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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 1/16/2018

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

10,000 ducks. Mostly Mallards.  Approx. 8,000 Canada Geese and 5,000 Snows.

Duck Season Currently Closed - Reopens Jan. 20-28

MMR - 8

Mallard Index: 0=no mallards, 1=very few mallards, 3=few mallards, 5=moderate numbers of mallards, 7=good numbers of mallards, 10=peak numbers of mallards

Water level Reservoir is 26 ft. low.
Hunting conditions 90% ice coverage on reservoir. (Ice is in poor condition) Waterfowl are feeding primarily on private land.  (Permission Required on private land)
Expected hunting success Good- Field hunting opportunities should be good.
Comments
Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area is in the Low Plains Late Zone

Land Refuge Closed Sept. 1 thru Jan. 31.

Water Refuge Closed Nov.1 Thru Jan. 31.

Land in the North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting all year.

Youth/Mentor Hunting Areas are available. Check website or contact the Area Office for changes.

Contact Area Manager Kent Hensley at the Cedar Bluff Area Office for additional information 785-726-3212 or Email



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 1/12/2018

Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS  at Glen Elder WA are required to check in and out daily.  This regulation went into effect on September 1, 2017. Users are encouraged to utilize the ISportsman electronic daily hunting permit system, but may also use the phone system or the 3 paper card stations that are on the property. Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ for more information.

Dabbling Ducks - 30,000 (mostly mallards)

Diving Ducks - 1,000

Canada geese - 18,000

Light geese - 350,000

Mallard Migration Index (9)

Water level Approximately .6' foot below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions The lake and boat ramps are froze.
Expected hunting success Good.  Plenty of birds going out to feed on private croplands. 
Comments

Low plains Early duck zone is now closed for the season.  This zone is located north of Hwy 24.

Low plains Late duck zone is open Oct.28 to Dec.31, 2017 and Jan.20-28, 2018.  This zone is located south of Hwy 24.

Canada goose season is open Oct.28-29 and Nov.8, 2017 to Feb.18, 2018.

White-fronted goose season is open Oct.28 to Dec.31, 2017 and Jan.27 to Feb.18, 2018.

Light goose season is open Oct.28-29, 2017 and Nov.8, 2017 to Feb.18, 2018.

Check Area News for updates.

Both Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31st.  

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is located in the Granite Creek Refuge and is in effect from October 1 - January 31. Waterfowl hunting from the shoreline area is allowed in the Youth-Mentor Area as long as EACH adult is hunting with a youth 17 years or younger. Boats of any sort are prohibited in the Granite Creek Refuge.

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in Waconda Lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.



JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/11/2018

Waterfowl numbers

54 Canada Geese and 250 Mallards observed 1/10/18. 

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area.

Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 8 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

Heavy ice has built up with the really cold weather. The sheet water in Gun Club Marsh opened up with the warm weather, however looks to freeze again.

Once the weather warms a little, managers will begin releasing water from Marsh Creek and Gun Club Marshes in preparation for spring projects.  They will hold water in the off storage pools that were pumped in the fall for the remainder of Goose season and to provide some habitat for spring migration.

Due to the extremely dry conditions this fall, most of the water that has been pumped has dropped significantly.  All of the areas pumped still offer good habitat and hunting opportunities.

North Buffalo Creek marsh is full and has approximately 8 - 14 inches of water, South Buffalo Creek marsh is 95% full and has 8-16 inches of water except for the drainage channel which is deeper.  Gun Club East has very shallow sheet water but is freezing easily. Access trails have been mowed to most of the off storage pools that will be pumped. Greenwing Marsh and the Mitigation Marsh have been pumped pumped and are holding at about 10 inches in depth and deeper in the channels.  Scouting before your hunt is highly encouraged.  The downloadable map link below depicts the pools that will have water, along with highlighted access trails to those pools.

Hunting conditions

With the cold temperatures, the majority of the birds have moved to seek out other open water.  They may continue to feed around the area agricultural fields, but it will require some scouting.

Habitat conditions are good to excellent in the off storage pools and in Buffalo Creek Marsh where the pumping has occurred.  Managers have planted millet in some areas of Buffalo Creek South marsh and the marsh between Greenwing and Gun Club, the water level in these marshes will be brought up throughout the weekend to flood new food. 

REMINDER:  The low plains early zone closed Sunday Dec. 31.

iSportsman is still in use.  Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out when they hunt the area.

This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.

REFUGE IS CLOSED

Expected hunting success Poor. Scouting is a must to find out where the birds are concentrating.  
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

Low Plains Duck Early Zone: October 7 - December 3 & December 16 - 31

Canada Goose: October 28-29 & November 8 - February 18, 2018

White-Fronted Goose: October 28 - December 31 & January 27 - February 18, 2018 

Hunters are now REQUIRED to check in using the electronic permitting system.

