Ducks

Duck

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

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

Central Flyway

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

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

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

mallard pair

Mallards - photo Mike Blair

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

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

CURRENT WATERFOWL NUMBERS ON WILDLIFE AREAS

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

REGULATIONS

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

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

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

Youth Season Possession Limit: Double the legal daily bag.

Legal Methods of Taking Waterfowl

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

Illegal Methods of Taking Waterfowl

No person shall take migratory game birds:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wanton Waste

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

Possession of Live Birds

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

Transporting Harvested Waterfowl

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

Shipment

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

Giving or Receiving Waterfowl

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

Tagging Requirements

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

Electronic or Mechanically Operated Decoys

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

Waterfowl Baiting Regulations

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

Some general baiting rules that waterfowl hunters should remember:

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

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

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

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

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

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

DUCK IDENTIFICATION

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

POPULATION AND HARVEST DATA

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

REPORTING BANDS

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

THE FLYWAY PROCESS OF DEVELOPING REGULATIONS

Flyways

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

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

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

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

Range Map
Ducks
Season Information
Current Seasons
Ducks - Low Plains Southeast Zone - Second Segment

Dates: 01/07/2017 - 01/29/2017

  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
    Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, two pintails, three wood ducks, three scaup and five mallards (only two of which may be hens). The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

Ducks - High Plains Unit - Secomd Segment

Dates: 01/20/2017 - 01/29/2017

  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
    Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, two pintails, three wood ducks, three scaup and five mallards (only two of which may be hens). The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

Upcoming Seasons
Upcoming Ducks seasons have not been scheduled yet.
License Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

115-09-08 (PDF - 9.53 kB)

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.

115-25-19 (PDF - 11.59 kB)

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

List of Ducks Recorded in Kansas

27 Species of Ducks Recorded in Kansas

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

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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 1/18/2017 Print

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

3000 Canada Geese  12000-13000 ducks. Mostly Mallards. (DUCK SEASON IS CURRENTLY CLOSED Reopens Jan. 21-29)

Cedar Bluff Reservoir and Wildlife Area are now in the Low Plains Late Zone.

Season Dates are Oct.29-Jan.1 and Jan 21-29.

Mallard Migration 8  

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

Water level Reservoir is 25.2 ft. low.
Hunting conditions

1/19/17 Approx. 80% ice coverage.  Currently there is no open water available to hunt.  All boat ramps are iced in.

Ice Index:  3

Ice Index: 1= little to no ice, 2= shallow water and small basins ice-covered, 3= nearly or all frozen

Expected hunting success  There has been good success field hunting on private land and various Wildlife Area fields.
Comments
Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area is in the Low Plains Late Zone

Land Refuge Closed Sept. 1 thru Jan. 31.

Water Refuge Closed Nov.1 Thru Jan. 31.

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

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

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



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Attention Sportsmen, Glen Elder Wildlife Area will be implementing an electronic survey system called ISportsman Fall 2017.  Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ for more information.

Approximately 7,000 mallards.

4,000 divers (goldeneyes and common mergansers)

Canada geese (4,000), Whitefronts (200), and Light geese (300,000+)

Mallard Migration Index (5)

Water level  .5 foot below conservation pool and slowly falling.
Hunting conditions 90% ice cover.  Main lake froze with patchy open water, increasing with warm temperatures.  Waterfowl staying mainly on the open water.  All boats ramps are unusable, but may open due to warm temperatures.
Expected hunting success Good, waterfowl numbers are starting to increase, especially light geese.
Comments

Low Plains Early Duck Zone is closed.  This zone includes the area north of Hwy 24.  Parts of the Glen Elder Wildlife area north of Hwy 24 includes Granite Creek and Oak Creek.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  Reopens Jan. 21 - Jan. 29, 2017.  This zone includes the rest of the area south of Hwy 24.

Canada geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  Reopens Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017.

White-fronted geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  Reopens Jan. 21 - Feb. 12, 2017.

Light geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  Reopens Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017.

Check Area News for updates.

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: 12/19/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers No ducks. 200 Canada Geese.  LPEZ duck season is open thru January 1, 2017.
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 0 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

Almost 100% ice cover  All marshes are ice covered and the birds are keeping a large hole open. There is good to fair moist soil in all wetlands. Buffalo Creek North marsh has 18 to 24 inches of water, Buffalo Creek South marsh has 12 to 16 inches of water in the lower areas outside of the main drainage. Blue Wing Marsh has sheet water, Puddler marsh has some sheet water and Pintail marsh has some sparse sheet water. 

