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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 2/22/2016 Print

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

Very Few Light Geese

DUCK and DARK GOOSE SEASON CLOSED

Mallard Migration Rank: 4  (1=worst 10=best)

Water level Reservoir is 24.8 ft. low.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments
Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area is in the Low Plains Early 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: 3/16/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Snow geese - app. 200

Mallard Migration Index (1)

Water level  1.3' below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Water level is stable.  no ice cover and all boat ramps are usable.
Expected hunting success Fair.  Goose numbers decreased due to migration.
Comments

Check Area News for updates.

Light goose conservation order season open Feb. 15 - April 30, 2016.

Both Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31stThe refuges are open to the public until that time.

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is now 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: 3/3/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Light goose numbers are fluctuating daily.  Anywhere from 1,000 to 30,000 are on the area, depending on the weather and migration.  
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 1 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

Managers have started spring draw-downs it should not affect the light goose use

Gamekeeper Marsh is full with an average water depth of 12 inches, Gun Club Marsh (a.k.a. Sportsman's Lake on Google Maps) has an average depth of 32 inches, Marsh Creek Marsh has deep water along the creek channel and shallower water along the flats and all the off channel storage pools have huntable water.  Buffalo Creek Marshes have 6-18 inches of water and dropping, Pintail Marsh has mainly sheet water with several small, shallow pools.  Puddler and Ringneck marshes are both dry.  

Hunting conditions

Fair. The light geese are going in many different directions to feed in ag fields and return to the area mid day to rest.  Hunters are encouraged to scout and make sure to ASK PERMISSION to hunt on (or shoot on to) private property.  Just because a field is not posted, does not mean its open to hunting.

REFUGE IS OPEN TO HUNTING

Expected hunting success

Fair

Hunters will need to scout out areas birds are utilizing in order to be successful.  

Comments

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:

2016 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: 3/7/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Less than 1,000 light geese on 3/7/16 and those were mostly adult birds. 1,500 ducks mostly divers. 100 Canada geese. Follow the link to see a fantastic video from 02/15/2016.  http://www.facebook.com/LovewellStatePark
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 1
Water level Reservoir is a little above conservation pool (1582.8). Inflows (15.4 cfs) to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal from springs and runoff. Outflows to the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District for irrigation ceased on 09/12/15. The reservoir levels inflows will be low and mostly from snow melt.
Hunting condition The reservoir is open. All boat ramps open. Water levels have pushed into the vegetation surrounding the shorelines giving good concealment for hunters. Reservoir levels have been high all summer and the mudflats were not exposed until earlier mid- August. No millet seeding occurred. Not much moist soil food on the reservoir. Lovewell Reservoir level is wintering at conservation pool. which is 2.0 foot higher than normal operating levels for winter to keep ice build-up off the dam face.
Expected hunting success Light Goose Conservation Season OPEN. All other waterfowl seasons closed. Poor on the Wildlife Area as most geese have migrated north and those that are left are feeding on private cropland away from the reservoir and into Nebraska. Lovewell goose numbers will vary widely and daily as waterfowl move into Rainwater Basin wetlands and spring migration progresses. These geese move into Nebraska to feed and may spend the rest of the day and night in the basins and then feed again on the surrounding crop fields before returning to Lovewell  for a mid-day roost before starting the rotation all over again. Geese are spread all the way to Bottineau, North Dakota.  Field conditions are mostly dry in the area but still some muddy spots on some secondary roads and along fence lines where snowdrifts were melting. Low food on the reservoir but plentiful crops on private cropland. Waterfowl will most likely use the reservoir as a loafing and roosting spot but may stay close to the reservoir to feed during any upcoming spring storms.
Comments

All boat ramps OPEN. In the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area),PARK PERMIT REQUIRED.Boat Ramps in the Wildlife Area, (Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek) do not require a permit.The LAND REFUGE CLOSED OCTOBER 1. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1, 2015 THROUGH JANUARY 31,2016. 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. 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. THE REFUGE IS CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER 1 TO JANUARY 31 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. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



NORTON - Last Updated: 12/30/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers 85,000 geese (mostly snows) and 6,500 ducks.       
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is currently 16.2 feet below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Ice locked with the exception of open water in the refuge. 
Expected hunting success Good.  Water level is nearly the same as last fall.  Good shoreline plant growth should provide places for hunters to hide this waterfowl season.   
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. 

REFUGE IS NOW CLOSED THROUGH JANUARY. 

 

Regular Duck Season:  October 10, 2015 - January 4, 2016 AND January 23-31, 2016.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 1/27/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 3000 Mallards; 4500 Canadas, 2000 light geese.
Water level 0.5 ft below conservation pool
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 8

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

Click here to learn more about the Mallard Migration Rank.

Hunting conditions Waterfowl concentrated on pockets of open water on main body of lake and going out to feed on private lands.
   
Comments

Remember the refuge area on the northwest part of the lake is closed SEPT 1- JAN 31 to hunting except by Special Hunt permit.

To track this year's waterfowl migration and post your hunting results visit Ducks Unlimited's Waterfowl Migration Map by clicking the link below:

DU Migration Map



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 2/3/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

5,000 ducks, primary mallards,  60,000 snow geese, and 5,000 Canada geese. 

