|Waterfowl numbers||Light goose numbers are fluctuating daily. Anywhere from 1,000 to 30,000 are on the area, depending on the weather and migration.|
|Mallard Migration Rank||Current Rating - 1 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).|
|Water levels|| |
Managers have started spring draw-downs it should not affect the light goose use
Gamekeeper Marsh is full with an average water depth of 12 inches, Gun Club Marsh (a.k.a. Sportsman's Lake on Google Maps) has an average depth of 32 inches, Marsh Creek Marsh has deep water along the creek channel and shallower water along the flats and all the off channel storage pools have huntable water. Buffalo Creek Marshes have 6-18 inches of water and dropping, Pintail Marsh has mainly sheet water with several small, shallow pools. Puddler and Ringneck marshes are both dry.
|Hunting conditions|| |
Fair. The light geese are going in many different directions to feed in ag fields and return to the area mid day to rest. Hunters are encouraged to scout and make sure to ASK PERMISSION to hunt on (or shoot on to) private property. Just because a field is not posted, does not mean its open to hunting.
REFUGE IS OPEN TO HUNTING
|Expected hunting success|| |
Hunters will need to scout out areas birds are utilizing in order to be successful.
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:
Hunters need to make sure they have all the appropriate licenses and stamps for hunting waterfowl. The following are required:
2016 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 :
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!