Ducks

Duck

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

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

Central Flyway

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

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

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

mallard pair

Mallards - photo Mike Blair

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

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

CURRENT WATERFOWL NUMBERS ON WILDLIFE AREAS

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

REGULATIONS

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

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

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

Youth Season Possession Limit: Double the legal daily bag.

Legal Methods of Taking Waterfowl

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

Illegal Methods of Taking Waterfowl

No person shall take migratory game birds:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wanton Waste

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

Possession of Live Birds

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

Transporting Harvested Waterfowl

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

Shipment

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

Giving or Receiving Waterfowl

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

Tagging Requirements

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

Electronic or Mechanically Operated Decoys

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

Waterfowl Baiting Regulations

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

Some general baiting rules that waterfowl hunters should remember:

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

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

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

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

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

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

DUCK IDENTIFICATION

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

POPULATION AND HARVEST DATA

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

REPORTING BANDS

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

THE FLYWAY PROCESS OF DEVELOPING REGULATIONS

Flyways

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

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

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

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

Range Map
Ducks
Season Information
Current Seasons
Ducks - High Plains Unit - First Segment

Dates: 10/07/2017 - 01/01/2018

  • 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, one pintail, 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 - Low Plains Early Zone - First Segment

Dates: 10/07/2017 - 12/03/2017

  • Area open: Early Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
    Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, one pintail, 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
Ducks - Low Plains Early Zone - Second Segment

Dates: 12/16/2017 - 12/31/2017

  • Area open: Early Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
    Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, one pintail, 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 - Low Plains Late Zone - First Segment

Dates: 10/28/2017 - 12/31/2017

  • 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, one pintail, 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 - Low Plains Southeast Zone - First Segment

Dates: 11/11/2017 - 12/31/2017

  • 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, one pintail, 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

License Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

115-09-08 (PDF - 9.53 kB)

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.

115-25-19 (PDF - 149.48 kB)

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

List of Ducks Recorded in Kansas

27 Species of Ducks Recorded in Kansas

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

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

CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 10/13/2017 Print

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

200-300 ducks.  Mostly Teal, a few Gadwalls and Wigeon.  Very few Mallards.

MMR - 0

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 ft. low.
Hunting conditions Mud flats at West end.  
Expected hunting success   Poor
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: 10/6/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Attention Hunters, Glen Elder Wildlife Area will be implementing an electronic survey system called ISportsman beginning September 1, 2017.  Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ for more information.

Ducks - 700

Canada geese - 500 

Mallard Migration Index (1)

Water level Approximately .6' foot below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Water level has increased due to flood waters coming in from the west.  All boat ramps are open.
Expected hunting success Water levels are flooding some vegetation.
Comments

Low plains early duck zone is open Oct.7 to Dec.3, 2017 and Dec.16-31, 2017.  This zone is located north of Hwy 24.

Low plains late duck zone is open Oct.28 to Dec.31, 2017 and Jan.20-28, 2018.  This zone is located south of Hwy 24.

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: 10/3/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Approximately 1,200 ducks observed 10/3/2017.  Mostly Teal, Pintail and Shovelers.  There are a few Wood Ducks still on the area as well.

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

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

A major wetland enhancement project is scheduled to start in Gamekeeper Marsh this fall.  With this project, managers will keep Gamekeeper Marsh dry.  Gun Club Marsh will be need to be kept dry as well.  There is some sheet water in East Gun Club, however there will be no to little boat access on Gun Club Marsh.  

Puddler, Bluewing and Pintail marshes are dry and will require some significant rainfall to put huntable water into these marshes.

Managers are holding water in Marsh Creek Marsh and have been pumping into some off storage pools and into Buffalo Creek marsh. North Buffalo Creek marsh is 90% full and has approximately 10-18 inches of water, South Buffalo Creek marsh is 85% full and has 10-18 inches of water except for the drainage channel which is deeper.  Managers will continue to slowly bring water levels up through the  season to flood new food. Access trails have been mowed to most of the off storage pools that will be pumped.  Scouting before your hunt is highly encouraged.  The downloadable map link below depicts the pools that will have water, along with highlighted access trails to those pools.

