This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/21/2015

Waterfowl numbers 100 Mallards are on the area, mostly using the refuge.   
Water level

Good water in largest wetland southeast of parking area.

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".

 Pumps are not working in the west complex of wetlands but there is some water

Hunting conditions Decent water level and good habitat.
Expected hunting success Fair to good. Shoot a few ducks on the reopener

Having pump problems on western wetlands. Will not be able to pump this complex.

The Corps of Engineers has a construction crew at Benedictine Bottoms constructing two new chutes off of the Missouri River. The construction will be ongoing and will last throughout the season. During this time there will be areas that will be closed to public access. As the construction progresses we will keep you updated. This construction should not effect waterfowl hunting except for the increase in vehicle traffic.

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".

CLINTON - Last Updated: 9/24/2015

Waterfowl numbers

400 teal, 150 wood ducks, 200-300 Canada geese

A few mallards and other duck species have been reported in the marshes.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 0

Lake level 878.13 (2.63 feet above conservation pool).
Hunting conditions

Clinton Wildlife area marshes have water!

The marshes at Clinton Wildlife area have been limited in past years due to drought conditions. Thankfully, we have been able to pump and have more water than the previous three years.

Elk Creek marshes- Roughly 65% flooded between all pools. We have resumed pumping and have flooded all of the first pool and are beginning to fill the second pool. The third pool is roughly half full and the refuge pool is completely full. Coblentz marshes are holding at 75% full and have water in all pools. East coblentz is also flooded. We have stopped pumping but will continue later in the year.

Ducks have been seen in large groups on the body of the lake and also feeding in the shallow marsh areas.

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: 9/29/2015

Waterfowl Numbers Few blue-winged teal have been seen on wetlands
Water Level

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

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 3/4 full. Some aquatic vegetation

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 1/2 full. Excellent forage plants (millet and smartweed)

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 1/3 full. Water level nearly up to millet that was broadcast in June. Expect to begin pumping very soon

Hillsdale Lake - 1 foot high (See Army Corps Daily Report). 


JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 9/29/2015

Waterfowl numbers Ducks: 100
Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor for ducks and poor for 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: 9/24/2015

Waterfowl numbers

2015 Teal season opens September 12th and closes September 27th.

Roughly 200 teal were seen on the survey this week on the wetlands and main lake.  

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 1146.24 conservation Pool 1144.4 The dam is releasing 25 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.

Expected hunting success Low, several limits were taken on the opening day but very few teal were seen the following day.  We are not expecting a new push of birds this week given the warm weather forecasted.

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 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: 9/18/2015

Waterfowl numbers

A waterfowl survey was conducted on 9/9/15 and low numbers of ducks were observed. Around 500 teal, 200 Wood Ducks, and a few groups of Mallards have been seen on the area.  With the current cold fronts coming in we expect duck numbers to rise over the weekend. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 1 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)

Lake level 1.43 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
Our wetlands we are able to pump still have little water and we will not pump much more before October. This is done to allow for the natural vegetation to mature and provide food for the ducks throughout their entire migration. 

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 Poor to 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.

Launching boats in Kyle is not yet possible with water levels still fairly low. We have began pumping into Kyle East and will continue as we approach big duck season.

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: 10/5/2015

Waterfowl numbers

500 ducks were observed on 10/5/2015, split pretty evenly between mallards, gadwalls, pintails, and blue-wing teal.

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 0

Water level The lake is currently just under conservation pool.  The dewatering of the outlet tubes has begun and the water in the reservoir will begin to rise.
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.