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359NORTON - Last Updated: 11/9/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

359 ducks. 268 dark geese. 298 snow geese.                              

Mallard Migration 1 (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir is close to the same elevation as last year. The lake is approximately 11 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions The lake has received enough inflow over the summer to keep the water level stable. There are some shallow areas that should provide places to hunt. There is lots of mud to trap hunters - take care while walking along the shoreline. 
Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Minimal
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

Blinds may be used and must be constructed of natural herbaceous materials or woody debris that are present on the site.  Blinds constructed of non-natural materials must be removed from the property each day.  Please do not bring materials from off-site. 

DUCK SEASON DATES FOR 2018

Teal Season: September 15 - 23, 2018

Youth Duck Season: October 6-7, 2018

Regular Duck Season:  October 13, 2018 - December 31, 2018 AND January 12-27, 2019.

Goose Season: October 27 - 28, 2018 AND November 7, 2018 - February 17,2019.

     



CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 11/14/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

  12,000 total ducks. 8-10,000 mallards.

    1000 Canada  Geese number vary daily.

    MMR 6

Water level 22 ft. low
Hunting conditions Flooded phragmites and cattails on most of the shoreline.
Expected hunting success Low hunting pressure
Comments

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area and Reservoir are in the Low Plains Late Zone 

Season Dates:  Youth Season - Oct. 20-21, 2018. Regular Season - Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 19-27, 2019.

Contact Cedar Bluff Area Office 785-726-3212 for more information.

Water Refuge is in effect November 1- January 31

Land Refuge is in effect September 1 - January 31

North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting.

Youth / Mentor hunting is also available

Zebra Mussels are present in Cedar Bluff Reservoir.  Please clean and dry all equipment, decoys and boats before hunting other bodies of water.

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS  at Glen Elder WA are required to check in and out daily.  This regulation went into effect on September 1, 2017. Users are encouraged to utilize the ISportsman electronic daily hunting permit system, but may also use the phone system or the 3 paper card stations that are on the property. Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ for more information.

Estimating 15,000 ducks on the property as of 11/7/18.  Variety of both puddle ducks (mallards, widgeon, gadwall, pintail, shoveler, and teal) and divers.

Canada geese - 3000

Whitefronts - 1,000

Light geese - 85,000 and increasing

Mallard Migration Index (3)

Water level Now at .5 feet above (normal) conservation pool with 500 cfs being released. There will now be mud flat areas between water and vegetation in most places.
Hunting conditions Fair.  Have now lost a lot of flooded vegetation.  Water is receding, but there is still lots of shallow water in many places.
Expected hunting success

Good, increase in numbers ahead of the cold front.  

Had heavy hunting pressure and moderate success for the LPLZ opener.  125 hunters averaged 2.9 ducks per hunter.  

Comments

Low Plains Early Duck Zone opens Oct. 13 to Dec. 16, 2018.  This Zone is north of Hwy 24 and includes the Granite and Oak Creek areas on the Glen Elder Wildlife Area.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone opens Oct. 27 to Dec. 30, 2018.  This Zone is south of Hwy 24.

Dark Goose and Light Goose seasons are open November 7, 2018 through February 17, 2019.

White-Fronted Goose season is open until Dec. 30, 2018.  It will re-open January 26 through February 17, 2019.

Both Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31st.

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is 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.



JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/1/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2,500 ducks, starting to see more Mallards showing up. Birds are moving off of the area during the day due to hunting pressure.

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 - 4 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels Gamekeeper Marsh is slowly dropping to continue construction. Gun Club Marsh is dropping as well. Water levels will be held shallower for construction to continue, however will still be huntable. Gun Club Marsh avg. depth is 25", Buffalo Creek Marshes are full with average depths of 12 to 18 inches. The off storage pools along Marsh Creek Marsh are holding good water as well as Puddler (youth/mentor marsh).
Hunting conditions

Hunting pressure has slowed slightly since the late zone opener, however birds are seeing pressure daily. Many of the big ducks are leaving the area due to the pressure during the day and returning at night to roost and feed. 

Due to flood conditions and the construction project, the west road that leads to the boat access area in Gamekeeper Marsh along Marsh Creek will be closed. Those that are wanting to hunt Gamekeeper Marsh south of the refuge line will be able to launch on the east boat ramp directly north of the Gamekeeper dam.  However, with the decreasing water levels, launching a boat will become more challenging.

Boaters need to make sure their registration is current and they have all necessary equipment on board and operational, including life jackets and navigation lights.

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

REMINDER:  

iSportsman is in use.  ALL 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 - With the birds leaving the area during the day and mild temperatures this week, birds will continue to be on a nocturnal feeding pattern.  As always this time of the year, a cool front bringing in new birds will be very beneficial.

Several non-game birds have been found shot on the area during teal season. Hunters are encouraged to positively identify their targets. If there is any doubt about what it is, DON'T SHOOT!

Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

Duck (LPEZ) - October 13, 2018 - December 16, 2018 & December 22, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Canada Goose - October 27 - 28, 2018 & November 7, 2018 - February 17, 2019

White-Fronted Goose - October 27, 2018 - December 30, 2018 & January 26 - February 17, 2019

Light Goose - October 27 - 28, 2018 & November 7 - February 17, 2019

Conservation Order - February 18, 2019 - April 30, 2019

Hunters are 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:

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!



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/8/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 200 divers, various species of puddle ducks, 500 mallards, 200 gadwall, 150 wigeon, some wood ducks, 200 teal.  100 Canada geese, 80 white-fronts and 300 light geese..
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 1
Water level Reservoir is at 1582.1 or 0.5 feet below conservation pool (1582.6) or 96% full and slowly dropping. Inflows to Lovewell(0.2 cfs) from the White Rock Creek have essentially ceased. Outflows to the White Rock Creek through the flood gates on Thursday, November 8 was 0.2cfs due to the reservoir reaching the USBR winter elevation goal. Drawdown was later this season so not much vegetation on the bare mudflats.
Hunting condition Good. Most mudflats covered and concealing vegetation is close to the shoreline. 
Expected hunting success  Good. The Low Plains Late Zone. Duck and Goose seasons are all open.
Comments

PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE PARK. NEW REFUGE REGULATIONS:THE LAND REFUGE CLOSED  TO HUNTING YEAR ROUND. CLOSED TO OTHER ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH MARCH 31. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH APRIL 15 on the NORTHEAST half of the reservoir and Wildlife Area from 1/8th mile west of the south end of the dam and following a buoy line northwest to the western boundary of the Cabin Area. No hunting from the park shoreline.. INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH APRIL 15. All boat ramps open and usable at this reservoir elevation. Boat ramps in the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area) require a Kansas State Park Permit. Wildlife Area Boat Ramps (Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek) do not require a permit. Camping cabins are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • HUNTERS USING BOATS MUST EXERCISE EXTRA CARE WHEN BOATING IN COLD WATER AND NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH KANSAS BOATING REGULATIONS
  • OBTAIN PERMISSION BEFORE HUNTING PRIVATE LAND. IF WRITTEN PERMISSION IS REQUIRED ALL HUNTERS IN THE PARTY MUST POSSESS WRITTEN PERMISSION.

FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

FREE DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTING ON THE AREA. ELECTRONIC PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE. REGISTER AT THE i-SPORTSMAN LINK ON THE KDWPT WEBSITE. Lovewell Wildlife Area has been requiring all hunters to register with our paper card, Hunter Survey System and this is still required but a new system called i-Sportsman is now in effect that allows hunters to check-in and check-out electronically with a PC, smartphone, any mobile device and even a rotary dial phone. Hunters are encouraged to pre-register for an account on-line and must do so from a PC, establish a password and  PIN. This will really speed up the process over the card system. Follow this link to get registered. https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE LOVEWELL STATE PARK INFORMATION CENTER IN FRONT OF OR DIRECTLY WEST OF THE LOVEWELL OFFICE under the concrete shelter. If you can't get into iSportsman, please make an effort to completely fill out a daily hunt card.  The information is valuable so please keep trying to check-in, even after the hunt.We do not want technical issues to prevent someone from hunting. If using the card system, the top portion of the two-part permit must be filled out and returned to the survey station prior to hunting and the bottom portion kept with the hunter to record hunting activity. After the hunt the bottom portion is also returned to the survey station where the permits will be collected and information recorded to assist managers with improving the area.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. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!

