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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 12/5/2016

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

7000 ducks. including 5000 mallards. 2000 Geese.

Cedar Bluff Reservoir and Wildlife Area are now in the Low Plains Late Zone.

Season Dates are Oct.29-Jan.1 and Jan 21-29.

Mallard Migration 4  (1= low 10= high)

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 24.8 ft. low.
Hunting conditions

Very little flooded vegetation. Ice coverage at west end and back of coves.

Ice Index:  2

Ice Index: 1= little to no ice, 2= shallow water and small basins ice-covered, 3= nearly or all frozen

Expected hunting success Fair - Walking trails have been mowed at the west end near Duck Flats and Warbuck west of the Bluffs.
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: 12/6/2016

Waterfowl numbers

Approximately 7000 puddle ducks (mallards, widgeon, gadwall, shovelers, and pintails)

6000 divers (redheads, ringnecks, goldeneye, ruddy ducks, scaup, and buffleheads)

Canada geese (3000), Whitefronts (300), and Light geese (37000)

Mallard Migration Index (3)

Water level  .8 foot above conservation pool and slowly falling.
Hunting conditions Lots of flooded vegetation for birds to feed and hide in.  No ice.
Expected hunting success Fair, with high water much of the area should be attractive for waterfowl.  Migration is increasing.
Comments

Low Plains Early Duck Zone open Oct. 8 - Dec. 4, 2016.  Reopens Dec. 17, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  This zone includes the area north of Hwy 24.  Parts of the area north of Hwy 24 includes Granite Creek and Oak Creek.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  This zone includes the rest of the area south of Hwy 24.

Canada geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.

White-fronted geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.

Light geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.

Check Area News for updates.

Both Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31stThe refuges are open to the public until that time.

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is now 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: 12/1/2016

Waterfowl numbers 1,000 to 1,500 ducks.  Mostly Mallard. 300 Canada Geese.  LPEZ duck season is closing for the split after Sunday, Dec. 4. It will open back up December 17 and remain open thru January 1, 2017.
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 3 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

We are starting to see some ice the past few mornings.  The refuge is 90% ice covered and the birds are keeping a several large holes open.  Gun Club marsh has minimal ice, Buffalo Creek Marshes have been almost 100% skim ice in the mornings and opening up by early afternoon. There is good to fair moist soil in all wetlands. Due to the warm weather, managers plan to pump more water into Buffalo Creek South Marsh next week to replace what was lost from evaporation.  Buffalo Creek North marsh has 12 to 24 inches of water, Buffalo Creek South marsh has 8 to 16 inches of water in the lower areas outside of the main drainage. Blue Wing Marsh has sheet water, Puddler marsh has some sheet water and Pintail marsh has some sparse sheet water. 

Gamekeeper Marsh water levels ARE CURRENTLY BEING brought down slowly throughout the fall to prepare for upcoming enhancements and construction projects next spring.  The refuge will still be closed to hunting Oct. 1 - January 31, 2017. Boating in this marsh will become more difficult as the water levels drop.

Hunting conditions

iSportsman is back up and running like normal.  

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.

Depends on weather.  We saw a good push of birds yesterday, however many did not stop.  The birds that are here are utilizing the refuge and private ponds.  There will be some deep areas in Gun Club and Marsh Creek Marshes. Hunters need to be careful. Hunters are encouraged to scout and make sure to ASK PERMISSION to hunt on (or shoot on to) private property.  Just because a field is not posted, does not mean its open to hunting.

REFUGE IS CLOSED UNTIL FEB. 1, 2017.

Expected hunting success

Birds have yet to show up from this current (first good) cold weather system of the fall.  Hunter use was high this morning and are expected to be high throughout the weekend.

Hunters will need to scout out areas birds are utilizing in order to be successful.  

Comments

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:

2016 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: 12/6/2016

Waterfowl numbers 3,100 ducks. Mostly mallards and greenwing teal, some redheads, gadwall. 350 Canada and 1,700 light geese.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 3
Water level Reservoir is at 1582.20 conservation pool (1582.6) or approximately 0.4 ft. low. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal has stopped.
Hunting condition Some ice forming in the backs of coves and along shorelines.Water levels have been high all summer which has resulted in flooded aquatic vegetation surrounding the shorelines giving good concealment for hunters.  These high reservoir levels mean the mudflats were not exposed for any length of time. No millet seeding occurred. Not much moist soil food on the reservoir.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good. Some new birds. Success depends on whether new birds migrate in and stay or migrate out and leave. The LPLZ waterfowl season opened October 29 and runs through Jan 1, 2017 for the first segment. All goose open also .
Comments

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 OPEN. In the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area),PARK PERMIT REQUIRED.Boat Ramps in the Wildlife Area, (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!



NORTON - Last Updated: 12/2/2016

Waterfowl numbers

300 big ducks. 100 dark geese. 900 light geese.

Mallard Migration 2  (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir has come up nearly 4 feet this fall.  Lake is still approximately 13 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions With the increase water level there is plenty of flooded vegetation along the shoreline and is providing good habitat for waterfowl.
Expected hunting success

Hunting Success = Fair

Some ducks have moved in with the cooler weather.

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 17 - Sept. 25, 2016

Regular Duck Season:  October 8, 2016 - January 1, 2017 AND January 20-29, 2017.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 12/2/2016

Waterfowl numbers 750 puddle ducks - gadwall, mallards, shovelers; 200-300 divers; 700 Canada geese
Water level 1466.76 ft
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 4

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

Click here to learn more about the Mallard Migration Rank.

Hunting conditions Fair to good as numbers increase with colder temps and weather systems
   
Comments

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

To track this year's waterfowl migration and post your hunting results visit Ducks Unlimited's Waterfowl Migration Map by clicking the link below:

DU Migration Map



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 12/2/2016

Waterfowl numbers

2,000 - 3,000 assorted large ducks, 4 snow geese and 500 - 1,000 Canada geese.  

Mallard Migration Rank 0 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level 4.0 feet below conservation level.
Hunting conditions Inflows in early summer raised the reservoir 10 feet and additional inflows around the 1st of September has raised the reservoir an additional 8 feet.  These increases have resulted in flooded vegetation around the reservoir.   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. Exposed mudflats will provide loafing areas.
Expected hunting success Poor.
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. 

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season

Oct 29 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 21-29, 2017 

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 4-Feb. 12, 2017

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  Oct. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan.21-Feb. 12, 2017

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan.4, 2017

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 13 - April 30, 2017

ICE CONDITIONS:

None

Boat ramps are open. 

 

 2015 - 2016 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 12/2/2016

Waterfowl numbers 800 puddle ducks; mallard numbers up, shovelers, gadwall; 200 divers; 800 Canada geese
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 4

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

Click here to learn more about the Mallard Migration Rank.

Water level 1517.04; 1 ft above conservation pool and steady
Hunting conditions Difficult from shore with 7 ft rise in lake elevation Since Sept 1
Expected hunting success Fair to good.  No ice on lake as of 12/02
Comments

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