Mallard Migration Rank 2 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level 22.0 feet below conservation level.
Hunting conditions No flooded vegetation with low water level. Exposed shorelines and mudflats will attract migrants. 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. Exposed mudflats will provide loafing areas.
Expected hunting success Fair to good.  Possibilities exist for hunting on the ice along the shoreline.  Field hunting of waterfowl may exist on south side of reservoir and on nearby WIHA. 
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. 

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season Is CLOSED

Oct 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 AND Jan. 23-31, 2016    NOTE:  Duck season is CLOSED North of Highway 24. 

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2015 And Nov. 4, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2016 

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  Oct. 31 - Jan. 3, 2016 And Jan. 23 - Feb. 14, 2016 

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 2015 and Nov. 4, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2016

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 15 - April 30, 2016

ICE CONDITIONS:

The reservoir is nearly clear of ice but some ice remains along shorelines and in shallow coves.  Boat ramps are open. 

 

 2015 - 2016 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 1/28/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1000 mallards; 600 divers, mostly goldeneye and common merganser.  3000 Canada geese
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 4

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

Click here to learn more about the Mallard Migration Rank.

Water level Over 10 ft below conservation pool.  record low elevation
Hunting conditions Most waterfowl on main body and in coves from Dam to Pelican Point and Dam to Lucas Park.  A few birds observed near Minooka Park and no birds further west.  Very little ice as of Friday; Spillway boat ramp is accessible.  Some success from State Park Cove to Deer Run Cove on south side.
Expected hunting success Good.
Comments

Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramps are NOT OPEN due to low water conditions

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 & Otoe Parks

To track the 2015-2016 waterfowl migration and post your hunting results visit Ducks Unlimited's Migration Map by clicking the link below:

Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Migration Map



This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/20/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

100 Mallards 

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

Water level

All pumps are running to create open water for remaining season.

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 2014. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

Hunting conditions Started pumping to create open water because of low temperatures.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments Few ducks and geese using the area at this time.



CLINTON - Last Updated: 1/29/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers
Waterfowl numbers have dropped significantly. The majority of ducks are on the refuge or on the lake. There are a few mallards and pintails and some hooded mergansers and other diving ducks. Small groups have been seen in crop fields and on the river in open water.

Very good numbers of Canada geese are around the wildlife area on open ag. fields. 

Mallard Index (8 - 10) = 4

Lake level 875.51 (at pool) 
Hunting conditions
Elk marsh is mostly open and coblentz is mostly iced up. Lake is mostly open.
Expected hunting success Success is expected to be low due to lower numbers of waterfowl.
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.



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 3/3/2016 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Good numbers and good diversity of waterfowl. Spring migration is underway. Waterfowl were primarily using area wetlands and included mallard, pintail, shoveller, blue and green-winged teal, gadwall, common and hooded merganser, ruddy duck, and Canada goose.
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - 2/3 full. Excellent forage plants (smartweed, arrowhead, duckweed)

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Drained for repairs.

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Half full. Excellent forage plants (millet and smartweed)

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 3/4 full. Excellent forage plants (millet and smartweed)

Hillsdale Lake - About 1.5 feet below normal pool (See Army Corps Daily Report). Mud flats exposed near the waterfowl refuge.

Comments   



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 2/12/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Geese: 20,000+ Snow geese
Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor for ducks and geese
Comments

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

Aux- Lake will be OPEN to waterfowl hunting on November 1st.

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: 1/28/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Late Duck Season is open January 23rd-31st.

Approximately 500 ducks and 300 geese were seen on the survey this week on the wetlands and the main lake.  The majority of the wetlands and lake are iced over as well as the majority of the river, including boat ramps.

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 1142.49 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 200 CFS. The inflow into the lake is ICE EFFECTED.
Hunting conditions

Due to frequent river flooding and high lake levels throughout the growing season, the vegetation and seed production has been significantly reduced.  

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

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

The West Broughton Youth/Mentor Area looks excellent this year due to the installation of a new wetland pump.

Beichter, Martin, Quimby, Zach Hudec, Upper and Lower smith have been pumped but pumps were removed following the flood on Dec 13th.  Beichter/Martin, Youth Area and Upper Smith be pumped for late duck season if conditions are desirable.

Expected hunting success Fair.  Few birds in the area but some duck hunters have had some success. 
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 new I-sportsman system from any rotary phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.



PERRY - Last Updated: 2/2/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 2/02/16, a large number of Mallards and Pintails have moved into the area with the recent warmer weather. Also, good numbers of dark geese are still around and spreading out now with most waters opened back up that were previously frozen. The Delaware River and Perry Lake are both back open with very little ice coverage now.
Kyle West water level picked up significantly and launching of smaller flat bottom boats with surface drive engines appears possible at this time. Use caution when dropping into this unit as it will still have some shallow spots out from the ramp before you hit deeper water further into the unit.  
 
Mallard Migration Rank = 9 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 0.3 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
All pumping is completed for this season. 

We are currently in the process of working with Ducks Unlimited to apply for a grant to build a Marsh Pump to pump NorthWest and Reichart marshes. We have put some money together from local donors to aid in this project. If you are interested in helping with this project call the Wildlife Area office at (785) 945-6615.

Expected hunting success Fair
Comments
Due to late flood events early this summer, we were unable to do much work within most wetlands. Most wetlands are relying on natural vegetation only which was also affected by the late flooding. 
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: Kyle Marsh East was drained this spring but did not dry all the way out. Quality vegetation growth is primarily in the east pool with some American Lotus beginning to show up along the dike. East- HCR-7 with mostly natural vegetation grew in the East Unit and some Browntop Millet being spread. Kyle West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source.

