Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters and Other Sandhill Crane Information

To buy your Sandhill Crane permit, CLICK HERE.

General Information

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane - photo by Mike Blair, KDWP

Sandhill cranes have been hunted in Kansas since 1993 and in the Central Flyway since 1961. Hunting is permitted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in nine of the 10 states in the Central Flyway. Although crane hunting is opposed by some people, crane hunting is done on a sustainable basis under a population management plan approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Sport hunting also is justified for maintaining reasonable distributions of sandhill cranes. If concentrations become too high in some areas, crop depredation can occur and risk of disease to cranes increases. Crane hunting is extremely challenging because cranes are very wary and crane meat is considered excellent table fare, probably the best of all migratory game birds.

The sandhill cranes that migrate through Kansas, and sometimes winter here, are part of the Mid-continent Population. This population is one of nine in North America and by far the largest with about 500,000 birds. The next largest populations number about 20-25,000 birds.

Sandhill Crane Units

Hunting regulations have been formulated and contingency plans utilized to minimize the chance of endangered whooping cranes being accidentally shot by sandhill crane hunters. Although sandhill cranes start concentrating in huntable numbers during late October, the start of the hunting season was delayed to the Wednesday following the first Saturday in November to allow most of the whooping cranes to migrate through the state. Shooting hours for sandhill cranes begin at sunrise rather than one-half hour before sunrise to minimize the chance of a sandhill crane hunter mistakenly shooting a whooping crane due to low light conditions. (Kansas is the only state in the Central Flyway to have delayed shooting hours to protect whooping cranes.) The federal-state, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, and Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area contingency plans provide guidance as to what actions to take if whooping cranes are present during hunting seasons.

Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane - photo by Mike Blair, KDWP

Sandhill crane and waterfowl hunters need to be aware that whooping cranes are occurring more frequently in Kansas, especially in the Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira areas, and be able to identify whooping cranes. Whooping cranes and sandhill cranes are similar in size and shape, but whooping cranes are white with black wing tips. The penalty for shooting a whooping crane is a fine of up to $100,000 and/or up to one year in prison. For more information, go to:

Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters - This test is mandatory for all sandhill crane hunters. The test is 378k in size and will take a few minutes to download if you have a modem. Flash 6 is required, which most computers have. If yours doesn't, then you will be asked to download Flash 6.

Whooping Crane Brochure - Information on whooping cranes and how to distinguish them from species that look similar to them.

USFWS Information for Waterfowl and Sandhill Crane Hunters - The purpose of this web site is to provide waterfowl and sandhill crane hunters with information that will reduce the likelihood of shooting illegally at migratory birds that may look like sandhill cranes, but for which there is no open season and are protected by Federal law.

Range Map
Sandhill Crane
Season Information
Current Seasons
Ducks - High Plains Unit - First Segment

Dates: 10/08/2016 - 01/01/2017

  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
    Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, two pintails, three wood ducks, three scaup and five mallards (only two of which may be hens). The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

Ducks - Low Plains Late Zone - First Segment

Dates: 10/29/2016 - 01/01/2017

  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
    Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, two pintails, three wood ducks, three scaup and five mallards (only two of which may be hens). The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

Sandhill Crane Season - Sandhill Crane Unit

Dates: 11/09/2016 - 01/05/2017

  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 6

Ducks - Low Plains Southeast Zone - First Segment

Dates: 11/12/2016 - 01/01/2017

  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
    Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, two pintails, three wood ducks, three scaup and five mallards (only two of which may be hens). The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

Upcoming Seasons
Ducks - Low Plains Southeast Zone - Second Segment

Dates: 01/07/2017 - 01/29/2017

  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
    Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, two pintails, three wood ducks, three scaup and five mallards (only two of which may be hens). The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

Ducks - High Plains Unit - Secomd Segment

Dates: 01/20/2017 - 01/29/2017

  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
    Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, two pintails, three wood ducks, three scaup and five mallards (only two of which may be hens). The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

License Information

All waterfowl hunters 16 and older must have a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Waterfowl 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

115-25-20 (PDF - 11.77 kB)

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

Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters and Other Information

Other Information

Sandhill Crane Test

Whooping Crane Brochure - Information on whooping cranes and how to distinguish them from species that are similar in appearance.

http://migratorybirds.fws.gov/issues/SandhillCrane/SandhillCraneHunters.htm.