Hunting conditions

Habitat conditions are good to excellent in the off storage pools and in Buffalo Creek Marsh where the pumping has occurred.  Managers have planted millet in some areas of Buffalo Creek South marsh and the marsh between Greenwing and Gun Club, this marsh has some water in it now but the millet will be flooded sometime after the low plains early zone duck opener on October 7th. 

Youth hunters averaged almost five birds a piece during the youth weekend Sept. 30 - Oct. 1.

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

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

REFUGE IS CLOSED

Expected hunting success Fair.  With the cooler weather and rain in this weeks forecast, bird numbers will hopefully increase.  
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Kansas hunting license

State waterfowl stamp

Federal waterfowl stamp

Kansas Harvest Information Program Stamp (HIP)

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

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

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

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

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

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



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/3/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Less than 100 teal. 100 Canada geese.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 1
Water level Reservoir is at 1576.3 or 6.3 feet below conservation pool (1582.6) or 55.6% full. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal are continuing and outflows to the kansas Bostwick irrigation District have ceased. Irrigation season ended September 15. Drawdown was later this season so not much vegetation on the bare mudflats.
Hunting condition Poor. Bare mudflats and little concealing vegetation.
Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments

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

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

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

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

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

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



NORTON - Last Updated: 10/10/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

200 teal. 350 ducks. 200 dark geese. 3 light geese.

Mallard Migration 1 (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir is close to the same elevation as last year. The lake is approximately 12 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions With the low water over the latter part of the summer there was lots of exposed mud flats. After getting some rain and coming up most of the mud flats have water over them. This may be hard to walk in and it will be difficult to hide around. Other areas have dead trees and small cottonwoods that may be utilized to hide in. 
Expected hunting success Hunting Success = low
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

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

Teal Season: September 16 - Sept. 24, 2017

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

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

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 9/15/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Few teal observed around Kanopolis this week however numbers may improve with cool down this weekend
Water level 1464.87 ft and declining
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 0

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 Poor to fair; Little flooded vegetation along exposed shorelines
   
Comments

Kanopolis Reservoir is in the Low Plains Early Duck Zone. 

Early teal season is open Sept 9-24, 2017

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

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: 9/7/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1,000 ducks (primarily teal but with many larger ducks)and 500 Canada geese.  

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

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

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

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

Teal Season

Sept. 9 - 24, 2017

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season

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

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

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

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

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

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 19 - April 30, 2018

ICE CONDITIONS:

No ice. 

Boat ramps are open. 

 

 2017 - 2018 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 9/15/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers 300 teal
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 0

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 1516.79; 3/4 ft above conservation pool and declining
Hunting conditions Fair to good along shorelines on west end with flooded vegetation, walk-in access challenging due to deep water
Expected hunting success Fair, some ducks have arrived and more expected with incoming weather system this weekend
Comments

Wilson Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone 

Early teal season is open Sept 9-24, 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: 10/16/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1 Lowest/No Ducks

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

Water level

Wetland West of the shop is being pumped.  

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 Very few ducks using the area at this time.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments  



CLINTON - Last Updated: 9/8/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

09/08/17

No teal were observed on the lake during the waterfowl survey, however there are a few teal that have been hanging out on the marshes.  A group of roughly 200 were observed earlier in the week.  Opening day of teal season should be fair.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 0

Lake level 877.46 (2 feet high)
Hunting conditions

Coblentz- the southeast and southwest pools are full, the middle pool is full, and there is some water in the north pool.

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

Elk creek marsh- pool 1 is full and pool 2 is approaching full.  Pool 3 is empty and will be getting new control structures soon.  The refuge is near full and is open.

Shadden- has water as well and is hunt able for teal season.

Expected hunting success Success is expected to be fair. Teal numbers are not extremely high, but we seem to be picking up a few more every day.
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: 10/11/2017 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Few but increasing especially on marshes. Good diversity of dabblers: wood duck, blue-winged and green-winged teal, mallard, gadwall, pintail, shoveler, widgeon. Also, few Canada geese and first-of-season ring-necked ducks.
Hunting Success (iSportsman)

Teal season success 9/9 - 9/24

45 harvested / 51 hunter attempts = 0.9 

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - nearly full

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Full, 50% is ankle to knee deep

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - nearly full, mudflats over ~20%, 

Youth-Mentor Wetland - nearly full, mudflats on highest elevations

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - None. Lake is open 

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 9/19/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers 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.

