Migratory Birds

Shooting Hours: Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for all migratory bird seasons, except sandhill crane.

Waterfowl Reports
Kansas Regional Map

Kansas is divided into five regions for KDWPT administrative purposes. Each region has a full-service regional office, as well as numerous local and district offices.

CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 2/23/2015 Print

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

Very Few Light Geese.  Survey will be updated if numbers change. 

Mallard Migration Rank: 7  (1=worst 10=best)

Water level Reservoir is 23 ft. low.  Boat Ramps are open.
Hunting conditions Fair. 
Expected hunting success Fair. 
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: 3/18/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Mallard numbers around 3,300

Light geese- 2,000.  The large numbers of snow geese have left the area.

Mallard Migration Index (5)

Water level 2.2' below conservation pool and steady.
Hunting conditions No more ice.
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments

Check Area News for updates.

Light goose conservation order open February 16 - April 30, 2015.

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: 3/16/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1,000 snow geese observed 3/16/2015
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 3 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

All marshes are OPEN.

Gamekeeper marsh is one foot low.  Managers have started drawing marshes down for the growing season.  Gun Club Marsh average depth is around 12 - 18 inches, Buffalo Creek North marsh is around eight inches.  Marsh Creek Marsh is gaining some water and Buffalo Creek South Marsh is increasing with an average depth of 16 inches.

Hunting conditions

Light Geese are utilizing the area for roosting and loafing throughout the day.  They are feeding on local ag fields. THE LPEZ DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED

The light goose conservation order opened  2/16/2015

REFUGE IS OPEN FOR HUNTING

Expected hunting success

Poor.  With the warm weather, the light geese numbers are fluctuating greatly from day to day.  Light goose numbers are decreasing.

Light geese numbers fluctuate day to day and are feeding on local ag fields throughout the area.  REMINDER - Hunters must have permission to hunt or shoot on ALL private land.  This includes properties that are enrolled in WIHA that closed on Jan. 31.

Comments
THE REFUGE IS NOW OPEN
 - BOATING WILL BE DIFFICULT IN GAMEKEEPER MARSH SINCE IT IS OVER ONE FOOT LOW. EVEN HUNTERS WITH MUD MOTORS WILL HAVE DIFFICULTY NAVIGATING IN THIS MARSH
KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2014-2015 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 JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS

  

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

- 2015 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: 3/16/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers 2,000 ducks including divers and puddle ducks. 700 canada geese, a few white-fronts. 300 light geese are here today (3/16) feeding on private cropland north and east of the reservoir in Kansas and mostly into Nebraska. Most waterfowl loafing in the middle of the reservoir.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 2
Water level Reservoir is at conservation pool. Inflows (29 cfs) to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal have resumed due to releases from Harlan County Reservoir in Nebraska and natural river flow.
Hunting condition Reservoir is open today, ( 3/16). Waterfowl roosting/loafing in the middle of the reservoir just southwest of Cedar Point. Private cropland fields open (no snow cover).Most county roads are dry. Reservoir levels are slowly increasing and there is a lot of concealing vegetation close to the water. Earlier, exposed mudflats have been covered as well as flooding growing vegetation. Not much moist soil food on the reservoir.
Expected hunting success Poor. Low Plains Late Zone Duck and Dark Goose CLOSED. Light Goose Conservation Order OPEN through April 30,2015. Poor for geese on the reservoir but if hunters can find loafing/feeding birds it could be better. Will update as conditions change and until we see how many more birds arrive and stay. Most waterfowl feeding on private cropland in Nebraska. The snow line is the U.S Canada border.
Comments

ALL BOAT RAMPS OPEN. Boat ramps 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, 2014 THROUGH JANUARY 31,2015. 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 AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS. 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: 3/31/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers All migrant geese have moved on. 
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is currently 16.4 feet below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions 100% open water
Expected hunting success Water levels are once again down from last year.  Some vegetation had time to establish on the shoreline towards the west end so hunters will have a few more places to hide this fall.  Nearly 300 geese have been banded and released on the property.
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

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

DUCK/DARK GOOSE SEASON CLOSED



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 5/27/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1200 Ducks both puddle and divers; 300 Canada geese but no light geese observed today (2/5)
Water level 2.5 ft above conservation pool; 1465.5 ft
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 3

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 Low plains late zone duck season CLOSED. Goose OPEN. Goose numbers low, feeding 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: 2/25/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers

10,000 ducks (primarily mallards), 30,000 Canada geese and 187 snow geese.