Waterfowl Reports

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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 12/5/2016 Print

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

7000 ducks. including 5000 mallards. 2000 Geese.

Cedar Bluff Reservoir and Wildlife Area are now in the Low Plains Late Zone.

Season Dates are Oct.29-Jan.1 and Jan 21-29.

Mallard Migration 4  (1= low 10= high)

Mallard Index: 0=no mallards, 1=very few mallards, 3=few mallards, 5=moderate numbers of mallards, 7=good numbers of mallards, 10=peak numbers of mallards

Water level Reservoir is 24.8 ft. low.
Hunting conditions

Very little flooded vegetation. Ice coverage at west end and back of coves.

Ice Index:  2

Ice Index: 1= little to no ice, 2= shallow water and small basins ice-covered, 3= nearly or all frozen

Expected hunting success Fair - Walking trails have been mowed at the west end near Duck Flats and Warbuck west of the Bluffs.
Comments
Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area is in the Low Plains Late 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: 11/30/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Approximately 3000 puddle ducks (mallards, widgeon, teal, gadwall, shovelers, and pintails)

2500 divers (redheads, ringnecks, ruddy ducks, scaup, and buffleheads)

Canada geese (1500), Whitefronts (150), and Light geese (8500)

Mallard Migration Index (2)

Water level  .9 foot above conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Lots of flooded vegetation for birds to feed and hide in.
Expected hunting success Fair, with high water much of the area should be attractive for waterfowl.  Not much for migration, except for snow geese.
Comments

Low Plains Early Duck Zone open Oct. 8 - Dec. 4, 2016.  Reopens Dec. 17, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  This zone includes the area north of Hwy 24.  Parts of the area north of Hwy 24 includes Granite Creek and Oak Creek.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.  This zone includes the rest of the area south of Hwy 24.

Canada geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.

White-fronted geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.

Light geese open Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017.

Check Area News for updates.

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: 12/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1,000 to 1,500 ducks.  Mostly Mallard. 300 Canada Geese.  LPEZ duck season is closing for the split after Sunday, Dec. 4. It will open back up December 17 and remain open thru January 1, 2017.
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

We are starting to see some ice the past few mornings.  The refuge is 90% ice covered and the birds are keeping a several large holes open.  Gun Club marsh has minimal ice, Buffalo Creek Marshes have been almost 100% skim ice in the mornings and opening up by early afternoon. There is good to fair moist soil in all wetlands. Due to the warm weather, managers plan to pump more water into Buffalo Creek South Marsh next week to replace what was lost from evaporation.  Buffalo Creek North marsh has 12 to 24 inches of water, Buffalo Creek South marsh has 8 to 16 inches of water in the lower areas outside of the main drainage. Blue Wing Marsh has sheet water, Puddler marsh has some sheet water and Pintail marsh has some sparse sheet water. 

Gamekeeper Marsh water levels ARE CURRENTLY BEING 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. Boating in this marsh will become more difficult as the water levels drop.

Hunting conditions

iSportsman is back up and running like normal.  

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.

Depends on weather.  We saw a good push of birds yesterday, however many did not stop.  The birds that are here are utilizing the refuge and private ponds.  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

Birds have yet to show up from this current (first good) cold weather system of the fall.  Hunter use was high this morning and are expected to be high throughout the weekend.

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:

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 :

  • 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: 12/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1,200 ducks. Mostly mallards and teal, some redheads, gadwall with a few wood ducks. 300 Canada and 1,700 light geese.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 2
Water level Reservoir is at 1582.20 conservation pool (1582.6) or approximately 0.4 ft. low. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal has stopped.
Hunting condition 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. Some 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 runs through Jan 1, 2017 for the first segment. All goose open also .
Comments

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 OPEN. 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. 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 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!