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: 9/22/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers
Teal Season Opens September 9th and closes September 24th.

Approximately 150 teal were observed on the wetlands this week. 

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 1145.06 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 25 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 181 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production has been desirable in many of the wetland areas.  Many of the wetlands still have millet maturing so pumping will be limited for teal season.

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.

North Smith has been partially pumped for teal season.

Mall Creek has a fair amount of huntable water but is too low for good boat access.  The spillway has been repaired and slats put in to start holding water but water retention is dependent on rainfall.

Lower Smith has some residual water for hunting teal.

Beichter has been partially pumped for teal season.

The north pool on the Youth Area has been pumped for teal 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: 10/11/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 10/11/2017 and increasing bird numbers and species were observed. About 600 ducks were observed around the area including both Blue and Green-winged Teal, Pintails, Gadwalls, Northern Shoveler, Wood Ducks, and Wigeons. Also around 200 resident Canada Geese were observed as well. 
 

*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 = 0 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 2.4 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
Water levels are not adequate in the Kyle Marsh for launching of large boats. Layout boats or kayaks are possible. We will hold water in West Kyle Marsh this season and will be dependent on rainfall and runoff to fill it. As of now we will not be pumping any water into the Kyle Marsh this duck season to allow for continued draining and drying of the East unit for renovation work. West River marsh has had some pumping to put water on for teal and we have began additional pumping working toward regular duck season.     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/17/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

108 ducks   0 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 0

Water level The lake is currently at 1083 and dropping. 
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  I-Sportsman is now being utilized on the area.  The recent rains have filled all three pools west of Rolander Rd. and the west side of Olsburg marsh has water again.  I hope the birds will  be showing up this week in greater numbers.



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CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 10/11/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  We estimate 25,000-35,000 ducks, predominately shovelers, green wings, redheads, and ruddy ducks.  Just about all species are present including decent numbers of wigeon, gadwall, mallards, and pintail.    About 10,000 geese, almost all whitefronts.  Most of the birds are using the refuge.  If the report has not been updated in a few days, please assume birds numbers are about the same as the last update.  If there is a big change, the report will be updated, otherwise the report will be updated as close to every Thursday as possible.
Water level iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  Pool 1A is near 26", 1B and 1C are around 27".  Pool 2 is near 24", Pool 3A is about 15", 3B is about 16", 4A is 16", 4B is 17", and Pool 5 16".  These water levels should stay roughly the same throughout regular duck season.
Hunting conditions iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  Burned and disked around 500 acres in 3B this past fall/winter.  220 acres were disked and planted to millet in pools 3B and 4B.  Roughly 750 acres of cattails were sprayed on 8/1/17.  About 400 acres were disked multiple times in 3B and 4B this summer.  Some hunting holes were mowed in 3A.  Otherwise, conditions will be real similar to last year.  Pool 5 will remain dry for cattail control this fall and winter.  3A will again be restricted to non-motorized boats.  Use the foot crossings along the 3B/4A road and along 4B as channels have been dug out and are very deep. 
Expected hunting success iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  Fair, similar to last year. Since the start of regular duck season, hunters are averaging 1.59 ducks per hunter.    
Comments

Regular Ducks, Low Plains Early Zone, 10/07/17 thru 12/3/17 and 12/16/17 thru 12/31/17.