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

Water level 24.5 feet below conservation level. Irrigation releases have ended for the year.
Hunting conditions No flooded vegetation with low water level. Exposed shorelines & mudflates will attract some early 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 Poor, very few light geese on the Area. 
Comments

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir

Nov. 1, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015 AND Jan. 17-25, 2015

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CLOSED   CANADA GEESE  Nov. 1-9, 2014 And Nov. 12, 2014 - Feb. 15, 2015

CLOSED  WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  Nov. 1 - Dec. 14, 2014 AND Jan. 17 - Feb. 15, 2015

CLOSED LIGHT GEESE  Nov 1 - 9, 2014 AND Nov. 12, 2014 - Feb. 15, 2015

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 16 - April 30, 2015

ICE CONDITIONS:

Reservoir clear of ice.

 

 2014 - 2015 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map

ATTENTION HUNTERS: Daily Hunting Permits are no longer required. After 3 years of gathering survey information, the daily hunting permit system is no longer in effect at Webster.



WILSON - Last Updated: 2/6/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1000 ducks

300 light geese and 1500 Canadas

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 1508.79 ft; 7.2 ft below conservation pool.  Record Low Elevation
Hunting conditions  Low Plains Late Zone Duck season closed. Goose Open. Lake has ltitle ice. Geese loafing on lake during day and feeding on private lands.
Expected hunting success Good when birds arrive. Birds off points from Pelican point to Spillway ramp and along north side in Lucas area.
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 2013-2014 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 Region 2 Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/21/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers 100 Mallards are on the area, mostly using the refuge.   
Water level

Good water in largest wetland southeast of parking area.

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".

 Pumps are not working in the west complex of wetlands but there is some water

Hunting conditions Decent water level and good habitat.
Expected hunting success Fair to good. Shoot a few ducks on the reopener
Comments

Having pump problems on western wetlands. Will not be able to pump this complex.

The Corps of Engineers has a construction crew at Benedictine Bottoms constructing two new chutes off of the Missouri River. The construction will be ongoing and will last throughout the season. During this time there will be areas that will be closed to public access. As the construction progresses we will keep you updated. This construction should not effect waterfowl hunting except for the increase in vehicle traffic.

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".



CLINTON - Last Updated: 1/5/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2000+ Mallards, 1500 other ducks and 1500+ geese.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 8

Lake level 874.6 (.9 feet below conservation pool).
Hunting conditions

Ice is developing fast.

The wildlife area will be limited again. Coblentz wetlands are dry. Elk creek wetlands have some water in pool 2 (enough for 2 hunting parties), and very small pools of water in pools 3.

The reservoir has to be at least at conservation pool, or the wildlife area is limited on pumping.

Expected hunting success Fair on the reservoir and poor on the wildlife area.
Comments

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area will be utilizing an electronic check-in system beginning September 1st. To register, please go to  https://kdwpt.isportsman.net. This will be mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters.  

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

The Refuge area will be closed to ALL activities from October 1st - January 15th.



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 1/19/2015 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Species identified during our most recent waterfowl survey (1/9/15) included mallard, hooded merganser, gadwall common goldeneye, and Canada geese. Please remember the WATERFOWL REFUGE WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO HUNTING THROUGH THE LATE WATERFOWL SEASON
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Over half full. Greater than 40 acre-feet pumped. 

Browns Wetland, Upper Unit - Approximately half full with plenty of millet and smartweed inundated. Pumped >30 acre-feet into the unit.

Browns Wetland, Lower Unit - Sufficient for hunting.

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Low. We were unable to pump this unit in 2014; however, rainfall has maintained a pool that may hold some waterfowl.

Hillsdale Lake - Normal elevation (See Army Corps Daily Report). Plenty of aquatic vegetation inundated particularly near the Waterfowl Refuge. 

