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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 1/16/2018 Print

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

10,000 ducks. Mostly Mallards.  Approx. 8,000 Canada Geese and 5,000 Snows.

Duck Season Currently Closed - Reopens Jan. 20-28

MMR - 8

Mallard Index: 0=no mallards, 1=very few mallards, 3=few mallards, 5=moderate numbers of mallards, 7=good numbers of mallards, 10=peak numbers of mallards

Water level Reservoir is 26 ft. low.
Hunting conditions 90% ice coverage on reservoir. (Ice is in poor condition) Waterfowl are feeding primarily on private land.  (Permission Required on private land)
Expected hunting success Good- Field hunting opportunities should be good.
Comments
Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area is in the Low Plains Late Zone

Land Refuge Closed Sept. 1 thru Jan. 31.

Water Refuge Closed Nov.1 Thru Jan. 31.

Land in the North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting all year.

Youth/Mentor Hunting Areas are available. Check website or contact the Area Office for changes.

Contact Area Manager Kent Hensley at the Cedar Bluff Area Office for additional information 785-726-3212 or Email



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 1/18/2018 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 - 75,000 (mostly mallards)

Diving Ducks - 10,000

Canada geese - 21,000

Light geese - 310,000

Mallard Migration Index (10)

Water level Approximately 1' foot below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions The lake and boat ramps are froze.
Expected hunting success Good.  Birds are staying on open water on the main lake, refuge and the North Fork River.  Plenty of birds going out to feed on private croplands. Mallards are waiting till sunset to go out to feed, with warmer temperatures the feeding pattern may change.
Comments

Low plains Late duck zone is open Jan.20-28, 2018.  This zone is located south of Hwy 24.

Canada goose season is open Oct.28-29 and Nov.8, 2017 to Feb.18, 2018.

White-fronted goose season is open Oct.28 to Dec.31, 2017 and Jan.27 to Feb.18, 2018.

Light goose season is open Oct.28-29, 2017 and Nov.8, 2017 to Feb.18, 2018.

Check Area News for updates.

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: 1/11/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

54 Canada Geese and 250 Mallards observed 1/10/18. 

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

Heavy ice has built up with the really cold weather. The sheet water in Gun Club Marsh opened up with the warm weather, however looks to freeze again.

Once the weather warms a little, managers will begin releasing water from Marsh Creek and Gun Club Marshes in preparation for spring projects.  They will hold water in the off storage pools that were pumped in the fall for the remainder of Goose season and to provide some habitat for spring migration.

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 shallow sheet water 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 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

With the cold temperatures, the majority of the birds have moved to seek out other open water.  They may continue to feed around the area agricultural fields, but it will require some scouting.

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, the water level in these marshes will be brought up throughout the weekend to flood new food. 

REMINDER:  The low plains early zone closed Sunday Dec. 31.

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 CLOSED

Expected hunting success Poor. Scouting is a must to find out where the birds are concentrating.  
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

Low Plains Duck Early Zone: October 7 - December 3 & December 16 - 31

Canada Goose: October 28-29 & November 8 - February 18, 2018

White-Fronted Goose: October 28 - December 31 & January 27 - February 18, 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: 1/14/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 3,500 mallards, 750  other puddle ducks.  2,800 Canada geese.No Light geese.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 8
Water level Lovewell Reservoir is 99.9% FROZEN. Ice thickness averages 8". Reservoir is at 1581.2 or 1.4 feet below conservation pool (1582.6) or 88.3% full. Inflows to Lovewell(0.2 cfs) from the Courtland Canal have essentially ceased. 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 Poor. 100% of reservoir open to hunting is FROZEN. Most mudflats covered and concealing vegetation is close to the shoreline.
Expected hunting success  Poor
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 frozen. 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: 1/3/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1500 ducks. 1000 dark geese. 150,000 light geese.

Mallard Migration 6 (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 100% frozen outside of the refuge. Most hunting is taking place in fields on private ground. 
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. 

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: 1/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 400 mallards, 1200 dark geese, and 300 light geese
Water level 1462.80 and declining
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 7

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: 1/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

20,000 ducks (mostly mallards) 20,000 Canada geese, and 100,000 (more at times) 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

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

Lake covered with ice.

Boat ramps will be iced in. 

