Ducks

Duck

Most of the 27 species of ducks which frequent Kansas are produced in states and the Canadian provinces to the north. Although 14 species of ducks are known to have nested in Kansas, the major portion of the resident breeding population, estimated at about 20,000 pairs, is composed of wood ducks, blue-winged teal and mallards.

From 1984 through 2003 the total number of ducks reported during the 14 surveys conducted annually (two per month, September through March) on major waterfowl areas in Kansas varied from a high of 3,959,000 in 1998 to a low of 1,194,000 in 1991, and averaged approximately 2,081,000 annually. Generally speaking, duck numbers and harvest declined from levels experienced during the 1970’s, when an all time high of 10,015,000 ducks were reported during waterfowl surveys in 1972, and the average number observed each year (1970-79) was 5,820,000. This decline in Kansas duck numbers is largely due to loss of breeding habitat in Canada and states north of Kansas, aging of our reservoirs, and changing agricultural practices in our state.

Central Flyway

The five most common ducks observed during the 14 annual surveys in Kansas include the mallard, northern pintail, green-winged teal, gadwall and blue-winged teal. Kansas is about half way down the Central Flyway’s eastern tier of states, an area crossed by some of the major migration routes of ducks. Of the five most common ducks, blue-winged teal are the first to arrive, peaking in September and early October. The next major influx of migrants occurs in late October and early November. Northern pintail begin a major buildup in late October, with green-winged teal and gadwall arriving and peaking during the first half of November. Mallards are the last of the top five to arrive, peaking in late December. The mallard is king in our state, with numbers observed commonly reaching 300,000 during the second half of December.

Although the migration chronology of Kansas ducks varies considerably from year to year, depending on weather, there is usually a gradual increase in duck numbers beginning in late August and peaking during December or early January. While data summarized on a statewide basis may show a gradual buildup of ducks, the numbers observed on a particular wetland may have migration characteristics quite different from the “state average”. A common misconception is that there is a gradual movement of ducks, north to south, during the fall and early winter periods. However, a shallow marsh near the Oklahoma border may have peak numbers in late October while a reservoir near the Nebraska border may not see maximum numbers until late December. Within Kansas, the type of habitat has a greater influence on the timing and species composition of the duck migration than does the location.

Over the long term, the fall and winter populations of ducks in Kansas should roughly correlate with the breeding population index for these species. However, numbers observed are influenced by habitat conditions in our state. Even in years of high flyway populations, poor habitat conditions in Kansas will lower fall populations and harvest in Kansas. Conversely, in years of low flyway populations, good habitat conditions in Kansas will raise Kansas fall populations and harvest.

mallard pair

Mallards - photo Mike Blair

During the past six years (1999-2004), Kansas duck hunters averaged approximately 119,000 duck hunting days, and harvested about 228,000 ducks annually. The highest Kansas duck harvest reported occurred in 1971, when an estimated 430,000 ducks were taken. In recent years, mallards have comprised about 50 percent of the total harvest, followed by gadwall at about 14 percent, and green-winged teal at 12 percent.

The future of ducks, unlike geese, is troubling. The long term degradation and loss of wetlands and native prairie on their breeding grounds is a serious problem that is difficult to address. The combination of the agricultural Conservation Reserve Program and record breaking rainfall allowed breeding numbers to rebound during the 1990’s to levels similar to those observed during 1970’s. However, discontinuance of the Conservation Reserve Program, or a return to normal rainfall levels on the breeding grounds, will have severe negative impacts on duck production and fall flights. Federal and state agencies, along with a number of private organizations are working to maintain quality breeding habitat, but the task is difficult and far from being accomplished.

CURRENT WATERFOWL NUMBERS ON WILDLIFE AREAS

For weekly updates on waterfowl numbers on Wildlife Areas during the fall and winter period go to the regional waterfowl reports.

REGULATIONS

Waterfowl Hunting regulations are set annually. Click here to view the latest Kansas Hunting & Furharvesting Regulations Summary.

Youth Waterfowl Seasons: In each of the duck zones, two days are set aside for youth waterfowl hunting (ducks and dark geese). Hunters 15 and younger may hunt under the supervision of an adult 18 or older. The adult may NOT hunt.

Youth Season Daily Bag Limit: 6 (which may include no more than 1 canvasback; 2 scaup; 2 redhead; 2 pintails; 3 wood ducks; and 5 mallards(2 hens). All ducks, coots, mergansers, light geese and dark geese are legal to take.

Youth Season Possession Limit: Double the legal daily bag.

Legal Methods of Taking Waterfowl

Bow and arrow, falconry, or shotgun no larger than 10-guage. Shotguns shall not be able to hold more than three shells.

Illegal Methods of Taking Waterfowl

No person shall take migratory game birds:

1) With a shotgun capable of holding more than three (3) shells, in the magazine and chamber combined.

2) With a trap, snare, fishhook, net, rifle, pistol, shotgun slug, shotgun larger than 10 gauge, poison, drug, or explosive.

3) With the use or aid of electronically amplified or recorded bird calls, or imitations of bird calls or sounds.

4) From a sink box (a low floating device, having a depression affording the hunter means of concealment beneath the surface of the water).

5) From or by means of any motor boat or sail boat unless the motor has been completely shut off and/or the sail furled, and its progress from there has ceased.

6) By the use or aid of live decoys. All tame, captive ducks and geese must be removed 10 days before hunting.

7) By driving, rallying, or chasing birds with any motorized conveyance or any sail boat to put them in range of the hunters.

