Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

2,000 Snow Geese observed 3/7/18.

2,500 ducks, mostly Pintail and 50 dark geese  

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area.

Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 10 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

Managers released all of the water out of Marsh Creek in preparations for some work on the Marsh Creek Dam.  Water levels have dropped in Marsh Creek, Gun Club and Gamekeeper.  The off storage pools that were pumped during the fall of 2017 will continue to hold water.

Due to the extremely dry conditions this fall, most of the water that has been pumped has dropped significantly.  All of the areas pumped still offer good habitat and hunting opportunities.

North Buffalo Creek marsh is full and has approximately 8 - 14 inches of water, South Buffalo Creek marsh is 95% full and has 8-16 inches of water except for the drainage channel which is deeper.  Gun Club East has very little sheet water left but is freezing easily. Access trails have been mowed to most of the off storage pools that will be pumped. Greenwing Marsh and the Mitigation Marsh have been pumped and are holding at about 10 inches in depth and deeper in the channels.  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

The shallow water should attract some snow geese, however most of the birds that come through are staying for less than two days then moving on. 

Habitat conditions are good to excellent in the off storage pools and in Buffalo Creek Marsh where the pumping has occurred.  Managers have planted millet in some areas of Buffalo Creek South marsh and the marsh between Greenwing and Gun Club. 

REMINDER:  The light goose Conservation Order runs through April 30, 2018.

iSportsman is still in use.  Hunters are REQUIRED 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.

REFUGE IS OPEN

Expected hunting success Fair, depending on migrations and pressure. 
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

Light Goose Conservation Order: February 19 - April 30, 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.

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