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Hunters are now required to check in using the electronic permitting system.
HUNTERS ARE REQUIRED TO CHECK IN USING THE iSPORTSMAN DAILY PERMIT SYSTEM
HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2. Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

PAPER PERMITS WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS

For hunters new to the area, there will be one daily hunt permit station located at the area headquarters.

Of the 5,124 acres of public hunting now available on the area, over 1,900 acres are wetlands. The marshes are very shallow and have accumulated silt from the Marsh Creek watershed. As a result, the Department is embarking on a multiple year renovation for the areas wetlands beginning with Gun Club. Plans include new wetlands, new water control structures and renovation of existing wetlands by subdividing into units so water and vegetation can be managed more effectively. During renovation construction activities will impact and change uses of the area in the process of reaching the renovation goals. The goal of the renovation is to provide optimum wildlife habitat, improved user opportunities and play an important role in the overall Lower Republican River watershed management and life span of the marshes.

This area is located along a major migration route for the Central Flyway. The first waterfowl and shorebirds migrate through the area in late August. An 800-acre refuge is located at the north end of Gamekeeper Marsh. The refuge is closed to all activity from Oct. 1 through Mar. 1 except for the SPECIAL HUNTS conducted during hunting seasons. The refuge gives migratory birds a resting place and increases hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities on the area.

There are varieties of other wildlife habitats on the area. Upland birds and small game species use weeds, crop fields, grasses and shrubs, while big game prefers the timbered areas. The area offers excellent opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. Marsh Creek, Gamekeeper Dam, and Muskrat Landing are shallow boat landings for hunter access to waterfowl areas.

The limited public lands in Kansas require intensive wildlife management and some special restrictions. This area receives heavy hunting pressure. Wildlife population and hunter use surveys are conducted to evaluate management and the effects of heavy pressure on the area.

County/Counties:
Area News - Updated: 07/31/2017

THE DAILY HUNT CARD SURVEY STATIONS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE WILDLIFE AREA.

ALL HUNTERS MUST NOW CHECK IN AND OUT USING THE ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM.

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2017 AREA DOVE FIELDS

Hunters are now required to check in using the electronic permitting system.
KDWPT IS CONTINUING WITH THE ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2016-2017 HUNTING SEASONS
HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2. Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

PAPER PERMITS WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS

For hunters new to the area, there will be one card station located at the area headquarters.

2016 Dove Field

General Information
County/Counties:

Wildlife Area Manager: Rob Unruh
Lovewell Office Phone: (785) 753-4971.

Wildlife Area Assistant Manager: Matt Farmer
Jamestown Office Phone: (785) 439-6243

A Google Earth Map is now available for the entire property.

Jamestown Google Earth (kmz file)

 
Current Events
WETLAND RENOVATION UPDATES

The managers at Jamestown are continuing to work with our partners on starting the renovation project on Gamekeeper Marsh.  The raising of Gamekeeper dam and the construction of a division berm along the west side of Gamekeeper marsh will start in mid to late fall through summer of 2018.  In preparation for the project, managers will continue to keep the water levels in Gamekeeper marsh well below full pool in order to dry out the marsh for the project.  Hunting will still be open in the areas outside of the refuge, however access will be difficult for waterfowl hunters.  Boats will not be able to access the main marsh and will have limited access to the mouth of Marsh Creek where it dumps in to Gamekeeper.  If the area receives some timely rains, there will be huntable water in Gun Club Marsh and managers plan to pump the smaller pools along Marsh Creek Marsh and Buffalo Creek Marshes.  The understanding an cooperation of the hunters at Jamestown Wildlife Area is very much appreciated for this upcoming waterfowl season.  Once the project is complete, managers will have the capability to manage water levels and food production in the refuge which will tremendously improve waterfowl use on the area.  As well as increase hunting opportunities in Gamekeeper Marsh.  Make sure to check the waterfowl reports for current water levels and pumping activities throughout the season.  

iSportsman is back up and running. However at this time, the call-in system is still down.  Please check in and out as before using your smart phone or PC.  

This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.  We thank you for your patience.

CHANGES MADE TO THE DAILY PERMIT SYSTEM AT JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA

For several years now, hunters have been required to fill out daily hunting permits if hunting on the property.  Historically, this was accomplished though the use of paper permits that could be picked up at designated areas, free of charge, at any of the "iron rangers".  

This year KDWPT will continue with the new daily permit system in the form of iSportsman at many properties across the state.  iSportsman is an electronic registration/ data collection tool that will make data collection much easier for staff and allow for real time data analysis and stats throughout the season.  What does this mean for hunters?  Initially, users will need to register with their personal information to set up an account in the iSportsman program.  Once this is completed, the system will allow hunter to call in from any phone or log in from any PC or smart phone and "check-in" to hunt the property for the day.  Once the hunt is over, hunter will call back in and report harvest, etc., similar to returning paper daily permits upon the completion of their hunt.  For hunters that are new to the area, one permit station is available at the area headquarters.

HUNTERS WILL NEED TO ACCESS THE SITE TO REGISTER.  Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register, then scroll down to the blue "register" button at the bottom of the page and then provide the required information (not all information asked is required).  

Once registered, hunters will be able to call or log onto the system to check in and out for each day they hunt on the area.  Hunters will also be able to visit the Jamestown page https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx to get the latest on waterfowl numbers, water levels and any other news.  More detailed log-in information will be posted on the Jamestown web page and waterfowl reports throughout the season.