 

 2017 - 2018 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 1/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 10,000 ducks; approximately 2500 common goldeneyes and 7000 mallards, with smaller numbers of buffleheads, ring-necks, and redheads. 8,000 Canada geese, 3000 light geese.
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 9

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

Water level 1516.25; 1/4 ft above conservation pool
Hunting conditions The reservoir is 99% frozen. Birds are mostly hitting private agricultural fields.
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



This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/19/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Mallard Migration Rank:  8  (Estimate of potential mallard numbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest) 

A large number of Mallards are using the wetland southwest of the shop,  around 500 to 1,000.  There is about 3,000 ducks using the refuge at this time. The west wetlands have some open water, but no ducks using these areas at this time. 

Water level

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

All pumps are currently running. 

Wetland #1

  • Wetland is currently full but 95% froze over.  With the warmer temps this weekend, more open water should be present.  There is a small hole near the pump but no birds have been observed.  No vegetation in this wetland. 

Wetland #2

  • Wetland is full.  There is a hunt-able pool near the pump. With the warmer temps this weekend, more open water should be present. Few birds have been observed here recently.  No vegetation in this wetland. 

Wetland #3

  • Wetland is mostly froze over.  Rising temps are opening portions currently.  This wetland has minimal vegetation including milo and some chufa.  Invertebrate production should be good as well. 

Wetland #4

  • There is a large area of hunt-able open water near the pump.  Birds have been observed using this wetland more recently.  Excellent vegetation including annual smartweed, barnyard grass, and foxtail.  Invertebrate production is good.  

Wetland #5

  • We attempted to put some sheet water on the lower portion of the pool but could not get enough to make it hunt-able without losing to much water from pool #4. It is unlikely that this wetland will have any water for the remainder of the season. 

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

  • West unit is full.
  • East unit is currently froze over. 
  • With good open water in this unit more birds should hopefully stay in the local area until season opens again. 
  • There is to be 7000+ birds on the refuge.  Predominantly Mallards and occasionally 20-150 Canada geese.

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 Should have an opportunity to shoot a few ducks when season opens again.  
Expected hunting success Good.  Success could vary day to day. 
Comments

In an attempt to hold water longer in our wetlands, #1 and #2 have been sheepsfooted.  Rains during the summer months prevented us from doing them as early as we had hoped.  This has caused those two wetlands to have no vegetation this year, but invertebrates should still be present.

With reduced vegetation this does provided much more visibly open water on the area.  



CLINTON - Last Updated: 1/19/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1/19/18

Waterfowl numbers have been lower after the recent cold weather. Snow and ice are melting, but ice was up to 8" thick on lake and marshes.

The following is a summary of the most recent waterfowl survey (though numbers are not up to date)

The most numerous species were Canada geese (5,200) Mallards (1,800), Hooded Mergansers (700), Common Merganseres (600), and Goldeneye (250).

Other species observed included Scaup and Bufflehead.

All waterfowl was observed in the small unfrozen areas near the dam.

 

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 7

Lake level 876.6 (1.1 feet high)
Hunting conditions

Marshes are 100% ice covered. The lake was entirely frozen except for a few small areas. With warmer temperatures in the forecast, broken ice should remain open in marshes.

Coblentz- the southeast pool is empty, southwest pool is half full, the middle pool is full, and the north pool is 3/4 full.

East Coblentz- is full. Water has been held in this pool a majority of the year to try and kill a few trees.  

Elk creek marsh- pool 1 is full and pool 2 is full.  Pool 3 is currently empty. Pool will not be flooded for opening day. If construction is completed before the 28th, we will try to flood the pool. The refuge is full and OPEN.

Shadden- marsh is full.

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: 1/17/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

Canada geese - 3200

Snow geese - 200

Assorted ducks/mergansers - 150 

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - 2/3 full

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Full, 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 - Nearly completely frozen.

Comments 

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

REMINDER: Hunting is prohibited on the dam and along shorelines east and west of the dam. Boats cannot be anchored to the dam.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 1/3/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks: <200 

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

Lake was 95% frozen when surveyed at 11:00 AM 1/3/18 

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Fair for ducks and 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: 1/17/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Duck season is now closed and will re-open January 20th-28th.

