Ducks

Duck

Most of the 27 species of ducks which frequent Kansas are produced in states and the Canadian provinces to the north. Although 14 species of ducks are known to have nested in Kansas, the major portion of the resident breeding population, estimated at about 20,000 pairs, is composed of wood ducks, blue-winged teal and mallards.

From 1984 through 2003 the total number of ducks reported during the 14 surveys conducted annually (two per month, September through March) on major waterfowl areas in Kansas varied from a high of 3,959,000 in 1998 to a low of 1,194,000 in 1991, and averaged approximately 2,081,000 annually. Generally speaking, duck numbers and harvest declined from levels experienced during the 1970’s, when an all time high of 10,015,000 ducks were reported during waterfowl surveys in 1972, and the average number observed each year (1970-79) was 5,820,000. This decline in Kansas duck numbers is largely due to loss of breeding habitat in Canada and states north of Kansas, aging of our reservoirs, and changing agricultural practices in our state.

Central Flyway

The five most common ducks observed during the 14 annual surveys in Kansas include the mallard, northern pintail, green-winged teal, gadwall and blue-winged teal. Kansas is about half way down the Central Flyway’s eastern tier of states, an area crossed by some of the major migration routes of ducks. Of the five most common ducks, blue-winged teal are the first to arrive, peaking in September and early October. The next major influx of migrants occurs in late October and early November. Northern pintail begin a major buildup in late October, with green-winged teal and gadwall arriving and peaking during the first half of November. Mallards are the last of the top five to arrive, peaking in late December. The mallard is king in our state, with numbers observed commonly reaching 300,000 during the second half of December.

Although the migration chronology of Kansas ducks varies considerably from year to year, depending on weather, there is usually a gradual increase in duck numbers beginning in late August and peaking during December or early January. While data summarized on a statewide basis may show a gradual buildup of ducks, the numbers observed on a particular wetland may have migration characteristics quite different from the “state average”. A common misconception is that there is a gradual movement of ducks, north to south, during the fall and early winter periods. However, a shallow marsh near the Oklahoma border may have peak numbers in late October while a reservoir near the Nebraska border may not see maximum numbers until late December. Within Kansas, the type of habitat has a greater influence on the timing and species composition of the duck migration than does the location.

Over the long term, the fall and winter populations of ducks in Kansas should roughly correlate with the breeding population index for these species. However, numbers observed are influenced by habitat conditions in our state. Even in years of high flyway populations, poor habitat conditions in Kansas will lower fall populations and harvest in Kansas. Conversely, in years of low flyway populations, good habitat conditions in Kansas will raise Kansas fall populations and harvest.

mallard pair

Mallards - photo Mike Blair

During the past six years (1999-2004), Kansas duck hunters averaged approximately 119,000 duck hunting days, and harvested about 228,000 ducks annually. The highest Kansas duck harvest reported occurred in 1971, when an estimated 430,000 ducks were taken. In recent years, mallards have comprised about 50 percent of the total harvest, followed by gadwall at about 14 percent, and green-winged teal at 12 percent.

The future of ducks, unlike geese, is troubling. The long term degradation and loss of wetlands and native prairie on their breeding grounds is a serious problem that is difficult to address. The combination of the agricultural Conservation Reserve Program and record breaking rainfall allowed breeding numbers to rebound during the 1990’s to levels similar to those observed during 1970’s. However, discontinuance of the Conservation Reserve Program, or a return to normal rainfall levels on the breeding grounds, will have severe negative impacts on duck production and fall flights. Federal and state agencies, along with a number of private organizations are working to maintain quality breeding habitat, but the task is difficult and far from being accomplished.

CURRENT WATERFOWL NUMBERS ON WILDLIFE AREAS

For weekly updates on waterfowl numbers on Wildlife Areas during the fall and winter period go to the regional waterfowl reports.

REGULATIONS

Waterfowl Hunting regulations are set annually. Click here to view the latest Kansas Hunting & Furharvesting Regulations Summary.

Youth Waterfowl Seasons: In each of the duck zones, two days are set aside for youth waterfowl hunting (ducks and dark geese). Hunters 15 and younger may hunt under the supervision of an adult 18 or older. The adult may NOT hunt.

Youth Season Daily Bag Limit: 6 Six ducks, which may include no more than five mallards (only two of which may be hens), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two canvasbacks, and one pintail.  The daily bag may comprise six of any  other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.

Youth Season Possession Limit: Three times the daily bag limit.

Legal Methods of Taking Waterfowl

Bow and arrow, falconry, or shotgun no larger than 10-guage. Shotguns shall not be able to hold more than three shells.

Illegal Methods of Taking Waterfowl

No person shall take migratory game birds:

1) With a shotgun capable of holding more than three (3) shells, in the magazine and chamber combined.

2) With a trap, snare, fishhook, net, rifle, pistol, shotgun slug, shotgun larger than 10 gauge, poison, drug, or explosive.

3) With the use or aid of electronically amplified or recorded bird calls, or imitations of bird calls or sounds.

