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: 8/1/2016

Waterfowl Numbers  
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - 1/3 full. Decent response from moist soil plants this year. Should provide some good hunting opportunities

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 1/4 full. Decent response from moist soil plants on the lower half of the marsh. Working to control brush and weeds on higher elevations

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 1/3 full. Good response from moist soil plants on lower elevations. 

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Currently drained to improve elevation gradient. Will have water but limited forage this season.

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report


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: 8/24/2016

Waterfowl numbers
Waterfowl surveys around Perry will begin the first week of September and waterfowl numbers along with wetland information will be updated at a minimum of every other week throughout the course of the season. 
Mallard Migration Rank = 0 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 2.0 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
No pumping has began yet for early teal season. We will pump some water into West River Upper unit and possibly Kyle East depending on rains between now and then.

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
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. We still plan on mowing some of the small willows down in this unit which will also create some open water lanes. 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. Depending on rainfall between now and Teal season, we may not pump additional water as the West unit is near full already. 

Water levels are not yet up enough for boats to launch. 

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. We will pump water into the upper unit for early teal season.  North- HCR-8, South- HCR-8.

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. 

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. There currently is some water in the ditches of this unit which will help with collecting waters from additional rains. 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. Still some water in this unit from the spring. 

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 retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been good this summer with some German Millet spread as well. HCR-8.

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. The main ditch of the East unit currently has some water as well. 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: 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.