Wanton Waste

By regulation, hunters must attempt to find any game crippled or killed. Retrieved animals must be kept until: 1) cleaned, 2) eaten, 3) taken home, 4) taken to a taxidermist or processor, or 5) given to another person.

Possession of Live Birds

Wounded waterfowl reduced to possession shall be immediately killed and included in the daily bag.

Transporting Harvested Waterfowl

One fully-feathered wing and /or head must remain attached to waterfowl when transported.

Shipment

No person shall ship migratory game birds unless the package is marked on the outside with: 1) the name and address of the person sending the birds, 2) the name and address of the person to whom the birds are being sent, and 3) the number of birds, by species, contained in the package.

Giving or Receiving Waterfowl

No person may receive, possess, or give to another, any freshly killed migratory game birds as a gift, except at the personal abodes of the donor or donee, unless such birds have a tag attached, signed by the hunter who took the birds, stating the hunter’s address, the total number and species of birds, and the date such birds were taken.

Tagging Requirements

No person shall put or leave any migratory game birds at any place (other than at his personal abode), or in the custody of another person for picking, cleaning, processing, shipping, transportation, or storage (including temporary storage), or for the purpose of having taxidermy services performed, unless such birds have a tag attached, signed by the hunter, stating his address, the total number and species of birds, and the date such birds were killed. Migratory game birds being transported in any vehicle as the personal baggage of the possessor are not considered as being in storage or temporary storage.

Electronic or Mechanically Operated Decoys

The use of electronic or mechanically operated decoys that do not produce bird sounds is legal.

Waterfowl Baiting Regulations

Baiting regulations differ between doves and waterfowl, and are among the most troublesome for hunters to understand. For detailed information on waterfowl baiting go to http://www.le.fws.gov/HuntFish/waterfowl_baiting.htm

Some general baiting rules that waterfowl hunters should remember:

- They may not place, expose, deposit, distribute or scatter salt, grain or other feed that could lure waterfowl to, on or over the area where they are hunting.

- They may not hunt a baited area until 10 days after all bait or feed has been completely removed.

Hunters are responsible for ensuring that the area they plan on hunting has not been baited before they start hunting.

- Hunters may hunt all migratory game birds over natural vegetation that has been mowed or manipulated in other ways, or where seeds or grains have been scattered solely as a result of a normal agricultural planting or normal soil stabilization practice.

- Hunters may use natural vegetation to conceal or construct a blind.

- Hunters may hunt waterfowl over standing crops, standing flooded crops and flooded harvested cropland.

DUCK IDENTIFICATION

Duck regulations include species and sex specific restrictions. The ability of hunters to identify and select desired targets before shooting is important in managing the harvest and allowing maximum hunting opportunity without jeopardizing the future of our waterfowl resource. For help with duck identification go to  -- http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/tools/waterfwl/waterfwl.htm

POPULATION AND HARVEST DATA

A number of population and harvest surveys are conducted annually that are utilized in the development of waterfowl management programs and regulations. To view data for Kansas and the Central Flyway, go to http://www.flyways.us/

REPORTING BANDS

Information obtained from band recoveries reported by hunters and other individuals is, along with harvest and population data, critical to the management of our waterfowl resources. Information derived from banding includes the distribution of the harvest from a particular banding area, the timing of the harvest and most importantly, the harvest rate. This information is utilized annually in the development of harvest frameworks and final regulations. To report a band call 1/800/327/2263 or go to http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/homepage/call800.htm

THE FLYWAY PROCESS OF DEVELOPING REGULATIONS

Flyways

Since most ducks are migratory birds crossing state and national boundaries, regulations and management practices that affect their population numbers must extend beyond our state and include other agencies. Establishing waterfowl regulations is an annual process that can be roughly divided into two areas. The first involves the activities of the states and provinces, working through their respective Flyway Councils in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to develop season frameworks. “Frameworks” set the limit on maximum season length and bag limit, shooting hours, and the earliest opening and latest closing dates of the season for a particular species. This process of developing frameworks begins in December and doesn’t end until August.

Once the frameworks are established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has the ultimate authority for the welfare of our migratory bird resources, the states begin the second part of the annual regulatory process. This second phase involves developing and adopting season dates, bag limits and shooting hours specific to their jurisdiction. A state can always be more restrictive than allowed by the frameworks, but it cannot be more liberal. The primary consideration when developing frameworks is the long-term welfare of the species or resource. Although this consideration is still present when states develop their specific hunting regulations, greater emphasis is placed on providing the greatest amount of hunter opportunity and satisfaction within the limits of the frameworks.

The basis for a rangewide approach to duck management was provided by Fredrick Lincoln, who initiated the first large-scale banding in the United States in 1922. As Lincoln received bands from his ducks, he became convinced that waterfowl management would have to be tailored to the different migration routes. In 1935, he suggested that four flyways be established across the United States and that management regulations be tuned to the situations that prevailed in those flyways. Adoption of his proposal was slow, and it was not until 1948 that the Flyway system was implemented.