Gamekeeper Marsh water levels ARE CURRENTLY BEING brought down slowly throughout the fall to prepare for upcoming enhancements and construction projects next spring.  The refuge will still be closed to hunting Oct. 1 - January 31, 2017. Boating in this marsh will become more difficult as the water levels drop.

Hunting conditions

iSportsman is still up and running.  

This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.  We thank you for your patience.

Depends on weather.  We saw a good push of birds yesterday, however many did not stop.  The birds that are here are utilizing the refuge and private ponds.  There will be some deep areas in Gun Club and Marsh Creek Marshes. Hunters need to be careful. 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 CLOSED UNTIL FEB. 1, 2017.

Expected hunting success

Birds have yet to show up from this current (first good) cold weather system of the fall.  Hunter use was high this morning and are expected to be high throughout the weekend.

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: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers 2,500 ducks. Mostly mallards. 1,400 Canada geese.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 5
Water level 95.0% Frozen. Reservoir is at 1582.9 conservation pool (1582.6) or FULL. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal has stopped.
Hunting condition 95.0 %Frozen. Just a sliver of shorelines open today.(Thurs 1/19/17). ALL boat ramps frozen in. Extremely muddy.Water levels have been high all summer which has resulted in flooded aquatic vegetation surrounding the shorelines giving good concealment for hunters.  These high reservoir levels mean the mudflats were not exposed for any length of time. No millet seeding occurred. Not much moist soil food on the reservoir.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good. Low Plains Late Zone Duck and White-fronted Geese CLOSED. Opens Saturday January 21 through Sunday January 29, 2017. Canada and Light goose OPEN. Poor on the reservoir until some shorelines thaw. Poor for field hunting on private land.Extremely muddy. All private land hunting requires permission from the landowner. A lot of new birds. Success depends on whether new birds migrate in and stay or migrate out and leave. The LPLZ waterfowl season opened October 29 and ran through Jan 1, 2017 for the first segment. Last segment and White=fronted goose opens January 21. Duck season closes for the season on January 29. All goose closes February 12. Light goose Conservation order opens February 13.
Comments

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

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

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

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

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



NORTON - Last Updated: 1/18/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2,000 big ducks. 1,500 dark geese. 80,000 light geese.

Mallard Migration 5 (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir has come up nearly 4 feet this fall.  Lake is still approximately 13 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions With the increase water level there is plenty of flooded vegetation along the shoreline and is providing good habitat for waterfowl.
Expected hunting success

Hunting Success = low

The lake is 98% frozen and the majority of the open water is in the refuge. Most hunting is taking place in fields.

Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

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

Teal Season: September 17 - Sept. 25, 2016

Regular Duck Season:  October 8, 2016 - January 1, 2017 AND January 20-29, 2017.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1200 mallards; 200 divers; 400 Canada geese, 300 light geese;
Water level 1463.41 ft and declining
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 5

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 Lake has 2% ice cover as of 01/19; Waterfowl feeding on private lands
   
Comments

Kanopolis Reservoir is in the Low Plains Early Duck Zone which is currently closed. 

Low Plains Late Duck Zone open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  Reopens Jan. 21 - Jan. 29, 2017.  This zone includes the rest of the area south of Hwy 24.

Canada geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  Reopens Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017.

White-fronted geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  Reopens Jan. 21 - Feb. 12, 2017.

Light geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  Reopens Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017.

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

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: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

25,000 ducks (primarily mallards), 30,000 snow geese and 10,000 Canada geese.  

Mallard Migration Rank 6 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level 3.0 feet below conservation level.
Hunting conditions Inflows in early summer raised the reservoir 10 feet and additional inflows around the 1st of September has raised the reservoir an additional 8 feet.  These increases have resulted in flooded vegetation around the reservoir.   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.
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

Oct 29 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 21-29, 2017 

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 4-Feb. 12, 2017

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  Oct. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan.21-Feb. 12, 2017

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan.4, 2017

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 13 - April 30, 2017

ICE CONDITIONS:

Ice covers 90% of reservoir, except for holes opened by waterfowl. 

Boat ramps are iced. 

