Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers 1,000 snow geese observed 3/16/2015
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 3  The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

All marshes are OPEN.

Gamekeeper marsh is one foot low.  Managers have started drawing marshes down for the growing season.  Gun Club Marsh average depth is around 12 - 18 inches, Buffalo Creek North marsh is around eight inches.  Marsh Creek Marsh is gaining some water and Buffalo Creek South Marsh is increasing with an average depth of 16 inches.

Hunting conditions

Light Geese are utilizing the area for roosting and loafing throughout the day.  They are feeding on local ag fields.  THE LPEZ DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED

The light goose conservation order opened  2/16/2015

REFUGE IS OPEN FOR HUNTING

Expected hunting success

Poor.  With the warm weather, the light geese numbers are fluctuating greatly from day to day.  Light goose numbers are decreasing.

Light geese numbers fluctuate day to day and are feeding on local ag fields throughout the area.   REMINDER - Hunters must have permission to hunt or shoot on ALL private land.  This includes properties that are enrolled in WIHA that closed on Jan. 31.

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THE REFUGE IS NOW OPEN
 - BOATING WILL BE DIFFICULT IN GAMEKEEPER MARSH SINCE IT IS OVER ONE FOOT LOW. EVEN HUNTERS WITH MUD MOTORS WILL HAVE DIFFICULTY NAVIGATING IN THIS MARSH
KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2014-2015 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 STILL 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!