|Waterfowl numbers|| |
A large push of ducks came in mid-last week. Survey results are from 11/19
Puddle Ducks - app. 25,000 mallards and 6,000 other mixed species (includes gadwall, pintail, wigeon, etc.)
Divers- app. 7000 (redheads, ring-necks, etc.)
Canada geese - app. 4,000
Snow geese - app. 15,000
White-fronted geese - app. 500
Mallard Migration Index (4)
|Water level||.1' below conservation pool|
|Hunting conditions||Water level slowly receding, exposing mudflats along shorelines and low lying areas.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair to good based on daily weather. Waterfowl numbers increasing with each cold front.|
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Duck season Low Plains Early Zone open Oct. 10 - Dec. 6, 2015 and Dec. 19, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016. The Early Zone includes the area north of Hwy 24.
Duck season Low Plains Late Zone open Oct. 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 and Jan. 23-31, 2016. 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 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.