Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

Approximately 1,000 ducks observed 10/19/2017.  A good mix of puddle ducks with a few Red Head and Ring Necks.  The majority of the ducks are roosting on the wetlands at night and loafing on private ponds throughout the day.

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area.

Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 0 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

A major wetland enhancement project is scheduled to start in Gamekeeper Marsh this fall.  With this project, managers will keep Gamekeeper Marsh dry.  Gun Club Marsh will be need to be kept dry as well.  There is some sheet water in East Gun Club, however there will be no to little boat access on Gun Club Marsh.  

Puddler, Bluewing and Pintail marshes are dry and will require some significant rainfall to put huntable water into these marshes.

Managers are holding water in Marsh Creek Marsh and will resume pumping into several of the marshes to flood new food next week. North Buffalo Creek marsh is 90% full and has approximately 10-18 inches of water, South Buffalo Creek marsh is 80% full and has 10-18 inches of water except for the drainage channel which is deeper.  Managers will continue to slowly bring water levels up through the  season to flood new food. Access trails have been mowed to most of the off storage pools that will be pumped.  Scouting before your hunt is highly encouraged.  The downloadable map link below depicts the pools that will have water, along with highlighted access trails to those pools.

Hunting conditions

Habitat conditions are good to excellent in the off storage pools and in Buffalo Creek Marsh where the pumping has occurred.  Managers have planted millet in some areas of Buffalo Creek South marsh and the marsh between Greenwing and Gun Club, the water level in these marshes will be brought up throughout the next month to flood new food weekly. 

The birds have had a lot of pressure since the opener, causing them to move off of the area throughout the day.  Hunters have averaged two birds per hunter since the season opener.

iSportsman is still in use.  Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out when they hunt the area.

This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.

REFUGE IS CLOSED

Expected hunting success Fair.  Pockets of birds can be found, however some cold fronts would really help.  
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Waterfowl Seasons

Low Plains Duck Early Zone: October 7 - December 3 & December 16 - 31

Canada Goose: October 28-29 & November 8 - February 18, 2018

White-Fronted Goose: October 28 - December 31 & January 27 - February 18, 2018 

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:

2017 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!