This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/12/2017

Waterfowl numbers

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

3= Low/Few Ducks

Water level

A map of our wetlands is now available under the Wetland Map tab to the right.

All pumps are currently running. 

Wetland #1

  • Wetland is currently full.  No vegetation in this wetland.

Wetland #2

  • Wetland is currently full. No vegetation in this wetland. 

Wetland #3

  • Wetland is currently near full capacity.  This wetland has minimal vegetation including milo and some chufa.  Invertebrate production should be good as well. 

Wetland #4

  • Wetland has lost quite a bit of water recently, but plenty of hunt-able water remains.  Excellent vegetation including annual smartweed, barnyard grass, and foxtail.  Invertebrate production is good.  

Wetland #5

  • We attempted to put some sheet water on the lower portion of the pool but could not get enough to make it hunt-able without losing to much water from pool #4. It is unlikely that this wetland will have any water for the remainder of the season. 

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

  • West unit is full.
  • East unit is currently filling. Birds are beginning to utilize this side more. 
  • With good water in these units more birds should stay in the local area. 
  • There continues to be 1000+ birds on the refuge.  

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 2017. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

Hunting conditions A few more ducks seem to keep showing up weekly.  Not great numbers yet.  But opportunity to shoot a few ducks is present. 
Expected hunting success Low to Fair.  Success could vary day to day.  

In an attempt to hold water longer in our wetlands, #1 and #2 have been sheepsfooted.  Rains during the summer months prevented us from doing them as early as we had hoped.  This has caused those two wetlands to have no vegetation this year, 

but invertebrates should still be present.

With reduced vegetation this does provided much more visibly open water on the area.  

CLINTON - Last Updated: 12/13/2017

Waterfowl numbers


Several groups of ducks were observed on lake during the waterfowl survey this week.

Species observed include mallard (53), bufflehead (11), goldeneye (33) and Common merganser (16). 218 canada geese were observed as well.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 4

Lake level 876.66 (1.16 feet high)
Hunting conditions

Coblentz- the southeast pool is empty, southwest pool is half full, the middle pool is full, and the north pool is 3/4 full.

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 full.  Pool 3 is currently empty but will be getting new control structures this week and flooded after installation. The refuge is full and CLOSED to all activities.

Shadden- marsh is full.

Expected hunting success Fair

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.

Rock Creek Boat Ramp is CLOSED.


HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 12/14/2017

Waterfowl Numbers Quite variable from day-to-day; however, typically low numbers.
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - 2/3 full

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

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 3/4 full, mudflats over ~20%

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Full

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: 12/7/2017

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks: Approximately 1200 mixed ducks 

Geese: 60,000+ snow geese on Auxillary lake. Approximately 75 Canada geese. 

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

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: 12/14/2017

Waterfowl numbers

Approximately 1,000 ducks and 300 geese 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 1146.05 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 25 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 241 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production has been desirable in many of the wetland areas.  All managed wetlands either have or are being pumped at least partially for this time of the year.  Water levels should continue to rise throughout the waterfowl season as conditions permit.

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.

We are currently having problems with the pump on Zach Hudec and are working to have it operational as soon as possible.

Expected hunting success Fair
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: 12/15/2017

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 12/08/2017 and approximately 7,500 ducks were observed with mostly Mallards and diving ducks. Nearly all birds were observed on the main lake and in the lake refuge.  


Mallard Migration Rank = 6 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 2.12 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
Water levels are not adequate in the Kyle Marsh for launching of boats. 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 a significant amount of water pumped into both the upper and lower units and will have huntable water for opening weekend.   

Our new marsh pump project that will pump the Reichart and Northwest Marshes has been awarded and construction will begin the Winter of 2017. It is unlikely that the pump will be complete in time for this years waterfowl season.

Expected hunting success Fair to Good
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. Pumping has begun and will continue until full pool is reached throughout the season.

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 has reached full pool with recent 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 to register prior to hunting season.



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/15/2017

Waterfowl numbers

100 ducks   100 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 2

Water level The lake is currently at 1078 and dropping. 
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area. The Black Vermillion Marsh pump has been running steady for most of the week and is planned to run until we are frozen or the amount of water we are allowed to pump has been pumped.  The river is down too much to pump any more so the pumping season is done for that marsh.