Kansas is located within the Central Flyway, which is composed of ten states including Montana and North Dakota to the north, extending south through Texas and New Mexico. Only that area of the West Tier states east of the Continental Divide is currently included within the Central Flyway boundaries. Although the basic responsibility for the management of waterfowl rests with the Federal Government, the states must be involved. In order to transcend state borders, the ten Central Flyway states have joined administratively and formed the Central Flyway Council. The directors of the state fish and game agencies of the flyway states, or their designated representatives, constitute the official voting members of the Council. Delegates from the Canadian provinces participate in Council activities, but do not vote on regulatory recommendations. The Council provides an excellent forum for communication and understanding the problems throughout the flyway and attacking these problems in a cooperative, scientific way. Much of the information needed for the management of ducks is continuously being obtained through banding, survey, and research efforts, planned and conducted by the Flyway Council and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Range Map
Ducks
License Information

All waterfowl hunters 16 and older must have a federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and all hunters who are required to obtain a hunting license must also have a Kansas State Waterfowl Stamp and a Kansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) stamp before hunting ducks, geese, or mergansers. (Those not required to have a Kansas hunting license include people hunting their own land, and residents 15 and younger)

NEW FOR 2016:  The 48 Hour Waterfowl hunt license is no longer available for KS waterfowl hunters, it has been replaced by the Annual Hunt License.

Annual Hunting License - All resident hunters age 16 through 74 must have a resident hunting license unless exempt by Kansas Law.  Nonresident hunters, regardless of age, must have a nonresident hunting license.  Annual hunting licenses can be purchased online by clicking here or through all licensed agents, or Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism offices.

Waterfowl Stamps and Licence - All Waterfowl stamps and licenses can be bought at any licensed Agent , Pratt Operations Office , or online, EXCEPT for the Federal Waterfowl Stamp which is bought at a US Post Office, KDWPT Regional and Park Offices, and select license agents.  All Waterfowl stamps are good through season.

  • Kansas HIP Stamp: $2.50
  • State Waterfowl Stamp: $10
  • Federal Waterfowl Stamp: $26.50 - Purchased at any KDWP office or at any US Post Office.

State stamps are available at any licensed agent, online , Pratt Operations Office or Regional office. Federal stamps are available at a US Post Office, Pratt Operations Office or Regional office . Federal stamps must be signed across the face of the stamp.

Waterfowl stamps are not required to hunt Coot, Dove, Rail, Snipe, Woodcock, or Sandhill Crane. HIP is required.

If hunting Sandhill Crane, in addition to a hunting license ( if required), a federal sandhill crane hunting permit issued through and validated by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is required to hunt cranes. Crane permits obtained in other states are not valid in Kansas. The validated permit ($7.50 validation fee) is available at any licensed agent , online , Pratt Operations Office , or Regional office .

All Kansas sandhill crane hunters must pass the "Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters" before obtaining a sandhill crane hunting permit.

"Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters." Click this link to take an online test that provides information about identifying whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, and look-alike species, as well as the hunter’s ability to choose safe shots. The test is both entertaining and informative and only takes a few minutes.

Regulations
115-18-08 (PDF - 58.99 kB)

Retrieval and possession of game animals and migratory game birds - Requirements

115-09-08 (PDF - 9.53 kB)

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.

115-25-19 (PDF - 11.59 kB)

Doves - Management Unit, Hunting Season, Shooting Hours, and Bag and Possession Limits

List of Ducks Recorded in Kansas

27 Species of Ducks Recorded in Kansas

Wood duck Aix sponsa
Green-Winged Teal Anas crecca
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Gadwall Anas strepera
Eurasian Wigeon Anas Penelope
American Wigeon Anas Americana
Canvasback Aythya valisineria
Redhead Aythya Americana
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Greater Scaup Aythya marila
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
Common Eider Somateria mollissima
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
Oldsquaw Clangula hyemalis
Black Scoter Melanitta nigra
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Barrow’s Goldeneye Bucephala islandica
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Waterfowl Reports

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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 1/19/2016 Print

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

3,000 Canada Geese and a few Light Geese

DUCK SEASON CLOSED

Mallard Migration Rank: 6  (1=worst 10=best)

Water level Reservoir is 24.8 ft. low.  Boat Ramps are iced but ice conditions change daily with wind.
Hunting conditions Fair. 40% ice cover. Changes Daily.
Expected hunting success Good.  Geese are flying out in all directions to feed on private land.
Comments
Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area is in the Low Plains Early Zone

Land Refuge Closed Sept. 1 thru Jan. 31.

Water Refuge Closed Nov.1 Thru Jan. 31.

Land in the North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting all year.

Youth/Mentor Hunting Areas are available. Check website or contact the Area Office for changes.

Contact Area Manager Kent Hensley at the Cedar Bluff Area Office for additional information 785-726-3212 or Email



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 2/11/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Canada geese - app. 30,000

Snow geese - app. 400,000

White-fronted geese - app. 7000

Mallard Migration Index (6)

Water level  1.2' below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Water level is stable.  20% ice cover and only 2 boat ramps are usable (1 in the State Park and the Boller ramp on the wildlife area).
Expected hunting success Good.  Goose numbers are increasing.  Waterfowl going out to feed on private crop fields.
Comments

Check Area News for updates.

Canada goose season open Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2015 and Nov. 4, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2016.

White-fronted goose season open Oct. 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 and Jan. 23 - Feb. 14, 2016.

Light goose season open Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2015 and Nov. 4, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2016.

Both Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31stThe refuges are open to the public until that time.

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is now located in the Granite Creek Refuge and is in effect from October 1 - January 31. Waterfowl hunting from the shoreline area is allowed in the Youth-Mentor Area as long as EACH adult is hunting with a youth 17 years or younger. Boats of any sort are prohibited in the Granite Creek Refuge.

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in Waconda Lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.



JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/29/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers 500 ducks are on the area, mostly Mallards.  About 300 Canada Geese are also on the area.  Numbers will change as the area freezes with the current forecast. The LPEZ duck season closes JANUARY 3.  Managers have been picking up a lot of trash left behind in the marshes.  Hunters MUST take their trash with them out of the marsh.  
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 1 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

The area is 99% ice covered and is expected to be 100% ice covered this week.  Birds are keeping several holes open throughout the area.   Hunters are encouraged to take precautions for deep water, especially with the ice on.