PLEASE DO NOT PICK-UP DEAD GEESE, DUCKS or OTHER MIGRATORY BIRDS YOU FIND IN THE STATE PARK OR WILDLIFE AREA. IT IS ILLEGAL. THE STATE PARK IS NOT OPEN TO HUNTING. TO POSSESS A MIGRATORY BIRD ANYWHERE YOU MUST HAVE A VALID HUNTING LICENSE FOR THE STATE YOU ARE IN AND FOLLOW THE SEASON, BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS FOR THAT STATE.  WILDLIFE DIE FROM NATURAL CAUSES LIKE DISEASE, OTHER HEALTH ISSUES AND SOMETIMES FROM THE RIGORS OF MIGRATION. SOME OF THESE WILDLIFE HAVE BEEN WOUNDED AND MAKE IT BACK TO THE ROOST ONLY TO SUCCUMB FROM THEIR WOUNDS. PARK AND WILDLIFE AREA STAFF MONITOR THE SHORELINES AND PERIODICALLY SAMPLE WILDLIFE FOR SIGNS OF DISEASE. IF YOU SEE EVIDENCE OF ANY LARGE DIE-OFFS OF MIGRATORY BIRDS IN YOUR AREA PLEASE NOTIFY A KANSAS WILDLIFE AND PARKS OFFICE OR EMPLOYEE. THANKS 



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 11/8/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 8000 mixed bag of puddle ducks. 2500 divers; 2200 Canada geese and 1000 whitefronts
Water level 10' above normal conservation pool; 1473 ft and steadily declining
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 6

This Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak mallard numbers).

Hunting conditions Standing water still present on big bottoms will result in above average waterfowl hunting through the weekend; birds are utilizing recently flooded vegetation and crops;
   
Comments

Kanopolis Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone. 

Duck season is open Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 & Jan 19-27, 2019

Refuge is CLOSED to all access from September 1st through January 31st.

Click HERE for duck season, regulation, and research information.

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 11/1/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers  500 to 1,000 ducks. Mostly Mallard, Pintail with a few Shovelers and Teal mixed in.                                                                                                                                                   
Water level  All marshes are full and will remain full for the season. 
Hunting conditions  Fair - The area saw significant pressure opening weekend. REMEMBER: Talmo is in the Low Plains Late Zone.
Expected hunting success  Fair - Hunters are encouraged to scout the area prior to hunting.
Comments

 Remember:

- Hunters MUST check in DAILY with iSportsman when doing any hunting on the area

-ALL shotgun hunters must use NON-TOXIC shot

-No motorized boats allowed. Hunting wanting to utilize boats must carry/paddle them in.

-ALL vehicles MUST remain on the roads and designated parking areas only.



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

5,000 ducks, 1,000 Canada geese, 5,000 snow geese and a few flocks of sandhill cranes passing through.  More ducks and geese coming in on weather fronts.

Mallard Migration Rank 1 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level At conservation level.
Hunting conditions Inflows in 2018 raised the reservoir to 7 feet above conservation level.  Releases to maintain the reservoir at this level and then irrigation releases have resulted in the reservoir being presently at conservation level.  Due to the slow drawdown and above average rainfall, the shoreline has a lot of vegetative growth on it with limited areas of exposed bare mudflats.  The vegetation along the shoreline may be beneficial for duck hunters but reduces the amount of loafing areas for geese. Boat hunters will find many areas of flooded timber.  The area from the southeast corner of the reservoir west to 9 Road is designated as "No Motorized Boats" and is intended for use by walk-in hunters.
Expected hunting success Fair to good.
Comments

 

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

The Refuge on the water ends on Jan. 31.  However, hunting in or from  the shoreline inside the State Park or along the face of the dam is prohibited. 

Teal Season

Sept. 9 - 24, 2017

Blue/Green Algae

The reservoir has been removed from a blue/green algae watch. 

Teal Season

Sept. 8-23, 2018

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season      

Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 19-27, 2019 

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

WHITE-FRONTED   Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26-Feb. 17, 2019

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 18 - April 30, 2019

ICE CONDITIONS

None

 

 

 2018 - 2019 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 11/8/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 7000-10,000 ducks and 4,500 Canada geese; mallard numbers have greatly increased with some gadwall, teal, and wigeon still around; divers are mainly a mix of redheads, buffleheads, and ring-necks.
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 5

The Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak Mallard Numbers)

Water level 1516.5; 1/2 ft above conservation  
Hunting conditions Good. Water levels have receded but ducks and geese have dramatically increased this week. Numbers are expected to increase further with the cold weather.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good. Ducks and geese are hanging out in rafts out in the middle of the lake with a large amount of birds leaving early and returning after nightfall. There are opportunities to hunt some birds from shore, but scouting will be needed.
Comments

Wilson Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone 

Refuge CLOSED SEPT 1 through JAN 31

Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramps are OPEN.

Click HERE for Duck Season, Regulation, and Research information.

Click HERE for hunting regulations in Lucas Park, Minooka Park and Sylvan Park.



This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Mallard Migration Rank:  5  (Estimate of potential mallard numbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest)
Water level

A map of our wetlands is now available under the Wetland Map tab to the right.

All wetlands are completely full.  A significant portion of the wildlife area is under water after the past rains and high Missouri River level.

Large duck numbers, around 5,000, using the area.  

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. The application and drawing will take place online only in 2017. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

Hunting conditions Good quality wetland vegetation persists in all wetland complexes.  Native vegetation such as annual smartweeds, barnyard grass, and arrow leaf are the most common vegetation.  Japanese millet has been planted with good success in pool #4.  
Expected hunting success Currently there are about 5,000 ducks, mostly mallards, using the flooded areas throughout the property.  Several other small groups of ducks are spread out over the wildlife area in the flooded habitat. 
Comments  Good number of ducks on the wildlife area.



CLINTON - Last Updated: 11/8/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

11/8/18

Duck numbers went from a couple hundred last week to a couple thousand as of Thursday afternoon (11/8). The majority of the ducks were mallards with some teal and others mixed in. There were more ducks observed in marsh pools as well. Water levels  in the marshes have maintained and relatively low hunting pressure has allowed ducks to start filtering in. The largest group of ducks was again observed in the refuge area, but they were consistently moving west toward the marsh complexes.

Numbers of Canada geese and Coots were up significantly as well.

 

Lake level  0.82 feet low
Hunting conditions

Mud flats and shorelines in the shallower portions of the reservoir have shown a fair rate of hunter success and more species of waterfowl than the marsh pools so far. These groups have grown in size, up to 250 birds observed in a group.

The pump has been shut off at Coblentz marsh- all pools are full, including East Coblentz.

The Elk Creek marsh has been filling for a full month now. Extremely dry soil conditions have slowed the normal rate of flooding. We will continue pumping as long as water levels allow. Pool one is 75% full, pool two is about 2/3 full but will likely drop closer to 60% as that additional water moves into pool three, which is roughly 70% full. Currently, all water pumped is moving to pool 3 to gain quality flooded acres. 

The refuge marsh pool is dry. (and closed)

Shadden marsh does not have water this year.

Expected hunting success Fair to Good 
Comments

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To register, please go to  https://kdwpt.isportsman.net. This will be mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters. The card survey stations have been removed. Plan ahead and sign up for I-sportsman now.  

Please remember that trapping is also allowed on the Wildlife Area.

Rock Creek Boat Ramp is CLOSED

 The REFUGE is closed to all activities from Oct. 1 to Jan. 15
 



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 9/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers We are currently without a Manager for Hillsdale.  Pumping will be minimal for waterfowl season most likely.
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Minimal

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Minimal

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Minimal

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Minimal

Wade Branch Wetlands - Minimal

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - None

Comments  Remember to check-in to iSportsman prior to each hunt. 



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks: < 300 mixed ducks 

Geese: 25,000+ snow geese and a small number of Canada geese are on the area (<150) 

Waterfowl numbers on the area are fair to good right now and as a reminder boats or any other watercraft are NOT allowed during waterfowl season. 

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

Individuals wishing to hunt Unit #2 of the wildlife area must enter through the main gate and sign in at the guard house. Be sure to have a photo I.D. with you when checking in.

Hunters are required to drive maintained roads only. A map will be provided to all hunters showing open roads as well as parking areas. Vehicles are allowed to park in parking areas only.