Goose Seasons:

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

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

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

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

Hunters are 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



ISABEL - Last Updated: 10/17/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers 2 shovelers were the only waterfowl observed 10/17.
Water level The west pool adjacent to Hwy. 42 has a small amount of water.  The main lake is full and water is backing out of the waterway in the upper reaches.  The pool south of the main lake is full.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Youth waterfowl season (Low Plains Late Zone) is Oct. 21-22, 2017.  Regular duck season (Low Plains Late Zone) is Oct. 28-Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 20-28, 2018.
Comments

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

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

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

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

2.  Provide hunter information.

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

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

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



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 10/12/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Fewer than 50 ducks observed 10/12.
Water level Pools 1, 2, 3B, 4, 6, & 8 are full. Pool 9 is 75% full.  There is also water north of pool 6.  Pool 7 has water.
Hunting conditons  
Expected hunting success Regular duck season (Low Plains Early Zone) is Oct. 7 - Dec. 3, 2017 and Dec. 16-31, 2017.
Comments

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

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

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

2.  Provide hunter information.

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

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

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



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BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 8/8/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Hunters! Permits have been sent in for the NAWCA wetland project as of 8/1/2017.  We expect to be moving dirt withing 60 days.  Should that occur, many of the marshes west of Kingman State Lake and also the bison marsh will not be flooded in 2017 as the dikes will be newly constructed and won't have vegetation established.  Please bear with us on this project and the ultimate results will provide improved waterfowl attraction in the future! 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is 3/4 full.  All marshes are dry.
Hunting conditions   WARNING-New rip rap has been added to the Kingman State Lake dam and until the metal has been removed, it poses a hazard to hunters, fishermen, and their dogs. 
Expected hunting success Limited
Comments The hunting permits required for the past several years have been eliminated. Hunters do not need a daily permit to hunt.



CHENEY - Last Updated: 10/6/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Blue wing teal 2, Canada goose 3
Water level  Below Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 10/5/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 800 ducks observed on 10/5, predominately blue-winged teal with a few pintail and shoveler.  105 coots.                                
Water levels 0.75' feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 10/5.
Hunting conditions The lake flooded in late March and generally remained flooded into early July.  Flooding peaked in mid-April (6.4') and the lake remained full through August.  Food producing vegetation could not become established on lake fringes because of the floods and full lake levels.  As such, few food resources will be available for waterfowl this season.  
Expected hunting success     
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is October 28 through December 31, 2017 and January 20-28, 2018.         



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 10/6/2017 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Only 10 ducks (teal) and 40 coots observed on 10/5.   
Water level Approximately 2.5' below conservation elevation (1339') on 10/6.  
Hunting conditions The lake flooded in late March and generally remained flooded into late June.  Flooding peaked in late-May (5.2') and the lake remained full through August.  Food producing vegetation could not become established on lake fringes because of the floods and full lake levels.  As such, few food resources will be available for waterfowl this season.  Warm and dry conditions throughout September and water releases to facilitate maintenance work to the dam have reduced lake levels.  In many locations water is a significant distance from shoreline cover.  With current conditions, hunters may find it difficult to conceal themselves for a hunt. 
Expected hunting success   
Comments

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

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



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/10/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 25 ducks using the river at this time. 
Mallard Migration Rank=1 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Low
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 9-24, 2017

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

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:18

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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

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

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 10/13/2017 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, 13 October 2017:

THE LPEZ DUCK SEASON OPENED 07 OCTOBER 2017.

According to i-Sportsman, 176 hunters harvested 273 ducks during the first week of season, for an average of 1.5 ducks per hunter. 

A survey of the area on Friday the 13th resulted in an estimate of 1,100 ducks on the entire property, the majority of which are in the Big Basin refuge.  The most abundant species are blue-winged and green-winged teal. 

The area received almost another inch of rainfall this week; however, the majority of the wetlands are still dry.  Pumping efforts have resumed in two places now that we have some soil moisture:  Pool 4 in the Big Basin and Pool 13 at the Little Sinkhole. 

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited.

Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 1

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

Water levels

Big Basin:  The only marshes with huntable water are Pools 4, 7, and 8.

Chain of Lakes:  This unit is 95% dry, with only a puddle or two in Units 1 and 2, and small slash of water on the far east side.  Be aware of the property boundary and stay off of private land to the east.

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Although still limited, this unit has the most water by far, with about half of the wetlands holding at least some huntable water.

Pumping efforts have resumed:  Pool 4 in the Big Basin and Pool 13 at the Little Sinkhole Unit.