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

  1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.
  2. Provide hunter information.
  3. ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

Hunters need to make sure they have all the appropriate licenses and stamps for hunting waterfowl.  The following are required:

2017 Kansas hunting license

State waterfowl stamp

Federal waterfowl stamp

Kansas Harvest Information Program Stamp (HIP)

PUDDLER AND RINGNECK MARSHES ARE DESIGNATED FOR YOUTH AND MENTORS ONLY. EACH HUNTER 16 YEARS AND OLDER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ONE OR MORE YOUTH UNDER 16 YEARS OLD.

Marsh Creek Marsh is for non-gasoline powered boats only, this includes electric motor boats and boats with no motors. Gasoline engines are prohibited.

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

THE REFUGE IS CLOSED FROM OCTOBER 1 TO JANUARY 31 on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh.

Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/14/2018

Waterfowl numbers 3,500 mallards, 750  other puddle ducks.  2,800 Canada geese.No Light geese.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 8
Water level Lovewell Reservoir is 99.9% FROZEN. Ice thickness averages 8". Reservoir is at 1581.2 or 1.4 feet below conservation pool (1582.6) or 88.3% full. Inflows to Lovewell(0.2 cfs) from the Courtland Canal have essentially ceased. Outflows to the Kansas Bostwick irrigation District have ceased. Irrigation season ended September 15. Drawdown was later this season so not much vegetation on the bare mudflats.
Hunting condition Poor. 100% of reservoir open to hunting is FROZEN. Most mudflats covered and concealing vegetation is close to the shoreline.
Expected hunting success  Poor
Comments

PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE PARK. NEW REFUGE REGULATIONS:THE LAND REFUGE CLOSED  TO HUNTING YEAR ROUND. CLOSED TO OTHER ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH MARCH 31. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH APRIL 15 on the NORTHEAST half of the reservoir and Wildlife Area from 1/8th mile west of the south end of the dam and following a buoy line northwest to the western boundary of the Cabin Area. No hunting from the park shoreline.. INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH APRIL 15. All boat ramps frozen. In the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area). Wildlife Area ramps are frozen. All boat ramps are useable at this reservoir elevation. Wildlife Area Boat Ramps (Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek) do not require a permit. Camping cabins are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • HUNTERS USING BOATS MUST EXERCISE EXTRA CARE WHEN BOATING IN COLD WATER AND NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH KANSAS BOATING REGULATIONS
  • OBTAIN PERMISSION BEFORE HUNTING PRIVATE LAND. IF WRITTEN PERMISSION IS REQUIRED ALL HUNTERS IN THE PARTY MUST POSSESS WRITTEN PERMISSION.

FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

FREE DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTING ON THE AREA. ELECTRONIC PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE. REGISTER AT THE i-SPORTSMAN LINK ON THE KDWPT WEBSITE. Lovewell Wildlife Area has been requiring all hunters to register with our paper card, Hunter Survey System and this is still required but a new system called i-Sportsman is now in effect that allows hunters to check-in and check-out electronically with a PC, smartphone, any mobile device and even a rotary dial phone. Hunters are encouraged to pre-register for an account on-line and must do so from a PC, establish a password and  PIN. This will really speed up the process over the card system. Follow this link to get registered. https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE LOVEWELL STATE PARK INFORMATION CENTER IN FRONT OF OR DIRECTLY WEST OF THE LOVEWELL OFFICE under the concrete shelter. If you can't get into iSportsman, please make an effort to completely fill out a daily hunt card.  The information is valuable so please keep trying to check-in, even after the hunt.We do not want technical issues to prevent someone from hunting. If using the card system, the top portion of the two-part permit must be filled out and returned to the survey station prior to hunting and the bottom portion kept with the hunter to record hunting activity. After the hunt the bottom portion is also returned to the survey station where the permits will be collected and information recorded to assist managers with improving the area.This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.  We thank you for your patience. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!