Special Regulations
  • Non-toxic shot required for all shotgun hunting.
  • Special hunts and Refuge areas are in effect Oct-1 - Jan 31.
  • Trapping is by permit only. The permit may be obtained from the Lovewell Area Office.

Here is a complete list of Public Land Regulations or you can download the regulation summary.

History

Jamestown Wildlife Area is a collection of historical wetlands and associated uplands that have been under state management since 1932. Jamestown's two larger marshes were one of the twelve wetlands sold to provide funding for Emporia State Teachers College. Historically a "salty”, shallow, marshy area, in dry seasons salt was found where the water had been and when there was water an abundance of wildlife was found. The areas marshes attracted Native Americans, early settlers and were important to migrating herds of bison, flocks of waterfowl and other wildlife. Dams were constructed on the lower ends of both large marshes in the early 1900’s to provide a more reliable water supply for recreation.

Jamestown Facilities
Florell Hill
  • Type of Facility: Wildlife Viewing Area
  • Location of Facility: -55.150 41.662
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    This area is located off of Highway 148 overlooking Gamekeeper Marsh from the north. There is a deck style viewing platform with railing for spotting scopes and a mowed parking area.


Southwest Gun Club
  • Type of Facility: Small Craft Launch Site/ Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 38.579 -54.346
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    This single lane, rock ramp with a gravel parking lot will allow access to the southwest corner of Gun Club Marsh.


Marsh Creek North
  • Type of Facility: Small Craft Launch Site
  • Location of Facility: 38.734 -53.261
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    This low water crossing will allow non-motorized boat access to the north end of Marsh Creek Marsh.


Marsh Creek South
  • Type of Facility: Small Craft Launch Site
  • Location of Facility: 37.483 -54.782
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    This small craft launch site will allow non-motorized boat access to the south end of Marsh Creek Marsh.


Gamekeeper Marsh
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 40.999 -55.456
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    This lingle lane gravel boat ramp is located in the northwest corner of the area off KS Hwy. 148 for access to the west side of Gamekeeper Marsh.


Gun Club East
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 39.044 -53.549
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    This new single lane concrete boat ramp with a gravel parking lot is located on the east side of Gun Club Marsh providing access to Gun Club East.


Muskrat Landing
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: 39.657 -54.203
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    This newly renovated area has two, single lane concrete boat ramps. The east ramp gives access to Gun Club East and the west ramp gives access to Gun Club west. There is a gravel parking area with a unisex, vault style toilet.


Gamekeeper Dam
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 39.825 -54.236
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    This single lane, concrete boat ramp with a gravel parking lot is located north of the Gamekeeper Dam on the east side for access to Gamekeeper Marsh .


Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report - 09/12/2017
Waterfowl numbers Less than 300 teal observed 9/12/17  
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 0 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

A major wetland enhancement project is scheduled to start in Gamekeeper Marsh this fall.  With this project, managers will keep Gamekeeper Marsh dry.  Gun Club Marsh will be need to be kept dry as well.  There could be some sheet water in Gun Club, however there will be no to little boat access on Gun Club Marsh.  

Puddler, Bluewing and Pintail marshes are dry and will require some significant rainfall to put huntable water into these marshes.

Managers are holding water in Marsh Creek Marsh and are pumping into some off storage pools and into Buffalo Creek marsh. North Buffalo Creek marsh has approximately 10-18 inches of water, South Buffalo Creek marsh is has 8-12 inches of water except for the drainage channel which is deeper.  Managers will continue to slowly bring water levels up through the end of teal season to flood new food for big duck season. Access trails have been mowed to most of the off storage pools that will be pumped.  Scouting before your hunt is highly encouraged.  The downloadable map link below depicts the pools that will have water, along with highlighted access trails to those pools.

Hunting conditions

Habitat conditions are good to excellent in the off storage pools and in Buffalo Creek Marsh where the pumping has occured.  Managers have planted millet in some areas of Buffalo Creek South marsh and the marsh between Greenwing and Gun Club, this marsh has some water in it now but the millet will be flooded before the low plains early zone duck opener on October 7th. 

iSportsman is still in use.  Hunters are EXPECTED to check in and check out when they hunt the area.

This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.  We thank you for your patience.

REFUGE IS OPEN

Expected hunting success Poor until we receive some cooler weather. Hunters averaged 2.4 birds per hunter opening day and less than one bird per hunter since.  
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Waterfowl Seasons

Teal Season: September 9 - September 24

Low Plains Duck Early Zone: October 7 - December 3 & December 16 - 31

Canada Goose: October 28-29 & November 8 - February 18, 2018

White-Fronted Goose: October 28 - December 31 & January 27 - February 18, 2018 

Hunters are now required to check in using the electronic permitting system.

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

  1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.
  2. Provide hunter information.
  3. ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

Hunters need to make sure they have all the appropriate licenses and stamps for hunting waterfowl.  The following are required:

2017 Kansas hunting license

State waterfowl stamp

Federal waterfowl stamp

Kansas Harvest Information Program Stamp (HIP)

PUDDLER AND RINGNECK MARSHES ARE DESIGNATED FOR YOUTH AND MENTORS ONLY. EACH HUNTER 16 YEARS AND OLDER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ONE OR MORE YOUTH UNDER 16 YEARS OLD.

Marsh Creek Marsh is for non-gasoline powered boats only, this includes electric motor boats and boats with no motors. Gasoline engines are prohibited.

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

THE REFUGE IS CLOSED FROM OCTOBER 1 TO JANUARY 31 on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh.

Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!