Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers 500 ducks are on the area, mostly Mallards.  About 300 Canada Geese are also on the area.  Numbers will change as the area freezes with the current forecast. The LPEZ duck season closes JANUARY 3.  Managers have been picking up a lot of trash left behind in the marshes.  Hunters MUST take their trash with them out of the marsh.  
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 1 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

The area is 99% ice covered and is expected to be 100% ice covered this week.  Birds are keeping several holes open throughout the area.   Hunters are encouraged to take precautions for deep water, especially with the ice on.

The area had a significant flood event during the first week of August.  This washed out all of the moist soil food production in Gun Club Marsh. However, the moist soil production in Buffalo Creek and Pintail Marshes remain excellent.  Due to the warm weather in September and early October, we have lost some water to evaporation and will need some timely rains to put water back on wetland areas still containing food.

Gamekeeper Marsh is full with an average water depth of 12 inches, Gun Club Marsh (a.k.a. Sportsman's Lake on Google Maps) has an average depth of 32 inches, Marsh Creek Marsh has deep water along the creek channel and shallower water along the flats and all the off channel storage pools have huntable water.  Buffalo Creek Marshes have 12 - 24 inches of water (hunters need to be cautious of the main drainage in Buffalo Creek South Marsh, this water is around four foot deep), Pintail Marsh has mainly sheet water with several small, shallow pools as a result of the August flooding.  Puddler and Ringneck marshes are both dry.  Managers will finish pumping some of the off channel storage pools along Marsh Creek by early next week.

Hunting conditions

Poor. Area 99% FROZEN. Bird numbers will fluctuate daily with all of the extra water in the area.  Ice cover and snow will play a major role in the bird numbers and activity this week.

REFUGE IS CLOSED

Expected hunting success

Poor

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:

  • 2015 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!