The area had a significant flood event during the first week of August.  This washed out all of the moist soil food production in Gun Club Marsh. However, the moist soil production in Buffalo Creek and Pintail Marshes remain excellent.  Due to the warm weather in September and early October, we have lost some water to evaporation and will need some timely rains to put water back on wetland areas still containing food.

Gamekeeper Marsh is full with an average water depth of 12 inches, Gun Club Marsh (a.k.a. Sportsman's Lake on Google Maps) has an average depth of 32 inches, Marsh Creek Marsh has deep water along the creek channel and shallower water along the flats and all the off channel storage pools have huntable water.  Buffalo Creek Marshes have 12 - 24 inches of water (hunters need to be cautious of the main drainage in Buffalo Creek South Marsh, this water is around four foot deep), Pintail Marsh has mainly sheet water with several small, shallow pools as a result of the August flooding.  Puddler and Ringneck marshes are both dry.  Managers will finish pumping some of the off channel storage pools along Marsh Creek by early next week.

Hunting conditions

Poor. Area 99% FROZEN. Bird numbers will fluctuate daily with all of the extra water in the area.  Ice cover and snow will play a major role in the bird numbers and activity this week.

REFUGE IS CLOSED

Expected hunting success

Poor

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:

  • 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!



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/26/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 5,500 ducks mostly mallards and some divers. 2,500 Canada geese, up to 15,000 light geese. Waterfowl are keeping several large areas open in the main lake.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 5
Water level Reservoir is at conservation pool (1582.6). Inflows (59.6 cfs) to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal. Outflows to the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District for irrigation ceased on 09/12/15). The reservoir levels will be constant for awhile as inflows from the Courtland Canal have ceased for the time being due to freezing conditions.
Hunting condition The reservoir is 95% frozen. At least 4 inches of ice. 9 inches in places. No boat ramps open.Water levels have pushed into the vegetation surrounding the shorelines giving good concealment for hunters. Reservoir levels have been high all summer and the mudflats were not exposed until earlier mid- August. No millet seeding occurred. Not much moist soil food on the reservoir. Lovewell Reservoir will go into winter at slightly below conservation pool. which is 1.5 foot higher than normal operating levels for winter to keep ice build-up off the dam face.
Expected hunting success Duck season reopened Saturday January 23, 2016. Fair to good to excellent for geese depending on the dail;y weather. Field conditions are snow coverd as we received over 6 inches of snow. Will be extremely muddy with the snow in the area once we get day/night time highs above freezing. Low food on the reservoir but plentiful crops on private cropland. Waterfowl will most likely use the reservoir as a loafing a roosting spot.
Comments

All Boat ramps FROZEN. In the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area),PARK PERMIT REQUIRED.Boat Ramps in the Wildlife Area, (Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek) do not require a permit.The LAND REFUGE CLOSED OCTOBER 1. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1, 2015 THROUGH JANUARY 31,2016. Camping cabins are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • HUNTERS USING BOATS MUST EXERCISE EXTRA CARE WHEN BOATING IN COLD WATER AND NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH KANSAS BOATING REGULATIONS
  • OBTAIN PERMISSION BEFORE HUNTING PRIVATE LAND. IF WRITTEN PERMISSION IS REQUIRED ALL HUNTERS IN THE PARTY MUST POSSESS WRITTEN PERMISSION.

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. 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. THE REFUGE IS CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER 1 TO JANUARY 31 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. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



NORTON - Last Updated: 12/30/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers 85,000 geese (mostly snows) and 6,500 ducks.       
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is currently 16.2 feet below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Ice locked with the exception of open water in the refuge. 
Expected hunting success Good.  Water level is nearly the same as last fall.  Good shoreline plant growth should provide places for hunters to hide this waterfowl season.   
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

Blinds may be used and must be constructed of natural herbaceous materials or woody debris that are present on the site.  Blinds constructed of non-natural materials must be removed from the property each day.  Please do not bring materials from off-site. 

REFUGE IS NOW CLOSED THROUGH JANUARY. 

 

Regular Duck Season:  October 10, 2015 - January 4, 2016 AND January 23-31, 2016.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 1/27/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 3000 Mallards; 4500 Canadas, 2000 light geese.
Water level 0.5 ft below conservation pool
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 8

This Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak mallard numbers).

Click here to learn more about the Mallard Migration Rank.

Hunting conditions Waterfowl concentrated on pockets of open water on main body of lake and going out to feed on private lands.
   
Comments

Remember the refuge area on the northwest part of the lake is closed SEPT 1- JAN 31 to hunting except by Special Hunt permit.

To track this year's waterfowl migration and post your hunting results visit Ducks Unlimited's Waterfowl Migration Map by clicking the link below:

DU Migration Map



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 2/3/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

5,000 ducks, primary mallards,  60,000 snow geese, and 5,000 Canada geese. 

Mallard Migration Rank 2 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level 22.0 feet below conservation level.
Hunting conditions No flooded vegetation with low water level. Exposed shorelines and mudflats will attract migrants. The area from the southeast corner of the reservoir west to 9 Road is designated as "No Motorized Boats" and is intended for use by walk-in hunters. Exposed mudflats will provide loafing areas.
Expected hunting success Fair to good.  Possibilities exist for hunting on the ice along the shoreline.  Field hunting of waterfowl may exist on south side of reservoir and on nearby WIHA. 
Comments

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

The Refuge on the water ends on Jan. 31.  However, hunting in or from  the shoreline inside the State Park or along the face of the dam is prohibited. 

