|Waterfowl numbers|| |
Approximately 2100 puddle ducks (teal, mallards, gadwall, widgeon, and shovelers)
Mallard Migration Index (1)
|Water level||1 foot above conservation pool.|
|Hunting conditions||Lots of flooded vegetation for birds to feed and hide in.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair, with high water much of the area should be attractive for waterfowl.|
Low Plains Early Duck Zone open Oct. 8 - Dec. 4, 2016. 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 31st. The 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.