 

 2015 - 2016 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 1/20/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers 400 puddle ducks, mostly mallards and widgeon; 1200 divers, mostly goldeneyes; 600 Canada geese, 300 light geese
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 2

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 1516.7; 3/4 ft above conservation pool and declining
Hunting conditions Difficult from shore with 7 ft rise in lake elevation Since Sept 1; all ramps open, ice limited to far west end of lake;
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Wilson Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone which is currently closed. 

Duck season will reopen Jan 21-29, 2017. 

Canada geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  Reopens Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017.

White-fronted geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  Reopens Jan. 21 - Feb. 12, 2017.

Light geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  Reopens Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017.

Refuge CLOSED SEPT 1 through JAN 31

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

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



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BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/27/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Slight increase in duck numbers on the area.   About 3,000 - 4,500 ducks on the refuge marsh, mostly mallards and Canada Geese.

Mallard Migration Rank:  2 (Estimate of potential mallard nunbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest) 

Water level

Pumping 2 of the 4 huntable wetlands due to water holding issues.

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 2016. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

Hunting conditions Continuing to pump only the large center wetland and one of the west marshes due to excessive water loss.
Expected hunting success Poor, very few ducks using the hunt-able wetlands.
Comments Fewer ducks on are on the wildlife area at this time compared to past years.



CLINTON - Last Updated: 12/22/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl  numbers are high.

Roughly 4,000 ducks were observed when surveying the reservoir. An additional 4,800 Canada geese were also observed. Waterfowl were in open water or next to it on the reservoir. Species observed include Mallard, Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Merganser and Wood duck. Majority of ducks identified were mallards. 

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 8

Lake level 875.94 (.44 feet above pool and dropping) 
Hunting conditions

All of the marsh pools are frozen. Pumping has ended for the season.

Some areas of the river remain unfrozen. Warmer temperatures may find areas with broken ice or moving water opening up.

Reservoir releases are at 600 c.f.s. until below pool.

Coblentz- the north and middle pool are holding the majority of water. All pools, except for the southwest corner are at least 75% full.

East Coblentz is 90% full. Vegetation is very thick and less than half of the flooded pool has open water.  

Elk creek marsh pools are 100% full. (Refuge closed Oct. 1st).

Shadden marsh is dry.

Expected hunting success Success is expected to be fair. Waterfowl are moving around the area, but have reliably been on open water, geese have been seen in large numbers in harvested crop fields.
Comments

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

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

Rock Creek Boat Ramp is CLOSED.

 
 



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 1/18/2017 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Goldeneye, bufflehead, and hooded and common merganser have been seen in small isolated groups
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - full. Decent response from moist soil plants this year. Should provide some good hunting opportunities

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 1/3 full. Decent response from moist soil plants on the lower half of the marsh. Japanese millet broadcast on higher elevations has produced seed.

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 1/3 full. Good response from moist soil plants on lower elevations, Japanese millet broadcast on higher elevations.

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 1/3 full water on south end of marsh. 

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - Open. Only a few coves with a thin crust of ice. 

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 11/23/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

 Geese:  Approximately 5,000 snow geese and approximately 50 Canada geese 

Ducks: Approximately 250 mixed ducks 

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

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

Aux. Lake is Closed to boats October 29, 2016 through March 12, 2017.

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: 1/20/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers
Duck season is currently closed and will reopen January 21-29.

Approximately 1000 birds were observed on the lake and wetlands this morning. All the wetlands are mostly frozen.

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 1142.05 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 900 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 1560 CFS.
Hunting conditions

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

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

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

All pumps have been turned off due to freezing temperatures.  If conditions permit, the pumps will be turned on again prior to or during the late duck season.

Expected hunting success Average
Comments
Do NOT drive on dikes. Vehicles disrupt and discourage waterfowl from using the wetland areas. We have had several dikes being damaged due to unauthorized vehicles driving on them. Scouting is best done on foot to evaluate bird numbers and habitat conditions.
Please report any vehicles on dikes and anyone seen disturbing our pumps. Without the pumps in optimal condition we are unable to pump the wetlands to their greatest potential.
Remember - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Milford Wildlife Area. Hunters can register and check in using the I-sportsman system from any phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.