NORTON - Last Updated: 12/2/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

300 big ducks. 100 dark geese. 900 light geese.

Mallard Migration 2  (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir has come up nearly 4 feet this fall.  Lake is still approximately 13 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions With the increase water level there is plenty of flooded vegetation along the shoreline and is providing good habitat for waterfowl.
Expected hunting success

Hunting Success = Fair

Some ducks have moved in with the cooler weather.

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. 

Teal Season: September 17 - Sept. 25, 2016

Regular Duck Season:  October 8, 2016 - January 1, 2017 AND January 20-29, 2017.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 12/2/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 750 puddle ducks - gadwall, mallards, shovelers; 200-300 divers; 700 Canada geese
Water level 1466.76 ft
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 4

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 Fair to good as numbers increase with colder temps and weather systems
   
Comments

Remember the refuge area on the northwest part of the lake is closed to all access SEPT 1- JAN 31 except by special 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: 12/2/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2,000 - 3,000 assorted large ducks, 4 snow geese and 500 - 1,000 Canada geese.  

Mallard Migration Rank 0 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level 4.0 feet below conservation level.
Hunting conditions Inflows in early summer raised the reservoir 10 feet and additional inflows around the 1st of September has raised the reservoir an additional 8 feet.  These increases have resulted in flooded vegetation around the reservoir.   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 Poor.
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

Oct 29 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 21-29, 2017 

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 4-Feb. 12, 2017

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  Oct. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan.21-Feb. 12, 2017

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan.4, 2017

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 13 - April 30, 2017

ICE CONDITIONS:

None

Boat ramps are open. 

 

 2015 - 2016 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 12/2/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 800 puddle ducks; mallard numbers up, shovelers, gadwall; 200 divers; 800 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 1517.04; 1 ft above conservation pool and steady
Hunting conditions Difficult from shore with 7 ft rise in lake elevation Since Sept 1
Expected hunting success Fair to good.  No ice on lake as of 12/02
Comments

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 and Otoe Parks



This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/30/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

More ducks are using the wildlife than in past weeks.  About 1,000 - 1,500 ducks on the refuge marsh, mostly Mallards.

Mallard Migration Rank:  2 (Estimate of potential mallard nunbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest) 

Water level

Pumping 2 of the 4 huntable wetlands due to water holding issues.

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 2016. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

Hunting conditions Continuing to pump only the large center wetland and one of the west marshes due to excessive water loss.
Expected hunting success Poor, very few ducks using the hunt-able wetlands.
Comments The colder weather has increased the duck numbers in the past week.



CLINTON - Last Updated: 11/8/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl  numbers are increasing.  2500 or more ducks were observed when surveying the reservoir and managed marsh pools. Species observed include Pintail, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Teal, Canvasback, Mallard, and Wood ducks. Majority of ducks identified were teal. A large group of ducks was seen in open water in the main lake. Coot numbers are over 2,000.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 1

Lake level 877.22 (1.72 feet above pool) 
Hunting conditions

All of the marsh pools have water. We are intermittently pumping Coblentz. 

Coblentz- the north and middle pool are holding the majority of water. All pools, except for the southwest corner are at least 75% full.

East Coblentz is 90% full. Vegetation is very thick and less than half of the flooded pool has open water.  

Elk creek marsh pools are 100% full. (Refuge closed Oct. 1st).

Shadden marsh has some water from the last rain, but it is mostly dry. All marsh pools have good vegetation to feed ducks, the open areas were planted with millet.

Expected hunting success Success is expected to be fair. Waterfowl are moving around the area, but have reliably been on open water. 
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.

Rock Creek Boat Ramp is CLOSED.




HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 11/29/2016 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Relatively few ducks seen lately - primarily mallards using the refuge. 
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - full. Decent response from moist soil plants this year. Should provide some good hunting opportunities

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 1/3 full. Decent response from moist soil plants on the lower half of the marsh. Japanese millet broadcast on higher elevations has produced seed.