You can launch boats into Kyle East currently, however Kyle West is still too low.

West River: An abundance of moist soil plants are growing and areas of mud flats were sown to Browntop Millet and a Sorghum mix. North- HCR-6, South- HCR-6.

Upper Ferguson: Water was held after the flooding leading to fair moist soil vegetation growth with some American Lotus beginning to show up. HCR-6. 

Lassister: West Lassiter pool was drained this spring and worked for corn planting however do to the flooding the corn did not survive.  However, the vegetation response was good. Some water was held in the East unit after the flood, East- HCR-7. West- HCR-7 with some Sorghum mix planted. 

Northwest: Planting corn was also attempted in this unit and failed due to flooding. The East structure is currently still removed and will be installed soon. HCR-7 with some Browntop Millet spread in areas.  

Headquarters: Water was held this spring and the natural vegetation growth has been good. HCR-7.

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was held this summer. Vegetation growth has been fair. HCR-6.

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been good this summer with some browntop millet spread. HCR-8.

Reichart: Reichart marsh had water held in the NW unit and the vegetation growth was fair. Water was drained out of the SW and E units and vegetation growth was good. HCR-7. 

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

Perry WA is transitioning to a new 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: 1/28/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1000 ducks  150 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 1

Water level The lake is currently at 1073 and dropping. 
Hunting conditions Most of the water is frozen on the wildlife area, there are a few areas of open water in the Blue River but access is limited.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Black Vermillion and Olsburg marshes and can be found at the parking lots adjacent to each marsh. Please complete this survey. The data collected from this permit/survey supplies the Manager with valuable comments and harvest information to better manage the area.



This is a collection of all the Southwest Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 5/27/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers We estimate 5,000 to 10,000 ducks on the Area.   Mostly green winged teal, mallard and shoveler.   Total goose numbers are estimated to be less than 100.
Water level Pools 1A is near 45", 1B is about 49.5"and 1C is around 22.5".  Pool 2 is near 14 inches, Pools 3A is about 5 inches, 3B is dry except for trapped water, 4A is about 5 inches, 4B is near 7 inches and Pool 5 has about 12". 
Hunting conditions Cattail have expanded in area.  A windy early spring prevented burning of mowed cattail and as the season progressed we entered into a very wet period.  This provided us supplemental water for the storage pool (Pool 1)However, it is preventing us from doing any cattail control work.  We hope we still have time to get into some of the perimeter areas to work on cattail and plant supplemental food.  It has to stop raining first.
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system.  This will eventually replace the paper permits.

 KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR 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. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx

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



ISABEL - Last Updated: 2/5/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers No geese observed 2/4.  50% ice covered.
Water level The pool along Hwy. 42 is approximately 50% full.  The main lake is full and consists of open water (approx. 4-5 feet deep) with vegetation along the edges. The pool south of the main lake has some water, and the pool to the east of that is nearly full. 
Hunting conditions Regular duck season (Low Plains Late Zone) is Oct. 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 and Jan. 23-31, 2016.
Expected hunting success 50% ice covered.
Comments

Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system being introduced this year.  This will eventually replace the paper permits.

KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR 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 2015-2016.

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



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 12/30/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 12/30.  100% ice covered
Water level Pool 1 is full with mowed and disced openings.  Pool 2 is full with thick vegetation.  Pool 3B is full.  Pool 3D is full.  Pools 4, 5, 6, and 7 are full.  Pool 8 is nearly dry.  There is also water north and west of pool 6.  Pool 9 is full.
Hunting conditions Regular duck season is Oct. 10 - Dec. 6, 2015 and Dec. 19, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016.
Expected hunting success 100% ice covered.
Comments

KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR 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 WILL 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: 2/12/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Goose numbers change by the minute from 0-500 as they come and go. All water is open.
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  All of the marshes north and west of the lake are full.  Two of the three marshes south of highway 54 are full.  Most ponds are full or filling.  1/29 found the lake, marshes and ponds open. 
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. Marshes have excellent food plants available once they get flooded. 
Expected hunting success Success will be limited unless birds move in in front of this coming storm.
Comments The hunting permits required for the past several years have been eliminated. Hunters do not need a daily permit to hunt.



CHENEY - Last Updated: 2/5/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Canada 212, golden eye 88, Mallard 2, Merganser 21, Scaup 1, Buffle Head
Water level  above Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 3/24/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers No snow geese observed on 3/24.  Approximately 40 ducks (mixed species but primarily goldeneye), 7 Canada geese, and 4 coots.                     
Water levels 0.10' feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 3/24.
Hunting conditions Lake approximately 0% ice covered on 3/24.  Abundant precipitation throughout the month of May caused significant lake flooding (12.6' above conservation elevation) that persisted until early August.  Food producing vegetation could not become established on lake fringes because of the flood and late dewatering.  As such, few food resources will be available for waterfowl this season.  
Expected hunting success  Poor.   
Comments Duck and Dark Goose seasons are CLOSED.  Light Goose Conservation Order is in effect through April 30.         



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 4/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks: Approximately 200 ducks of mixed species and 500 coots. 

Geese:  Approximately 70 Canada Geese.  No light geese observed.

Mallard Migration Rank = 1

Water level Lake is at 1338.42' as of 04/01 (conservation pool 1339.0')
Hunting conditions

Poor/Fair.  The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake.

