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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 1/19/2016

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

3,000 Canada Geese and a few Light Geese

DUCK SEASON CLOSED

Mallard Migration Rank: 6  (1=worst 10=best)

Water level Reservoir is 24.8 ft. low.  Boat Ramps are iced but ice conditions change daily with wind.
Hunting conditions Fair. 40% ice cover. Changes Daily.
Expected hunting success Good.  Geese are flying out in all directions to feed on private land.
Comments
Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area is in the Low Plains Early 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: 2/4/2016

Waterfowl numbers

Puddle Ducks - app. 12,000 mallards

Divers- app. 15,000 (common merganser, goldeneye, and bufflehead)

Canada geese - app. 10,000

Snow geese - app. 310,000

White-fronted geese - app. 1000

Mallard Migration Index (5)

Water level  1.2' below conservation pool.  Bureau of Reclamation is drawing the lake level down to 1' to 2' below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Water level slowly receding, exposing mudflats along shorelines and low lying areas.  40% ice cover and only 2 boat ramps are usable (1 in the State Park and the Boller ramp on the wildlife area).
Expected hunting success Good.  Waterfowl are spreading throughout the area due to less ice.  Waterfowl going out to feed on private crop fields.
Comments

Check Area News for updates.

Duck season Low Plains Early Zone is closed.  The Early Zone includes the area north of Hwy 24.

Duck season Low Plains Late Zone is closed.  The Late Zone includes the rest of the area south of Hwy 24.

Canada goose season open Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2015 and Nov. 4, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2016.

White-fronted goose season open Oct. 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 and Jan. 23 - Feb. 14, 2016.

Light goose season open Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2015 and Nov. 4, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2016.

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: 12/29/2015

Waterfowl numbers 500 ducks are on the area, mostly Mallards.  About 300 Canada Geese are also on the area.  Numbers will change as the area freezes with the current forecast. The LPEZ duck season closes JANUARY 3.  Managers have been picking up a lot of trash left behind in the marshes.  Hunters MUST take their trash with them out of the marsh.  
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 1 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

The area is 99% ice covered and is expected to be 100% ice covered this week.  Birds are keeping several holes open throughout the area.   Hunters are encouraged to take precautions for deep water, especially with the ice on.

The area had a significant flood event during the first week of August.  This washed out all of the moist soil food production in Gun Club Marsh. However, the moist soil production in Buffalo Creek and Pintail Marshes remain excellent.  Due to the warm weather in September and early October, we have lost some water to evaporation and will need some timely rains to put water back on wetland areas still containing food.

Gamekeeper Marsh is full with an average water depth of 12 inches, Gun Club Marsh (a.k.a. Sportsman's Lake on Google Maps) has an average depth of 32 inches, Marsh Creek Marsh has deep water along the creek channel and shallower water along the flats and all the off channel storage pools have huntable water.  Buffalo Creek Marshes have 12 - 24 inches of water (hunters need to be cautious of the main drainage in Buffalo Creek South Marsh, this water is around four foot deep), Pintail Marsh has mainly sheet water with several small, shallow pools as a result of the August flooding.  Puddler and Ringneck marshes are both dry.  Managers will finish pumping some of the off channel storage pools along Marsh Creek by early next week.

Hunting conditions

Poor. Area 99% FROZEN. Bird numbers will fluctuate daily with all of the extra water in the area.  Ice cover and snow will play a major role in the bird numbers and activity this week.

