Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters and Other Sandhill Crane Information

To buy your Sandhill Crane permit, CLICK HERE.

General Information

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane - photo by Mike Blair, KDWP

Sandhill cranes have been hunted in Kansas since 1993 and in the Central Flyway since 1961. Hunting is permitted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in nine of the 10 states in the Central Flyway. Although crane hunting is opposed by some people, crane hunting is done on a sustainable basis under a population management plan approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Sport hunting also is justified for maintaining reasonable distributions of sandhill cranes. If concentrations become too high in some areas, crop depredation can occur and risk of disease to cranes increases. Crane hunting is extremely challenging because cranes are very wary and crane meat is considered excellent table fare, probably the best of all migratory game birds.

The sandhill cranes that migrate through Kansas, and sometimes winter here, are part of the Mid-continent Population. This population is one of nine in North America and by far the largest with about 500,000 birds. The next largest populations number about 20-25,000 birds.

Sandhill Crane Units

Hunting regulations have been formulated and contingency plans utilized to minimize the chance of endangered whooping cranes being accidentally shot by sandhill crane hunters. Although sandhill cranes start concentrating in huntable numbers during late October, the start of the hunting season was delayed to the Wednesday following the first Saturday in November to allow most of the whooping cranes to migrate through the state. Shooting hours for sandhill cranes begin at sunrise rather than one-half hour before sunrise to minimize the chance of a sandhill crane hunter mistakenly shooting a whooping crane due to low light conditions. (Kansas is the only state in the Central Flyway to have delayed shooting hours to protect whooping cranes.) The federal-state, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, and Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area contingency plans provide guidance as to what actions to take if whooping cranes are present during hunting seasons.

Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane - photo by Mike Blair, KDWP

Sandhill crane and waterfowl hunters need to be aware that whooping cranes are occurring more frequently in Kansas, especially in the Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira areas, and be able to identify whooping cranes. Whooping cranes and sandhill cranes are similar in size and shape, but whooping cranes are white with black wing tips. The penalty for shooting a whooping crane is a fine of up to $100,000 and/or up to one year in prison. For more information, go to:

Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters - This test is mandatory for all sandhill crane hunters. The test is 378k in size and will take a few minutes to download if you have a modem. Flash 6 is required, which most computers have. If yours doesn't, then you will be asked to download Flash 6.

Whooping Crane Brochure - Information on whooping cranes and how to distinguish them from species that look similar to them.

USFWS Information for Waterfowl and Sandhill Crane Hunters - The purpose of this web site is to provide waterfowl and sandhill crane hunters with information that will reduce the likelihood of shooting illegally at migratory birds that may look like sandhill cranes, but for which there is no open season and are protected by Federal law.

Range Map
Sandhill Crane
Season Information
Current Seasons

All Sandhill Crane seasons are closed.

Upcoming Seasons
Ducks - High Plains Unit - First Segment

Dates: 10/08/2016 - 01/01/2017

  • 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

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

Ducks - Low Plains Late Zone - First Segment

Dates: 10/29/2016 - 01/01/2017

  • 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

Sandhill Crane Season - Sandhill Crane Unit

Dates: 11/09/2016 - 01/05/2017

  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 6

Ducks - Low Plains Southeast Zone - First Segment

Dates: 11/12/2016 - 01/01/2017

  • 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

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

115-25-20 (PDF - 11.77 kB)

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

Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters and Other Information

Other Information

Sandhill Crane Test

Whooping Crane Brochure - Information on whooping cranes and how to distinguish them from species that are similar in appearance.

http://migratorybirds.fws.gov/issues/SandhillCrane/SandhillCraneHunters.htm.

Waterfowl Reports

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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 9/19/2016 Print

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

400 teal.  Mostly Blue wing.

Mallard Migration 1   (1= low 10= high)

Water level Reservoir is 24.2 ft. low.
Hunting conditions Very little flooded vegetation. Back end of coves and west end should produce best results.
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments
Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area is in the Low Plains Early Zone

Land Refuge Closed Sept. 1 thru Jan. 31.

Water Refuge Closed Nov.1 Thru Jan. 31.

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

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

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



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 9/23/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Approximately 500 - 600 teal

Also some groups of wood ducks.  IDENTIFY YOUR TARGETS!

Mallard Migration Index ()

Water level  1.6 feet above conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Lots of flooded vegetation for birds to feed and hide in.
Expected hunting success Good, with high water much of the area should be attractive for teal.
Comments

Low Plains Teal Zone Sept. 10 - 25, 2016.