Duck Hunting in the Low Plains Southeast Zone is Closed for the 2015-2016 Season. 

Dark Goose Seasons are closed.

Expected hunting success Fair.  Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily.
Comments

Teal Season - (Low Plains) Sept. 12-27, 2015

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

Youth Season - Nov. 7-8, 2015

Regular Season - Nov. 14, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 AND Jan. 9-31, 2016

Canada Geese - Oct. 31, 2015 - Nov. 1, 2015 AND Nov. 4 - Feb. 14, 2016

White-Fronted Geese - Oct. 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 AND Jan. 23 - Feb. 14, 2016

Light Geese - Oct. 31, - Nov. 1, 2015 AND Nov. 4 - Feb. 14, 2016



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/27/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 80 ducks using the river at this time.  There are some geese flying around the area in the mornings and evenings.
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 Normal
Hunting conditions Fair/Good
Expected hunting success Fair/Good
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 12-27, 2015

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 14 - January 3, 2016 AND January 9-31, 2016

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 3/16/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers The conservation season on light geese remains open; however, only 23 light geese were observed during the area survey on March 16th.  There are good numbers of ducks across the property providing excellent viewing and photography opportunities.
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 6

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

Water levels Due to the abundant fall moisture, water levels are excellent across the area.  As of 11am on 12 February, the marshes were almost completely open water, with only about 5% ice cover.  
Hunting conditions Moist soil vegetation was good to exceptional across the area.  Pondweed, annual smartweed, and barnyard grass production were exceptional this year.
Expected hunting success Fair to good, depending on weather conditions. 
Comments

The Low Plains Early Zone duck season and the dark goose season at McPherson Valley Wetlands are NOW CLOSED FOR THE YEAR.  

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

PLEASE CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT WITH EITHER THE i-SPORTSMAN PROGRAM OR PAPER DAILY PERMITS!  PLEASE DO NOT USE BOTH. 

MPWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at MPWL.  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.

ATTENTION ALL HUNTERS:

In preparation for the transition from paper hunt permits to i-Sportsman, there has been a reduction in the number of daily hunt permit stations (also known as “Iron Rangers”) on the property.  Historically there have been ten daily hunt permit stations on the property; however, this year there will be five.  The locations of these five permit stations are listed below.

Big Basin Marshes:

#1 – South off Mohawk Road on the driveway going to the Area Headquarters / Office

#2 – Pools 1 and 14 parking lot, at the east end of Limestone Road off 8th Avenue

Chain of Lakes Marshes:

#3 – Just south of the intersection of 9th Avenue and Frontier Road, on the west side of the unit

Little Sinkhole Marshes:

#4 – 10th Avenue, between Arapaho and Buckskin roads, at the sunflower field

#5 – Just north of the intersection of 9th Avenue and Arrowhead Road

 

Please plan ahead and register for i-Sportsman prior to hunting McPherson Valley Wetlands, or plan on obtaining a daily hunt permit at one of the five functional permit stations listed above.   

 

ALSO, BE AWARE THAT HALF OF THE PARKING LOT AT POOLS 8 – 12, IN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE LITTLE SINKHOLE MARSHES, IS UNDER WATER.  PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE OR PARK VEHICLES IN THE WATER.  THANKS!

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: 1/27/2016 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 75 ducks on the area at this time.  Mostly mallards and pintails.  All pools are open.
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 water in them.
Hunting conditions Fair/Good
Expected hunting success Fair/Good
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. 12-27, 2015
  • 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. 31, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016 AND Jan. 23-31, 2016
  • 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: 2/26/2016 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 485 Mallard, 315 Goldeneye, 50 Canada geese, with a few white-fronted mixed in, and a few Pintail, Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Teal, and Gadwalls were in the area on 2/25.
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 1350.89 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels have been near or above conservation pool for most of the year with an extended period of high water levels this summer. Moist soil plants like smart weed and barnyard grass are prominent around the reservoir with large patches of smart weed on the north end just west of the causeway bridge. 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. Bald Eagle can be seen around the reservoir at this time.



This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Duck Season is now Closed.  Relatively few geese in the area.
Water level Reservoir is 0.6' above conservation pool.    Marsh at 54 hwy is full. 
Hunting conditions Reservoir is open.    Marsh at 54 hwy is open.     
Expected hunting success Poor - Fair. 
Comments Counts are done on a weekly basis and information will be posted immediately following counts. For other info. call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 1/29/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 8000 mallards, a few teal and gadwall.  Ramps are open at state park.  10,000 Snows.  A few flocks of Canada Geese also using area farm ponds and a handful on the marshes.
Water level Reservoir about to pool.   
Hunting conditions The big marshes west of Elk City are full.  Ducks spreading out to area farm ponds and sloughs.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good.
Comments 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: 2/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Duck Season is now Closed.  No geese seen on the Reservoir today.   Good numbers of Geese using crop fields and ponds off of the Wildlife Area near Eureka. 
Water level 0.7' above conservation pool.   
Hunting conditions Reservoir is mostly open with ice in the upper end and shallower coves.  Ice should continue to dissipate if weather forecast remains accurate.   Fredonia Bay Boat Ramp is open. 
Expected hunting success Poor - Fair.
Comments Counts are conducted on a weekly basis and information is posted immediately following counts. For other questions call: 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/20/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 300 Mallards- 150 Geese
Water level

Current Level: 1041.31

Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0

Hunting conditions    Iced up.  Ice is 1"- 1 1/2" thick at COE boat ramp east side of dam.  Reservoir is aprox. 99% completely iced over.  Few ducks keeping a few holes open out in middle of lake.
Expected hunting success Poor
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: 1/28/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Few ducks, but numbers changing with ice conditions.  A couple thousand geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 2.