Comments  As of January 9th Hillsdale Lake was nearly completely frozen and all wetland units were frozen.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 3/9/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Light Geese :40000

Canada Geese:600

Ducks: 100

Water level High
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor for ducks and poor for 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: 1/22/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Late duck season is Jan 17th-25th.

Roughly 1200 geese and 10000 ducks were seen on the survey this week with a majority of the main lake and wetlands iced up.  Good numbers of birds have been seen around the area this week on open water. 

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 1143.12 conservation Pool 1144.4 The dam is releasing 200 CFS. 
Hunting conditions

Good due to high numbers of migrants around the area and warm temperatures opening up water.  Water levels and vegetation are good to excellent. 

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.

Lower Smith Bottom and the Gatesville boat ramp have been reopened since the 2013 fall hunting and fishing season.

The lower refuge dike has been repaired and both the upper and lower refuge pools are holding good amounts of water which should help to attract waterfowl to the area.

Expected hunting success

Hunter survey report: 

Vegetation and water levels are adequate. High water has filled most Mall Creek and Sugar Bowl wetlands.  

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- a free permit is required to hunt waterfowl in the wetland areas on Milford Wildlife Area. These are available at all of the marsh parking areas, or 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: 1/15/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Marshes and Delaware River are frozen. A survey was conducted on 01/13/15 and around 2,000 ducks were observed with 90% being Mallards. About 7,000 Canada Geese and 10,000 Snow Geese were observed. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 8 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)

Lake level 2.12 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
All wetland complexes have developed some of the best vegetation seen at Perry in the last several years. All marsh complexes are dependent on natural runoff to fill the complex except West River North & South and Kyle East.

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 Poor to Fair. 
Comments
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. East- HCR-9 with the marsh being 60% water. Only natural vegetation grew in the East Unit. Kyle West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source and due to a recent high water event this unit is nearly 100% full.

Launching boats in Kyle will be possible now with water levels at near full.

West River: An abundance of moist soil plants are growing and areas of mud flats were sown to Jap Millet and Buckwheat. North- HCR-6 with 50% water. South- HCR-9 with 75% water.

Upper Ferguson: The vegetation is in excellent quality. HCR-8 with 50% water.

Lassister: West Lassiter pool was drained this spring and worked for corn planting however do to untimely rains no corn was planted.  However, the vegetation response was great.  East- HCR-7 with 40% water, will fill if we get enough rain. West- HCR-7 with 25% water

Northwest: Recent work to remove trees from inside Northwest marsh has been done and boards have been removed from water control structures to continue renovations. Work is in progress to remove the East water control structure and soon the remaining water will be removed from this wetland. Installation of a new structure will follow. 

Headquarters: Headquarters started full this spring and over the summer naturally dried up. Quality vegetation growth has been good. HCR-8 with 10% water

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was held this summer. Vegetation growth has been good. HCR-7 with 25% water

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been excellent this summer. HCR-9 with 100% water

Reichert: Reichart pools were held at reatively low levels but retained water most of the summer. The vegetation growth has been exceptional. HCR-9 with 25% water.

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

   



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/19/2014 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1,000 ducks

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 7

Water level The lake is currently 1 foot  above conservation pool.  The Black Vermillion and Olsburg marshes both have huntable water.
Hunting conditions Vegetation around the edges of the lake and favorable water levels should provide good hunting opportunities on the main lake.  Vegetation in the marshes is thick, scouting prior to your hunt is encouraged.
Expected hunting success Fair
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 Region 3 Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 7/24/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers 10,000 to 30,000 ducks on the Area.  Mostly blue-winged teal, shoveler and mallard.
Water level Pools 1A, 1B and 1C each are at 48 inches. Pool 2 is near 16 inches, Pools 3A, 3B and 4A are dry but for trapped water, Pool 4B is about 5 inches and Pool 5 is about 18 inches. 
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
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 2014-2015 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: 1/21/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 50 mallards observed 1/20/15.
Water level The pool along Hwy. 42 is nearly dry.  The main lake is approximately 75% full. The pools south and east of the main lake have some water.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments Daily Permit or Electronic Check-In Required - free in each parking lot. Instructions are posted. Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 12/17/2014 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 600 ducks, mostly mallards.
Water level Pool 1 is full.  Pool 2 is full.   Pools 4, 6, and 8 are full.  There is water north and west of pool 6.  Pool 9 is full.  Pool 3B is full.  Pool 7 has some water with heavy vegetation.  The remaining pools are nearly dry.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Duck season is closed until 12/20/14
Comments Permit or Electronic Check-In required (Free) - available in all parking lots. Remember that only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.



