Milford Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers
Youth Duck season is October 22nd and 23rd.

Regular duck season opens October 29th.

Approximately 1,000 ducks were observed on the wetlands this morning.

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 1146.81 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 200 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 230 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Due to frequent river flooding and high water levels throughout the growing season, the vegetation and seed production has been significantly reduced on many wetlands.  

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.

All wetlands have been partially pumped for youth duck season, pumping will continue on all wetlands where feasible throughout the season.

Expected hunting success Fair

A public information meeting will be held October 26th at 6pm at the United Methodist Church in Wakefield.  All comments are welcome and need to be submitted via email to or phone 785-271-7338 Ex 16 by October 12th to be addressed at the meeting.    

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 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.