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

Water levels Hunting units have good to excellent water.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Good.  For more habitat info go to MDCWA and click on the "News" icon. Marshes are still >98% frozen this morning.  Ice at the Unit F boat ramp is still 1" thick and fairly solid at 8:00 a.m.  Ice is generally getting thinner and weaker each day.  With predicted temperatures and sunny days, we should see some open water this afternoon and considerable open water (possibly ice-free) by the weekend.
Hunting success Mon - Mon (Jan. 18-25):  13 ducks / 31 hunters = 0.4 success.  Season:  4,498 ducks / 3,323 hunters = 1.4 success.  Season goose: 56.
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.  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 waterfowl habitat.  Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 3/17/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers A couple hundred mallard and northern shoveler seen on and flying around the wildlife area. Only Canada geese were seen around, on water, in fields, and flying.  Scaup, Bufflehead, and Pintail  were also observed on this weeks survey.
Water level Lake level 1034.5; Conservation pool = 1036.
Hunting conditions No ice cover. Ducks and geese are around anywhere there is some open water. Plenty of waterfowl observed on open water and in crop fields.
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 Rd.

Refuge Area is CLOSED Oct. 1st through Jan. 15th

Spring Conservation order on Light Geese is Feb. 15-April 30, 2016.



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 2/17/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 15,000 mainly mallards and diver, Snow Goose numbers changing daily   
Mallard Migration Rank

MMR=5

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

Water level Good               
Hunting conditions Good.    
Expected hunting success

Goose hunting opportunities are fair.  

Totals for the year were hunters 3188, harvest 5432 ducks for a 1.7 BPH average.  If you wonder how this ranks out over the past 30 years it was 14th in harvest, 17th in hunter #'s and 11th in BPH average.   We still have over 100 folks that have not checked out on the isportsman page.  If you are one of those people we would greatly appreciate your cooperation in getting checked out so we can get the final data tallied up.  Thanks so much for your cooperation and support in transitioning into this new system!!!  This information is very valuable in making management decisions and generating funding for future projects.   

Comments

DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED

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

Neosho WA is transitioning to a new 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 hunitng 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.



2015 Mallard Migration Model

Federal Migratory Bird Regulations
The following is a synopsis of Federal Regulations that pertain to the hunting of migratory game birds. Persons requiring more information should go to http://www.fws.gov/hunting/whatres.html, where they will find a complete version of 50 CFR Part 20. When State law is different from the following Federal law the hunter must comply with the most restrictive law.
What terms do I need to understand?

Migratory Birds are birds protected by federal law as a result of treaties signed with other countries. Protected migratory birds are listed in Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations, Section. 10.13. This list includes almost all birds found in the United States with the exception of the house sparrow, feral pigeon (commonly called rock dove), European starling, Eurasian collared-dove, mute swan, and upland game birds (which are protected by state laws).

All migratory birds are protected. However, a subset of migratory birds classified as migratory game birds and may be hunted in accordance with State and Federal regulations. The list of migratory game birds includes species of ducks, geese (including brant), swans, doves and pigeons, cranes, rails, coots, gallinules and moorhens, woodcock and snipe, if there is an open season.

Daily bag limit means the maximum number of migratory game birds of a single species or combination (aggregate) of species permitted to be taken by one person in any one day during the open season in any one specified geographic area for which a daily bag limit is prescribed.

Aggregate daily bag limit means the maximum number of migratory game birds permitted to be taken by one person in any one day during the open season when such person hunts in more than one specified geographic area and/or for more than one species for which a combined daily bag limit is prescribed. The aggregate daily bag limit is equal to, but shall not exceed, the largest daily bag limit prescribed for any one species or for any one specified geographic area in which taking occurs.

Possession limit means the maximum number of migratory game birds of a single species or a combination of species permitted to be possessed by any one person when lawfully taken in the United States in any one specified geographic area for which a possession limit is prescribed.

Aggregate possession limit means the maximum number of migratory game birds of a single species or combination of species taken in the United States permitted to be possessed by any one person when taking and possession occurs in more than one specified geographic area for which a possession limit is prescribed. The aggregate possession limit is equal to, but shall not exceed, the largest possession limit prescribed for any one of the species or specified geographic areas in which taking and possession occurs.

Personal abode means one’s principal or ordinary home or dwelling place, as distinguished from one’s temporary or transient place of abode or dwelling such as a hunting club, or any club house, cabin, tent or trailer house used as a hunting club, or any hotel, motel or rooming house used during a hunting, pleasure or business trip.

Migratory bird preservation facility means:

(1) Any person who, at their residence or place of business and for hire or other consideration; or

(2) Any taxidermist, cold-storage facility or locker plant which, for hire or other consideration; or

(3) Any hunting club which, in the normal course of operations; receives, possesses, or has in custody any migratory game birds belonging to another person for purposes of picking, cleaning, freezing, processing, storage or shipment.

