Glen Elder Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

Attention Sportsmen, Glen Elder Wildlife Area will be implementing an electronic survey system called ISportsman Fall 2017.  Go to for more information.

Approximately 3,300 mallards.

3,000 divers (goldeneyes and common mergansers)

Canada geese (4,500), Whitefronts (200), and Light geese (52,000+)

Mallard Migration Index (4)

Water level  .9 foot below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions No ice, all boat ramps are open.
Expected hunting success Light goose numbers have dropped off dramatically.

All duck seasons are now CLOSED.

Dark goose seasons are CLOSED.

Light geese - Spring Conservation Order open Feb. 13 - April 30, 2017.

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.