|Waterfowl numbers||1,000 to 1,500 ducks, a good mix of early season migrants with a few Mallards included.|
|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|| |
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 have stopped pumping Buffalo Creek Marshes and have finished pumping some smaller marshes off of the Marsh Creek Channel. Buffalo Creek North marsh has 12 to 24 inches of water, Buffalo Creek South marsh has 12 to 18 inches of water in the lower areas outside of the main drainage and are rising. Blue Wing Marsh has sheet water, Puddler marsh has some sheet water and Pintail marsh has sheet 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|| |
iSportsman is back up and running like normal. The call-in system is still not up yet, however users can once again check in and out using their 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.
Excellent depending on the migration. Hunters averaged around 2 birds per hunter over the past week. 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 CLOSED UNTIL FEB. 1, 2017.
|Expected hunting success|| |
Could be excellent as habitat goes. Bird numbers will depend on migration and hunting pressure.
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!