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 1/3 full. Good response from moist soil plants on lower elevations, Japanese millet broadcast on higher elevations.

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 1/3 full water on south end of marsh. 

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

Comments  Remember to check-in to iSportsman prior to each hunt.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 11/23/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

 Geese:  Approximately 5,000 snow geese and approximately 50 Canada geese 

Ducks: Approximately 250 mixed ducks 

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Fair for ducks and geese
Comments

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

Aux. Lake is Closed to boats October 29, 2016 through March 12, 2017.

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: 12/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers
Regular duck season opens October 29th.

Approximately 200 ducks and 10 geese were observed on the lake and wetlands this morning.

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 1146.61 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 100 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 227 CFS.
Hunting conditions

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

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.

All wetlands have been or are still being pumped for duck season, pumping will continue on all wetlands where feasible throughout the season.  Water levels will be gradually raised throughout the season to provide new resources for waterfowl.

Expected hunting success Poor
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 I-sportsman system from any phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.



PERRY - Last Updated: 12/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 12/1/2016 and around 4,000 ducks were observed. Mostly Mallards but a wide variety of species including Ringnecks, Widgeon, Goldeneye, Redheads, and Shovelers. Almost all ducks were observed on the main lake and in the refuge area. Waterfowl hunting around the wildlife area has been slow as of late and with blizzard like conditions up north things should improve soon. 
 

*DON'T FORGET TO USE THE ISPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM WHEN HUNTING AT PERRY WILDLIFE AREA. THE SYSTEM EXPERIENCED SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES RECENTLY BUT IS NOW UP AND WORKING. IF THE SYSTEM EXPERIENCES DIFFICULTIES WE WILL TRY TO UPDATE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE ON HERE WITH THE CURRENT STATUS.

Mallard Migration Rank = 6 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 2.0 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
The East Unit of Kyle Marsh is completely full and has water flowing over into the West Unit. Launching into the West Unit is now possible as well.    

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 Poor to Fair
Comments
Perry was once again hit with multiple flood events, however this year the flood were much earlier in the season which allowed us to get work done in multiple pools and the native wetland vegetation is in much better condition than last year. 
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: The East Unit of Kyle was drained this past spring and dried down well throughout the summer allowing for very good growth of native wetland vegetation within it. American Lotus has continued to grow in the southwest corner of the unit along the dike due to poor drainage of that area. This August we dug the ditch out along the dike to allow for better drainage of this area to hopefully begin controlling the Lotus in years to come. USE CAUTION WHEN WALKING OFF THE DIKE FROM THE WATER CONTROL STRUCTURE TO THE BEND OF THE DIKE BEFORE IT TURNS NORTH AS WATER LEVELS MAY BE OVER YOUR WADERS DUE TO DIGGING THE DITCH OUT ALONG THE DIKE. Kyle East- HCR-8. Kyle West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source since the West unit water level is unmanageable at this point. Where water levels dropped around the edges the native vegetation did have a chance to grow.  

West River: Once again, with help from the Leavenworth Ducks Unlimited Chapter we were able to spread Japanese Millet and Sorghum in both the upper and lower units of West River. Due to the timing of floods this year some portions of the marsh grew up large pockets of cocklebur some of which we sprayed and we plan on mowing some as well.  North- HCR-8, South- HCR-8. Units are full.

Upper Ferguson: The spring flooding came off in plenty of time and native vegetation grew very well and the Leavenworth DU chapter also helped in spreading millet/sorghum in this wetland as well. This is our refuge marsh and closes October 1st through January 15th. Some of the best native vegetative growth on the area. HCR-10. Unit is full.

Lassister: Water was held in Lassiter West and water levels are still up near full. HCR-4 by holding water we sacrificed our chances for good native vegetative growth and good amounts of cattails began to show up as well. Lassiter East was drained and some Millet/Sorghum was planted and is growing well. Lassiter East is currently full as well. HCR-7

Northwest: Some corn was planted along with German Millet/Sorghum. The east water control structure was out for last years season and we have equipment currently on site to set the new structure in the next few weeks. HCR-7 with some supplemental food sources planted and still battling a reed canary grass issue over portions of the unit.    