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

ATTENTION:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 10/10/2017 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 40 ducks present at this time.  
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:2

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

Water
 level
All pools have some water in them, except for pool 6 is dry.
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

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

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

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

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

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

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



MARION - Last Updated: 10/2/2017 Print

Waterfowl Numbers A few blue wing teal have been seen on the area, but are only making a brief stay before moving on.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=0 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 1349.24 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels had been near conservation pool for most of 2017, and have dropped to approximately a foot low late this summer. Areas around the reservoir have fair amounts of food, but there hasn't been very much production on the shoreline or mudflats. 0% Ice coverage.
Expected hunting success Poor.
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: 9/8/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl has apparently not arrived in significant numbers in the Toronto area, yet. Ponds are somewhat low on water, due to lack of any recent rain.

Teal season for the Low Plains Zone is Sept. 9-24, 2017. Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 6-28, 2018. See regulations for various open season dates on geese.

Water level Reservoir is 0.08' below conservation pool. The marsh on Hwy 54 remains empty until rain arrives to fill it.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% open.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments This is the first waterfowl report of the season. A new report will be posted approximately every two weeks. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 9/8/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers We have seen around 200 teal a day around the reservoir.  There may be more along the shoreline that we cannot see.  A couple of small groups on some ponds. 
Water level Reservoir at pool level.  Reservoir flooded up this summer 17 ft so shoreline vegetation was impacted.  Very limited water in most marshes.
Hunting conditions Simmons Marsh upgrades starting in August.  Work includes additional repair of levee bank erosion and borrow fill, A new Water Control Structure is completed in Simmons Marsh and dirt work will back fill will continue next week after curing.  Most portions planted to millet late after drying out and hopefully will have survived and will provide open water areas.  Some excellent smartweed responses.
Expected hunting success Poor
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: 9/8/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl has apparently not arrived in significant numbers in the Fall River area, yet. Only one Canada goose was observed on Fall River Reservoir on 9/7/17.

Teal season for the Low Plains Zone is Sept. 9-24, 2017. Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 6-28, 2018. See regulations for various open season dates on geese.

Water level 0.43' below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% open.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments This is the first waterfowl report of the season. A new report will be posted approximately every two weeks. For questions pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area 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: 9/28/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers Unknown.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 0.

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

Water levels There is huntable water in all pools -- much more water than is typical for early season.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Wetland vegetation is generally good with the exception of Unit G.  Unit G is being held full and will be lake-like for regular waterfowl season.
Hunting success

Early-season teal total = 568 teal / 234 hunters = 2.4 success.  This is the highest teal season harvest and hunter success on record (35 years going back to 1978--no teal season offered in some years).

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: 10/6/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

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

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

10/06/2017---3 Duck Marsh- Full of food, no water yet! 

                      Willow Marsh- Full of food, no water yet!  

                      Sundance Marsh- Water has been pumped, plenty of water to hunt!

Sundance had 20 teal and 8 wood ducks

Lowman's cove had 20 teal

50 coot on the lake by the dam

Water level Lake level = 1036.00; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         0% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions Japanese and German millet (50/50 mix) has been drilled in all 3 of our wetlands and is flush from great growing conditions throughout the summer. Millet as well as Milo was planted in alternating strips throughout all of our wetlands to provide varying structure heights as well as options for ducks to feed on moist soil vegetation and grains. Varying food sources an abundance of invertebrates should provide enough food for the ducks to hang around all season.    
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

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

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

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

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: 10/10/2017 Print

Waterfowl numbers

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

8500 mixed early season migrants ( Teal, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail) 150 Canada Geese, 500 White Fronted Geese

Mallard Migration Rank

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

MMR=0

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

Water level

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

Waterlevels for the upcoming season should be good.  The areas that are currently available to be pumped this fall are Pools 1, 4A, 4B, 2A, and the South Unit (River flow dependent).  For more information on the water level conditions for upcoming season please see the area news by clicking link below and clicking on the "NEWS" icon.
      
Hunting conditions

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

Excellent.  Habitat conditions look extremely good as of August 22, 2017.  Please see the area news page for a breakdown of habitat types within each pool.

    

Expected hunting success

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

Fair.  

Thanks again for your patience during this period while renovation work is being completed.

Comments
Early Teal September 9th - 24th
SE Zone Regular Duck Season November 11 - Dec 31 and January 6 - 28 

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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