MILFORD WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

We've had two floods back to back this fall so far.  The river crested 6 feet above flood stage in early September and 1 foot above in early October.  The lake is now just over 6 feet above conservation pool which has backed flood waters into wetlands and hunters will need to use extra caution when navigating the deep water.  The boat ramp on Gatesville/Lower smith is now accessible but Mall creek is not usable due to the flood waters being too high. 

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the numbers of waterfowl on the area.

Estimate of 500 ducks on the area.    

Lake level Current Level is 1150.62 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 5,000 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 482 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production was desirable in many of the wetland areas due to early dry conditions, prior to the flooding caused by the river and lake.  All managed wetlands currently have either pumped water or flood water in them.  The high flood waters have damaged the quality and food value of the vegetation in the wetlands.

No activites/hunting allowed in the Steve Lloyd Wetland/Refuge.

Motorized boats are only allowed in the Mall Creek wetland, electric motors are considered "motorized". All other public hunting wetlands are open to NON motorized boats and walk in hunting.

Expected hunting success Fair.  High flood waters may make hunting access more difficult.
Comments

Do NOT drive on dikes. Vehicles disrupt and discourage waterfowl from using the wetland areas. We have had several dikes being damaged due to unauthorized vehicles driving on them. Scouting is best done on foot to evaluate bird numbers and habitat conditions.

Please report any vehicles on dikes and anyone seen disturbing our pumps. Without the pumps in optimal condition we are unable to pump the wetlands to their greatest potential.

Remember - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Milford Wildlife Area. All hunters (youth included) must first register online by creating an account.  Hunters can then check in using the I-sportsman system from any phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.

https://www.ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Migratory-Birds/Ducks for more information on seasons and limits.



PERRY - Last Updated: 11/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 11/13/18 and approximately 11,000 ducks and 1,000 Geese were observed around the area with nearly all being down around Lake Perry as our wetlands have all froze over this past weekend. Mostly Mallards were observed with some Green Wing Teal, Gadwalls, and various diving ducks around as well. USE CAUTION WHEN ACCESSING KYLE MARSH'S WEST UNIT AS WATER LEVELS ARE STILL ABOVE NORMAL AND SOME AREAS ARE UNABLE TO BE ACCESSED BY WALK IN HUNTERS. Both East and West Kyle are full and boat access is available. We will continue to draw any units down that are above normal pool to get them down to a more desirable level. 

*DON'T FORGET TO USE THE ISPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM WHEN HUNTING AT PERRY WILDLIFE AREA. THIS IS A FREE AND REQUIRED DAILY HUNT PERMIT SYSTEM THAT ALL HUNTERS MUST USE WHEN ACCESSING THE AREA. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 5 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 3.25 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
The drought this summer has provided the opportunity for a lot of habitat work/renovation work to be completed around Perry. Large amounts of rain and flooding has filled/overfilled multiple wetlands. We are attempting to retain water in these wetlands.  Renovation work on Kyle Marsh is at the final stages of completion and the boat ramps will be completed soon. 
Expected hunting success Fair to Good
Comments
With the extreme drought this year, it allowed for significant work to be completed in nearly every pool. Everything from tree/brush removal, disking, spraying, and seeding were done in many different pools this summer.  
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools.  Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.

Kyle:  Significant flooding has led to Kyle Marsh filling to a overfull stage, we are retaining water and will be evaluating any damages from the flood. Kyle East: Major renovations have been done to the this unit of Kyle. Levee reconstruction, installation of a screw gate structure to move water from the East to the West, tree/brush clearing through the entire unit, millet and sorghum seeding throughout, and ditch work for improved drainage was all completed. Kyle West: FULL POOL This unit dried completely this year and allowed for a tremendous amount of native moist soil vegetation to grow which will provide endless amounts of food for ducks once flooded. We also spread some Japanese Millet in the mud flats of the West unit earlier this summer and it all is growing well. A boat lane was constructed to make for easier travel for boats from the ramp to the South end of the unit. Both boat ramps will also be renovated and additional gravel added for easier boat launching as well. HCR-10

West River: Once again, with help from the Leavenworth Ducks Unlimited Chapter we were able to spread Millet and Sorghum in both the upper and lower units of West River. A significant amount of tree/brush removal was conducted in both the upper and lower units of West River along with some cocklebur spraying, sorghum planting, and corn planting.  North- HCR-9, South- HCR-9. Pumping will continue in the upper unit, and we experienced flooding in the lower unit, we will continue to add water to the lower unit as time progresses. 

Upper Ferguson: This unit was mostly dry going into the spring/summer and never got any additional rain to supplement. With the extremely dry conditions in this pool, this promoted some marestail and ragweeds, however we still got a good crop of annual smartweeds and millets mixed in as well.   This is our refuge marsh and closes October 1st through January 15th.  HCR-7.

Lassister: West Unit: We dewatered this unit after 2 years of holding flood water from 2016 in order to deal with the Lotus and River Bullrush encroachment we were experiencing. We burned this entire unit this spring and disked the entire thing to set back all the Bullrush. This unit will remain dry this season and is planned to be farmed with corn next spring. East Unit: This unit got very dry this year and promoted a lot of annual sunflower growth and about half the unit was disked which set back some of those larger growing plants and promoted some more moist soil vegetation. This unit is runoff dependent and will need some significant rainfall to get huntable water levels. HCR: 7

Northwest: Nearly all woody vegetation was removed from within this unit. Corn was planted in this wetland to provide food for ducks and also to hep with the Reed Canarygrass issue that was covering most of the wetland. The new water control structure is installed in the East part of the wetland. This wetland will be able to be pumped with our new marsh pump that was constructed earlier this year. The tenant has cut his portion of corn in this wetland. This has a junior water right and is dependent on river flows, and we experienced flooding in this wetland and will be pumping to bring the water level up.   HCR-8  

Headquarters: This wetland was planted to corn and is runoff dependent still as we have plans to soon run a pipeline from our new marsh pump to the HQ marsh, however that will not be done until the Headquarters marsh expansion is completed. We are using farming as a technique to keep the area "cleaned up" from tree/brush growth so that once expansion work is ready to begin it will be much easier. We intend on starting the HQ marsh expansion as soon as next year. All of the Corn has been harvested in this wetland and we have left extra corn in Northwest Marsh. Boards have been added and we are retaining any water.

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was drawn down this spring and planted almost entirely to corn. The deer have done some significant damage to this corn, however there is still a good amount out there. This practice was not only to provide food for the ducks but to help remove the invasive Phragmites that was starting to show up in the unit.  HCR-7. This unit is reliant on runoff to fill and the corn will all remain unharvested in this pool. 

Hayward: FULL POOL Flooding has caused this marsh to be overfull and water was running over the spillway, water will be retained for this season. Hayward has been drained all summer and the vegetation growth has been good this summer with some Millet spread as well. HCR-8. This unit is dependent on runoff to fill and has a significant drainage, making it one of the easier units to fill up from rainfall. 

Reichart: FULL POOL Flooding has caused this marsh to fill and we will be retaining water for duck season. This unit was drawn down and a significant amount of brush/tree removal occurred. We also sprayed some non-desirables and drilled some millet. This unit also has corn planted in the upper half or so of the unit to help with reed canaraygrass issues. This wetland will be able to be pumped with our new marsh pump that was constructed earlier this year. The tenant has harvested the corn and left approximately 25% of the corn standing to be flooded for the ducks. This has a junior water right and is dependent on river flows, and we will pump soon.   HCR-8. 

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.

Perry WA has transitioned to a daily permit system called iSportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Perry WA. Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

   



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

40,000 ducks   200 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =9

Water level The lake is currently at 1100 and slowly decreasing. 
Hunting conditions Good, be careful there is a lot of deep water currently
Expected hunting success Moderate, the birds are here but still a lot of water and flooded crops for them to choose from
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area. 14th Rd south of the Black Vermillion Rd is closed due to flooding. Rolander is still closed at the bridge and the W.A. boat ramp parking areas are still under water.



This is a collection of all the Southwest Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 11/8/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

50,000-75,000 ducks. Still have a good mix of shovelers, teal, pintails, gadwall, wigeon, and a lot of divers.  Mallards currently make up about 10% of the ducks on the area.  Goose numbers have increased, around 50,000-75,000, few more whitefronts than Canadas and snows. 

If the report has not been updated in a few days, please assume that conditions and bird numbers are the same as the last update.

