Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers 1,500 - 2,500 ducks were observed on 8/31.  Mostly Blue Winged Teal but there were a lot of big ducks observed as well, including Mallard, Wood Duck and Pintail
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

The area had a significant flood event during the first week of August.  This washed out all of the moist soil food production in Gun Club Marsh.  However, the moist soil production in Buffalo Creek and Pintail Marshes remain excellent.  Due to the flooding, managers were unable to mow open holes in these marshes, therefore hunters are encouraged to scout prior to hunting.

Gamekeeper Marsh is full with an average water depth of 12 inches, Gun Club Marsh has an average depth of 20 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 12 - 18 inches of water (hunters need to be cautious of the main drainage in Buffalo Creek South Marsh, this water is around four foot deep), Pintail Marsh has mainly sheet water with several small, shallow pools as a result of the August flooding.  Puddler and Ringneck marshes are both dry.

Hunting conditions

Good, with significant water and good food still growing throughout all the marshes, hunters will have be able to spread out.  Flights of teal are expected with each cool front from now on.

REFUGE IS OPEN FOR HUNTING

Expected hunting success

Good

Hunters will need to scout out areas birds are utilizing in order to be successful.

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

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

KDWPT IS CONTINUING WITH THE ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2015-2016 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

  

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

- 2015 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!