This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/18/2017

Waterfowl numbers

1 Lowest/No Ducks

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

Water level

All pumps are currently running. 

The two west wetlands south of the west parking lot are both currently full as of 10/18. 

The north wetland Southeast of the main parking lot is almost to full capacity as of 10/18.  

The south wetland Southeast of the main parking lot has no water.  If the north one fills we will begin diverting water to it.  

The refuge is also being filled which should help hold more birds on the property.(Refuge wetland is NOT open to hunting.

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

Very few ducks using the area at this time.

Seeing the occasional group of wood ducks and a few blue wing teal randomly. 

Expected hunting success Poor

In an attempt to hold water longer in our wetlands, the two west wetlands have been sheepsfooted.  Rains during the summer months prevented us from doing them as early as we had hoped.  This has caused those two wetlands to have no vegetation this year, 

but invertebrates should still be present.

 With reduced vegetation this does provided much more visibly open water on the area.  

CLINTON - Last Updated: 9/8/2017

Waterfowl numbers


No teal were observed on the lake during the waterfowl survey, however there are a few teal that have been hanging out on the marshes.  A group of roughly 200 were observed earlier in the week.  Opening day of teal season should be fair.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 0

Lake level 877.46 (2 feet high)
Hunting conditions

Coblentz- the southeast and southwest pools are full, the middle pool is full, and there is some water in the north pool.

East Coblentz- is full. Water has been held in this pool a majority of the year to try and kill a few trees.  

Elk creek marsh- pool 1 is full and pool 2 is approaching full.  Pool 3 is empty and will be getting new control structures soon.  The refuge is near full and is open.

Shadden- has water as well and is hunt able for teal season.

Expected hunting success Success is expected to be fair. Teal numbers are not extremely high, but we seem to be picking up a few more every day.

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: 10/11/2017

Waterfowl Numbers Few but increasing especially on marshes. Good diversity of dabblers: wood duck, blue-winged and green-winged teal, mallard, gadwall, pintail, shoveler, widgeon. Also, few Canada geese and first-of-season ring-necked ducks.
Hunting Success (iSportsman)

Teal season success 9/9 - 9/24

45 harvested / 51 hunter attempts = 0.9 

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - nearly full

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Full, 50% is ankle to knee deep

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - nearly full, mudflats over ~20%, 

Youth-Mentor Wetland - nearly full, mudflats on highest elevations

Wade Branch Wetlands - 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: 9/19/2017

Waterfowl numbers 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.

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: 10/19/2017

Waterfowl numbers
Youth Waterfowl Season is October 21st and 22nd

Approximately 500 ducks were observed on the wetlands this week. 

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 1145.45 Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 1,000 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 232 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production has been desirable in many of the wetland areas.  All managed wetlands either have or are being pumped at least partially for this time of the year.  Water levels should continue to rise throughout the waterfowl season as conditions permit.

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.

We are currently having problems with the pump on Zach Hudec and are working to have it operational as soon as possible.

Expected hunting success Good
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: 10/11/2017

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 10/11/2017 and increasing bird numbers and species were observed. About 600 ducks were observed around the area including both Blue and Green-winged Teal, Pintails, Gadwalls, Northern Shoveler, Wood Ducks, and Wigeons. Also around 200 resident Canada Geese were observed as well. 


Mallard Migration Rank = 0 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 2.4 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
Water levels are not adequate in the Kyle Marsh for launching of large boats. Layout boats or kayaks are possible. We will hold water in West Kyle Marsh this season and will be dependent on rainfall and runoff to fill it. As of now we will not be pumping any water into the Kyle Marsh this duck season to allow for continued draining and drying of the East unit for renovation work. West River marsh has had some pumping to put water on for teal and we have began additional pumping working toward regular duck 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 to Good
With only one flood event in early spring, conditions were favorable for getting work done in many of the wetland pools this season. Everything from tree/brush removal, disking, spraying, and seeding were done in many different pools this summer.  
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: Again, we will not be pumping Kyle Marsh this season for renovation work needed in the East Unit.  Kyle West: We will be holding water in this unit and relying on rainfall/runoff for filling to the level to launch boats into. We will update this report as the water levels change. The west unit did dry down significantly this season to allow for some spraying of non-desirable plants which also allowed for some good response of native wetland vegetation around the edges. The majority of the unit is still open water like most years. HCR - 5

West River: Once again, with help from the Leavenworth Ducks Unlimited Chapter we were able to spread Millet and Sorghum in both the upper and lower units of West River. A significant amount of tree/brush removal was conducted in both the upper and lower units of West River along with some cocklebur spraying.  North- HCR-9, South- HCR-8. 

Upper Ferguson: We performed a late draw down in this unit that promoted excellent native wetland vegetation. We also got in and sprayed some cocklebur and perennial smartweed which allowed the millets and annual smartweeds to dominate. This is our refuge marsh and closes October 1st through January 15th. Some of the best native vegetative growth on the area. HCR-10.

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 and Lotus began to show up as well. Lassiter East was drained and half of it has corn planted in it. We will not begin collecting water in this unit until the corn is harvested. HCR - 8

Northwest: Nearly all woody vegetation was removed from within this unit. Corn was planted in this wetland to provide food for ducks and also to hep with the Reed Canarygrass issue that was covering most of the wetland. The new water control structure is installed in the East part of the wetland. We will not begin collecting water in this wetland until the corn is harvested.  HCR-8  

Headquarters: This wetland was drawn down to allow for some milo planting and native vegetation to grow and we got a good response. HCR-8. 

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.

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.

Reichart: This unit was drawn down and a significant amount of brush/tree removal occurred. We also sprayed some non-desirables and spread some millet. This unit also has corn planted in it to help with reed canaraygrass issues and other than the ditches of the lower unit, we will not begin to collect any water until the corn is harvested.  HCR-8. 

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 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: 10/17/2017

Waterfowl numbers

108 ducks   0 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 0

Water level The lake is currently at 1083 and dropping. 
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  I-Sportsman is now being utilized on the area.  The recent rains have filled all three pools west of Rolander Rd. and the west side of Olsburg marsh has water again.  I hope the birds will  be showing up this week in greater numbers.