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: 9/22/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Between 1,000 and 3,000 ducks, depending on the hunting pressure. Mostly Teal and Wood Ducks with some Mallards and starting to see a few Pintails.  Birds are seeing a lot of pressure and are moving off of the area.  Hunters need to watch out for immature Wood Ducks that are mixed in with some of the flocks of Teal.
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

Inflows have almost stopped this week allowing Gun Club, Gamekeeper and Marsh Creek marshes to continue to drop slowly. There is good to fair moist soil in all wetlands.  Managers will be dropping the elevations to desirable levels for habitat and hunting this fall.  Managers will resume pumping Buffalo Creek Marshes next week.  Buffalo Creek North marsh has 12 to 18 inches of water, Buffalo Creek South marsh has 6 to 10 inches of water in the lower areas outside of the main drainage and have dropped slightly. Blue Wing Marsh is full, Puddler marsh has some sheet water and Pintail marsh has 10 to 12 inches of water. 

Gamekeeper Marsh water levels will be 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.

Hunting conditions

Good. Birds are scattering around the area and off on private land with increased hunting pressure this week.  Hunters have averaged 2.3 teal per hunter in the last week.  There is a lot of water in and around the area from the recent wet weather.  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 OPEN TO HUNTING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30.

Expected hunting success

Could be excellent as habitat goes. Teal migration will be the other part of the equation.  Teal numbers are expected to increase with more cool fronts. Hunters have averaged 2.6 birds per hunter since opening day.

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: 8/31/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 85 ducks mostly woodducks and a few bluewing teal. 125 Canada geese.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 0
Water level Reservoir is at 1581.06 conservation pool (1582.8) or 1.54 ft. low. Inflows (50.2 cfs) to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal from are being matched with outflows(50.2 cfs) to the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District for irrigation.
Hunting condition Water levels have been high all summer which has resulted in flooded aquatic vegetation surrounding the shorelines giving good concealment for hunters. Reservoir levels have been high all summer and 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 All waterfowl seasons closed until the opening of Early Teal season on September 10.
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 OPEN. In the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area),PARK PERMIT REQUIRED.Boat Ramps in the Wildlife Area, (Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek) do not require a permit. Camping cabins are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

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

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

FREE DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTING ON THE AREA. ELECTRONIC PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE. REGISTER AT THE i-SPORTSMAN LINK ON THE KDWPT WEBSITE. Lovewell Wildlife Area has been requiring all hunters to register with our paper card, Hunter Survey System and this is still required but a new system called i-Sportsman is now in effect that allows hunters to check-in and check-out electronically with a PC, smartphone, any mobile device and even a rotary dial phone. Hunters are encouraged to pre-register for an account on-line and must do so from a PC, establish a password and  PIN. This will really speed up the process over the card system. Follow this link to get registered. https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE LOVEWELL STATE PARK INFORMATION CENTER IN FRONT OF OR DIRECTLY WEST OF THE LOVEWELL OFFICE. If using the card system, the top portion of the two-part permit must be filled out and returned to the survey station prior to hunting and the bottom portion kept with the hunter to record hunting activity. After the hunt the bottom portion is also returned to the survey station where the permits will be collected and information recorded to assist managers with improving the area. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



NORTON - Last Updated: 9/26/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

200 teal on the lake, 150 big ducks, 250 canada geese, 1 snow goose

Mallard Migration 1   (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir has come up nearly 3 feet this fall.  Lake is still 13.3 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions Recent lake level increase resulted in good flooded vegetation. 
Expected hunting success Fair hunting success is expected. Heavy teal pressure has ducks wary of decoys.
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: 9/9/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers No teal observed on 9/7/16
Water level 1468.99 ft and declining
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is NA

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 Fair when new ducks arrive
   
Comments

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: 9/12/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2,000 teal and 1,000 Canada geese. 

Mallard Migration Rank 0 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level 7.0 feet below conservation level.
Hunting conditions Inflows in early summer raised the reservoir 7 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:

None

Boat ramps are open. 

 

 2015 - 2016 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 9/9/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers No teal observed on 9/9/16
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = NA

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 1518.05; 2 ft above conservation pool and rising
Hunting conditions Difficult from shore with 7 ft rise in lake elevation Since Sept 1
Expected hunting success Poor until more birds arrive
Comments

Refuge CLOSED SEPT 1 through JAN 31

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

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



This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/28/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Very few ducks on the area.

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

Water level

Pumping 3 of the 4 hunted wetlands.

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 the center wetlands and one of the west marshes.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments Very few  teal using the area at this time.



