Glen Elder Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS  at Glen Elder WA are required to check in and out daily.  This regulation went into effect on September 1, 2017. Users are encouraged to utilize the ISportsman electronic daily hunting permit system, but may also use the phone system or the 3 paper card stations that are on the property. Go to for more information.

Had a nice wave of birds come in late last week and over the past weekend.

Dabbling Ducks - 20 to 30,000 (lots of mallards, but also all other species)

Diving Ducks - 10,000

Canada geese - 8,000

Light geese - 150,000+

Mallard Migration Index (5)

Water level Approximately .3' foot below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Water level has stabilized.  Some vegetation is flooded.  Shallow areas are starting to freeze up.  Boat ramps are open as of right now, but could freeze up if temperatures remain cold.
Expected hunting success Fair to good depending on daily weather conditions.  Ducks are getting educated.  Mild weather will make it challenging.

Low plains Early duck zone is open Oct.7 to Dec.3, 2017 and Dec.16-31, 2017.  This zone is located north of Hwy 24.

Low plains Late duck zone is open Oct.28 to Dec.31, 2017 and Jan.20-28, 2018.  This zone is located south of Hwy 24.

Canada goose season is open Oct.28-29 and Nov.8, 2017 to Feb.18, 2018.

White-fronted goose season is open Oct.28 to Dec.31, 2017 and Jan.27 to Feb.18, 2018.

Light goose season is open Oct.28-29, 2017 and Nov.8, 2017 to Feb.18, 2018.

Check Area News for updates.

Both Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31st.  

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is 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.