4) From a sink box (a low floating device, having a depression affording the hunter means of concealment beneath the surface of the water).

5) From or by means of any motor boat or sail boat unless the motor has been completely shut off and/or the sail furled, and its progress from there has ceased.

6) By the use or aid of live decoys. All tame, captive ducks and geese must be removed 10 days before hunting.

7) By driving, rallying, or chasing birds with any motorized conveyance or any sail boat to put them in range of the hunters.

Wanton Waste

By regulation, hunters must attempt to find any game crippled or killed. Retrieved animals must be kept until: 1) cleaned, 2) eaten, 3) taken home, 4) taken to a taxidermist or processor, or 5) given to another person.

Possession of Live Birds

Wounded waterfowl reduced to possession shall be immediately killed and included in the daily bag.

Transporting Harvested Waterfowl

One fully-feathered wing and /or head must remain attached to waterfowl when transported.

Shipment

No person shall ship migratory game birds unless the package is marked on the outside with: 1) the name and address of the person sending the birds, 2) the name and address of the person to whom the birds are being sent, and 3) the number of birds, by species, contained in the package.

Giving or Receiving Waterfowl

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 the hunter’s address, the total number and species of birds, and the date such birds were taken.

Tagging Requirements

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 are not considered as being in storage or temporary storage.

Electronic or Mechanically Operated Decoys

The use of electronic or mechanically operated decoys that do not produce bird sounds is legal.

Waterfowl Baiting Regulations

Baiting regulations differ between doves and waterfowl, and are among the most troublesome for hunters to understand. For detailed information on waterfowl baiting go to http://www.le.fws.gov/HuntFish/waterfowl_baiting.htm

Some general baiting rules that waterfowl hunters should remember:

- They may not place, expose, deposit, distribute or scatter salt, grain or other feed that could lure waterfowl to, on or over the area where they are hunting.

- They may not hunt a baited area until 10 days after all bait or feed has been completely removed.

Hunters are responsible for ensuring that the area they plan on hunting has not been baited before they start hunting.

- Hunters may hunt all migratory game birds over natural vegetation that has been mowed or manipulated in other ways, or where seeds or grains have been scattered solely as a result of a normal agricultural planting or normal soil stabilization practice.

- Hunters may use natural vegetation to conceal or construct a blind.

- Hunters may hunt waterfowl over standing crops, standing flooded crops and flooded harvested cropland.

DUCK IDENTIFICATION

Duck regulations include species and sex specific restrictions. The ability of hunters to identify and select desired targets before shooting is important in managing the harvest and allowing maximum hunting opportunity without jeopardizing the future of our waterfowl resource. For help with duck identification go to  -- http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/tools/waterfwl/waterfwl.htm

POPULATION AND HARVEST DATA

A number of population and harvest surveys are conducted annually that are utilized in the development of waterfowl management programs and regulations. To view data for Kansas and the Central Flyway, go to http://www.flyways.us/

REPORTING BANDS

Information obtained from band recoveries reported by hunters and other individuals is, along with harvest and population data, critical to the management of our waterfowl resources. Information derived from banding includes the distribution of the harvest from a particular banding area, the timing of the harvest and most importantly, the harvest rate. This information is utilized annually in the development of harvest frameworks and final regulations. To report a band call 1/800/327/2263 or go to http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/homepage/call800.htm

THE FLYWAY PROCESS OF DEVELOPING REGULATIONS

Flyways

Since most ducks are migratory birds crossing state and national boundaries, regulations and management practices that affect their population numbers must extend beyond our state and include other agencies. Establishing waterfowl regulations is an annual process that can be roughly divided into two areas. The first involves the activities of the states and provinces, working through their respective Flyway Councils in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to develop season frameworks. “Frameworks” set the limit on maximum season length and bag limit, shooting hours, and the earliest opening and latest closing dates of the season for a particular species. This process of developing frameworks begins in December and doesn’t end until August.

Once the frameworks are established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has the ultimate authority for the welfare of our migratory bird resources, the states begin the second part of the annual regulatory process. This second phase involves developing and adopting season dates, bag limits and shooting hours specific to their jurisdiction. A state can always be more restrictive than allowed by the frameworks, but it cannot be more liberal. The primary consideration when developing frameworks is the long-term welfare of the species or resource. Although this consideration is still present when states develop their specific hunting regulations, greater emphasis is placed on providing the greatest amount of hunter opportunity and satisfaction within the limits of the frameworks.

The basis for a rangewide approach to duck management was provided by Fredrick Lincoln, who initiated the first large-scale banding in the United States in 1922. As Lincoln received bands from his ducks, he became convinced that waterfowl management would have to be tailored to the different migration routes. In 1935, he suggested that four flyways be established across the United States and that management regulations be tuned to the situations that prevailed in those flyways. Adoption of his proposal was slow, and it was not until 1948 that the Flyway system was implemented.