Water level

PIKE LOT IN 3B HAS A LOTOF WATER ON IT, AND IS CLOSED. USE FOOT CROSSINGS THROUGHOUT THE AREA UNLESS YOU LIKE FILLED WADERS.

Pool 1A is 50", 1B and 1C are around 45", 2 has about 32", 3A has 25", 3B has 25", 4A has 23", 4B has 23", 5 has 28". 

Water levels will not change much for the remainder of the season.

Hunting conditions

Pool 2:  Good moist soil production in areas that were sprayed the last couple years and in areas that were free of cattails.  About 200 acres of cattails was aerially sprayed on 8/1/18. 

Pool 3A:  All of the pool was aerially sprayed for cattails on 8/1/18.  Like always it will be closed to motorized boats. 

Pool 3B:  209 acres were disked twice and drilled to millet.  Another 40 acres was no-till drilled to millet.  Another 300 acres of cattails have been disked.  Good moist soil production. 

Pool 4A:  Some moist soil production. 

Pool 4B:  80 acres were disked twice and planted to millet.  Another 38 acres were no-till drilled to millet.  Good moist soil production. 

Pool 5: All 1,400 acres were burned and disked at least 5 times.  There are a few areas of cattails along the dike and in some deeper spots that are still too wet to disk.  Pool 5 will be open for teal season.

Burned an additional 1,500 acres of uplands and small wetlands in Pool 5 and 3B.

Use the foot crossings along the roads in all pools

Expected hunting success Fair.  Some of the water on private ground as dried up, but birds are still scattered and are figuring out where the refuges are.  For the period of 11/3-11/8, hunters have averaged 2.05 ducks per hunter.  During that period, 16.5% of the harvest was mallards.  Very few geese are being harvested at this time.
Comments

BE AWARE THAT THE WATER IS DEEP ENOUGH IN POOL 2 THAT THE CONCRETE BLINDS ARE FLOODED AND SUBMERGED JUST UNDER THE SURFACE OF THE WATER.

3A IS CLOSED TO MOTORIZED BOATS

MOTORIZED BOATS ALLOWED ONLY DURING OPEN WATERFOWL SEASON

LEGAL SHOOTING HOURS ARE 30 MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

UNLAWFUL TO SHOOT FROM ROADS OR DIKES ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

DO NOT PARK BLOCKING ROADS, GATES, BOAT RAMPS, FOOT CROSSINGS, ETC.

DO NOT LAUNCH BOATS FROM FOOT CROSSINGS.

NO TRASH POLICY ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

Teal - 9/8/18 to 9/23/18

Youth - 10/6/18 - 10/7/18

Regular Ducks, Low Plains Early Zone - 10/13/18 to 12/16/18 and 12/22/18 to 12/30/18

Goose Seasons:

Canada - 10/27/18 to 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 to 2/17/19

Whitefront - 10/27/18 to 12/30/18 and 1/26/19 to 2/17/19

Light - 10/27/18 to 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 to 2/17/19

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  

Hunters are required to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit 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.

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 CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx



ISABEL - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 11/11.
Water level All mapped pools are full from heavy rains 10/6 - 10/9.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  September 8-23, 2018

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 20-21, 2018

Ducks (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 27 - December 30, 2018, and January 19-27, 2018

Canada Geese:  October 27-28, 2018 and November 7, 2018 - February 17, 2019

White-Fronted Geese:  October 27 - December 30, 2018 and January 26 - February 17, 2019

Light Geese:  October 27-28, 2018 and November 7, 2018 - February 17, 2019

Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system this year. 

KDWPT IMPLEMENTED AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM STARTING THE 2015-2016 HUNTING SEASONS

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.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER.

PAPER PERMITS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT ISABEL WETLANDS. iSportsman WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY ON THIS AREA IN 2018-2019.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 200 ducks.
Water levels Pools 1, 2, 3A, 3B, 6, and 8 are full.  There is water north of Pool 6.  Pool 7 has been mowed and is currently being pumped.  Pools 3E and 3F are now nearly dry.  Pool 9 has some water with heavy vegetation and will be pumped to soon.
Hunting conditons Water levels are still high in Pools 1 and 2.  Pools 6 and 9 have heavy vegetation. 
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  9/8/18 - 9/23/18

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/6/18 - 10/7/18

Regular Ducks (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/13/18 - 12/16/18 and 12/22/18 -12/30/18

Goose Seasons:

Canada:  10/27/18 - 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 - 2/17/19

Whitefront:  10/27/18 - 12/30/18 and 1/26/19 - 2/17/19

Light:  10/27/18 - 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 - 2/17/19

KDWPT IS CONTINUING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2018-2019 HUNTING SEASONS

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.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER.

PAPER PERMITS MAY STILL BE AVAILABLE AT SOME OF THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.



This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 11/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Duck numbers from this past weekend are:  500 ducks, and 200 geese.
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  All marshes are planted to Japanese Millet and are full.   
Hunting conditions

 As of Tuesday, most of the lake and all of the marshes are frozen up.  Hopefully, more moderate temperatures and some wind will open these shallow waters up again.   

WARNING-New rip rap has been added to the Kingman State Lake dam and until the metal has been removed, it poses a hazard to hunters, fishermen, and their dogs. 

Expected hunting success Fair to good, but improving with any cold fronts that would move birds down.  Pressure is heavy and many animals are being hazed to the point that they are using private water. 
Comments Hunters! Bids closed for the NAWCA wetland project as of 10/17/2017.  We started moving dirt the week of November 13, 2017 and the north project was completed last winter.  We will be flooding those marshes west and north of the lake with a shallow depth in order to not threaten the integrity of the dikes while perennial vegetation is being established.   Also, a new kayak/canoe launch has been installed on the dam just west of the refuge line to aid launching boats across the rip rap.  We will be adding a hardened surface beside it to better facilitate launching.  The south part of the NAWCA project in the old Bison Marsh was not started in 2018 due to wet conditions, however, it will be flooded and the work put off until 2019.    



CHENEY - Last Updated: 9/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers  No water fowl observed at this time
Water level  Above Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 300 ducks were observed on 11/15/18.  Primarily mallard but some teal, goldeneye, and hooded mergansers were also present.  50 Canada geese. Additional ducks may be present within flooded vegetation at the upper ends of the lake, but are not easily viewed.  Scouting is encouraged prior to your hunt.                  
Water levels 0.2 feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 11/15/18.  
Hunting conditions Ice is beginning to form in shallows and wind protected areas during some days.  Habitat conditions are slightly improved as compared to most years.  Food producing vegetation became established on lake fringes as a result of drought conditions and declining lake levels.  In mid-August rains returned and gradually filled the lake in early September.  Flooding in October has diminished the quality of some of this vegetation however.    
Expected hunting success Fair.       
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct. 27 - Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 19-27, 2019.               



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 11/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 1500 ducks and 340 Canada geese observed on 11/7.   Flooded vegetation has made observation of ducks difficult.  Scouting encouraged prior to your hunt. 
Water level Approximately 0.43' above conservation elevation (1339') on 11/7.  
Hunting conditions Most of the summer the lake was approximately 4.5' below conservation pool.  Good moist soil production of vegetation has occurred along the exposed shore line and mud flat areas throughout the summer due to the low water levels.  With a recent raise in water level improved habitat conditions may enhance opportunities for waterfowl hunters.
Expected hunting success Fair-Good
Comments

NOTE: El Dorado Lake is located within the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Duck, Low Plains Southeast Zone:  Nov 10, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019 and Jan. 12-27, 2019

Canada Geese:   Oct. 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018- Feb. 17, 2019

White-Fronted Geese:   Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26-Feb. 17, 2019

Light Geese:   Oct 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

Light Geese, Conservation Order:   Feb. 18-April 20, 2019



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 50 waterfowl using the river at this time. 
Mallard Migration Rank=4 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level High
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 8-23, 2018

Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:18

Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

Season: November 10, 2018 - January 6, 2019 AND January 12-27, 2019

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 11/14/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

ATTENTION:  i-Sportsman is REQUIRED to hunt this area.  All hunters MUST use the electronic daily hunt permit system!  Please check in, report your harvest, and check out using i-Sportsman for each and every hunt.

Low Plains Early Zone duck season:  13 October - 16 December, and 22 - 30 December 2018.