Headquarters: Water was held this spring and the natural vegetation growth has been decent due to the shallow water and some evaporation that occured. HCR-6. Unit is full.

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was drawn down this spring and the vegetative growth was decent. Some American Lotus and Cockleburs were sprayed in this unit as well. HCR-6. Unit is full.

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been good this summer with some German Millet spread as well. HCR-8. Unit is full. 

Reichart: Reichart marsh had water held in the NW unit and the vegetation growth was decent. Water was drained out of the SW and E units and vegetation growth was good. We also planted some corn and German Millet in those two pools as well. This unit is full due to flooding late this summer. HCR-7. 

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

Perry WA has transitioned 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: 11/23/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

4 ducks   0 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 0

Water level The lake is currently at 1079 and holding. 
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor- If another front comes through it could get good, but for now not many ducks on the area
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  I-Sportsman is now being utilized on the area.  The Olsburg Marsh has been full of water the entire summer with the rainfall we had this year following the flood in the spring of 2016.  The Black Vermillion Marsh had a late flush of ragweed and sunflowers that were difficult to mow prior to pumping. As of 11-7-16 we have pumped all our water right allows at the Black Vermillion Marsh.



This is a collection of all the Southwest Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 12/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Bird numbers have increased the past couple of days.  We now estimate 25,000 to 50,000 total ducks on the Area.   Mostly mallard, shoveler,  and green-winged teal.  Most of the ducks are spending their time in the refuge Pool 1, but some are starting to move out into the hunting pools.  A push of geese has come in.  We estimate about 45,000 to 90,000 on the Area, a bit over half are snow geese.
Water level Pools 1A is near 22", 1B and 1C are around 30.5".  Pool 2 is near 18 inches, Pools 3A is about 14 inches, 3B is dry except for trapped water, 4A is about 19 inches; 4B is around 19 inches, and Pool 5 has about 14". 
Hunting conditions Cattail have expanded in area.  A windy early spring prevented burning of mowed cattail and as the season progressed we entered into a very wet period.  This provided us supplemental water for the storage pool (Pool 1).  We plan on keeping Pool 3B dry this fall in an effort to deal with the mowed cattail from last winter and to try and control the cattail expansion.  We were successful in keeping Pools 3A and 4 relatively dry late this summer and as a result we have at least done some Phragmites spraying and mowing of hunting holes in the perimeter and shallow water areas of those pools.  We also cleaned out the boating channels leading from Deadman East and White Rock Parking Lots.
Expected hunting success  For the period of November 24-28, hunters averaged a bit more than 1 duck per hunt. Goose hunters were most successful on the Goose Hunting Zones and in Pool 2.
Comments

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) is up and running for PC and smartphone use.  Call in check-in and out is still having issues.  Hunters please resume the use of the system.  In many cases it is running even faster than before the system went down.  Thank you for your patience.

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 2016-2017 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 AREA OFFICE, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSEIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.



ISABEL - Last Updated: 12/2/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 12/2.
Water level There is a small amount of water in the west pool adjacent to Hwy. 42.  The main lake full.  The pool south of the main lake is nearly full.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Duck season (Low Plains Late Zone) is Oct. 29, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 21-29, 2017.
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 2016-2017.

