11, 2017 through December 31, 2017      and        January 6, 2018 through January 28, 2018

95% locked up in ice.   Ice is thinning down some, but still pretty contiguous.    Ice is thicker up against shore line where wind has broken and stacked layers of ice.  Warm days and freezing nights in next 5-6 days will not help situation very quickly.

   DU Marsh is open, and consist of standing flooded Milo and Corn, 85% of full water level, but 100% iced up.   Lower marsh will not be filled this season, as it needs a dry down and infrastructure project completion.  Upper Marsh below dam is open to hunting, but 100% iced up.    The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership, but should benefit all, as protected loafing areas that are out of the wind.

Expected hunting success On reservoir- Poor.   Lots of birds in Area, but most roosting and loafing has moved to Wolf Creek. 
Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 3/28/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Few/no snow geese observed for several weeks.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 3.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels Water levels good nearly everywhere.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Wetland vegetation is generally good with the exception of Unit G.  Unit G is being held full and will be lake-like for regular waterfowl season.  
Hunting success  
Comments

All hunters must check-in daily using iSportsman electronic check-in from a PC, smartphone, or by phone before hunting and check out at the end of the hunt regardless of harvest.  We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman and check station requirements. Please remember to fill out the check-out report with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.  Go to:

https://kdwpt.isportsman.net

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.  Boats must have sufficient PFDs for occupants.

Go to MDCWA and click the "News" icon near the top for more information on general waterfowl habitat.  Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 3/30/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the numbers of waterfowl on the area.   

Mallard Migration Rank = 0 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

03/30/2018 ( 8:00 AM )---3 Duck Marsh- 

                      Willow Marsh- 

                      Sundance Marsh- 

                      Lowman's Cove- Empty

Melvern Lake Reservoir: 

36 Blue Teal

53 Shovlers

9 Pintails

92 Coots

2 Hooded Mergansers

32 Bufflehead

1 Woodduck

11 Canadas

21 Unkown

Water level Lake level = 1035.14; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         85% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions Japanese and German millet (50/50 mix) has been drilled in all 3 of our wetlands and is flush from great growing conditions throughout the summer. Millet as well as Milo was planted in alternating strips throughout all of our wetlands to provide varying structure heights as well as options for ducks to feed on moist soil vegetation and grains. Varying food sources an abundance of invertebrates should provide enough food for the ducks to hang around all season.    
Expected hunting success Poor 
Comments

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/  For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Road.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

The Refuge Area is CLOSED October 1st through January 15th.



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 2/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

65,000 ducks mostly Mallards but have several Pintail, Wigeon, Green Wing Teal and Ring Neck mixed in.  2000 Canada Geese and 600 White Fronted Geese.  Snow geese have been moving with numbers changing daily.

ATTENTION: Swans are present on the area and are not legal to be harvested in the state of Kansas!!!

Mallard Migration Rank

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

MMR=10

0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

All BOATS MUST OPERATE AT NO-WAKE SPEEDS WITHIN BOATING CANALS

Pool 1- 250 acres 

Pool 2A- 90 acres

Pool 2B- 15 Acres (Oxbow Area)

Pool 4A- 95 acres (12 inches)

Pool 4B- 50 acres

Pool 5 - 25 acres

Pool 6 and Pool 8 DRY.

Pool 7- Full

South Unit- Moist soil Pools close to full. Timber-dry

 The areas that are currently available to be pumped this fall are Pools 1, 2A, 4A, 4B, and the South Unit. The South Unit timber will not be pumped for the 2017-2018 waterfowl season. For more information on the water level conditions for upcoming season please see the area news by clicking link below and clicking on the "NEWS" icon.
      
Hunting conditions

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

Excellent.  Please see the area news page for a breakdown of habitat types within each pool.  Click on link below for a current map of the area.

    

Expected hunting success

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

Success for the duck season was around 1.2 birds per hunter.  We still have hunters that have not checked out of the isportsman system.  Please check to make sure it is not you.  Thanks         

Comments
SE Zone Regular Duck Season CLOSED!!!!

If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks

Neosho WA requires all hunters to utilize the daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.

For additional area news please visit the area website at: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/26/2014 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1500 ducks, 
Water level Lake is 972.41 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.