Approximately 1,600 ducks and 3,000 geese were observed on the main lake this week.  All wetlands are frozen as of now, 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 1143.77 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 500 CFS due to ice. 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 Poor, most waterfowl were observed on open water on 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: 1/5/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 01/05/2018 and nearly 50,000 Mallards were observed on Lake Perry in the few open water pools. Also, roughly 12,000 Canada Geese were observed at Lake Perry. Wetlands and the Delaware River have iced over and, based on weather reports, will remain iced over for a while. We will update if ice coverage changes. 

*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 = 10 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 2.12 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: 1/3/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

60 ducks   50 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 8

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.



This is a collection of all the Southwest Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 1/18/2018 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.  Duck season is closed.  Due to ice, very few birds on the area.  Less than 200 ducks and 500 geese.  Expect those number to increase as warmer temperatures return and some water opens back up.  If the report has not been updated in a few days, please assume birds numbers are about the same as the last update.  If there is a big change, the report will be updated, otherwise the report will be updated as close to every Thursday as possible.
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.  About 99% ice covered.  Pool 1A is near 27", 1B and 1C are around 26".  Pool 2 is near 20", Pool 3A is about 12", 3B is about 14", 4A is 16", 4B is 16", and Pool 5 is about dry.  These water levels should stay roughly the same throughout regular duck season.
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 and disked around 500 acres in 3B this past fall/winter.  220 acres were disked and planted to millet in pools 3B and 4B.  Roughly 750 acres of cattails were sprayed on 8/1/17.  About 400 acres were disked multiple times in 3B and 4B this summer.  Some hunting holes were mowed in 3A.  Otherwise, conditions will be real similar to last year.  Pool 5 will remain dry for cattail control this fall and winter.  3A will again be restricted to non-motorized boats.  Use the foot crossings along the 3B/4A road and along 4B as channels have been dug out and are very deep. 

99% frozen.

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.  No goose hunters the last week
Comments

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, CLOSED.

Goose Seasons:

Canada - 10/28/17 - 10/29/17 and 11/8/17 - 2/18/18

Whitefront - 10/28/17 - 12/31/17 and 1/27/17 - 2/18/18

Light - 10/28/17 - 10/29/17 and 11/8/17-2/18/18, Conservation Order 2/19/18 - 4/30/18

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: 1/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 1/18.  100% ice-covered.
Water level The west pool adjacent to Hwy. 42 is nearly dry.  The main lake is full.  The pool south of the main lake is nearly dry, and there is water to the east of that on the east side of the county road.
Hunting conditions 100% ice-covered
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: 1/17/2018 Print

3Waterfowl 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 50 geese are using Kingman State Lake and the river. 

Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is 3/4 full with levels more than 1 foot low and boat access limited in the western 1/3 of the lake.  All marshes are dry.  The lake and ponds are frozen over and part of the river is as well. 
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: 1/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Canada goose 450, Mallard 16, Goldeneye 693, Snow goose12000, hooded merganser 15, Common merganser 5, Red head 30, white fronts 20
Water level  Below Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  Lake is 98% ice covered 



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 1/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 1,980 Canada geese, 1,050 mallards, and 110 mergansers and goldeneye on 1/18/18.                                       
Water levels 1.68' feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 1/18/18.
Hunting conditions Difficult.  The lake was approximately 99% ice covered on 1/18/18.  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 Fair/Good on nearby agricultural fields.   
Comments Remaining Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is January 20-28, 2018.         



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 1/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 3100 Canada Geese, and 100 ducks primarily Mallard observed on 01/18.   
Water level Approximately 3.6' below conservation elevation (1339') on 01/18.  
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 - Lake is 95% covered in ice.  The geese are hanging out in the few open areas in the middle of the lake.
Comments

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

The Low Plains Southeast Zone Duck Season is November 11 - December 31, 2017 AND January 6 - 28, 2018. 



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/19/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 45 ducks using the river at this time.  Most of the river is open water at this time. 
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: 1/12/2018 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, 12 January 2018:

**  The second split of the LPEZ duck season closed Sunday, 31 December!

Another push of cold weather into the region has kept the wetlands under heavy ice.  A survey of the area this week showed no open water, and only a few honkers trading back and forth between the refuge and town.

** White-fronted goose season closed 31 December, but Canada and snow goose seasons remain open until February 18th.

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited.

Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 1

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.

