|Waterfowl numbers|| |
Canada geese - app. 30,000
Snow geese - app. 400,000
White-fronted geese - app. 7000
Mallard Migration Index (6)
|Water level||1.2' below conservation pool.|
|Hunting conditions||Water level is stable. 20% ice cover and only 2 boat ramps are usable (1 in the State Park and the Boller ramp on the wildlife area).|
|Expected hunting success||Good. Goose numbers are increasing. Waterfowl going out to feed on private crop fields.|
Check Area News for updates.
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.