CLINTON - Last Updated: 9/23/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Teal numbers are low.  There were no teal seen on the waterfowl survey today. There are decent numbers of wood ducks around, so be aware of your target during teal season. (9/23/16)

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 0

Lake level 876.4 (Just above pool) 
Hunting conditions All of the marsh pools have some water.  At Coblentz, most of the water is in the middle and north pool, with some water in the southeast and southwest pools. There is also some water in east coblentz but it is still filling.  At Elk creek marsh, pools one, two, three and the refuge all have water (refuge closes Oct. 1st). Shadden marsh has some water from the last rain, but it is mostly dry.
Expected hunting success Success is expected to be low due to lower numbers of waterfowl.
Comments

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

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



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 9/28/2016 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Few teal observed 9/27/16, primarily using the reservoir.
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. Re-grading work originally scheduled for August was unsuccessful because of frequent rains. That work has been postponed until summer 2017. Marsh will have water but limited forage this season.

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

Comments   



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 9/8/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Geese: <50 canada geese, <50 ducks
Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor 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: 9/26/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Teal season is closed.

Youth Duck season is October 22nd and 23rd.

Regular duck season opens October 29th.

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 1147.29 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 300 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 400 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 Mall Creek wetland, electric motors are considered "motorized". All other public hunting wetlands are open to NON motorized boats and walk in hunting.

The NW cell on the West Broughton Youth/Mentor Area was filled for teal season.

All other wetlands are planned to be pumped prior to the big duck season, many of the wetlands are holding a good amount of water due to frequent and heavy rains.

Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

A public information meeting will be held October 26th at 6pm at the United Methodist Church in Wakefield.  All comments are welcome and need to be submitted via email to dustin.mengarelli@ksoutdoors.com or phone 785-271-7338 Ex 16 by October 12th to be addressed at the meeting.    

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 rotary phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.



PERRY - Last Updated: 9/21/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 9/21/2016 Teal numbers have increased around the area. Only a few hundred Teal were observed on the survey but there are more birds on the area then the beginning of the season based on what we have seen lately. Low numbers of birds in the area combined with the recent large rainfalls could spread birds thin with usable water all around the area. Keep in mind that every year at this time the wildlife area has many Wood Ducks, know what you are shooting before you shoot. Again, due to recent rainfalls many of the wetlands have picked up enough water for hunting both North and South of Valley Falls.    
 
Mallard Migration Rank = 0 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 8.0 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
The wildlife area is currently flooded and water is slowly receding. Kyle Marsh parking area is completely inaccessible due to the high water. We will attempt to catch as much water as we can when the water levels drop to normal level which will allow for launching of boats into both West and East Kyle Marsh units. West River marsh also is experiencing some flooding and we intend on catching that water as well which will lead to the North and South units being near full for the fall.    

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

Expected hunting success Fair
Comments
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.  

Water levels are currently up and launching boats is possible. 

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: 9/27/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

108, all teal   14 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 0

Water level The lake is currently at 1080 and will be slowly dropping. 
Hunting conditions Poor
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 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.



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CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 9/23/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers We estimate 3,000 to 10,000 total ducks on the Area.   Mostly blue winged teal, mallard and shoveler.  Teal numbers seem to be increasing a bit this week.  Teal hunters need to be careful of immature wood ducks and shovelers on the Area.
Water level Pools 1A is near 45.5", 1B and 1C are around 39.5".  Pool 2 is near 17.5 inches, Pools 3A is about 11 inches, 3B is dry except for trapped water, 4A is about 17.5 inches; 4B is around 18 inches, and Pool 5 has about 9.5". 
Hunting conditions Cattail have expanded in area.  A windy early spring prevented burning of mowed cattail and as the season progressed we entered into a very wet period.  This provided us supplemental water for the storage pool (Pool 1).  We plan on keeping Pool 3B dry this fall in an effort to deal with the mowed cattail from last winter and to try and control the cattail expansion.  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.  The openings and trails we mowed have greatly improved the marsh for hunting opportunity.  We also cleaned out the boating channels leading from Deadman East and White Rock Parking Lots.
Expected hunting success  Teal hunters averaged about 3.5 teal per hunter for Monday (19th) through Friday (23rd).
Comments

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

 KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2015-2016 HUNTING SEASONS

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

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

2. Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx

PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE 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: 9/22/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 9/21.
Water level There is a small amount of water in the west pool adjacent to Hwy. 42.  The main lake is approximately 60% full and is being pumped.  There is some water in the pool south of the main lake.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Low Plains Teal Season is 9/10 - 9/25/16
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: 9/22/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 350 ducks.  Mostly blue-winged teal.  Also green-winged teal, mallards, shoveler, pintail, wood ducks.
Water level Pools 3E, 3D, 3F, 6, and 9 are full.  Pool 1 is 75% full, and pool 8 is 75% full.  Pool 2 is approximately 75% full.
Hunting conditions A majority of pool 1 was mowed and/or disked prior to pumping.  Pools 6 and 8 were mowed.  Portions of Pool 2 were mowed prior to pumping.  Pool 3E was also disked before it flooded. Pools 3F and 9 are flooded standing vegetation
Expected hunting success Low Plains Teal Season is 9/10 - 9/25/16
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: 9/16/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 100-150 teal are on the area.  These are mixed in with just as many wood ducks, so caution in duck ID is necessary! 
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 Fair! 
Comments The hunting permits required for the past several years have been eliminated. Hunters do not need a daily permit to hunt.