Canada Goose season:  07 November 2018 - 17 February 2019.

White-fronted Goose season:  27 October - 30 December 2018, and 26 January - 17 February 2019.

Light Goose season:  07 November 2018 - 17 February 2019; spring conservation order 18 February - 30 April 2019.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018:

Duck and goose numbers are changing daily.  Fair numbers of mallards arrived on the cold fronts during the last week, along with the first good waves of geese.  As of Wednesday morning, the marshes were approximately 75% frozen.  Waterfowl numbers and ice conditions will change daily with the approaching weather pattern, and scouting will be key to locating open areas holding waterfowl.  The majority of the ducks and geese have found the Big Basin refuge, which is off limits to all activities.  

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited, AND THE NORTH REFUGE UNIT IS NOW IN EFFECT, along with the south refuge in the Big Basin.

Current Information  At this time, road conditions are fair, but with more rain and snow in the forecast for the weekend you should proceed with caution.
Water levels

Big Basin:  Most public hunting marshes are full.  

Chain of Lakes:  Most public hunting marshes are full.  

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Most public hunting marshes are full.  

Hunting conditions Conditions will hopefully be stable after the October flood event.  There should be plenty of water for the rest of the season!
Expected hunting success Fair.  Abundant water and food should have the ducks and hunters spread out a little more.
Comments

ATTENTION:

MPWL has transitioned to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register with i-Sportsman prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Kansas hunters should be aware that iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required on 25 wildlife areas, including McPherson Valley Wetlands (check the 2018 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary or kdwpt.isportsman.net for a list).

iSportsman replaces the old paper permits and allows hunters to conveniently check in and out using a telephone, smartphone or home computer. As with the old paper system, information gathered helps area managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference. The paper system was inconvenient for hunters and labor intensive for managers. 

**THERE IS A "NO TRASH POLICY" IN EFFECT AT MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS.  PLEASE CARRY OUT WHATEVER YOU CARRY IN, INCLUDING EMPTY HULLS AND OTHER TRASH.  PLEASE TRY TO LEAVE YOUR HUNTING SPOT AS CLEAN OR CLEANER THAN IT WAS WHEN YOU ARRIVED.  THANKS!!!

REFUGE AREAS:   THE SOUTH REFUGE AREA IN THE BIG BASIN IS OFF-LIMITS TO ALL ACTIVITIES, AND THIS INCLUDES DUCK HUNTING.  THERE IS NO HUNTING OR PUBLIC ACCESS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED IN THE REFUGE!!

The Little Sinkhole/Farland Lake marsh unit is included in the EARLY low-plains duck zone (as is the rest of MPWL).

All shotgun hunters at McPherson Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 11/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 60 waterfowl present on the area at this time. Should be more coming in with this next cold front.  
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:5

 This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water
 level
All pools have some water in them.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Fair/Good
Comments

SCWL is using a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at SCWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 8-23, 2018
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 27, 2018-Dec. 30, 2018 AND Jan. 19-27, 2019
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

Also, all shotgun hunters at Slate Creek Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

 Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgment before entering these roadways.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620)-876-5730. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics.



MARION - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Current duck numbers are close to 500 with the main species being Green-winged teal with Mallard, Gadwall, and hooded and common Merganser. Goose numbers are over 200, mostly Canada with a few snow geese mixed in.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=5 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is currently 1348.97 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Good.

Lake levels have been below conservation pool for all of 2018. Some of the boat ramps are still closed.

There has been very good moist soil production on the shoreline and mudflats (yellow nut sedge, smartweed, barnyard grass), and this vegetation is starting to see significant flooding now that the water levels have started to rise. Crops in the areas surrounding the reservoir have been poor due to drought this year.

0% Ice coverage.

Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments Remember Marion Reservoir has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on.



This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

11/14/18

Small pockets of mallards were observed this week near various locations along the shorelines of Toronto Reservoir. Canada geese have been seen using crop fields in the area but not the reservoir.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 and Jan. 12-27, 2019. The season for Canada geese and light geese opens initially for two days Oct. 27 and 28, 2018. It then opens again Nov. 7, 2018 and runs until Feb. 17, 2019. The season for white-fronted geese opens Oct. 27 through Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26 through Feb. 17, 2019. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 18 to Apr. 30, 2019.

Water level The reservoir is 1.13 ft. above conservation pool level. Wetlands are full.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is approximately 0% frozen over. Remain cautious of potentially muddy low-lying areas and possible flood debris.
Expected hunting success Based on observations, hunting success may be moderate. Ducks may be spending time on ponds as the temperatures rise somewhat, and they open up again.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

11/15/18

Small pockets of mallards were observed this week near various locations along the shorelines of the reservoir. Canada geese have been showing up in greater numbers and using crop fields in the area.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 and Jan. 12-27, 2019. The season for Canada geese and light geese opens initially for two days Oct. 27 and 28, 2018. It then opens again Nov. 7, 2018 and runs until Feb. 17, 2019. The season for white-fronted geese opens Oct. 27 through Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26 through Feb. 17, 2019. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 18 to Apr. 30, 2019.

Water level The reservoir is 1.39 ft. above conservation pool level. Wetlands are full.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is approximately 0% frozen over. Remain cautious of potentially muddy low-lying areas and possible flood debris.
Expected hunting success Based on observations, hunting success may be moderate. Ducks may be spending time on ponds as the temperatures rise somewhat, and they open up again.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 10,000 mallards, 1500 divers, 2,500 mixed puddlers, 500 light geese, 250 dark geese.  
Water level Current Level: 1043.08  Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0
Hunting conditions

Teal Season- Low Plains- Sept. 8th-23rd

Duck Season- Southeast Zone-  Opens Nov. 10, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019       and        January 12, 2019  through January 27, 2019.

Reservoir is still ice free, but expect it to start closing up in near future.  Boats ramps are all open and accessible as of 11/05/18.   Big and little marshes below dam are pretty much iced up.  Ducks keeping hole open in big marsh.  Birds are scattered around lake, but concentrations can be found at major creek entrances, such as mouth of Otter Creek.  

     Lower marsh is currently 100% full,  and consist of some millet and moist soil annuals.  Upper Marsh below dam is 100% full.   All department managed marshes are open for public waterfowl hunting, and are located below John Redmond Dam south of spillway.  Beware, both the upper and lower marsh's contain some deep water in lower portions, well over 6 feet in depth.   The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership.  

Expected hunting success

 Average.  If you have boat and are able to access remote areas of reservoir, especially timbered creeks out of the wind, I would expect to have above average success.  

To see real time John Redmond elevations please visit----                                                 http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html

Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers > 40,000.  Good mix of mallards and early migrants (pintail, gadwall, shoveller, teal).
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 5.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels Good water levels in all units.  Still discharging flood water from Unit G.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Considerable ice every day so far this week, but still some open water.  Ice is 1/2" thick at Unit A boat ramps.  Access is challenging due to ice.
Hunting success Opening day:  583 ducks / 201 hunters = 2.9 success.  Sunday and Monday:  287 ducks / 134 hunters = 2.1 success.
Comments

All hunters must check-in daily using iSportsman electronic check-in from a PC, smartphone, or by phone before hunting and check out at the end of the hunt regardless of harvest.  We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman and check station requirements. Please remember to fill out the check-out report with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.  Go to:

https://kdwpt.isportsman.net

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.  Boats must have sufficient PFDs for occupants.

Go to MDCWA and click the "News" icon near the top for more information on general waterfowl habitat.  Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/9/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the number of waterfowl on the area.   

Mallard Migration Rank = 0 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

11/09/2018 ( 11:00 AM )---

                      3 Duck Marsh- Both units are pumped and full of water, 50 unknown ducks were observed.  

                      Willow Marsh- North and South units are pumped and full, about 20 ducks were observed in the air.

                      Sundance Marsh- About 150 ducks were observed at the time of this survey. Mostly Mallards.

                      Lowman's Cove- Full of water.

                      Shoveler Slough- LOCATION:  South parking lot for this Shoveler Slough is at the intersection of W 317th St. & S Davies Rd. 30 ducks were observed at the time of this survey. (NOTE: Motorized boats are prohibited)

                      Refuge- About 1500 unknown ducks and 20 coots were observed. 