Normal agricultural planting, harvesting, or post-harvest manipulation means a planting or harvesting undertaken for the purpose of producing and gathering a crop, or manipulation after such harvest and removal of grain, that is conducted in accordance with official recommendations of State Extension Specialists of the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Normal agricultural operation means a normal agricultural planting, harvesting, post-harvest manipulation, or agricultural practice that is conducted in accordance with official recommendations of State Extension Specialists of the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Normal soil stabilization practice means a planting for agricultural soil erosion control or post-mining land reclamation conducted in accordance with official recommendations of State Extension Specialists of the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for agricultural soil erosion control.

Baited area means any area on which salt, grain, or other feed has been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered, if that salt, grain, or other feed could serve as a lure or attraction for migratory game birds to, on, or over areas where hunters are attempting to take them. Any such area will remain a baited area for ten days following the complete removal of all such salt, grain, or other feed.

Baiting means the direct or indirect placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering of salt, grain, or other feed that could serve as a lure or attraction for migratory game birds to, on, or over any areas where hunters are attempting to take them.

Manipulation means the alteration of natural vegetation or agricultural crops by activities that include but are not limited to mowing, shredding, discing, rolling, chopping, trampling, flattening, burning, or herbicide treatments. The term manipulation does not include the distributing or scattering of grain, seed, or other feed after removal from or storage on the field where grown.

Natural vegetation means any non-agricultural, native, or naturalized plant species that grows at a site in response to planting or from existing seeds or other propagules. The term natural vegetation does not include planted millet. However, planted millet that grows on its own in subsequent years after the year of planting is considered natural vegetation.

What hunting methods are illegal?

No persons shall take migratory game birds:

  • With a trap, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than 10 gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machinegun, fish hook, poison, drug, explosive, or stupefying substance;
  • With a shotgun of any description capable of holding more than three shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassembling the gun, so its total capacity does not exceed three shells. This restriction does not apply during dates States haves selected under the Conservation Order for light geese (i.e. greater and lesser snow and Ross’s geese) or those selected for the control of resident Canada geese.

    Migratory Birds Season Dates

  • From or by means, aid, or use of a sinkbox or any other type of low floating device, having a depression affording the hunter a means of concealment beneath the surface of the water;
  • From or by means, aid, or use of any motor vehicle, motor-driven land conveyance, or aircraft of any kind, except that paraplegics and persons missing one or both legs may take from any stationary motor vehicle or stationary motor-driven land conveyance;
  • From or by means of any motorboat or other craft having a motor attached, or any sailboat, unless the motor has been completely shut off and/or the sails furled, and its progress there from has ceased;
  • By the use or aid of live birds as decoys; although not limited to, it shall be a violation of this paragraph for any person to take migratory waterfowl on an area where tame or captive live ducks or geese are present unless such birds are and have been for a period of 10 consecutive days prior to such taking, confined within an enclosure which substantially reduces the audibility of their calls and totally conceals such birds from the sight of wild migratory waterfowl;
  • By the use or aid of recorded or electrically amplified bird calls or sounds, or recorded or electrically amplified imitations of bird calls or sounds. This restriction does not apply during dates States haves selected under the Conservation Order for light geese (i.e. greater and lesser snow and Ross’s geese) or those selected for the control of resident Canada geese.

    Migratory Birds Season Dates

  • By means or aid of any motor driven land, water, or air conveyance, or any sailboat used for the purpose of or resulting in the concentrating, driving, rallying, or stirring up of any migratory bird;
  • By the aid of baiting, or on or over any baited area, where a person knows or reasonably should know that the area is or has been baited.

It is legal to take migratory game birds including waterfowl, coots, and cranes, on or over the following lands or areas that are not otherwise baited areas:

  • Standing crops or flooded standing crops (including aquatics);
  • Standing, flooded, or manipulated natural vegetation; flooded harvested croplands; or lands or areas where seeds or grains have been scattered solely as the result of a normal agricultural planting, harvesting, post-harvest manipulation or normal soil stabilization practice;
  • From a blind or other place of concealment camouflaged with natural vegetation;
  • From a blind or other place of concealment camouflaged with vegetation from agricultural crops, as long as such camouflaging does not result in the exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of grain or other feed; or
  • Standing or flooded standing agricultural crops where grain is inadvertently scattered solely as a result of a hunter entering or exiting a hunting area, placing decoys, or retrieving downed birds.

It is legal to take migratory game birds, except waterfowl, coots and cranes, on or over lands or areas that are not otherwise baited areas, and where grain or other feed has been distributed or scattered solely as the result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed on the land where grown, or solely as the result of a normal agricultural operation.

Wanton waste of migratory game birds No person shall kill or cripple any migratory game bird without making a reasonable effort to retrieve the bird, and retain it in his actual custody, at the place where taken or between that place and either (a) his automobile or principal means of land transportation; or (b) his personal abode or temporary or transient place of lodging; or (c) a migratory bird preservation facility; or (d) a post office; or (e) a common carrier facility.


Non-toxic Shot No person may take ducks, geese (including brant), or coots while possessing shot (either in shotshells or as loose shot for muzzleloading) other than approved non-toxic shot. For a list of approved non-toxic shot, see (http://fws.gov/migratorybirds/issues/nontoxic.htm)

Opening Day of a Season No person on the opening day of the season shall possess any freshly killed migratory game birds in excess of the daily bag limit, or aggregate daily bag limit, whichever applies.

Field Possession Limit No person shall possess, have in custody, or transport more than the daily bag limit or aggregate daily bag limit, whichever applies, of migratory game birds, tagged or not tagged, at or between the place where taken and either (a) his automobile or principal means of land transportation; or (b) his personal abode or temporary or transient place of lodging; or (c) a migratory bird preservation facility; or (d) a post office; or (e) a common carrier facility.