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season Is CLOSED

Oct 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 AND Jan. 23-31, 2016    NOTE:  Duck season is CLOSED North of Highway 24. 

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2015 And Nov. 4, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2016 

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  Oct. 31 - Jan. 3, 2016 And Jan. 23 - Feb. 14, 2016 

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 2015 and Nov. 4, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2016

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 15 - April 30, 2016

ICE CONDITIONS:

The reservoir is nearly clear of ice but some ice remains along shorelines and in shallow coves.  Boat ramps are open. 

 

 2015 - 2016 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 1/28/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1000 mallards; 600 divers, mostly goldeneye and common merganser.  3000 Canada geese
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 4

The Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak Mallard Numbers)

Click here to learn more about the Mallard Migration Rank.

Water level Over 10 ft below conservation pool.  record low elevation
Hunting conditions Most waterfowl on main body and in coves from Dam to Pelican Point and Dam to Lucas Park.  A few birds observed near Minooka Park and no birds further west.  Very little ice as of Friday; Spillway boat ramp is accessible.  Some success from State Park Cove to Deer Run Cove on south side.
Expected hunting success Good.
Comments

Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramps are NOT OPEN due to low water conditions

Refuge CLOSED SEPT 1 through JAN 31

Contact Corps of Engineers at 785-658-2551 for hunting restrictions around Minooka, Lucas and Sylvan Parks

Contact Wilson State Park at 785-658-2465 ext. 1 for hunting restrictions around Hell Creek & Otoe Parks

To track the 2015-2016 waterfowl migration and post your hunting results visit Ducks Unlimited's Migration Map by clicking the link below:

Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Migration Map



This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/20/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

100 Mallards 

Mallard Migration Rank: 1 (Estimate of potential mallard nunbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest) 

Water level

All pumps are running to create open water for remaining season.

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. The application and drawing will take place online only in 2014. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

Hunting conditions Started pumping to create open water because of low temperatures.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments Few ducks and geese using the area at this time.



CLINTON - Last Updated: 1/29/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers
Waterfowl numbers have dropped significantly. The majority of ducks are on the refuge or on the lake. There are a few mallards and pintails and some hooded mergansers and other diving ducks. Small groups have been seen in crop fields and on the river in open water.

Very good numbers of Canada geese are around the wildlife area on open ag. fields. 

Mallard Index (8 - 10) = 4

Lake level 875.51 (at pool) 
Hunting conditions
Elk marsh is mostly open and coblentz is mostly iced up. Lake is mostly open.
Expected hunting success Success is expected to be low due to lower numbers of waterfowl.
Comments

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To register, please go to  https://kdwpt.isportsman.net. This will be mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters. The card survey stations have been removed. Plan ahead and sign up for I-sportsman now.  

Please remember that trapping is also allowed on the Wildlife Area.



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 2/10/2016 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Good numbers and good diversity of waterfowl. Mallard, pintail, goldeneye are abundant. Hooded and common merganser, bufflehead, and Canada goose are also present.
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Nearly full. Excellent forage plants (smartweed, arrowhead, duckweed)

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Drained for repairs.

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Half full. Excellent forage plants (millet and smartweed)

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Full. Excellent forage plants (millet and smartweed)

Hillsdale Lake - 5% Frozen. About 1.5 feet below normal pool (See Army Corps Daily Report). Mud flats exposed near the waterfowl refuge.

Comments   



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 2/3/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Geese: approximately 10,000 snow geese and 100 Canada geese
Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor for ducks and geese
Comments

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

Aux- Lake will be OPEN to waterfowl hunting on November 1st.

Individuals wishing to hunt Unit #2 of the wildlife area must enter through the main gate and sign in at the guard house. Be sure to have a photo I.D. with you when checking in.

Hunters are required to drive maintained roads only. A map will be provided to all hunters showing open roads as well as parking areas. Vehicles are allowed to park in parking areas only.



MILFORD WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/28/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Late Duck Season is open January 23rd-31st.

Approximately 500 ducks and 300 geese were seen on the survey this week on the wetlands and the main lake.  The majority of the wetlands and lake are iced over as well as the majority of the river, including boat ramps.

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the numbers of waterfowl on the area.

Lake level Current Level is 1142.49 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 200 CFS. The inflow into the lake is ICE EFFECTED.
Hunting conditions

Due to frequent river flooding and high lake levels throughout the growing season, the vegetation and seed production has been significantly reduced.  

No activites/hunting allowed in the Steve Lloyd Wetland/Refuge.

Motorized boats are only allowed in Mall Creek wetland, electric motors are considered "motorized". All other public hunting wetlands are open to NON motorized boats and walk in hunting.

The West Broughton Youth/Mentor Area looks excellent this year due to the installation of a new wetland pump.

Beichter, Martin, Quimby, Zach Hudec, Upper and Lower smith have been pumped but pumps were removed following the flood on Dec 13th.  Beichter/Martin, Youth Area and Upper Smith be pumped for late duck season if conditions are desirable.

Expected hunting success Fair.  Few birds in the area but some duck hunters have had some success. 
Comments

Do NOT drive on dikes. Vehicles disrupt and discourage waterfowl from using the wetland areas. We have had several dikes being damaged due to unauthorized vehicles driving on them. Scouting is best done on foot to evaluate bird numbers and habitat conditions.

Please report any vehicles on dikes and anyone seen disturbing our pumps. Without the pumps in optimal condition we are unable to pump the wetlands to their greatest potential.

