This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/24/2015

Waterfowl numbers 40 Mallards  
Water level

We now have water!!!!

The Middle wetland complex has huntable water as of 11/24/2015. The pumps on the West Wetland Complex were stated on 11/24/2015 and it should have huntable water by Friday 11/27/2015.

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 Good wetland vegetation and the water is rising
Expected hunting success Fair,
Comments Hope to have all wetland full by first of December

CLINTON - Last Updated: 11/13/2015

Waterfowl numbers

Around 450 ducks were seen on the survey this week.  The ducks were on the lake to the north and west of bloomington park. Their were several mallards, pintails, gadwalls, and a few redheads and scaup.  They still seem to be spending the majority of their time on the refuge at elk creek. Around 80 canada geese were also seen on the survey.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 1

Lake level 877.16 (1.65 feet above conservation pool).
Hunting conditions


Clinton Wildlife area marshes have water!!

Elk Creek marshes- Pools one and two are full. We are currently refilling pool three after removing a leaky water control structure. Waterfowl numbers in the marsh complexes are good.

Coblentz marshes - The north, middle, and east pool are all around 80% full.  The little southeast pool at the main complex is about 50% full and the little southwest pool at the main complex is about 30% full. We are currently pumping a little more water into all the pools.

Shadden marsh- is also full of water

Expected hunting success  

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.

The Refuge area will be closed to ALL activities from October 1st - January 15th.

HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 11/19/2015

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 6,500 ducks, primarily mallard, were observed during a waterfowl survey on the morning of 11/19/2015. Other species identified included American coot, Canada goose, and Hooded Merganser. Please note that waterfowl numbers and locations change frequently. 
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Nearly full. Excellent forage plants (smartweed, arrowhead, duckweed)

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Drained for repairs.

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 2/3 full. Excellent forage plants (millet and smartweed)

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 2/3 full. Excellent forage plants (millet and smartweed)

Hillsdale Lake - Normal pool (See Army Corps Daily Report). 


JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 11/20/2015

Waterfowl numbers Ducks: approximately 2000 ducks Geese:approximately 2000 snow geese and 300 Canada geese
Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair 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: 11/25/2015

Waterfowl numbers

Regular duck season opens October 31st.

Roughly 300 ducks were seen on the survey this week on the wetlands.  There was a good push of ducks last Friday with several limits taken but they do not appear to have stayed.

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 1145.0 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 84 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 140 cfs.
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 and will continue to be pumped throughout the season as long as the weather and water rights permit.

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: 11/24/2015

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 11/24/2015 and about 3,000 ducks were observed, primarily on the main lake. More mallards are beginning to show up, some other species such as Redheads, Shovelers, Gadwalls, and Goldeneyes were also observed. Just under 1,000 Canada Geese were observed which was also primarily on the lake, a small flock of Snow Geese were observed as well. Ducks in the area are figuring out where they can be and not be pressured, some new ducks on another cold front will improve hunting success.   
Kyle West is currently too low to launch boats due to significant loss of water over the last couple months. We will be relying on rainfall from here on to get Kyle West full enough to launch boats. 
Mallard Migration Rank = 3 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 0.2 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
We are finished pumping in Kyle Marsh and will nearly finish pumping in West River by the end of this week. 

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: 11/18/2015

Waterfowl numbers

24 ducks were observed, and 4 juvenile snow geese on 11/16/2015.

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 1

Water level The lake is currently at 1074.6. 
Hunting conditions With Tuttle creek lake level being 40 feet high this summer vegetation in the wetlands units will not be the greatest. 
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.