This is a collection of all the Region 4 Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 1/7/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers Duck numbers are fluctuating around 200-400.  200 Canadian geese are using the lake.  All still water is iced up approaching 1 inch thickness. 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is about 12 inches low due to work being done to the dam and dry weather.  All the main marshes north and west of the lake are full.  Two of the three marshes south of highway 54 have some water however they are not full and have limited space for ducks to land.
Hunting conditions The lake and marshes are open.  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 Fair
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: 2/4/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Mallard 12,Golden Eye 573, Canada 35
Water level  below conservation pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 6/25/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers No light geese.  Approximately 1,200 ducks (mixed species), 20 Canada geese, and 110 coots on 3/26.            
Water levels 2.9 feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 3/26.
Hunting conditions Difficult.  Lake ice free.  Declining lake levels have pulled water away from cover edges.  Hunters may find it challenging to conceal themselves.  A thin fringe of food producing vegetation exists along some lake edges, but will not be available to feeding waterfowl without precipitation and increases in lake levels.
Expected hunting success Poor.  
Comments Duck and dark goose seasons are CLOSED.  Light Goose Conservation Order open through April 30.   



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 2/18/2015 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks: Approximately 2,400 ducks, mostly mallard with a few goldeneye and merganser mixed in.  

Geese: 5,700 Canada Geese.

Mallard Migration Rank = 7

Water level Lake is at 1336.57' as of 02/18 (conservation pool 1339.0')
Hunting conditions

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

 

Expected hunting success Duck season is closed.   Canada and White-Fronted Goose Seasons are closed.    No Light Geese Observed.  Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily.
Comments

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

Regular Season - Nov. 8-9, 2014 AND Nov. 15, 2014 - Jan. 25, 2015

Canada Geese - Nov. 1-9, 2014 AND Nov. 12 - Feb. 15, 2015

White-Fronted Geese - Nov. 1 - Dec. 14, 2014 AND Jan. 17 - Feb. 15, 2015

Light Geese - Nov. 1-9, 2014 AND Nov. 12 - Feb. 15, 2015



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/22/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 100 ducks and geese using the river 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/Fair
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 13-28, 2014
  • 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:Nov. 8-9, 2014 AND Nov. 15, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015
  • Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 1/8/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers Zero ducks, and less than 50 geese observed on 1/7/15.
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank:1

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

Water level Good. 100% frozen as of 1/7/15
Hunting conditions Moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area.  Smartweed and barnyard grass production has been exceptional this year.  Another good run-off rain would imporve conditions.
Expected hunting success Good. 
Comments

 

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

 

Regular Duck Season Results:

2,139 hunters have harvested 3,410 ducks, 13 geese, 373 pheasants as of 12/8/14.

 

Early teal season results:

890 hunters harvested 1,890 teal for a 2.12 teal / hunter average.  This ranks as the second best teal season harvest on record at MPWL.

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.

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

MPWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will be able to login from PC, smartphone, or call in from a cell phone or landline phone 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.

 

Newsletter:

We are currently producing a McPherson Valley Wetlands electronic newsletter that will be distributed bi-annually. The newsletter will highlight season results, upcoming projects, forecasted fall flights, and other information that hunters / users should be aware of if they plan to visit the area. If you are interested in recieving this newsletter please Click here.

 

Other:

For refuge locations, please see the link McPherson Wetlands brochure and map on the McPherson Wetlands web page for these changes or contact the area office for more information at (620)-241-7669.

All shotgun hunters at McPherson 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 judgement before entering these roadways. IF ROADS ARE WET, PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL ON THEM! It is very difficult and very expensive to get wrecker assistance once stuck.