REFUGE IS CLOSED

Expected hunting success

Poor

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:

  • 2015 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: 1/26/2016

Waterfowl numbers 5,500 ducks mostly mallards and some divers. 2,500 Canada geese, up to 15,000 light geese. Waterfowl are keeping several large areas open in the main lake.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 5
Water level Reservoir is at conservation pool (1582.6). Inflows (59.6 cfs) to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal. Outflows to the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District for irrigation ceased on 09/12/15). The reservoir levels will be constant for awhile as inflows from the Courtland Canal have ceased for the time being due to freezing conditions.
Hunting condition The reservoir is 95% frozen. At least 4 inches of ice. 9 inches in places. No boat ramps open.Water levels have pushed into the vegetation surrounding the shorelines giving good concealment for hunters. Reservoir levels have been high all summer and the mudflats were not exposed until earlier mid- August. No millet seeding occurred. Not much moist soil food on the reservoir. Lovewell Reservoir will go into winter at slightly below conservation pool. which is 1.5 foot higher than normal operating levels for winter to keep ice build-up off the dam face.
Expected hunting success Duck season reopened Saturday January 23, 2016. Fair to good to excellent for geese depending on the dail;y weather. Field conditions are snow coverd as we received over 6 inches of snow. Will be extremely muddy with the snow in the area once we get day/night time highs above freezing. Low food on the reservoir but plentiful crops on private cropland. Waterfowl will most likely use the reservoir as a loafing a roosting spot.
Comments

All Boat ramps FROZEN. 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.The LAND REFUGE CLOSED OCTOBER 1. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1, 2015 THROUGH JANUARY 31,2016. 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. 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. THE REFUGE IS CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER 1 TO JANUARY 31 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. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



NORTON - Last Updated: 12/30/2015

Waterfowl numbers 85,000 geese (mostly snows) and 6,500 ducks.       
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is currently 16.2 feet below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Ice locked with the exception of open water in the refuge. 
Expected hunting success Good.  Water level is nearly the same as last fall.  Good shoreline plant growth should provide places for hunters to hide this waterfowl season.   
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. 

REFUGE IS NOW CLOSED THROUGH JANUARY. 

 

Regular Duck Season:  October 10, 2015 - January 4, 2016 AND January 23-31, 2016.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 1/27/2016

Waterfowl numbers 3000 Mallards; 4500 Canadas, 2000 light geese.
Water level 0.5 ft below conservation pool
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 8

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 Waterfowl concentrated on pockets of open water on main body of lake and going out to feed on private lands.
   
Comments

Remember the refuge area on the northwest part of the lake is closed SEPT 1- JAN 31 to hunting except by Special Hunt 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: 2/3/2016

Waterfowl numbers

5,000 ducks, primary mallards,  60,000 snow geese, and 5,000 Canada geese. 

Mallard Migration Rank 2 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level 22.0 feet below conservation level.
Hunting conditions No flooded vegetation with low water level. Exposed shorelines and mudflats will attract migrants. 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 Fair to good.  Possibilities exist for hunting on the ice along the shoreline.  Field hunting of waterfowl may exist on south side of reservoir and on nearby WIHA. 
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 Is CLOSED

Oct 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 AND Jan. 23-31, 2016    NOTE:  Duck season is CLOSED North of Highway 24. 

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2015 And Nov. 4, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2016 

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  Oct. 31 - Jan. 3, 2016 And Jan. 23 - Feb. 14, 2016 

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 2015 and Nov. 4, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2016

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 15 - April 30, 2016

ICE CONDITIONS:

The reservoir is nearly clear of ice but some ice remains along shorelines and in shallow coves.  Boat ramps are open. 

 

 2015 - 2016 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 1/28/2016

Waterfowl numbers 1000 mallards; 600 divers, mostly goldeneye and common merganser.  3000 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 Over 10 ft below conservation pool.  record low elevation
Hunting conditions Most waterfowl on main body and in coves from Dam to Pelican Point and Dam to Lucas Park.  A few birds observed near Minooka Park and no birds further west.  Very little ice as of Friday; Spillway boat ramp is accessible.  Some success from State Park Cove to Deer Run Cove on south side.
Expected hunting success Good.
Comments

Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramps are NOT OPEN due to low water conditions

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 & Otoe Parks

To track the 2015-2016 waterfowl migration and post your hunting results visit Ducks Unlimited's Migration Map by clicking the link below:

Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Migration Map