Remember - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Milford Wildlife Area. Hunters can register and check in using the new I-sportsman system from any rotary phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.



PERRY - Last Updated: 2/2/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 2/02/16, a large number of Mallards and Pintails have moved into the area with the recent warmer weather. Also, good numbers of dark geese are still around and spreading out now with most waters opened back up that were previously frozen. The Delaware River and Perry Lake are both back open with very little ice coverage now.
Kyle West water level picked up significantly and launching of smaller flat bottom boats with surface drive engines appears possible at this time. Use caution when dropping into this unit as it will still have some shallow spots out from the ramp before you hit deeper water further into the unit.  
 
Mallard Migration Rank = 9 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 0.3 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
All pumping is completed for this season. 

We are currently in the process of working with Ducks Unlimited to apply for a grant to build a Marsh Pump to pump NorthWest and Reichart marshes. We have put some money together from local donors to aid in this project. If you are interested in helping with this project call the Wildlife Area office at (785) 945-6615.

Expected hunting success Fair
Comments
Due to late flood events early this summer, we were unable to do much work within most wetlands. Most wetlands are relying on natural vegetation only which was also affected by the late flooding. 
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools.  Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.

Kyle: Kyle Marsh East was drained this spring but did not dry all the way out. Quality vegetation growth is primarily in the east pool with some American Lotus beginning to show up along the dike. East- HCR-7 with mostly natural vegetation grew in the East Unit and some Browntop Millet being spread. Kyle West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source.

You can launch boats into Kyle East currently, however Kyle West is still too low.

West River: An abundance of moist soil plants are growing and areas of mud flats were sown to Browntop Millet and a Sorghum mix. North- HCR-6, South- HCR-6.

Upper Ferguson: Water was held after the flooding leading to fair moist soil vegetation growth with some American Lotus beginning to show up. HCR-6. 

Lassister: West Lassiter pool was drained this spring and worked for corn planting however do to the flooding the corn did not survive.  However, the vegetation response was good. Some water was held in the East unit after the flood, East- HCR-7. West- HCR-7 with some Sorghum mix planted. 

Northwest: Planting corn was also attempted in this unit and failed due to flooding. The East structure is currently still removed and will be installed soon. HCR-7 with some Browntop Millet spread in areas.  

Headquarters: Water was held this spring and the natural vegetation growth has been good. HCR-7.

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was held this summer. Vegetation growth has been fair. HCR-6.

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been good this summer with some browntop millet spread. HCR-8.

Reichart: Reichart marsh had water held in the NW unit and the vegetation growth was fair. Water was drained out of the SW and E units and vegetation growth was good. HCR-7. 

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.

Perry WA is transitioning to a new daily permit system called iSportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Perry WA. Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

   



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/28/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1000 ducks  150 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 1

Water level The lake is currently at 1073 and dropping. 
Hunting conditions Most of the water is frozen on the wildlife area, there are a few areas of open water in the Blue River but access is limited.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Black Vermillion and Olsburg marshes and can be found at the parking lots adjacent to each marsh. Please complete this survey. The data collected from this permit/survey supplies the Manager with valuable comments and harvest information to better manage the area.



This is a collection of all the Southwest Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 2/9/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

We estimate 10,000 to 20,000 ducks on the Area.   Mostly mallard and pintail.   Total goose numbers are estimated to be 25,000 to 50,000 now on the Area. However, duck and goose numbers vary greatly day to day.

Mallard Migration Rank: 9 (subjective estimate of potential mallard numbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest).

Water level Pools 1A, 1B and 1C each are at 12.5 inches. Pool 2 is near 13.5 inches, Pools 3A is about 7 inches, 3B is dry except for trapped rain water, 4A is about 10 inches, 4B is near 13.5 inches and Pool 5 has only trapped water. 
Hunting conditions We are currently 5 to 10% ice covered. We will likely open up some more this week. Cattail have expanded in area.  Pool 3B will likely remain dry through the winter to allow for cattail control work this winter and next spring.  Pool 3A will be managed as a primitive hunting pool and closed to motorized watercraft.  
Expected hunting success For January 1 thru 7 waterfowl hunters averaged about 0.3 goose per hunt.  The few hunters that have been out since then average less than 1 goose per hunt. Duck season is closed on Cheyenne Bottoms. This information is gathered from the Daily Hunt Permits provided by hunters using the card system and iSportsman.
Comments

Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system.  This will eventually replace the paper permits.

 KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2015-2016 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 CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx

PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSEIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.



ISABEL - Last Updated: 2/5/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers No geese observed 2/4.  50% ice covered.
Water level The pool along Hwy. 42 is approximately 50% full.  The main lake is full and consists of open water (approx. 4-5 feet deep) with vegetation along the edges. The pool south of the main lake has some water, and the pool to the east of that is nearly full. 
Hunting conditions Regular duck season (Low Plains Late Zone) is Oct. 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 and Jan. 23-31, 2016.
Expected hunting success 50% ice covered.
Comments

Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system being introduced this year.  This will eventually replace the paper permits.

KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2015-2016 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.

PAPER PERMITS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT ISABEL WETLANDS. iSportsman WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY ON THIS AREA IN 2015-2016.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 12/30/2015 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 12/30.  100% ice covered
Water level Pool 1 is full with mowed and disced openings.  Pool 2 is full with thick vegetation.  Pool 3B is full.  Pool 3D is full.  Pools 4, 5, 6, and 7 are full.  Pool 8 is nearly dry.  There is also water north and west of pool 6.  Pool 9 is full.
Hunting conditions Regular duck season is Oct. 10 - Dec. 6, 2015 and Dec. 19, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016.
Expected hunting success 100% ice covered.
Comments

KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2015-2016 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.

PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT SOME OF THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.



This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 1/29/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Duck numbers are fluctuating around 200 for the entire wildlife area.  Goose numbers change by the minute from 0-500 as they come and go. All water is open.
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  All of the marshes north and west of the lake are full.  Two of the three marshes south of highway 54 are full.  Most ponds are full or filling.  1/29 found the lake, marshes and ponds open. 
Hunting conditions   WARNING-New rip rap has been added to the Kingman State Lake dam and until the metal has been removed, it poses a hazard to hunters, fishermen, and their dogs. Marshes have excellent food plants available once they get flooded. 
Expected hunting success Success will be limited unless birds move in in front of this coming storm.
Comments The hunting permits required for the past several years have been eliminated. Hunters do not need a daily permit to hunt.



CHENEY - Last Updated: 2/5/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Canada 212, golden eye 88, Mallard 2, Merganser 21, Scaup 1, Buffle Head
Water level  above Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 2/11/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 60 Canada geese and 1,500 ducks (primarily merganser and goldeneye with a few mallards) observed on 2/11.               
Water levels 0.50' feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 2/11.
Hunting conditions Lake approximately 1% ice covered on 2/11.  Ice present in shallows and wind protected areas.  Abundant precipitation throughout the month of May caused significant lake flooding (12.6' above conservation elevation) that persisted until early August.  Food producing vegetation could not become established on lake fringes because of the flood and late dewatering.  As such, few food resources will be available for waterfowl this season.  
Expected hunting success  Poor.   
Comments Low Plains Late Duck Zone season is CLOSED.  Canada goose season is open through Feb. 14.       



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 2/4/2016 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks: Approximately 1,200 ducks - mostly mallard, goldeneye, and merganser.  

Geese:  Approximately 500 Canada Geese. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 1

Water level Lake is at 1338.64' as of 02/04 (conservation pool 1339.0')
Hunting conditions

Poor/Fair.  The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake.

Duck Hunting in the Low Plains Southeast Zone is Closed for the 2015-2016 Season. 

 

Expected hunting success Fair.  Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily.
Comments

Teal Season - (Low Plains) Sept. 12-27, 2015

NOTE: El Dorado is located within the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Youth Season - Nov. 7-8, 2015

Regular Season - Nov. 14, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 AND Jan. 9-31, 2016

Canada Geese - Oct. 31, 2015 - Nov. 1, 2015 AND Nov. 4 - Feb. 14, 2016

White-Fronted Geese - Oct. 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 AND Jan. 23 - Feb. 14, 2016

Light Geese - Oct. 31, - Nov. 1, 2015 AND Nov. 4 - Feb. 14, 2016



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/27/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 80 ducks using the river at this time.  There are some geese flying around the area in the mornings and evenings.
Mallard Migration Rank=10 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Fair/Good
Expected hunting success Fair/Good
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 12-27, 2015

Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:18

Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

Season: November 14 - January 3, 2016 AND January 9-31, 2016

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 2/5/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 13,000 - 15,000 geese were observed on the property 05 February 2016. Goose numbers fluctuate greatly throughout the day. The majority of the geese are snows, but there are also good numbers of Canadas and white-fronts.
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 7

This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers).

Water levels Due to the abundant fall moisture, water levels are excellent across the area.  As of 11am on 29 January, the marshes were approximately 50% frozen.  
Hunting conditions Moist soil vegetation was good to exceptional across the area.  Pondweed, annual smartweed, and barnyard grass production were exceptional this year.
Expected hunting success Fair to good, depending on weather conditions. 
Comments

The Low Plains Early Zone duck season at McPherson Valley Wetlands is NOW CLOSED FOR THE YEAR.  A total harvest of 2,706 ducks has been reported thus far; however, this number will increase a little as the last few hunters check out of i-Sportsman.

REFUGE AREAS:   THE NORTH AND SOUTH REFUGE AREAS IN THE BIG BASIN ARE OFF-LIMITS TO ALL ACTIVITIES, AND THIS INCLUDES DUCK HUNTING.  THERE IS NO HUNTING OR PUBLIC ACCESS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED IN THE REFUGES!!

PLEASE CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT WITH EITHER THE i-SPORTSMAN PROGRAM OR PAPER DAILY PERMITS!  PLEASE DO NOT USE BOTH. 

MPWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

ATTENTION ALL HUNTERS:

In preparation for the transition from paper hunt permits to i-Sportsman, there has been a reduction in the number of daily hunt permit stations (also known as “Iron Rangers”) on the property.  Historically there have been ten daily hunt permit stations on the property; however, this year there will be five.  The locations of these five permit stations are listed below.

Big Basin Marshes:

#1 – South off Mohawk Road on the driveway going to the Area Headquarters / Office

#2 – Pools 1 and 14 parking lot, at the east end of Limestone Road off 8th Avenue

Chain of Lakes Marshes:

#3 – Just south of the intersection of 9th Avenue and Frontier Road, on the west side of the unit

Little Sinkhole Marshes:

#4 – 10th Avenue, between Arapaho and Buckskin roads, at the sunflower field

#5 – Just north of the intersection of 9th Avenue and Arrowhead Road

 

Please plan ahead and register for i-Sportsman prior to hunting McPherson Valley Wetlands, or plan on obtaining a daily hunt permit at one of the five functional permit stations listed above.   

 

ALSO, BE AWARE THAT HALF OF THE PARKING LOT AT POOLS 8 – 12, IN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE LITTLE SINKHOLE MARSHES, IS UNDER WATER.  PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE OR PARK VEHICLES IN THE WATER.  THANKS!

