Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers Between 1,000 and 3,000 ducks, depending on the hunting pressure. Mostly Teal and Wood Ducks with some Mallards and starting to see a few Pintails.  Birds are seeing a lot of pressure and are moving off of the area.  Hunters need to watch out for immature Wood Ducks that are mixed in with some of the flocks of Teal.
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

Inflows have almost stopped this week allowing Gun Club, Gamekeeper and Marsh Creek marshes to continue to drop slowly. There is good to fair moist soil in all wetlands.  Managers will be dropping the elevations to desirable levels for habitat and hunting this fall.  Managers will resume pumping Buffalo Creek Marshes next week.  Buffalo Creek North marsh has 12 to 18 inches of water, Buffalo Creek South marsh has 6 to 10 inches of water in the lower areas outside of the main drainage and have dropped slightly. Blue Wing Marsh is full, Puddler marsh has some sheet water and Pintail marsh has 10 to 12 inches of water. 

Gamekeeper Marsh water levels will be brought down slowly throughout the fall to prepare for upcoming enhancements and construction projects next spring.  The refuge will still be closed to hunting Oct. 1 - January 31, 2017.

Hunting conditions

Good. Birds are scattering around the area and off on private land with increased hunting pressure this week.  Hunters have averaged 2.3 teal per hunter in the last week.  There is a lot of water in and around the area from the recent wet weather.  There will be some deep areas in Gun Club and Marsh Creek Marshes. Hunters need to be careful.  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 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30.

Expected hunting success

Could be excellent as habitat goes. Teal migration will be the other part of the equation.  Teal numbers are expected to increase with more cool fronts. Hunters have averaged 2.6 birds per hunter since opening day.

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.

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:

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 :

  • 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!