Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers Light goose numbers have been fluctuating daily as birds have moved through. On the tail end of the migration as it is at least 2 weeks early this year. We will go from several hundred to several thousand in a matter of a day or two. We have less than 800 here today. 
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 2 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

Managers have started the spring draw down process. Water levels are very low in Gamekeeper, Gun Club and Marsh Creek. Buffalo Creek, Pintail, Puddler and Blue Wing marshes are near full.  The refuge is now open but will be difficult to goose hunt due to dropping water levels. 

ALL Marsh water levels ARE CURRENTLY BEING brought to prepare for upcoming enhancements and construction projects this summer. 

Hunting conditions

Fluctuates day to day and sometimes hour to hour.  The light gees seem to be event more unpredictable than normal.  For those who love to take photos and see flights of waterfowl.  Now is the time to bring the family out and enjoy our wetlands during the spring migration. 

iSportsman is still up and running.  Light Goose hunters are still required to check in and check out.

This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.  We thank you for your patience.

Depends on weather. The birds that are here are utilizing the refuge and private ponds.  There will be some deep areas in Gun Club and Marsh Creek Marshes. Hunters need to be careful. Hunters are encouraged to scout and make sure to ASK PERMISSION to hunt on (or shoot on to) private property.  Just because a field is not posted, does not mean its open to hunting.

REFUGE IS OPEN

Expected hunting success Varies.  These are a few snow geese. 
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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!