PERRY - Last Updated: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 1/18/17 and few waterfowl were seen. Around 1,000 Canada Geese and a few hundred Snow Geese were seen. Low numbers of Ducks were seen. All wetlands are still frozen. The Delaware River is also frozen and some coves of Lake Perry as well. With the warmer weather moving in this week, the river and wetlands should start to thaw before duck season opens back up. REMINDER: Duck season is closed for this area until January 21st, Goose hunting is still open. 
 

*DON'T FORGET TO USE THE ISPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM WHEN HUNTING AT PERRY WILDLIFE AREA. THE SYSTEM EXPERIENCED SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES RECENTLY BUT IS NOW UP AND WORKING. IF THE SYSTEM EXPERIENCES DIFFICULTIES WE WILL TRY TO UPDATE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE ON HERE WITH THE CURRENT STATUS.

Mallard Migration Rank = 5 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 2.0 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
The East Unit of Kyle Marsh is completely full and has water flowing over into the West Unit. Launching into the West Unit is now possible as well.    

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
Perry was once again hit with multiple flood events, however this year the flood were much earlier in the season which allowed us to get work done in multiple pools and the native wetland vegetation is in much better condition than last year. 
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: The East Unit of Kyle was drained this past spring and dried down well throughout the summer allowing for very good growth of native wetland vegetation within it. American Lotus has continued to grow in the southwest corner of the unit along the dike due to poor drainage of that area. This August we dug the ditch out along the dike to allow for better drainage of this area to hopefully begin controlling the Lotus in years to come. USE CAUTION WHEN WALKING OFF THE DIKE FROM THE WATER CONTROL STRUCTURE TO THE BEND OF THE DIKE BEFORE IT TURNS NORTH AS WATER LEVELS MAY BE OVER YOUR WADERS DUE TO DIGGING THE DITCH OUT ALONG THE DIKE. Kyle East- HCR-8. Kyle West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source since the West unit water level is unmanageable at this point. Where water levels dropped around the edges the native vegetation did have a chance to grow.  

West River: Once again, with help from the Leavenworth Ducks Unlimited Chapter we were able to spread Japanese Millet and Sorghum in both the upper and lower units of West River. Due to the timing of floods this year some portions of the marsh grew up large pockets of cocklebur some of which we sprayed and we plan on mowing some as well.  North- HCR-8, South- HCR-8. Units are full.

Upper Ferguson: The spring flooding came off in plenty of time and native vegetation grew very well and the Leavenworth DU chapter also helped in spreading millet/sorghum in this wetland as well. This is our refuge marsh and closes October 1st through January 15th. Some of the best native vegetative growth on the area. HCR-10. Unit is full.

Lassister: Water was held in Lassiter West and water levels are still up near full. HCR-4 by holding water we sacrificed our chances for good native vegetative growth and good amounts of cattails began to show up as well. Lassiter East was drained and some Millet/Sorghum was planted and is growing well. Lassiter East is currently full as well. HCR-7

Northwest: Some corn was planted along with German Millet/Sorghum. The east water control structure was out for last years season and we have equipment currently on site to set the new structure in the next few weeks. HCR-7 with some supplemental food sources planted and still battling a reed canary grass issue over portions of the unit.    

Headquarters: Water was held this spring and the natural vegetation growth has been decent due to the shallow water and some evaporation that occured. HCR-6. Unit is full.

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

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been good this summer with some German Millet spread as well. HCR-8. Unit is full. 

Reichart: Reichart marsh had water held in the NW unit and the vegetation growth was decent. Water was drained out of the SW and E units and vegetation growth was good. We also planted some corn and German Millet in those two pools as well. This unit is full due to flooding late this summer. HCR-7. 

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

Perry WA has transitioned to a 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: 1/17/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

20 ducks   80 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 1

Water level The lake is currently at 1071 and holding. 
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor- Most of the water is ice
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  I-Sportsman is now being utilized on the area.  The Olsburg Marsh has been full of water the entire summer with the rainfall we had this year following the flood in the spring of 2016.  The Black Vermillion Marsh had a late flush of ragweed and sunflowers that were difficult to mow prior to pumping. As of 11-7-16 we have pumped all our water right allows at the Black Vermillion Marsh.



