This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/20/2016

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 all wetlands on the wildlife area.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments Very few ducks using the area.

CLINTON - Last Updated: 10/27/2016

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl  numbers are low.  500 or fewer ducks were observed when surveying the reservoir and managed marsh pools. Groups of 4-8 were coming in from the north steadily, but numbers are only slowly increasing. Species include Pintail, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, and Wood ducks. Majority of ducks seen were Gadwall. A large group of unidentified ducks (300+) was seen in open water in the main lake. Coot are numbering over 3,000.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 0

Lake level 877.28 (1.78 feet above pool) 
Hunting conditions All of the marsh pools have water. We are currently still pumping. Coblentz- the north and middle pool are holding the majority of water. All pools, except for the southwest corner are around 75% full.  East Coblentz is still filling. Vegetation  is very thick in pools and less than half of the flooded pool has open water.  Elk creek marsh pools one and two are 100% full, pool three is 90% (and filling) and the refuge has water (refuge closed Oct. 1st). Shadden marsh has some water from the last rain, but it is mostly dry. All marsh pools have good vegetation to feed ducks, and the open areas were planted with millet.
Expected hunting success Success is expected to be low due to lower numbers of waterfowl. N

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: 10/26/2016

Waterfowl Numbers Few ducks and no geese seen at Hillsdale during today's survey. Wood ducks were a common sight on area creeks. A few gadwall were seen on area marshes. Several hundred coots were using the lake. 
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. 

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

Comments  iSportsman is functional again following a couple weeks of downtime as new servers were integrated to better handle the growing program. Remember to check-in prior to each hunt.

JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 10/7/2016

Waterfowl numbers  Geese: <50 canada geese, <50 ducks
Water level Low
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor 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: 10/27/2016

Waterfowl numbers
Regular duck season opens October 29th.

Approximately 2,000 ducks were observed on the wetlands this morning.

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 1146.77 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 200 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 216 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.

All wetlands have been or are still being pumped for duck season, pumping will continue on all wetlands where feasible throughout the season.  Water levels will be gradually raised throughout the season to provide new resources for waterfowl.

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 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: 10/27/2016

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 10/20/2016 and duck numbers have increased significantly. About 1,000 ducks were seen around the area with mostly teal and some Wood Ducks, Shovelers, and Pintails. Very few mallards in the area.   


Mallard Migration Rank = 0 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 2.0 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
West River Marsh filled completely from the flooding. Both units of Kyle Marsh were completely full, however due to the flood a tremendous amount of silt was deposited near the East-West portion of the dike of the East Unit. In the East Unit, beyond the water control structure no water is visible from the dike where the silt was deposited, however 50 yards out or so the water is about 18" deep and maintains that depth to the North and East. The West unit also lost some water and we are currently pumping to supplement that loss. 
The East Unit of Kyle Marsh is completely full and has water flowing over into the West Unit. Launching in the East Unit will be no problem, as we continue to pump the ability to launch in the West Unit will improve.   

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
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.  

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 to register prior to hunting season.



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/25/2016

Waterfowl numbers

80 ducks   4 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 0

Water level The lake is currently at 1079 and will be slowly dropping. 
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Fair- scouting will be key
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.