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



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 12/2/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 250 ducks.  Mallard, green-winged teal, shoveler, pintail.  Additional ducks are using primarily private land in the general area.
Water level Pools 1, 2, 3B, 3D, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are full. There is water north of pool 6.  Pool 3F is now dry.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Duck season (Low Plains Early Zone) is Oct. 8 - Dec. 4, 2016 and Dec. 17, 2016 -Jan. 1, 2017
Comments

KDWPT IS CONTINUING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2016-2017 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 MAY 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: 11/30/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 400 ducks and 25 geese are on the area.  Most are mallards, gadwall and widgeon with wood ducks and divers in lesser numbers.   
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  All north marshes are full and 2 of the 3 south marshes are full.
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. 3 Marshes are planted to millet and should provide good attraction once the migration begins.   
Expected hunting success Fair
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: 11/22/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Buffle head 3, Scaup 2, Wigion 20, Mallard 15, Red Head 5, Canada 119
Water level  at Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments Still not a large number of birds but there are a few starting to show up



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 11/29/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 180 ducks (mixed species but primarily mallard and goldeneye), 40 Canada geese, and 20 coots observed on 11/29.                         
Water levels 0.13' feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 11/29.
Hunting conditions The lake flooded in late May (8.0') and was full during the remainder of the summer.  Food producing vegetation could not become established on lake fringes because of the flood and full lake levels.  As such, few food resources will be available for waterfowl this season.  
Expected hunting success Poor.    
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is October 29 - January 1, 2017 and January 21 - 29, 2017.             



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 12/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks:  Approximately 200 ducks were observed on 12/01.  Mostly mallard, teal, and gadwall.

Geese:  Approximately 1,100 Canada Geese. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 2

Water level Lake is at 1338.98' as of 12/01 (conservation pool 1339.0').
Hunting conditions Poor.  The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake.
Expected hunting success Fair for the upcoming duck season.  Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily.
Comments

Teal Season - (Low Plains) Sept. 10-25, 2016

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

Youth Season - Nov. 5-6, 2016

Regular Season - Nov. 12, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 7-29, 2017

Canada Geese - Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017

White-Fronted Geese - Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 21 - Feb. 12, 2017

Light Geese - Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/2/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 65 ducks was observed using the river at this time. Hopefully we get a good push of birds with this next cold front next week.
Mallard Migration Rank=5 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 Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 10-25, 2016

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 12, 2016 - January 1, 2017 AND January 7-29, 2017

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 12/2/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

ATTENTION:  i-Sportsman is back up and running, and all hunters are REQUIRED to use the new system!  Please check in, report your harvest, and check out using the mandatory electronic hunt permit system.  Thanks!

The cold fronts this week, along with abundant snowfall up north, have really impacted the waterfowl counts on the property.  Geese have finally been migrating into the area in decent numbers.  A survey of the area on Friday, December 2nd, resulted in an estimate of 4,000 - 5,000 ducks and 15,000 - 18,000 geese at MPWL.  Duck numbers are down a little from last week, but the number of mallards has increased.    The three most abundant duck species are mallard, green-winged teal, and pintail.  The majority of the geese are specklebellies, but there are solid numbers of lesser Canadas and snow geese mixed in as well, along with the first good push of migrant honkers. During the week from November 25th through December 2nd, 134 hunters reported a harvest of 112 ducks and geese.  The first split of duck season ends Sunday, December 4th.  Goose season opened Saturday, October 29th and runs through January 1st. Remember that the north refuge in the Big Basin became off limits on October 1st, and all activities in both the south and the north refuge areas are prohibited.

Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 7

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

Water levels The area has received abundant rains this summer, with several significant flood events.  There are a few marshes on the west side of the Big Basin that are not completely full, as attempts were made to de-water these pools to control vegetation. The remaining pools in the Big Basin are at, or near, capacity.  The Chain of Lakes marshes have lost a lot of water over the last few weeks, with only small pools remaining in some of the marshes.  The Little Sinkhole marshes are in good shape, with the majority at, or near, capacity. 
Hunting conditions Although the flooding caused it to mature late in the season, moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area.  Pondweed, annual smartweed, sprangletop, and barnyard grass production has really come on strong in the last month or so.  Due to the extremely wet conditions, vegetation manipulation was impossible in most of the marshes, but efforts to open up holes in the emergent vegetation will continue as season progresses.
Expected hunting success Fair.  The area has plenty of water and food, we just need steady cold fronts to push in new migrants.
Comments

ATTENTION:

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

Kansas hunters should be aware that iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required on 24 wildlife areas, including McPherson Valley Wetlands (check the2016 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary or kdwpt.isportsman.net for a list). The electronic permit system has been in place for two years, and after a few issues in the last two weeks is now fully functional, fast, and efficient. 

iSportsman replaces the old paper permits and allows hunters to conveniently check in and out using a telephone, smartphone or home computer. As with the old paper system, information gathered helps area managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference. The paper system was inconvenient for hunters and labor intensive for managers. 