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CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 1/20/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Waterfowl numbers have increased a bit with the arrival of moderating temperatures.  We now estimate between 5,000 and 15,000 total ducks on the Area.   Mostly mallard.  We estimate about 10,000 to 30,000 on the Area, most are snow geese.
Water level Pools 1A is near 23", 1B and 1C are around 30.5".  Pool 2 is near 19 inches, Pools 3A is about 15 inches, 3B is dry except for trapped water, 4A is about 20 inches; 4B is around 20 inches, and Pool 5 has about 15". 
Hunting conditions We were successful in keeping Pools 3A and 4 relatively dry late this summer and as a result we have at least done some Phragmites spraying and mowing of hunting holes in the perimeter and shallow water areas of those pools.  We also cleaned out the boating channels leading from Deadman East and White Rock Parking Lots. Pool 3B is dry as we continue working on the cattail there. The Area is now less than 45% frozen.
Expected hunting success  There have been too few hunters to come up with an estimated hunt success estimate.  The Low Plains Early Duck Zone (includes Cheyenne Bottoms) is closed.
Comments

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) is up and running for PC and smartphone use.  Call in check-in and out is still having issues.  Hunters please resume the use of the system.  In many cases it is running even faster than before the system went down.  Thank you for your patience.

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 2016-2017 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 AREA OFFICE, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSEIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.



ISABEL - Last Updated: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 200 mallards and 200 Canada Geese observed 1/19.
Water level The west pool adjacent to Hwy. 42 is approximately 30% full.  The main lake full.  The pool south of the main lake is nearly full.
Hunting conditions 30% ice cover 1/19.
Expected hunting success Duck season (Low Plains Late Zone) is Oct. 29, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 21-29, 2017.
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 2016-2017.

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



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 1,400 ducks.  Mostly mallards, but also pintail
Water level Pools 1, 2, 3B, 3D, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are full. There is water north of pool 6.  Pool 3F is now dry.
Hunting conditions Duck season in the Low Plains Early Zone has CLOSED.  This site will be updated if geese begin using the area during open seasons.
Expected hunting success Duck season (Low Plains Early Zone) is Oct. 8 - Dec. 4, 2016 and Dec. 17, 2016 -Jan. 1, 2017
Comments

KDWPT IS CONTINUING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2016-2017 HUNTING SEASONS

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

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

2.  Provide hunter information.

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

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

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



This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 1/20/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Went over this morning to the lake, saw 24 actual ducks.  For the entire area, 200 ducks and 25 geese estimated.  Most are mallards, gadwall and widgeon.
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  All north marshes are full and 2 of the 3 south marshes are full.
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. 3 Marshes are planted to millet and should provide good attraction once the migration begins.   
Expected hunting success Limited
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: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Canada 750, mallard 1000, shovler 1
Water level  at Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 100 mallards, 45 goldeneye, and 1,050 mergansers observed on 1/19.  No geese observed.                         
Water levels 0.14' feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 1/19.
Hunting conditions Ice conditions have been changing daily.  Lake approximately 20% ice covered on 1/19.  The lake flooded in late May (8.0') and was full during the remainder of the summer.  Food producing vegetation could not become established on lake fringes because of the flood and full lake levels.  As such, few food resources will be available for waterfowl this season.  
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair.    
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is January 21 - 29, 2017.  Dark Goose season is Jan. 4 through Feb. 12.              



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks:  Approximately 500 ducks were observed on 01/19.  Mostly mallard and goldeneye.

Geese:  Approximately 3,500 Canada Geese. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 4

Water level Lake is at 1339.05' as of 01/19 (conservation pool 1339.0').
Hunting conditions Fair.  The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake.
Expected hunting success Fair.  Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily.
Comments

Teal Season - (Low Plains) Sept. 10-25, 2016

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

Youth Season - Nov. 5-6, 2016

Regular Season - Nov. 12, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 7-29, 2017

Canada Geese - Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017

White-Fronted Geese - Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 21 - Feb. 12, 2017

Light Geese - Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 25 ducks and 8 geese was observed 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 Running a little high.
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 10-25, 2016

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 12, 2016 - January 1, 2017 AND January 7-29, 2017

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 1/13/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

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

Friday, January 13th, 2017:

The Low Plains Early Zone duck season ended on January 1st.  Preliminary results indicate that harvest was very similar to last season, with 1,655 hunters reporting a harvest of 2,379 ducks, for an average of 1.44 ducks per hunter.

Canada and snow goose seasons remain open until February 12th.  White-fronted goose season is currently closed, but it will re-open on January 21st and run through February 12th.