Chain of Lakes:  This unit is 95% 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 by far, with about half 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: 1/19/2018 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are no waterfowl present at this time. All of the pools are frozen shut.  Hopefully there will be some openings by the end weekend with the temps and winds forcasted
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: 1/12/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Total goose numbers remain around 10,000+ consisting mostly of Canada with around 2000 snow geese, and a few white-fronted geese mixed in. Duck numbers are approximately 500 and consist mainly of mallard with a few goldeneye.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=5 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 1348.68 (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. 95% 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: 1/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1/18/17

Waterfowl use of Toronto Reservoir this week has been extremely limited due to nearly complete ice cover.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 6-28, 2018. The season for Canada geese and light geese is open now and runs until Feb. 18. The season for white-fronted geese is open now and runs until Dec. 31, when it closes temporarily. It opens again from Jan. 27 to Feb. 18, 2018. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 19 to Apr. 30, 2018.

Water level There is no official reading at this time, but it is assumed that the reservoir is basically at conservation pool level. The marsh on Hwy 54 remains empty until rain arrives to fill it.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% frozen over.
Expected hunting success Hunting success is likely be very slow, based on the apparent lack of waterfowl in the area.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 1/16/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers We have been seeing around 10,000 ducks in the area, mostly mallards.  10,000 snows.  
Water level Near Pool.  Frozen.
Hunting conditions Boat ramps at State Park, Chetopa Creek and Card Creek are frozen.
Expected hunting success Poor.  Most ducks flying off the reservoir.
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: 1/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1/18/18

Although the reservoir is apparently completely frozen over, dabblers and divers have both been observed in modest numbers using open portions of Fall River or ponds with open pools. Around 1,250 Canada geese were observed in the area using open pools in ponds. It may be that they are still loafing and feeding in harvested crop fields, but they have not been seen in the wildlife area.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 6-28, 2018. The season for Canada geese and light geese is open now and runs until Feb. 18. The season for white-fronted geese is open now and runs until Dec. 31, when it closes temporarily. It opens again from Jan. 27 to Feb. 18, 2018. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 19 to Apr. 30, 2018.

Water level There is no official reading at this time. It is assumed that the water level is at approximately conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% frozen over.
Expected hunting success Hunting success will likely be variable, dependent upon locating an open pocket of water on Fall River where mallards are hanging out or harvested crop fields are drawing geese. Most locations will likely be difficult to access due to ice, but with warming temperatures, more locations may gradually become available.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly. For questions pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call: 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/16/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Very few.  Predominant waterfowl is Merganser.
Water level Current Level: 1041.72 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

99% locked up in ice.   Extreme cold temperatures are keeping holes iced up.    Ice is thicker up against shore line where wind has broken and stacked layers of ice.  Freezing temperatures expected for next 5-6 days.

   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 roosting has all 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: 1/17/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Variable with weather and ice--virtually none during this cold period.  See comments for La Cygne Wildlife Area.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 0.

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

Water levels Water levels good nearly everywhere.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions

Frozen and snow covered.  Ice is very thick and strong.

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 In the last 4 days 2 hunters reported hunting with no harvest.  Season:  2,099 ducks / 2,182 hunters = 1.0 success.
Comments

La Cygne Wildlife Area:  Waterfowl numbers much lower at La Cygne Wildlife Area this week.  The 399th Street boat ramp is frozen in. Marina and North boat ramps were frozen in on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan 16th and 17th, but ice did not extend very far into the lake (possible to break ice out to open water??).  County Park ramps will likely be usable as soon as temperatures warm. A Linn County Parks pass is required to launch at the Marina. 

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: 1/19/2018 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 = 1 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

01/19/2017 ( 9:00 AM )---3 Duck Marsh- Frozen 

                      Willow Marsh- Frozen

                      Sundance Marsh- Frozen

Refuge- No ducks were seen on the refuge

Melvern Lake Reservoir: 

25 Goldeneyes

100 Shovlers 

50 Mallards

50 Common Mergansers

All wetlands on Melvern are frozen over

Water level Lake level = 1035.14; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         90% 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: 1/17/2018 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.

No ducks seen on the area.

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=0

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.

Poor.    Habitat conditions look extremely good.  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.

As of 1/17/2018 area is 100% ice covered. Ice is up to 4" thick.  With temperatures forcasted to warm up towards the end of the week we could possibly open up next week.  Waterfowl report will be updated as conditions change.

    

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.

Poor, until ice melt.       

Comments
SE Zone Regular Duck Season November 11 - Dec 31 and January 6 - 28 

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.