The Little Sinkhole/Farland Lake marsh unit is included in the EARLY low-plains duck zone (as is the rest of MPWL).

All shotgun hunters at McPherson Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 1/27/2016 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 75 ducks on the area at this time.  Mostly mallards and pintails.  All pools are open.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:10

 This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water
 level
All pools have water in them.
Hunting conditions Fair/Good
Expected hunting success Fair/Good
Comments

SCWL is using a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at SCWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 12-27, 2015
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 31, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016 AND Jan. 23-31, 2016
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

Also, all shotgun hunters at Slate Creek Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

 Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgment before entering these roadways.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620)-876-5730. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics.



MARION - Last Updated: 2/10/2016 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 650 Mallard, 1,100 Goldeneye, 150 Canada geese, with a few white-fronted mixed in, and 8,000 light geese were in the area on 2/10.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=5 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is currently 1350.85 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels have been near or above conservation pool for most of the year with an extended period of high water levels this summer. Moist soil plants like smart weed and barnyard grass are prominent around the reservoir with large patches of smart weed on the north end just west of the causeway bridge. 0% Ice coverage.
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments Remember the Reservoir now has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on. Peak numbers of Bald Eagle can be seen around the reservoir at this time.



This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Duck Season is now Closed.  Relatively few geese in the area.
Water level Reservoir is 0.6' above conservation pool.    Marsh at 54 hwy is full. 
Hunting conditions Reservoir is open.    Marsh at 54 hwy is open.     
Expected hunting success Poor - Fair. 
Comments Counts are done on a weekly basis and information will be posted immediately following counts. For other info. call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 1/29/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 8000 mallards, a few teal and gadwall.  Ramps are open at state park.  10,000 Snows.  A few flocks of Canada Geese also using area farm ponds and a handful on the marshes.
Water level Reservoir about to pool.   
Hunting conditions The big marshes west of Elk City are full.  Ducks spreading out to area farm ponds and sloughs.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good.
Comments For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Duck Season is now Closed.  No geese seen on the Reservoir today.   Good numbers of Geese using crop fields and ponds off of the Wildlife Area near Eureka. 
Water level 0.7' above conservation pool.   
Hunting conditions Reservoir is mostly open with ice in the upper end and shallower coves.  Ice should continue to dissipate if weather forecast remains accurate.   Fredonia Bay Boat Ramp is open. 
Expected hunting success Poor - Fair.
Comments Counts are conducted on a weekly basis and information is posted immediately following counts. For other questions call: 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/20/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 300 Mallards- 150 Geese
Water level

Current Level: 1041.31

Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0

Hunting conditions    Iced up.  Ice is 1"- 1 1/2" thick at COE boat ramp east side of dam.  Reservoir is aprox. 99% completely iced over.  Few ducks keeping a few holes open out in middle of lake.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 1/28/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Few ducks, but numbers changing with ice conditions.  A couple thousand geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 2.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels Hunting units have good to excellent water.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Good.  For more habitat info go to MDCWA and click on the "News" icon. Marshes are still >98% frozen this morning.  Ice at the Unit F boat ramp is still 1" thick and fairly solid at 8:00 a.m.  Ice is generally getting thinner and weaker each day.  With predicted temperatures and sunny days, we should see some open water this afternoon and considerable open water (possibly ice-free) by the weekend.
Hunting success Mon - Mon (Jan. 18-25):  13 ducks / 31 hunters = 0.4 success.  Season:  4,498 ducks / 3,323 hunters = 1.4 success.  Season goose: 56.
Comments

All hunters must check in daily using iSportsman electronic check-in from a PC, smartphone, or by phone before hunting and check out at the end of the hunt regardless of harvest.  Please remember to fill out the check-out report with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.  Go to:

https://kdwpt.isportsman.net

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.  Boats must have sufficient PFDs for occupants.

Go to MDCWA and click the "News" icon near the top for more information on waterfowl habitat.  Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 2/4/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately one thousand mallards and geese seen on and flying around the wildlife area. Goldeneye, Bufflehead, scaup, and mergansers were also observed on this weeks survey.
Water level Lake level 1033.11; Conservation pool = 1036.
Hunting conditions The very little ice cover in the marshes. Ducks and geese are around anywhere there is some open water. Plenty of waterfowl observed on open water and in crop fields.
Expected hunting success Good
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All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/    For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Rd.

Refuge Area is CLOSED Oct. 1st through Jan. 15th



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 2/2/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 10,000 mainly mallards and divers   
Mallard Migration Rank

MMR=4

0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level Area currently is being dewatered about 6" to provide better foraging conditions for migrating birds this spring.                
Hunting conditions Good.    
Expected hunting success

Goose hunting opportunities are fair.  

Totals for the year were hunters 3188, harvest 5432 ducks for a 1.7 BPH average.  If you wonder how this ranks out over the past 30 years it was 14th in harvest, 17th in hunter #'s and 11th in BPH average.   We still have over 100 folks that have not checked out on the isportsman page.  If you are one of those people we would greatly appreciate your cooperation in getting checked out so we can get the final data tallied up.  Thanks so much for your cooperation and support in transitioning into this new system!!!  This information is very valuable in making management decisions and generating funding for future projects.   

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DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED

If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks

Neosho WA is transitioning to a new daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunitng to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.

For additional area news please visit the area website at: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/26/2014 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1500 ducks, 
Water level Lake is 972.41 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success Fair
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The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.



2015 Mallard Migration Model