Conditions on the wildlife area have changed drastically over the last week.  The area was under 100% ice cover for a few days, which moved the geese off the property.  There are still solid numbers of geese in the general McPherson area, but the ice cover in the marshes has kept the number of geese using the wildlife area very low.

A survey of the property on Friday indicated ice cover to be around 95%, and only 200 - 250 geese were observed on the wildlife area during the survey.

Stay tuned for updates, but with the upcoming winter storm the pattern indicates that the area will continue to be under icy conditions with low goose numbers until the weather breaks.  

Remember that the north refuge in the Big Basin became off limits on October 1st, and all activities in both the south and the north refuge areas are prohibited.

Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 2

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

Water levels The area has received abundant rains this summer, with several significant flood events.  There are a few marshes on the west side of the Big Basin that are not completely full, as attempts were made to de-water these pools to control vegetation. The remaining pools in the Big Basin are at, or near, capacity.  The Chain of Lakes marshes have lost a lot of water over the last few weeks, with only small pools remaining in some of the marshes.  The Little Sinkhole marshes are in good shape, with the majority at, or near, capacity. 
Hunting conditions Although the flooding caused it to mature late in the season, moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area.  Pondweed, annual smartweed, sprangletop, and barnyard grass production has really come on strong in the last month or so.  Due to the extremely wet conditions, vegetation manipulation was impossible in most of the marshes, but efforts to open up holes in the emergent vegetation will continue as season progresses.
Expected hunting success Tough.  Given the current and forecasted wintry conditions, open water will be very limited.  
Comments

ATTENTION:

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

Kansas hunters should be aware that iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required on 24 wildlife areas, including McPherson Valley Wetlands (check the2016 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary or kdwpt.isportsman.net for a list). The electronic permit system has been in place for two years, and after a few issues in the last two weeks is now fully functional, fast, and efficient. 

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

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

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

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

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



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 500 ducks present at this time.  Most of the waterfowl are 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
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. 10-25, 2016
  • 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. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 21-29, 2017
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

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

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

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



MARION - Last Updated: 1/20/2017 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

Approximately 250 Mallard, 1,000 Canada Geese, 250 Snow Geese, 442 Common Merganser, and 280 Goldeneye were seen on and around the reservoir.

Poor road conditions made it difficult to survey this week. The numbers listed above are best estimates.

Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=8 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 1348.79 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels have been near or above conservation pool for most of the year with some periods of high water levels late this summer. A two foot winter draw down has recently exposed some shoreline, and mudflats on the north end and in some of the shallow coves. 0% Ice coverage.
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments Remember the Reservoir now has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on.



This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/14/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers As ponds are freezing up, ducks have been moving to open areas of the reservoir and streams, especially protected portions of water on windy days. Large flocks of geese and ducks have been seen congregating in harvested grain fields. Duck Season opened 11/12/16 and will remain open through 01/01/17 in the Southeast Zone. Goose season is open statewide from 10/29/16 to 01/01/17.
Water level Reservoir is 0.31' above conservation pool. Marsh at 54 hwy is full.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is beginning to freeze up but still mostly open.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments Surveys are conducted periodically. New information is expected by the end of the week. For other info. call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 1/9/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers 3500-4500 ducks. Mixed bag of mallards and miscellaneous.  1000 Canada Geese and 5500 snows.
Water level

Water level a little below pool. Some shoreline showing.  Marshes have lost some water due to evaporation.

Reservoir has been relatively stable this summer and had decent shoreline vegetation.  Reservoir flooded up 7 feet the weekend of September 10 with some impact on shoreline vegetation.  The Corps of Engineers is holding the lake near pool level.

