This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/27/2016

Waterfowl numbers

Slight increase in duck numbers on the area.   About 3,000 - 4,500 ducks on the refuge marsh, mostly mallards and Canada Geese.

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 Fewer ducks on are on the wildlife area at this time compared to past years.

CLINTON - Last Updated: 1/20/2017

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl  numbers are high.

Roughly 2,000 ducks were observed when surveying the reservoir. An additional 500 Canada geese were also observed. Waterfowl were in open water or next to it on the reservoir. Species observed include Mallard, Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Merganser and pintail. Majority of ducks identified were mallards. 

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 6

Lake level 874.54 (A foot below pool and dropping) 
Hunting conditions

All of the marsh pools are open. Pumping has ended for the season.

Reservoir releases are around 11 c.f.s. Lake is a foot low.

Coblentz- the north and middle pool are holding the majority of water.

East Coblentz is 60% full. Vegetation is very thick and less than half of the flooded pool has open water.  

Elk creek marsh pools are 100% full. (Refuge is open).

Shadden marsh is mostly dry.

Expected hunting success Success is expected to be fair. Waterfowl are moving around the area, but have reliably been on open water, geese have been seen in large numbers in harvested crop fields.

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To register, please go to 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: 1/31/2017

Waterfowl Numbers Few. Primarily mallard and goldeneye scattered in small groups around the lake
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Full

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 1/3 full 

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 1/4 full

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 1/4 full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - None. Lake is open 

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

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

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

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: 2/9/2017

Waterfowl numbers
Duck season is currently closed.

Approximately 2000 geese were observed on the lake and wetlands this morning. All the wetlands are mostly frozen.

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 1141.55 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 300 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 368 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 the Mall Creek wetland, electric motors are considered "motorized". All other public hunting wetlands are open to NON motorized boats and walk in hunting.

All pumps have been turned off due to freezing temperatures.  If conditions permit, the pumps will be turned on again prior to or during the late duck season.

Expected hunting success Average
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: 2/9/2017

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 2/7/17 and around 500 dark geese were observed. A good mix of ducks are in the area as well including Mallards, Redheads, Goldeneyes, Pintails, and Hooded Mergansers. Reminder that duck season is closed, but Dark Goose season is open through 2/12/2017. Some wetlands have froze up with recent cold temperatures and the Delaware River is open and boat ramps are clear for launching. 


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
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 to register prior to hunting season.



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/17/2017

Waterfowl numbers

20 ducks   80 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 1

Water level The lake is currently at 1071 and holding. 
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor- Most of the water is ice
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.