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 1/22/2015 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 125 waterfowl using the area.  Mostly mallards and a few pintails.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:10

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

Water
 level
Good.  All pools have water in them.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Fair/Good
Comments

SCWL is transitioning to 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. 13-28, 2014
  • 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:Nov. 1, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015 AND Jan. 17-25, 2015
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

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

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

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



MARION - Last Updated: 3/19/2015 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 185 Mallard, 200 Goldeneye, 1050 Gadwall, 300 Shoveler, 85 American Wigeon, and 100 Pintail are using the reservoir at this time. There are also close to 100 Canada geese, and 200 light geese.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=2 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 1348.90 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels are just below conservation pool and the North end of the reservoir, French Creek cove, and all of the smaller coves have vegetation along the shoreline for cover. Since the reservoir has maintained high water levels since the summer of 2013, there was very little moist soil production this year to provide food for waterfowl. Approximately 50% of the reservoir is covered with ice at this time.
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 Region 5 Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/13/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers Less than 500 geese seen on the reservoir today. 
Water level Reservoir is 0.3' above conservation pool, Marsh at 54 hwy is mostly dry.
Hunting conditions Reservoir 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: 6/17/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers  
Water level  
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
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: 2/13/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers Less than 500 geese seen on Fall River WA today. 
Water level 0.3' above conservation pool
Hunting conditions Reservoir 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: 1/21/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers  700 Mallards, 200 assorted divers. 100 Dark Geese, 200 Snow Geese. 
Water level

Current Level: 1041.10

Conservation Pool Level: 1043.0

Hunting conditions  Reservoir is starting to open up rather well.  COE Dam Boat ramp is currently open.    Otter Creek earthen ramp is still useable, with patchy ice aprox. 1/4" thick.  Thicker Ice is on the south side of lake and mouth of Otter Creek.
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: 2/17/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers Few snow geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 3.

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

Water levels All units have good water levels.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions NOTICE:  Much of the wildlife area is closed to snow goose hunting due to mowed grain.  These sites are considered to be "baited" until 10 days after grain is consumed.  Map of closures is posted in check-in kiosk.
Hunting success Season ducks:  5,508 / 3,629 hunters = 1.5 success (this is well above average).  Season dark goose harvest = 111.  Zero snow geese harvested since Nov 16.
Comments

Snow goose hunters must register before hunting and report harvest after the hunt (KAR 115-8-1). Notice: You must fill out reports completely and accurately. False reports will be prosecuted.  Isportsman electronic registration is not available for Marais des Cygnes this season.

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.

Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/15/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 10,000 ducks (9,000 dabblers, primarily mallards and 1,000 divers, primarily goldeneyes) and 11,000 geese.  All of the birds observed were located on open water located on the east end of the lake in very deep water.  The lake is approximately 85% iced over.
Water level Lake level 1034.42; Conservation pool = 1036.
Hunting conditions All wetlands are iced over, warmer forecast weather should begin opening holes in the wetlands by the weekend.  PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON OR NEAR ICE!!
Expected hunting success  Fair-Good  Hunting should improve as warmer weather creates additional open water.
Comments

Mallard migration: 8

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.  Paper permits will also be available through the 2014 hunting season.

Youth waterfowl season is October . Regular waterfowl season opens November 1, 2014.

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



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 2/26/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers +/- 20,000 ducks, beginning to see some species variation.  Snow goose numbers are fluctuating daily  
Mallard Migration Rank

MMR=5

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

Water level Drawdown efforts have continued.  Pools will be completely dewatered by the end of next week.                
Hunting conditions       
Expected hunting success For the 2014-2015 Regular season 2732 hunters harvested 4422 ducks for a 1.6 BPH average.  The season seemed a little slow with the weather patterns and one mass migration that we encountered.  However, this is still a very respectable BPH average for public hunting.  We still have around 90 hunters that have not logged out of isportsman so please check your account and make sure you have checked out.  Please remember the isportsman electronic check in and out system will be live starting this spring and no paper cards will be available.  Thanks so much for your cooperation and support in transitioning into this new system!!! 
Comments

2014-15 South East Zone season dates are Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 15-Jan 25.

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.



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.

Waterfowl Zones

Google Earth Duck Zones (OCTET-STREAM 237.02 kB)

High Plains Zone: That portion of the State west of U.S. 283.

