Glen Elder Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

Puddle Ducks - app. 12,000 mallards

Divers- app. 15,000 (common merganser, goldeneye, and bufflehead)

Canada geese - app. 10,000

Snow geese - app. 310,000

White-fronted geese - app. 1000

Mallard Migration Index (5)

Water level  1.2' below conservation pool.  Bureau of Reclamation is drawing the lake level down to 1' to 2' below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Water level slowly receding, exposing mudflats along shorelines and low lying areas.  40% 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.  Waterfowl are spreading throughout the area due to less ice.  Waterfowl going out to feed on private crop fields.

Check Area News for updates.

Duck season Low Plains Early Zone is closed.  The Early Zone includes the area north of Hwy 24.

Duck season Low Plains Late Zone is closed.  The Late Zone includes the rest of the area south of Hwy 24.

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.