PLEASE DO NOT PICK-UP DEAD GEESE, DUCKS or OTHER MIGRATORY BIRDS YOU FIND IN THE STATE PARK OR WILDLIFE AREA. IT IS ILLEGAL. THE STATE PARK IS NOT OPEN TO HUNTING. TO POSSESS A MIGRATORY BIRD ANYWHERE YOU MUST HAVE A VALID HUNTING LICENSE FOR THE STATE YOU ARE IN AND FOLLOW THE SEASON, BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS FOR THAT STATE.  WILDLIFE DIE FROM NATURAL CAUSES LIKE DISEASE, OTHER HEALTH ISSUES AND SOMETIMES FROM THE RIGORS OF MIGRATION. SOME OF THESE WILDLIFE HAVE BEEN WOUNDED AND MAKE IT BACK TO THE ROOST ONLY TO SUCCUMB FROM THEIR WOUNDS. PARK AND WILDLIFE AREA STAFF MONITOR THE SHORELINES AND PERIODICALLY SAMPLE WILDLIFE FOR SIGNS OF DISEASE. IF YOU SEE EVIDENCE OF ANY LARGE DIE-OFFS OF MIGRATORY BIRDS IN YOUR AREA PLEASE NOTIFY A KANSAS WILDLIFE AND PARKS OFFICE OR EMPLOYEE. THANKS 



NORTON - Last Updated: 1/3/2018

Waterfowl numbers

1500 ducks. 1000 dark geese. 150,000 light geese.

Mallard Migration 6 (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir is close to the same elevation as last year. The lake is approximately 12 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions The lake is 100% frozen outside of the refuge. Most hunting is taking place in fields on private ground. 
Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Moderate
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

Blinds may be used and must be constructed of natural herbaceous materials or woody debris that are present on the site.  Blinds constructed of non-natural materials must be removed from the property each day.  Please do not bring materials from off-site. 

Teal Season: September 16 - Sept. 24, 2017

Regular Duck Season:  October 7, 2017 - January 1, 2018 AND January 20-28, 2018.

Goose Season: October 28 - 29, 2017 AND Nov 8, 2017 - February 18, 2018

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 1/12/2018

Waterfowl numbers 2,200 mallards, 8,500 dark geese, and 700 light geese
Water level 1462.80 and declining
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 10

This Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak mallard numbers).

Hunting conditions Fair to good; waterfowl are using private agricultural fields to feed (PERMISSION IS REQUIRED TO HUNT PRIVATE GROUND)
   
Comments

Kanopolis Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone. 

Early teal season is open Sept 9-24, 2017

Remember the refuge area on the northwest part of the lake is closed to all access SEPT 1- JAN 31 except by special permit.



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 1/5/2018

Waterfowl numbers

20,000 ducks (mostly mallards) 10,000 Canada geese, and 50,000 (up to 100,000 at times) snow geese.   

Mallard Migration Rank 1 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level 0.5 feet above conservation level.
Hunting conditions Inflows in 2017 raised the reservoir to 2.5 feet above conservation level.  Releases to maintain the reservoir at this level and then irrigation releases have resulted in the reservoir being presently at conservation level.  Unlike last year, late summer drawdown results in mudflats along shoreline with little vegetation.  These areas will provide geese with good loafing areas but make shoreline duck hunting more difficult.  However, boat hunters will find many areas of flooded timber.  The area from the southeast corner of the reservoir west to 9 Road is designated as "No Motorized Boats" and is intended for use by walk-in hunters.
Expected hunting success Fair to good.  Majority of birds feeding off area on private land.
Comments

 

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

The Refuge on the water ends on Jan. 31.  However, hunting in or from  the shoreline inside the State Park or along the face of the dam is prohibited. 

Teal Season

Sept. 9 - 24, 2017

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season

Oct 28 - Dec 31, 2017 AND Jan. 20-28, 2018 

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 28-29, 2017 and Nov. 8, 2017-Feb 18, 2018

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  Oct. 28-Dec. 31,2017, and Jan.27-Feb. 18, 2018

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 28-29, 2017 and Nov. 8, 2017-Feb. 18, 2018

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 19 - April 30, 2018

ICE CONDITIONS

Lake covered with ice.

Boat ramps will be iced in. 

 

 2017 - 2018 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 1/10/2018

Waterfowl numbers 10,000 ducks; approximately 3500 common goldeneyes and 6000 mallards, with smaller numbers of buffleheads, ring-necks, and redheads. 14,000 Canada geese, 4500 light geese.
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 10

The Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak Mallard Numbers)

Water level 1516.33; 1/3 ft above conservation pool and declining
Hunting conditions The reservoir is 99% frozen. Birds are mostly hitting private agricultural fields.
Expected hunting success Fair to good - those who are able to find agricultural fields with birds (PERMISSION IS REQUIRED ON PRIVATE FIELDS) should have good opportunities.
Comments

Wilson Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone 

Refuge CLOSED SEPT 1 through JAN 31

Contact Corps of Engineers at 785-658-2551 for hunting restrictions around Minooka, Lucas and Sylvan Parks

Contact Wilson State Park at 785-658-2465 ext. 1 for hunting restrictions around Hell Creek and Otoe Parks