Early Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from the Nebraska- Kansas State line south on K–128 to its Junction with US–36, then east on US– 36 to its junction with K–199, then south on K–199 to its junction with Republic County 30 Rd, then south on Republic County 30 Rd to its junction with K–148, then east on K–148 to its junction with Republic County 50 Rd, then south on Republic County 50 Rd to its junction with Cloud County 40th Rd, then south on Cloud County 40th Rd to its junction with K–9, then west on K– 9 to its junction with US–24, then west on US–24 to its junction with US–281,then north on US–281 to its junction with US–36, then west on US–36 to its junction with US–183, then south on US–183 to its junction with US–24, then west on US–24 to its junction with K–18, then southeast on K–18 to its junction with US–183, then south on US–183 to its junction with K–4, then east on K–4 to its junction with I–135, then south on I–135 to its junction with K–61, then southwest on K–61 to McPherson County 14th Avenue, then south on McPherson County 14th Avenue to its junction with Arapaho Rd, then west on Arapaho Rd to its junction with K–61, then southwest on K–61 to its junction with K–96, then northwest on K–96 to its junction with US–56, then southwest on US–56 to its junction with K–19, then east on K–19 to its junction with US–281, then south on US–281 to its junction with US–54, then west on US–54 to its junction with US–183, then north on US–183 to its junction with US–56, then southwest on US–56 to its junction with Ford County Rd 126, then south on Ford County Rd 126 to its junction with US–400, then northwest on US–400 to its junction with US–283, then north on US–283 to its junction with the Nebraska-Kansas State line, then east along the Nebraska-Kansas State line to its junction with K–128.

Late Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from the Nebraska-Kansas State line south on K–128 to its junction with US–36, then east on US–36 to its junction with K–199, then south on K–199 to its junction with Republic County 30 Rd, then south on Republic County 30 Rd to its junction with K–148, then east on K–148 to its junction with Republic County 50 Rd, then south on Republic County 50 Rd to its junction with Cloud County 40th Rd, then south on Cloud County 40th Rd to its junction with K–9, then west on K–9 to its junction with US–24, then west on US–24 to its junction with US–281, then north on US–281 to its junction with US–36, then west on US–36 to its junction with US–183, then south on US–183 to its junction with US–24, then west on US–24 to its junction with K–18, then southeast on K–18 to its junction with US–183, then south on US–183 to its junction with K–4, then east on K–4 to its junction with I–135, then south on I–135 to its junction with K–61, then southwest on K–61 to 14thits junction with Arapaho Rd, then west on Arapaho Rd to its junction with K–61, then southwest on K–61 to its junction with K–96, then northwest on K–96 to its junction with US–56, then southwest on US–56 to its junction with K–19, then east on K–19 to its junction with US–281, then south on US–281 to its junction with US–54, then west on US–54 to its junction with US–183, then north on US–183 to its junction with US–56, then southwest on US–56 to its junction with Ford County Rd 126, then south on Ford County Rd 126 to its junction with US–400, then northwest on US–400 to its junction with US–283, then south on US–283 to its junction with the Oklahoma-Kansas State line, then east along the Oklahoma-Kansas State line to its junction with US–77, then north on US–77 to its junction with Butler County, NE 150th Street, then east on Butler County, NE 150th Street to its junction with US–35, then northeast on US–35 to its junction with K–68, then east on K–68 to the Kansas-Missouri State line, then north along the Kansas-Missouri State line to its junction with the Nebraska State line, then west along the Kansas-Nebraska State line to its junction with K–128.

Southeast Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from the Missouri-Kansas State line west on K–68 to its junction with US–35, then southwest on US–35 to its junction with Butler County, NE 150th Street, then west on NE 150th Street until its junction with K–77, then south on K–77 to the Oklahoma-Kansas State line, then east along the Kansas-Oklahoma State line to its junction with the Missouri State line, then north along the Kansas-Missouri State line to its junction with 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)

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. All Waterfowl stamps are good through season.

  • Kansas HIP Stamp: $2.50
  • State Waterfowl Stamp: $7
  • Federal Waterfowl Stamp: $16.50 - Purchased at any KDWP office or at any US Post Office.
  • 48-hour Waterfowl license: $27.50

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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