|Waterfowl numbers||Some ducks. Mostly common mergansers, other divers, teal and mallards. 1,500 Canada and 500 white-fronted geese. Light goose numbers fluctuate daily with migration. 3,000 Thursday afternoon 2/23/17. Less than 30,000 Sunday 2/19/2017. Lower numbers in the morning but peak mid-day as the geese have been staying out all night and roosting on local water bodies. Largest fly-off around 4 PM daily.|
|Mallard Migration Ranking||Mallard Migration ranking = 2|
|Water level||Reservoir is at 1582.9 conservation pool (1582.6) or FULL. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal has stopped.|
|Hunting condition||Winter storm Quid was kind to northcentral Kansas ans southcentral Nebraska with the region receiving around a 0.25" of moisture. Private cropland fields open and only damp. On the reservoir, all boat ramps open. Water levels have been high all summer which has resulted in flooded aquatic vegetation surrounding the shorelines giving good concealment for hunters. These high reservoir levels mean the mudflats were not exposed for any length of time. No millet seeding occurred. Not much moist soil food on the reservoir.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair to Good for geese on private land. LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER OPEN. Low Plains Late Zone Duck and White-fronted Geese CLOSED. Canada, white-front and Light goose CLOSED. Poor on the reservoir as geese use the reservoir to loaf and roost. Most geese feeding on private land into Nebraska but some feeding occurring east of the reservoir. Hunting close to the reservoir on bad weather days can be productive. All private land hunting requires permission from the landowner. A lot of new birds. Success depends on whether new birds migrate in and stay or migrate out and leave. The LPLZ waterfowl season opened October 29 and ran through Jan 1, 2017 for the first segment. Last segment and White=fronted goose opened January 21. Duck season closes for the season on January 29. All goose closes February 12. Light goose Conservation order opens February 13.|
PLEASE DO NOT PICK-UP DEAD GEESE YOU FIND IN THE STATE PARK. IT IS ILLEGAL. THE STATE PARK IS NOT OPEN TO HUNTING. TO POSSESS A MIGRATORY BIRD ANYWHERE YOU MUST HAVE A VALID HUNTING LICENSE FOR THE STATE YOU ARE IN AND FOLLOW THE SEASON, BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS FOR THAT STATE. GEESE DIE FROM NATURAL CAUSES LIKE DISEASE, OTHER HEALTH ISSUES AND SOMETIMES FROM THE RIGORS OF MIGRATION. SOME OF THESE GEESE HAVE BEEN WOUNDED AND MAKE IT BACK TO THE ROOST ONLY TO SUCCUMB FROM THEIR WOUNDS. PARK AND WILDLIFE AREA STAFF MONITOR THE SHORELINES AND PERIODICALLY SAMPLE GEESE FOR SIGNS OF DISEASE. IF YOU SEE EVIDENCE OF ANY LARGE DIE-OFFS OF MIGRATORY BIRDS IN YOUR AREA PLEASE NOTIFY A KANSAS WILDLIFE AND PARKS OR NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS OFFICE OR EMPLOYEE. THANKS
PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE PARK. NEW REFUGE REGULATIONS:THE LAND REFUGE CLOSED TO HUNTING YEAR ROUND. CLOSED TO OTHER ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH MARCH 31. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH APRIL 15 on the NORTHEAST half of the reservoir and Wildlife Area from 1/8th mile west of the south end of the dam and following a buoy line northwest to the western boundary of the Cabin Area. No hunting from the park shoreline.. INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH APRIL 15. All boat ramps FROZEN. In the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area),Boat Ramps in the Wildlife Area, (Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek) do not require a permit. Camping cabins are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE
HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :
FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.
FREE DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTING ON THE AREA. ELECTRONIC PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE. REGISTER AT THE i-SPORTSMAN LINK ON THE KDWPT WEBSITE. Lovewell Wildlife Area has been requiring all hunters to register with our paper card, Hunter Survey System and this is still required but a new system called i-Sportsman is now in effect that allows hunters to check-in and check-out electronically with a PC, smartphone, any mobile device and even a rotary dial phone. Hunters are encouraged to pre-register for an account on-line and must do so from a PC, establish a password and PIN. This will really speed up the process over the card system. Follow this link to get registered. https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE LOVEWELL STATE PARK INFORMATION CENTER IN FRONT OF OR DIRECTLY WEST OF THE LOVEWELL OFFICE under the concrete shelter. If you can't get into iSportsman, please make an effort to completely fill out a daily hunt card. The information is valuable so please keep trying to check-in, even after the hunt.We do not want technical issues to prevent someone from hunting. If using the card system, the top portion of the two-part permit must be filled out and returned to the survey station prior to hunting and the bottom portion kept with the hunter to record hunting activity. After the hunt the bottom portion is also returned to the survey station where the permits will be collected and information recorded to assist managers with improving the area.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. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!