Water level Lake level = 1037.68; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         0% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions Japanese and German millet (50/50 mix) has been drilled in all 5 of our wetlands and is limited due to drought conditions throughout the summer. Millet as well as Milo was planted in alternating strips throughout all of our wetlands to provide varying structure heights as well as options for ducks to feed on moist soil vegetation and grains. Varying food sources an abundance of invertebrates should provide enough food for the ducks to hang around all season.    
Expected hunting success Fair 
Comments

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/  For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Road.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

The Refuge Area is CLOSED October 1st through January 15th.



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers
ATTENTION- Motorized watercraft permitted only during an open waterfowl season per posted notice regulation 115-8-19.

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) is required for all hunters, We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman and check station requirements. 

40,000 ducks; mainly Mallards and Teal. Good numbers of Gadwall, Pintail, Wigeon, and mixed divers. 200 Canada Geese, 500 White-fronted Geese

Mallard Migration Rank

MMR=5

0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level
All BOATS MUST OPERATE AT NO-WAKE SPEEDS WITHIN BOATING CANALS

Pool 1- 75% full

Pool 2A- 75% full

Pool 2B- 75% full

Pool 4B- 80% full

Pool 4A- 80% full

Pool 5- Water within the ditches

Pool 6- Full

Pools 7 and 8- Dry (These pools rely on rainfall/runoff to fill; will remain dry until crops are harvested)

Refuge - roughly 15" low (approx. 700 acres) Many acres of ideal water depths.

We were able to keep most of the flood water out of the area and there were no immediate damages to habitat or infrastructure.

South Unit- Dry and will remain dry for 2018-2019 seasons for renovation work (see "Area News").

For more information on the water level conditions for upcoming season please see the area news by clicking link below and clicking on the "NEWS" icon.

      
Hunting conditions

Excellent.

Corn and millet production was exceptional this year. Moist soil seed production was some of the best we have seen on the area and we are extremely pleased. Habitat and water levels are excellent for this time of year. Please keep in mind that it is a long season and we will continually be staging water levels up throughout the season providing more food with each stage up.  

Please see the area news page for a breakdown of habitat types within each pool.     

Expected hunting success
Southeast Zone Regular Duck Season November 10, 2018- January 6, 2019 and January 12-27, 2019

GOOD

Regular season first three days have been good, with an average just over 3 birds per hunter.

 We still have hunters that have not checked out of the iSportsman system from last season.  Please check to make sure it is not you.  Thanks         

Comments
If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks

Neosho WA requires all hunters to utilize the daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/to register prior to hunting season.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, each individual hunter needs to check in/out and report his/her harvest totals. i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.

For additional area news please visit the area website at: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News.



S OBSERVED WERE ELK CITY - Last Updated: 11/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Around 1,000 ducks have been observed around the lake and on the wetlands. Most of the ducks observed were mallards. About 3,000 snow geese have showed up as well.
Water level Reservoir water level is currently holding steady a little above pool elevation. GOOD WATER AMOUNTS IN WETLANDS.
Hunting conditions GOOD VEGETATION EXCEPT WHERE REPEATED FLOODING HAS TAKEN A TOLL. Most of the shallow water areas have froze up and are expected to stay that way with lows in the teens and twenties for the next couple of nights. Warmer temps return towards the end of the week.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good.
Comment For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/26/2014 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1500 ducks, 
Water level Lake is 972.41 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.



Federal Migratory Bird Regulations
The following is a synopsis of Federal Regulations that pertain to the hunting of migratory game birds. Persons requiring more information should go to http://www.fws.gov/hunting/whatres.html, where they will find a complete version of 50 CFR Part 20. When State law is different from the following Federal law the hunter must comply with the most restrictive law.
What terms do I need to understand?

Migratory Birds are birds protected by federal law as a result of treaties signed with other countries. Protected migratory birds are listed in Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations, Section. 10.13. This list includes almost all birds found in the United States with the exception of the house sparrow, feral pigeon (commonly called rock dove), European starling, Eurasian collared-dove, mute swan, and upland game birds (which are protected by state laws).

All migratory birds are protected. However, a subset of migratory birds classified as migratory game birds and may be hunted in accordance with State and Federal regulations. The list of migratory game birds includes species of ducks, geese (including brant), swans, doves and pigeons, cranes, rails, coots, gallinules and moorhens, woodcock and snipe, if there is an open season.

Daily bag limit means the maximum number of migratory game birds of a single species or combination (aggregate) of species permitted to be taken by one person in any one day during the open season in any one specified geographic area for which a daily bag limit is prescribed.

Aggregate daily bag limit means the maximum number of migratory game birds permitted to be taken by one person in any one day during the open season when such person hunts in more than one specified geographic area and/or for more than one species for which a combined daily bag limit is prescribed. The aggregate daily bag limit is equal to, but shall not exceed, the largest daily bag limit prescribed for any one species or for any one specified geographic area in which taking occurs.

Possession limit means the maximum number of migratory game birds of a single species or a combination of species permitted to be possessed by any one person when lawfully taken in the United States in any one specified geographic area for which a possession limit is prescribed.

Aggregate possession limit means the maximum number of migratory game birds of a single species or combination of species taken in the United States permitted to be possessed by any one person when taking and possession occurs in more than one specified geographic area for which a possession limit is prescribed. The aggregate possession limit is equal to, but shall not exceed, the largest possession limit prescribed for any one of the species or specified geographic areas in which taking and possession occurs.

Personal abode means one’s principal or ordinary home or dwelling place, as distinguished from one’s temporary or transient place of abode or dwelling such as a hunting club, or any club house, cabin, tent or trailer house used as a hunting club, or any hotel, motel or rooming house used during a hunting, pleasure or business trip.

Migratory bird preservation facility means:

(1) Any person who, at their residence or place of business and for hire or other consideration; or

(2) Any taxidermist, cold-storage facility or locker plant which, for hire or other consideration; or

(3) Any hunting club which, in the normal course of operations; receives, possesses, or has in custody any migratory game birds belonging to another person for purposes of picking, cleaning, freezing, processing, storage or shipment.

Normal agricultural planting, harvesting, or post-harvest manipulation means a planting or harvesting undertaken for the purpose of producing and gathering a crop, or manipulation after such harvest and removal of grain, that is conducted in accordance with official recommendations of State Extension Specialists of the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Normal agricultural operation means a normal agricultural planting, harvesting, post-harvest manipulation, or agricultural practice that is conducted in accordance with official recommendations of State Extension Specialists of the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Normal soil stabilization practice means a planting for agricultural soil erosion control or post-mining land reclamation conducted in accordance with official recommendations of State Extension Specialists of the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for agricultural soil erosion control.

Baited area means any area on which salt, grain, or other feed has been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered, if that salt, grain, or other feed could serve as a lure or attraction for migratory game birds to, on, or over areas where hunters are attempting to take them. Any such area will remain a baited area for ten days following the complete removal of all such salt, grain, or other feed.

Baiting means the direct or indirect placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering of salt, grain, or other feed that could serve as a lure or attraction for migratory game birds to, on, or over any areas where hunters are attempting to take them.

Manipulation means the alteration of natural vegetation or agricultural crops by activities that include but are not limited to mowing, shredding, discing, rolling, chopping, trampling, flattening, burning, or herbicide treatments. The term manipulation does not include the distributing or scattering of grain, seed, or other feed after removal from or storage on the field where grown.

Natural vegetation means any non-agricultural, native, or naturalized plant species that grows at a site in response to planting or from existing seeds or other propagules. The term natural vegetation does not include planted millet. However, planted millet that grows on its own in subsequent years after the year of planting is considered natural vegetation.

What hunting methods are illegal?

No persons shall take migratory game birds:

  • With a trap, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than 10 gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machinegun, fish hook, poison, drug, explosive, or stupefying substance;
  • With a shotgun of any description capable of holding more than three shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassembling the gun, so its total capacity does not exceed three shells. This restriction does not apply during dates States haves selected under the Conservation Order for light geese (i.e. greater and lesser snow and Ross’s geese) or those selected for the control of resident Canada geese.

