This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

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

Waterfowl numbers

100 Mallards 

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

Water level

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

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. The application and drawing will take place online only in 2014. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

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

CLINTON - Last Updated: 1/29/2016

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

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

Mallard Index (8 - 10) = 4

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

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

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

HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 3/3/2016

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

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

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Drained for repairs.

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

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

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


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

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

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

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

Individuals wishing to hunt Unit #2 of the wildlife area must enter through the main gate and sign in at the guard house. Be sure to have a photo I.D. with you when checking in.

Hunters are required to drive maintained roads only. A map will be provided to all hunters showing open roads as well as parking areas. Vehicles are allowed to park in parking areas only.

MILFORD WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/28/2016

Waterfowl numbers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expected hunting success Fair.  Few birds in the area but some duck hunters have had some success. 

Do NOT drive on dikes. Vehicles disrupt and discourage waterfowl from using the wetland areas. We have had several dikes being damaged due to unauthorized vehicles driving on them. Scouting is best done on foot to evaluate bird numbers and habitat conditions.

Please report any vehicles on dikes and anyone seen disturbing our pumps. Without the pumps in optimal condition we are unable to pump the wetlands to their greatest potential.

Remember - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Milford Wildlife Area. Hunters can register and check in using the new I-sportsman system from any rotary phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.

PERRY - Last Updated: 2/2/2016

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

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

Expected hunting success Fair
Due to late flood events early this summer, we were unable to do much work within most wetlands. Most wetlands are relying on natural vegetation only which was also affected by the late flooding. 
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

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

Kyle: Kyle Marsh East was drained this spring but did not dry all the way out. Quality vegetation growth is primarily in the east pool with some American Lotus beginning to show up along the dike. East- HCR-7 with mostly natural vegetation grew in the East Unit and some Browntop Millet being spread. Kyle West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/28/2016

Waterfowl numbers

1000 ducks  150 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 1

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