**THERE IS A "NO TRASH POLICY" IN EFFECT AT MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS.  PLEASE CARRY OUT WHATEVER YOU CARRY IN, INCLUDING EMPTY HULLS AND OTHER TRASH.  PLEASE TRY TO LEAVE YOUR HUNTING SPOT AS CLEAN OR CLEANER THAN IT WAS WHEN YOU ARRIVED.  THANKS!!!

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

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: 12/2/2016 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 50 ducks on the area at this time.  Mostly teal with some mallards, gadwalls, widgeons and pintails.  Hopefully we get a good push of birds with this next cold front next week.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:5

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

Water
 level
All pools have water in them.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair
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. 10-25, 2016
  • 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. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 21-29, 2017
  • 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: 12/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 300 duck have been seen on or around the area on 12/1 consisting of Mallard, Goldeneye, Northern Shoveler, and approximately 75 Canada Geese.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=3 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 1350.29 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels have been near or above conservation pool for most of the year with some periods of high water levels late this summer. Moist soil plants like smart weed and barnyard grass can be found in the lowland areas around the reservoir, and there is abundant vegetation for hunting cover. 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.



This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/22/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Irregular numbers of ducks have been observed along with small numbers of geese, but the effect of colder weather has not been evaluated yet. Duck Season opened 11/12/16 and will remain open through 01/01/17 in the Southeast Zone. Goose season is open statewide from 10/29/16 to 01/01/17.
Water level Reservoir is 0.4' above conservation pool. Marsh at 54 hwy is full.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is open with no ice. Marsh at 54 hwy is open.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments Counts are conducted periodically. New information is expected to be posted soon. For other info. call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 11/30/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 3500-4500 ducks. Mixed bag of mallards, teal, gadwall.
Water level Reservoir has been relatively stable this summer and had decent shoreline vegetation.  Reservoir flooded up 7 feet the weekend of September 10 with some impact on shoreline vegetation.  The Corps of Engineers is holding the lake near pool level.
Hunting conditions Simmons Marsh underwent renovation work in August.  Work included repair of south levee bank erosion and borrow fill, tree removal in SW and NE corners and drainage ditch clean out.  Widgeon Marsh had beaver damage repairs on Cub Pool.   Most portions planted to millet have survived and will provide open water areas.  Some excellent smartweed responses. Heavy rains has filled most of the marshes.  Simmons Marsh will be kept a little below full pool to protect newly completed dirt work.  The Chetopa/Quaker gate is opened for duck season.  
Expected hunting success Looking 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: 11/23/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers Small numbers of ducks have been observed in the area of Fall River Reservoir, with mallards being the most common, followed by a few pintails and gadwalls. With cloudy and windy conditions, ducks have been using ponds or protected bodies of water. Only about 50 ducks were located for the latest survey. A few more geese have been seen moving through the area since the colder weather arrived. Duck Season opened 11/12/16 and will remain open through 01/01/17 in the Southeast Zone. Goose season is open statewide from 10/29/16 to 01/01/17.
Water level 0.39' above conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is open with no ice.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments Counts are conducted on a bi-monthly basis and information is posted immediately following counts. The next report is expected to be 11/23/16. For other questions call: 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 11/29/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers 5000 Mallards, 3000 Gadwalls, 350 Pintail, 3500 mixed divers, 800 Dark Geese. 
Water level Current Level: 1041.01  Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0
Hunting conditions  Still lots of available surface water near reservoir,  all pasture ponds and watersheds are full so birds are very scattered.  Some loafing on upper marsh below dam.  DU Marsh is open, and consist of standing flooded soy beans. Boat ramp on Otter Creek is currently open, but really deep in silt and debris.    Still expecting  a phenomenal waterfowl year, if water levels will cooperate.  Lower marsh will not be filled this season, as it needs a dry down and infrastructure project completion.  The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership, but should benefit all, as protected loafing areas that are out of the wind.
Expected hunting success Good
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: 11/30/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers >35,000 ducks --> considerable increase in mallards.  100 Canada geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 7.