    Migratory Birds Season Dates

  • From or by means, aid, or use of a sinkbox or any other type of low floating device, having a depression affording the hunter a means of concealment beneath the surface of the water;
  • From or by means, aid, or use of any motor vehicle, motor-driven land conveyance, or aircraft of any kind, except that paraplegics and persons missing one or both legs may take from any stationary motor vehicle or stationary motor-driven land conveyance;
  • From or by means of any motorboat or other craft having a motor attached, or any sailboat, unless the motor has been completely shut off and/or the sails furled, and its progress there from has ceased;
  • By the use or aid of live birds as decoys; although not limited to, it shall be a violation of this paragraph for any person to take migratory waterfowl on an area where tame or captive live ducks or geese are present unless such birds are and have been for a period of 10 consecutive days prior to such taking, confined within an enclosure which substantially reduces the audibility of their calls and totally conceals such birds from the sight of wild migratory waterfowl;
  • By the use or aid of recorded or electrically amplified bird calls or sounds, or recorded or electrically amplified imitations of bird calls or sounds. This restriction does not apply during dates States haves selected under the Conservation Order for light geese (i.e. greater and lesser snow and Ross’s geese) or those selected for the control of resident Canada geese.

    Migratory Birds Season Dates

  • By means or aid of any motor driven land, water, or air conveyance, or any sailboat used for the purpose of or resulting in the concentrating, driving, rallying, or stirring up of any migratory bird;
  • By the aid of baiting, or on or over any baited area, where a person knows or reasonably should know that the area is or has been baited.

It is legal to take migratory game birds including waterfowl, coots, and cranes, on or over the following lands or areas that are not otherwise baited areas:

  • Standing crops or flooded standing crops (including aquatics);
  • Standing, flooded, or manipulated natural vegetation; flooded harvested croplands; or lands or areas where seeds or grains have been scattered solely as the result of a normal agricultural planting, harvesting, post-harvest manipulation or normal soil stabilization practice;
  • From a blind or other place of concealment camouflaged with natural vegetation;
  • From a blind or other place of concealment camouflaged with vegetation from agricultural crops, as long as such camouflaging does not result in the exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of grain or other feed; or
  • Standing or flooded standing agricultural crops where grain is inadvertently scattered solely as a result of a hunter entering or exiting a hunting area, placing decoys, or retrieving downed birds.

It is legal to take migratory game birds, except waterfowl, coots and cranes, on or over lands or areas that are not otherwise baited areas, and where grain or other feed has been distributed or scattered solely as the result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed on the land where grown, or solely as the result of a normal agricultural operation.

Wanton waste of migratory game birds No person shall kill or cripple any migratory game bird without making a reasonable effort to retrieve the bird, and retain it in his actual custody, at the place where taken or between that place and either (a) his automobile or principal means of land transportation; or (b) his personal abode or temporary or transient place of lodging; or (c) a migratory bird preservation facility; or (d) a post office; or (e) a common carrier facility.


Non-toxic Shot No person may take ducks, geese (including brant), or coots while possessing shot (either in shotshells or as loose shot for muzzleloading) other than approved non-toxic shot. For a list of approved non-toxic shot, see (http://fws.gov/migratorybirds/issues/nontoxic.htm)

Opening Day of a Season No person on the opening day of the season shall possess any freshly killed migratory game birds in excess of the daily bag limit, or aggregate daily bag limit, whichever applies.

Field Possession Limit No person shall possess, have in custody, or transport more than the daily bag limit or aggregate daily bag limit, whichever applies, of migratory game birds, tagged or not tagged, at or between the place where taken and either (a) his automobile or principal means of land transportation; or (b) his personal abode or temporary or transient place of lodging; or (c) a migratory bird preservation facility; or (d) a post office; or (e) a common carrier facility.

Tagging requirement No person shall put or leave any migratory game birds at any place (other than at his personal abode), or in the custody of another person for picking, cleaning, processing, shipping, transportation, or storage (including temporary storage), or for the purpose of having taxidermy services performed, unless such birds have a tag attached, signed by the hunter, stating his address, the total number and species of birds, and the date such birds were killed. Migratory game birds being transported in any vehicle as the personal baggage of the possessor shall not be considered as being in storage or temporary storage.

Custody of birds of another No person shall receive or have in custody any migratory game birds belonging to another person unless such birds are properly tagged.

Termination of possession Subject to all other requirements of this part, the possession of birds taken by any hunter shall be deemed to have ceased when such birds have been delivered by him to another person as a gift; or have been delivered by him to a post office, a common carrier, or a migratory bird preservation facility and consigned for transport by the Postal Service or a common carrier to some person other than the hunter.

Gift of migratory game birds No person may receive, possess, or give to another, any freshly killed migratory game birds as a gift, except at the personal abodes of the donor or donee, unless such birds have a tag attached, signed by the hunter who took the birds, stating such hunter's address, the total number and species of birds and the date such birds were taken.

Transportation of birds of another No person shall transport migratory game birds belonging to another person unless such birds are properly tagged.

Species identification requirement No person shall transport within the United States any migratory game birds, except doves and band-tailed pigeons, unless the head or one fully feathered wing remains attached to each such bird at all times while being transported from the place where taken until they have arrived at the personal abode of the possessor or a migratory bird preservation facility.

Marking package or container No person shall transport by the Postal Service or a common carrier migratory game birds unless the package or container in which such birds are transported has the name and address of the shipper and the consignee and an accurate statement of the numbers of each species of birds therein contained clearly and conspicuously marked on the outside thereof.

Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp The law requires that each waterfowl hunter 16 years of age and older must carry on his person a Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) that is validated by the hunter signing the stamp in ink across the face of the stamp.

More restrictive regulations may apply to National Wildlife Refuges opened to public hunting. For additional information on refuge specific regulations see http://www.fws.gov/refuges/

State Waterfowl Regulations

This migratory bird information is being provided as a service to hunters. It has been prepared as a guide only and is not a complete list of regulations. For more detailed legal information, contact the KDWP Law Enforcement Division, or complete regulations may also be viewed and printed online. Just click here.

Kansas Duck Hunting Zones

Google Earth Duck Zones (OCTET-STREAM 321.00 kB)

High Plains Unit: That portion of Kansas west of federal highway US-283

Low Plains Early Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from the federal highway US-283 and state highway US-96 junction, then east on federal highway US-96 to its junction with federal highway US-183, then north on federal highway US-183 to its junction with federal highway US-24, then east on federal highway US-24 to its junction with federal highway US-281, then north on federal highway US-281 to its junction with federal highway US-36, then east on federal highway US-36 to its junction with state highway K-199, then south on state highway K-199 to its junction with Republic County 30th Road, then south on Republic County 30th Road to its junction with state highway K-148, then east on state highway K-148 to its junction with Republic County 50th Road,  then south on Republic County 50th Road to its junction with Cloud County 40th Road, then south on Cloud County 40th Road to its junction with state highway K-9, then west on state highway K-9 to its junction with federal highway US-24, then west on federal highway US-24 to its junction with federal highway US-181, then south on federal highway US-181 to its junction with state highway K-18, then west on state highway K-18 to its junction with federal highway US-281, then south on federal highway US-281 to its junction with state highway K-4, then east on state highway K-4 to its junction with interstate highway I-135, then south on interstate highway I–135 to its junction with state highway K-61, then southwest on state highway K-61 to its junction with McPherson County 14th Avenue, then south on McPherson County 14th Avenue to its junction with McPherson County Arapaho Rd, then west on McPherson County Arapaho Rd to its junction with state highway K-61, then southwest on state highway K-61 to its junction with state highway K-96, then northwest on state highway K-96 to its junction with federal highway US-56, then southwest on federal highway US-56 to its junction with state highway K-19, then east on state highway K-19 to its junction with federal highway US-281, then south on federal highway US-281 to its junction with federal highway US-54, then west on federal highway US-54 to its junction with federal highway US-183, then north on federal highway US-183 to its junction with federal highway US-56, then southwest on federal highway US-56 to its junction with North Main Street in Spearville, Kansas, then south on  North Main Street to Davis Street in Spearville, Kansas, then east on Davis Street to Ford County Road 126 (South Stafford Street in Spearville, Kansas), then south on Ford County Road 126 to Garnett Road, then east on Garnett Road to Ford County Road 126, then south on Ford County Road 126 to Ford Spearville Road, then west on Ford Spearville Road to its junction with federal highway US-400, then northwest on federal highway US-400 to its junction with federal highway US-283, and then north on federal highway US-283 to its junction with federal highway US-96.

