Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers 700 Dark geese, with snow goose numbers varying depending on the day.  Less than 1,000 observed today, but we were holding close to 10,000 earlier in the week.  17 Bald Eagles observed today along with over 20,000 ducks.
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 10 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

All marshes filled during the ice storm.  Water levels are starting to drop in Gamekeeper and in Gun Club.  Marsh Creek, Buffalo Creek, Pintail, Puddler and Blue Wing marshes are all full.  The refuge is now open but will be difficult to goose hunt due to dropping water levels. 

Gamekeeper Marsh water levels ARE CURRENTLY BEING brought down slowly throughout the fall to prepare for upcoming enhancements and construction projects next spring. 

Hunting conditions

As of today, over 90% of the area is ice covered.  However there are multiple open holes from bird use and the upcoming forecast looks to have the place open once again by the middle of next week.  We have had tremendous numbers of ducks since the third week of January.  For those who love to take photos and see big 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.  

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.  We saw a good push of birds yesterday, however many did not stop.  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 CLOSED UNTIL FEB. 1, 2017.

Expected hunting success

Birds have yet to show up from this current (first good) cold weather system of the fall.  Hunter use was high this morning and are expected to be high throughout the weekend.

Hunters will need to scout out areas birds are utilizing in order to be successful.  

Comments

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:

2016 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!