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

Water levels Water at desired levels.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Good.  For general waterfowl habitat info go to MDCWA and click on the "News" icon.
Hunting success Saturday, Nov 26  thru Tues, Nov 29:  289 ducks / 227 hunters = 1.3 success.  Season:  1,419 ducks / 1,102 = 1.3.  Please check in and out using iSportsman (be sure to check in for Marais des Cygnes WA not La Cygne WA)--this information is critical to direct management efforts and to secure funding for the Marais des Cygnes area.  Check-in is required by regulation.
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 general waterfowl habitat.  Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/1/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Regular duck season is open!

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.

The warmer weather seems to be holding the ducks up in the northern states, we continue to hope for cooler weather to get the ducks headed south again! We will continue updating this report every week through the start of the waterfowl season as more birds move into the area.     

Mallard Migration Rank = 2 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

11/17/2016---3 Duck Marsh- 50-75 Mallards.

                      Willow Marsh- Hunters in the marsh.

                      Sundance Marsh- 15 Mallards.

150-200 Mallards and unknown ducks on the refuge.

30-50 unknown ducks flying around the lake along with a couple groups of red heads.                     

100 coots on Melvern Lake and some straggling geese.

Duck number are very poor right now due to unseasonably warm temperatures.

Water level Lake level = 1037.14; Conservation pool = 1036.
Hunting conditions

Due to frequent river flooding and high water levels throughout the growing season, the vegetation and seed production has been reduced on many wetlands. Japanese millet has been planted in all 3 of our wetlands as well as an abundance of invertebrates should provide enough food for the ducks to hang around all season.    

Willow, Sundance, and 3-Duck marsh have all been pumped prior to the big duck season, many of our wetlands are holding a good amount of water due to our pumping efforts.

Expected hunting success Slow
Comments

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 Road.

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.

The refuge Area is CLOSED October 1st through January 15th.

We are currently in the process constructing our new 2017 Marsh. 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 (620) 699-3372.



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/5/2016 Print

Waterfowl numbers All hunters are required to utilize isportsman.  30 to 40,000 ducks.  Mostly Mallards, Gadwall, Green Winged Teal and Pintail with some divers mixed in.
Mallard Migration Rank

MMR=8

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

Water level

Poor.  There will be a little water available in Pool 2 (15 Acres) for regular waterfowl season. South Unit is full.  Middle pool 5 is full. Upper 5 was fixed but we are still having issues with water leaking back into Pool 2.  This pool will be drained again this week (12/5) to try to resolve the problem once again.  Lower 5 is basically full.  Pool 8 has some water but please remember this is a Youth Mentor Marsh, which means that it is open for youth and mentor on weekends and holidays, during the week anyone is welcome to hunt.  For more information on the water level conditions for upcoming season please see the area news by clicking link below and clicking on the "NEWS" icon.

  http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Southeast/Neosho    

Hunting conditions Fair.  Due to lack of water, there will be no boat ramps available to launch a boat this year.  If you can load and unload your boat by hand you are welcome to use it, however boats that will need to back a trailer into the water to launch WILL NOT be allowed or tolerated.     
Expected hunting success

Fair.  Please remember it is mandatory to utilize the isportsman check in-out online permit system when hunting the area.

Season totals are 428 hunters harvested 489 birds for a 1.14 BPH average

Comments
SE Zone Regular Duck Season November 12 - January 1 and January 7 - 29 

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

Neosho WA is utilizing 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
Comments

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.



2015 Mallard Migration Model