Low Plains Late Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from the federal highway US-283 and federal highway US-96 junction, then north on federal highway US-283 to the Kansas-Nebraska state line, then east along the Kansas-Nebraska state line to its junction with the Kansas-Missouri state line, then southeast along the Kansas-Missouri state line to its junction with state highway K-68, then west on state highway K-68 to its junction with interstate highway I-35, then southwest on interstate highway I-35 to its junction with Butler County NE 150th Street, then west on Butler County NE 150th Street to its junction with federal highway US-77, then south on federal highway US-77 to its junction with the Kansas-Oklahoma state line, then west along the Kansas-Oklahoma state line to its junction with federal highway US-283, then north on federal highway US-283 to its junction with federal highway US-400, then east on federal highway US-400 to its junction with Ford Spearville Road, then east on Ford Spearville Road to Ford County Road 126, then north on Ford County Road 126 to Garnett Road, then west on Garnett Road to Ford County Road 126, then north on Ford County Road 126 (South Stafford Street in Spearville, Kansas) to Davis Street in Spearville, Kansas, then west on Davis Street to North Main Street in Spearville, Kansas, then north on  North Main Street to its junction with federal highway US-56, then east on federal highway US-56 to its junction with federal highway US-183, then south on federal highway US-183 to its junction with federal highway US-54, then east on federal highway US-54 to its junction with federal highway US-281, then north on federal highway US-281 to its junction with state highway K-19, then west on state highway K-19 to its junction with federal highway US-56, then east on federal highway US-56 to its junction with state highway K-96, then southeast on state highway K-96 to its junction with state highway K-61, then northeast on state highway K-61 to its junction with McPherson County Arapaho Road, then east on McPherson County Arapaho Road to its junction with McPherson County 14th Avenue, then north on McPherson County 14th Avenue to its junction with state highway K-61, then east on state highway K-61 to its junction with interstate highway I-135, then north on interstate highway I-135 to its junction with state highway K-4, then west on state highway K-4 to its junction with federal highway US-281, then north on federal highway US-281 to its junction with state highway K-18, then east on state highway K-18 to its junction with federal highway US-181, then north on federal highway US-181 to its junction with federal highway US-24, then east on federal highway US-24 to its junction with state highway K-9, then east on state highway K-9 to its junction with Cloud County 40th Road, then north on Cloud County 40th Road to its junction with Republic County 50th Road, then north on Republic County 50th Road to its junction with state highway K-148, then west on state highway K-1­48 to its junction with Republic County 30th Road, then north on Republic County 30th Road to its junction with state highway K-199, then north on state highway K-199 to its junction with federal highway US-36, then west on federal highway US-36 to its junction with federal highway US-281, then south on federal highway US-281 to its junction with federal highway US-24, then west on federal highway US-24 to its junction with federal highway US-183, then south on federal highway US-183 to its junction with federal highway US-96, and then west on federal highway US-96 to its junction with federal highway US-283.

Low Plains Southeast Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from the Kansas-Missouri state line west on state highway K-68 to its junction with interstate highway I-35, then southwest on interstate highway I-35 to its junction with Butler County NE 150th  Street, then west on Butler County NE 150th Street to its junction with federal highway US-77, then south on federal highway US-77 to the Kansas-Oklahoma State line, then east along the Kansas–Oklahoma state line to its junction with the Kansas-Missouri state line, and then north along the Kansas-Missouri state line to its junction with state highway K-68.

Permits & Stamps

All waterfowl hunters 16 and older must have a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Waterfowl Stamp), and all hunters who are required to obtain a hunting license must also have a Kansas State Waterfowl Stamp and a Kansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) stamp before hunting ducks, geese, or mergansers. (Those not required to have a Kansas hunting license include people hunting their own land, and residents 15 and younger)

NEW FOR 2016:  The 48 Hour Waterfowl hunt license is no longer available for KS waterfowl hunters, it has been replaced by the Annual Hunt License.

Annual Hunting License - All resident hunters age 16 through 74 must have a resident hunting license unless exempt by Kansas Law.  Nonresident hunters, regardless of age, must have a nonresident hunting license.  Annual hunting licenses can be purchased online by clicking here or through all licensed agents, or Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism offices.

Waterfowl Stamps and Licence - All Waterfowl stamps and licenses can be bought at any licensed Agent , Pratt Operations Office , or online, EXCEPT for the Federal Waterfowl Stamp which is bought at a US Post Office, KDWPT Regional and Park Offices, and select license agents.  All Waterfowl stamps are good through season.

  • Kansas HIP Stamp: $2.50
  • State Waterfowl Stamp: $10
  • Federal Waterfowl Stamp: $26.50 - Purchased at any KDWP office or at any US Post Office.

State stamps are available at any licensed agent, online , Pratt Operations Office or Regional office. Federal stamps are available at a US Post Office, Pratt Operations Office or Regional office . Federal stamps must be signed across the face of the stamp.

Waterfowl stamps are not required to hunt Coot, Dove, Rail, Snipe, Woodcock, or Sandhill Crane. HIP is required.

If hunting Sandhill Crane, in addition to a hunting license ( if required), a federal sandhill crane hunting permit issued through and validated by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is required to hunt cranes. Crane permits obtained in other states are not valid in Kansas. The validated permit ($7.50 validation fee) is available at any licensed agent , online , Pratt Operations Office , or Regional office .

All Kansas sandhill crane hunters must pass the "Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters" before obtaining a sandhill crane hunting permit.

"Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters." Click this link to take an online test that provides information about identifying whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, and look-alike species, as well as the hunter’s ability to choose safe shots. The test is both entertaining and informative and only takes a few minutes.

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Information

Avian influenza, or “bird flu” as it is commonly called, is a naturally-occurring disease in wild waterfowl caused by various strains of avian-type influenza. In the past, the disease in wild birds has been of little concern, because it usually causes either mild or no clinical signs in them. In domestic poultry flocks, however, some strains of avian influenza are deadly and are classified as “highly pathogenic.” 

Some species of wild birds, such as mallards, can carry the highly pathogenic strains of influenza without becoming ill; whereas other species, such as swans, are sensitive to the virus and are more likely to sicken and die.  

Kansas Dept. of Agriculture Avian Influenza Information

Kansas Dept. of Agriculture News Releases

Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment Avian Influenza Information

Centers for Disease Control Information on Avian Influenza

mallard pair

Mallards - photo Mike Blair

How is avian influenza detected in wild birds?

Various methods are used to detect avian influenza in wild birds. One method is to take samples from live or hunter-killed birds. The sampling procedure involves quick and simple swabs of the throat and cloaca (combine

Another method used to detect avian influenza in wild birds is through surveillance of waterfowl areas for suspicious deaths in sensitive species. When mortalities occur that are not due to commonon diseases, injury, or natural death, the appropriate samples are taken and submitted for laboratory testing. d genital/anal opening) which do not harm the live bird nor do they affect the edibility of the meat. After sampling, the live bird is returned to the wild, whereas bagged birds can be taken home and enjoyed for dinner. (The sampling procedure is not a test of food safety.) The swabs are then sent to a laboratory for diagnostic testing.

Should I be afraid of avian influenza?

The chances of a hunter encountering the virus are extremely low. Furthermore, in its current form, the virus is not easily contracted by humans.

Although the risk of encountering avian influenza is very low, should I be cautious?

Hunters should always take reasonable routine precautions when handling wild game. The following information provided by the USGS will also help protect you from other transmissible diseases such as tularemia.

How to kill the virus: 
Thoroughly washing hands with soap and water (or with alcohol-based hand products if the hands are not visibly soiled) is a very effective method for inactivating influenza viruses. These viruses are also inactivated with many common disinfectants such as detergents, 10% household bleach, alcohol or other commercial disinfectants. The virus is more difficult to inactivate in organic material such as feces or soil.

Hunters should follow routine precautions when handling game:

  • Do not handle or eat sick game.
  • Wear rubber or disposable latex gloves while handling and cleaning game, wash hands as described above, and thoroughly clean knives, equipment and surfaces that come in contact with game.
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling animals.
  • All game should be thoroughly cooked (well done or 160° F).

The general public should observe wildlife, including wild birds, from a distance. This protects you from possible exposure to pathogens and minimizes disturbance to the animal.

  • Avoid touching wildlife. If there is contact with wildlife do not rub eyes, eat, drink, or smoke before washing hands with soap and water as described above.
  • Do not pick up diseased or dead wildlife. Contact your state, tribal or federal natural resource agency if a sick or dead animal is found.

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