CHENEY - Last Updated: 2/5/2016 Print

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



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 9/23/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers No ducks observed on 9/23.                         
Water levels 0.77' feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 9/23.
Hunting conditions The lake flooded in late May (8.0') and has been 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, unless new birds arrive with approaching cold front.     
Comments Low Plains Teal Season is September 10-25.           



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 9/23/2016 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks:  No ducks observed.

Geese:  Approximately 250 Canada Geese. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 0

Water level Lake is at 1339.7' as of 09/23 (conservation pool 1339.0').
Hunting conditions Poor.  The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake.
Expected hunting success Poor for the upcoming teal season.  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: 9/22/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are a few teal was observed 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 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: 9/22/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 800 blue-winged teal were observed on the area this week, with the majority in the Big Basin refuge.  There are also numerous wood ducks and shovelers mixed in with the teal, so be careful when selecting your targets.  As of 730am on September 22nd, 238 hunters had reported a harvest of 811 teal thus far, for an average of 3.36 teal per hunter.  Please report your harvest on i-Sportsman as required.  The hot weather this week has caused a decrease in teal and hunter activity, which has negatively impacted hunter success.  There is a cold front forecasted to push through the area this weekend, which hopefully will push fresh teal in for the final weekend of teal season.
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 0

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.  As of September 9th, the marshes are approximately 95% full.  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.  
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 approaches.
Expected hunting success Good to excellent.  With the majority of the pools full to capacity, including the refuge pools, conditions at McPherson look very promising.
Comments

 **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!!

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.

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: 9/22/2016 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 30 teal on the area at this time and 50 around the wetlands.  Hopefully this next front will push more down this weekend.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:1

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

Water
 level
All pools have water in them.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair
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: 9/23/2016 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 20 Canada Geese were using the reservoir on 9/23.
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 1351.21 (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. Moist soil plants like smart weed and barnyard grass can be found in the lowland areas around the reservoir, and there is abundant vegetation for hunting cover. 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: 2/1/2016 Print

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



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 9/16/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Estimated 700 teal in the area as of Wednesday September 14.  
Water level Reservoir has been relatively stable this summer and has decent shoreline vegetation.  Reservoir flooded up 7 feet the weekend of September 10.  The reservoir is now down to 1.5 ft high as of September 16.  Some marshes received runoff, but limited open water.  The Corps of Engineers is dumping water fast.
Hunting conditions Simmons Marsh has been undergoing bulldozer renovation work in August.  Work includes 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.  No rainfall during middle summer.  Most portions planted to millet have survived and will provide open water areas.  Some excellent smartweed responses.  Spraying continues on undesirable plants before seed set. Some very thick cover in shallow water areas.
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 &amp;amp; Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/1/2016 Print

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



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 9/19/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 200-300 Blue Wing Teal
Water level Current Level: 1054.05   Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0
Hunting conditions  Lots of water.  Due to expansive water, birds are very scattered.  Some loafing on upper marsh below dam.  More scattered up Otter Creek and its tributaries.  Boat ramp on Otter Creek is currently unusable due to high water.   Expect hunting to be better when lake drops back down.  Excellent vegetation and habitat this year on lake and upper marsh below dam.  Expect a phenomenal waterfowl year, if water levels will cooperate.  Lower marsh will not be filled this season, as it needs a dry down and infrastructure project completion.  The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under privately ownership, but should benefit all, as protected loafing areas that are out of the wind.
Expected hunting success Poor, but should be improving with lowering lake levels.
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: 9/19/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Unknown--changing with weather fronts.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 0.

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

Water levels Good water for teal hunting.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Good.  There will be construction on the water supply canal along Unit A-North during teal season (water control structure replacement). For general waterfowl habitat info go to MDCWA and click on the "News" icon.
Hunting success Hunting success has declined with warm, stable weather.  Weekend:  44 teal / 37 hunters = 1.2 success.  Season:  231 teal / 130 hunters = 1.8 success.
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: 9/23/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Only about 60 Blue-winged teal observed on the area's marshes.
Water level Lake level = 1038; Conservation pool = 1036.
Hunting conditions No ice cover. 
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

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

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



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/9/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Few Teal and Wood Ducks.
Mallard Migration Rank

MMR=0

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 (20Acres) for early teal. For 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.  Please remember to identify your target prior to shooting due to lots of Wood Ducks utilizing same areas as Teal.    
Expected hunting success

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

   

Comments

Statewide Early Teal Season September 10 - 25 

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



2015 Mallard Migration Model