Tagging requirement 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 shall not be considered as being in storage or temporary storage.

Custody of birds of another No person shall receive or have in custody any migratory game birds belonging to another person unless such birds are properly tagged.

Termination of possession Subject to all other requirements of this part, the possession of birds taken by any hunter shall be deemed to have ceased when such birds have been delivered by him to another person as a gift; or have been delivered by him to a post office, a common carrier, or a migratory bird preservation facility and consigned for transport by the Postal Service or a common carrier to some person other than the hunter.

Gift of migratory game birds 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 such hunter's address, the total number and species of birds and the date such birds were taken.

Transportation of birds of another No person shall transport migratory game birds belonging to another person unless such birds are properly tagged.

Species identification requirement No person shall transport within the United States any migratory game birds, except doves and band-tailed pigeons, unless the head or one fully feathered wing remains attached to each such bird at all times while being transported from the place where taken until they have arrived at the personal abode of the possessor or a migratory bird preservation facility.

Marking package or container No person shall transport by the Postal Service or a common carrier migratory game birds unless the package or container in which such birds are transported has the name and address of the shipper and the consignee and an accurate statement of the numbers of each species of birds therein contained clearly and conspicuously marked on the outside thereof.

Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp The law requires that each waterfowl hunter 16 years of age and older must carry on his person a Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) that is validated by the hunter signing the stamp in ink across the face of the stamp.

More restrictive regulations may apply to National Wildlife Refuges opened to public hunting. For additional information on refuge specific regulations see http://www.fws.gov/refuges/

State Waterfowl Regulations

This migratory bird information is being provided as a service to hunters. It has been prepared as a guide only and is not a complete list of regulations. For more detailed legal information, contact the KDWP Law Enforcement Division, or complete regulations may also be viewed and printed online. Just click here.

Kansas Duck Hunting Zones

Google Earth Duck Zones (OCTET-STREAM 237.02 kB)

High Plains Unit: That portion of Kansas west of federal highway US-283

Low Plains Early Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from the federal highway US-283 and state highway US-96 junction, then east on federal highway US-96 to its junction with federal highway US-183, then north on federal highway US-183 to its junction with federal highway US-24, then east on federal highway US-24 to its junction with federal highway US-281, then north on federal highway US-281 to its junction with federal highway US-36, then east on federal highway US-36 to its junction with state highway K-199, then south on state highway K-199 to its junction with Republic County 30th Road, then south on Republic County 30th Road to its junction with state highway K-148, then east on state highway K-148 to its junction with Republic County 50th Road,  then south on Republic County 50th Road to its junction with Cloud County 40th Road, then south on Cloud County 40th Road to its junction with state highway K-9, then west on state highway K-9 to its junction with federal highway US-24, then west on federal highway US-24 to its junction with federal highway US-181, then south on federal highway US-181 to its junction with state highway K-18, then west on state highway K-18 to its junction with federal highway US-281, then south on federal highway US-281 to its junction with state highway K-4, then east on state highway K-4 to its junction with interstate highway I-135, then south on interstate highway I–135 to its junction with state highway K-61, then southwest on state highway K-61 to its junction with McPherson County 14th Avenue, then south on McPherson County 14th Avenue to its junction with McPherson County Arapaho Rd, then west on McPherson County Arapaho Rd to its junction with state highway K-61, then southwest on state highway K-61 to its junction with state highway K-96, then northwest on state highway K-96 to its junction with federal highway US-56, then southwest on federal highway US-56 to its junction with state highway K-19, then east on state highway K-19 to its junction with federal highway US-281, then south on federal highway US-281 to its junction with federal highway US-54, then west on federal highway US-54 to its junction with federal highway US-183, then north on federal highway US-183 to its junction with federal highway US-56, then southwest on federal highway US-56 to its junction with North Main Street in Spearville, Kansas, then south on  North Main Street to Davis Street in Spearville, Kansas, then east on Davis Street to Ford County Road 126 (South Stafford Street in Spearville, Kansas), then south on Ford County Road 126 to Garnett Road, then east on Garnett Road to Ford County Road 126, then south on Ford County Road 126 to Ford Spearville Road, then west on Ford Spearville Road to its junction with federal highway US-400, then northwest on federal highway US-400 to its junction with federal highway US-283, and then north on federal highway US-283 to its junction with federal highway US-96.

