Glen Elder Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

Attention Hunters, Glen Elder Wildlife Area will be implementing an electronic survey system called ISportsman beginning September 1, 2017.  Go to for more information.

Total duck numbers look to be at 10,000 with a typical early season mix of species including mallards, redheads, ringnecks, shovelers, gadwalls, widgeon, pintails, and teal.

Canada geese - 9,500

Whitefronts - 600

Light geese - 60,000

Mallard Migration Index (3)

Water level Approximately .4' foot below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Water level has stabilized.  Some vegetation is flooded.  All boat ramps are open.
Expected hunting success Fair to good depending on daily weather conditions.

Low plains Early duck zone is open Oct.7 to Dec.3, 2017 and Dec.16-31, 2017.  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 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.