Hunting conditions Ice melting on the Reservoir with higher temps and windy.  Boat Ramp open at State Park, but coves still locked up. Reservoir showing some mud flats around the shoreline. Simmons Marsh underwent renovation work in August.  Work included repair of south levee bank erosion and borrow fill, tree removal in SW and NE corners and drainage ditch clean out. Widgeon Marsh had beaver damage repairs on Cub Pool.   Most portions planted to millet have survived and will provide open water areas.  Some excellent smartweed responses. Heavy rains has filled most of the marshes.  Simmons Marsh will be kept a little below full pool to protect newly completed dirt work.  The Chetopa/Quaker gate is opened for duck season.  
Expected hunting success fair
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: 12/14/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Flocks of mallards and hooded mergansers have been observed in the area of Fall River Reservoir. As ponds are freezing up, ducks have been moving to open areas of the reservoir and streams, especially protected bodies of water on windy days. Large flocks of geese and ducks have been seen congregating in harvested grain fields. Duck Season opened 11/12/16 and will remain open through 01/01/17 in the Southeast Zone. Goose season is open statewide from 10/29/16 to 01/01/17.
Water level 0.61' above conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is about 90% open.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments Surveys are conducted on a bi-monthly basis. The next report is expected to be about the end of December. For other questions call: 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/9/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers As of Monday morning, 01/09/2017, Redmond is  10% Open.  There were aprox. 600 dark geese, and 3500 mixed ducks loafing in open water.    
Water level Current Level: 1042.46 Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0
Hunting conditions

Reservoir is  90% Iced Up- Ottumwa Ramp is froze.   COE Dam Site ramp is froze.    Ice at Otter Creek WA Ramp is froze.  

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

Expected hunting success  Expect better with warming temperatures and wind to thin out ice.
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: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Highly variable -- ducks changing daily with ice conditions, weather.  Perhaps 25,000? Few geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 5.

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

Water levels Water at desired levels.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Good.  For general waterfowl habitat info go to MDCWA and click on the "News" icon. 
Hunting success Please check in and out using iSportsman (be sure to check in for Marais des Cygnes WA not La Cygne WA)--this information is critical to direct management efforts and to secure funding for the Marais des Cygnes area.  Check-in is required by regulation.
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 general waterfowl habitat.  Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Regular duck season is CLOSED!

Canada Goose Season is OPEN!

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.

With colder weather expected the duck and geese numbers seem to be average for this point in the year.    

Mallard Migration Rank = 3 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

01/19/2017---3 Duck Marsh- 300 mallards 

                      Willow Marsh- 50-100 mallards

                      Sundance Marsh- 25-50 mallards 

500-800 Mallards using Melvern Lake.               

100-200 Golden eyes on Melvern Lake.

50-75 coots on Melvern Lake.

Duck and goose numbers are average on the lake where there is open water. 

Water level Lake level = 1036.79; Conservation pool = 1036. Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         5% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions

Due to frequent river flooding and high water levels throughout the growing season, the vegetation and seed production has been reduced on many wetlands. Japanese millet has been planted in all 3 of our wetlands as well as an abundance of invertebrates should provide enough food for the ducks to hang around all season.    

Willow, Sundance, and 3-Duck marsh have all been pumped prior to the big duck season, many of our wetlands are holding a good amount of water due to our pumping efforts.

Expected hunting success Average
Comments

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

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

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

We are currently in the process constructing our new 2017 Marsh. 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 (620) 699-3372.



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/20/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers All hunters are required to utilize isportsman.  10,000 to 15,000 ducks.  Mostly Mallards with some divers mixed in.  500 White Fronts and 1800 Canada's utilizing Refuge.  We also have a large number of Swans in the area so please make sure to identify your target.
Mallard Migration Rank

MMR=5

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

Water level

Poor.  There will be a little water available in Pool 2 (15 Acres) for regular waterfowl season. South Unit is full and is open to all day hunting.  Middle pool 5 is full. Upper 5 was drained again and will try to fix problem with water control structure.  Lower 5 is full.  Pool 8 is 3/4 full, please remember this is a Youth Mentor Marsh, which means that it is open for youth and mentor on weekends and holidays, during the week anyone is welcome to hunt.  For more information on the water level conditions for upcoming season please see the area news by clicking link below and clicking on the "NEWS" icon.

  http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Southeast/Neosho    

Hunting conditions Poor.  Due to lack of water, there will be no boat ramps available to launch a boat this year.  If you can load and unload your boat by hand you are welcome to use it, however boats that will need to back a trailer into the water to launch WILL NOT be allowed or tolerated.     
Expected hunting success

Fair.  Please remember it is mandatory to utilize the isportsman check in-out online permit system when hunting the area.

As of 1/1/17.....1021 hunters have harvested 1371 ducks for a 1.3 BPH average.

Comments
SE Zone Regular Duck Season November 12 - January 1 and January 7 - 29 

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

Neosho WA is utilizing 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