Low Plains Late Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from the federal highway US-283 and federal highway US-96 junction, then north on federal highway US-283 to the Kansas-Nebraska state line, then east along the Kansas-Nebraska state line to its junction with the Kansas-Missouri state line, then southeast along the Kansas-Missouri state line to its junction with state highway K-68, then west on state highway K-68 to its junction with interstate highway I-35, then southwest on interstate highway I-35 to its junction with Butler County NE 150th Street, then west on Butler County NE 150th Street to its junction with federal highway US-77, then south on federal highway US-77 to its junction with the Kansas-Oklahoma state line, then west along the Kansas-Oklahoma state line to its junction with federal highway US-283, then north on federal highway US-283 to its junction with federal highway US-400, then east on federal highway US-400 to its junction with Ford Spearville Road, then east on Ford Spearville Road to Ford County Road 126, then north on Ford County Road 126 to Garnett Road, then west on Garnett Road to Ford County Road 126, then north on Ford County Road 126 (South Stafford Street in Spearville, Kansas) to Davis Street in Spearville, Kansas, then west on Davis Street to North Main Street in Spearville, Kansas, then north on  North Main Street to its junction with federal highway US-56, then east on federal highway US-56 to its junction with federal highway US-183, then south on federal highway US-183 to its junction with federal highway US-54, then east on federal highway US-54 to its junction with federal highway US-281, then north on federal highway US-281 to its junction with state highway K-19, then west on state highway K-19 to its junction with federal highway US-56, then east on federal highway US-56 to its junction with state highway K-96, then southeast on state highway K-96 to its junction with state highway K-61, then northeast on state highway K-61 to its junction with McPherson County Arapaho Road, then east on McPherson County Arapaho Road to its junction with McPherson County 14th Avenue, then north on McPherson County 14th Avenue to its junction with state highway K-61, then east on state highway K-61 to its junction with interstate highway I-135, then north on interstate highway I-135 to its junction with state highway K-4, then west on state highway K-4 to its junction with federal highway US-281, then north on federal highway US-281 to its junction with state highway K-18, then east on state highway K-18 to its junction with federal highway US-181, then north on federal highway US-181 to its junction with federal highway US-24, then east on federal highway US-24 to its junction with state highway K-9, then east on state highway K-9 to its junction with Cloud County 40th Road, then north on Cloud County 40th Road to its junction with Republic County 50th Road, then north on Republic County 50th Road to its junction with state highway K-148, then west on state highway K-1­48 to its junction with Republic County 30th Road, then north on Republic County 30th Road to its junction with state highway K-199, then north on state highway K-199 to its junction with federal highway US-36, then west on federal highway US-36 to its junction with federal highway US-281, then south on federal highway US-281 to its junction with federal highway US-24, then west on federal highway US-24 to its junction with federal highway US-183, then south on federal highway US-183 to its junction with federal highway US-96, and then west on federal highway US-96 to its junction with federal highway US-283.

Low Plains Southeast Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from the Kansas-Missouri state line west on state highway K-68 to its junction with interstate highway I-35, then southwest on interstate highway I-35 to its junction with Butler County NE 150th  Street, then west on Butler County NE 150th Street to its junction with federal highway US-77, then south on federal highway US-77 to the Kansas-Oklahoma State line, then east along the Kansas–Oklahoma state line to its junction with the Kansas-Missouri state line, and then north along the Kansas-Missouri state line to its junction with state highway K-68.

Permits & Stamps

All waterfowl hunters 16 and older must have a federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation 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.

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Information

Avian influenza, or “bird flu” as it is commonly called, is a naturally-occurring disease in wild waterfowl caused by various strains of avian-type influenza. In the past, the disease in wild birds has been of little concern, because it usually causes either mild or no clinical signs in them. In domestic poultry flocks, however, some strains of avian influenza are deadly and are classified as “highly pathogenic.” 

Some species of wild birds, such as mallards, can carry the highly pathogenic strains of influenza without becoming ill; whereas other species, such as swans, are sensitive to the virus and are more likely to sicken and die.  

Kansas Dept. of Agriculture Avian Influenza Information

Kansas Dept. of Agriculture News Releases

Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment Avian Influenza Information

Centers for Disease Control Information on Avian Influenza

mallard pair

Mallards - photo Mike Blair

How is avian influenza detected in wild birds?

Various methods are used to detect avian influenza in wild birds. One method is to take samples from live or hunter-killed birds. The sampling procedure involves quick and simple swabs of the throat and cloaca (combine

Another method used to detect avian influenza in wild birds is through surveillance of waterfowl areas for suspicious deaths in sensitive species. When mortalities occur that are not due to commonon diseases, injury, or natural death, the appropriate samples are taken and submitted for laboratory testing. d genital/anal opening) which do not harm the live bird nor do they affect the edibility of the meat. After sampling, the live bird is returned to the wild, whereas bagged birds can be taken home and enjoyed for dinner. (The sampling procedure is not a test of food safety.) The swabs are then sent to a laboratory for diagnostic testing.

Should I be afraid of avian influenza?

The chances of a hunter encountering the virus are extremely low. Furthermore, in its current form, the virus is not easily contracted by humans.

Although the risk of encountering avian influenza is very low, should I be cautious?

Hunters should always take reasonable routine precautions when handling wild game. The following information provided by the USGS will also help protect you from other transmissible diseases such as tularemia.

How to kill the virus: 
Thoroughly washing hands with soap and water (or with alcohol-based hand products if the hands are not visibly soiled) is a very effective method for inactivating influenza viruses. These viruses are also inactivated with many common disinfectants such as detergents, 10% household bleach, alcohol or other commercial disinfectants. The virus is more difficult to inactivate in organic material such as feces or soil.

Hunters should follow routine precautions when handling game:

  • Do not handle or eat sick game.
  • Wear rubber or disposable latex gloves while handling and cleaning game, wash hands as described above, and thoroughly clean knives, equipment and surfaces that come in contact with game.
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling animals.
  • All game should be thoroughly cooked (well done or 160° F).

The general public should observe wildlife, including wild birds, from a distance. This protects you from possible exposure to pathogens and minimizes disturbance to the animal.

  • Avoid touching wildlife. If there is contact with wildlife do not rub eyes, eat, drink, or smoke before washing hands with soap and water as described above.
  • Do not pick up diseased or dead wildlife. Contact your state, tribal or federal natural resource agency if a sick or dead animal is found.

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