Kansas is located within the Central Flyway, which is composed of ten states including Montana and North Dakota to the north, extending south through Texas and New Mexico. Only that area of the West Tier states east of the Continental Divide is currently included within the Central Flyway boundaries. Although the basic responsibility for the management of waterfowl rests with the Federal Government, the states must be involved. In order to transcend state borders, the ten Central Flyway states have joined administratively and formed the Central Flyway Council. The directors of the state fish and game agencies of the flyway states, or their designated representatives, constitute the official voting members of the Council. Delegates from the Canadian provinces participate in Council activities, but do not vote on regulatory recommendations. The Council provides an excellent forum for communication and understanding the problems throughout the flyway and attacking these problems in a cooperative, scientific way. Much of the information needed for the management of ducks is continuously being obtained through banding, survey, and research efforts, planned and conducted by the Flyway Council and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Range Map
Ducks
Season Information
Current Seasons
Ducks - Low Plains Southeast Zone - Second Segment

Dates: 01/11/2020 - 01/26/2020

  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
    Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, one pintail, three wood ducks, three scaup and five mallards (only two of which may be hens). The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit


All Migratory Bird Seasons

MIGRATORY DOVE (Mourning, white-winged)

  • Season: Sept.1-Nov. 29, 2019
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 15 (The daily bag limit applies to mourning and white-winged doves, single species or in combination.
  • Possession limit: 45
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

EXOTIC DOVE (Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves only)

  • Season: Year-round
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: No limit
  • Possession limit: No limit
  • There is no limit on Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves, but any taken in addition to a limit of mourning and white-winged doves during the migratory dove season must have a fully-feathered wing attached during transport.

RAIL (Sora and Virginia)

  • Season: Sept. 1-Nov 9, 2019
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 25
  • Possession limit: 75
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

SNIPE

  • Season: Sept. 1-Dec. 16, 2019
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp

WOODCOCK

  • Season: Oct. 12-Nov. 25, 2019
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

TEAL, HIGH PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 21-29, 2019
  • Area open: West of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: 18
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 14-29, 2019
  • Area open: East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: 18
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, HIGH PLAINS UNIT

  • Season:  Oct. 12, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020 and Jan. 17-26, 2020
  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 12-Dec. 8 and Dec. 14-29, 2019
  • Area open: Early Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 18-26, 2020
  • Area open: Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Season: Nov. 9, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020 and Jan. 11-26, 2020
  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCK LIMITS

Six ducks including no more than, 5 mallards, of which only 2 may be hens; 3 wood ducks; 3 scaup; 2 redheads; 2 canvasbacks; and 1 pintail. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

MERGANSERS

  • Season: Same as duck seasons
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
  • Possession Limit: 15
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

COOTS

  • Season: Same as duck seasons
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 15
  • Possession Limit: 45
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

YOUTH WATERFOWL SEASONS

  • High Plains Unit: Oct. 5-6, 2019
  • Low Plains Early Zone: Oct. 5-6, 2019
  • Low Plains Late Zone: Oct. 19-20, 2019
  • Southeast Zone: Nov. 2-3, 2019

CANADA GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov.6, 2019-Feb. 16, 2020
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (including Brant)
  • Possession limit: 18
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 25-Feb. 16, 2020
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 2
  • Possession limit: 6
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019-Feb. 16, 2020
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 50
  • Possession limit: No limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE, CONSERVATION ORDER

  • Season: Feb. 17-April 30, 2020
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Limit: Unlimited
  • Possession Limit: Unlimited
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp
  • Equipment Restrictions: During the Conservation Order, unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

SANDHILL CRANE

  • Season: Nov. 6, 2019-Jan. 2, 2020
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit
License Information

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.

Regulations
115-09-08 (PDF - 9.53 kB)

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.

115-25-19 (PDF - 149.48 kB)

Doves - Management Unit, Hunting Season, Shooting Hours, and Bag and Possession Limits

115-18-08 (PDF - 9.48 kB)

Retrieval and possession of game animals and migratory game birds - Requirements

List of Ducks Recorded in Kansas

27 Species of Ducks Recorded in Kansas

Wood duck Aix sponsa
Green-Winged Teal Anas crecca
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Gadwall Anas strepera
Eurasian Wigeon Anas Penelope
American Wigeon Anas Americana
Canvasback Aythya valisineria
Redhead Aythya Americana
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Greater Scaup Aythya marila
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
Common Eider Somateria mollissima
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
Oldsquaw Clangula hyemalis
Black Scoter Melanitta nigra
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Barrow’s Goldeneye Bucephala islandica
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Waterfowl Reports

Use the map below to pick a region you would like to look at Waterfowl Reports.

CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 1/24/2020 Print

  Approximately 10,000 ducks - Mostly Mallards - Pintail, Wigeon, Teal and Divers are also present   5000 Canada Geese 200 Snows and a few Whitefronts.  Last Day of Duck Season is Jan. 26.
Water level 10.2 ft low
Hunting conditions Shorelines are flooded Phragmites Grass which will make shoreline and walk in hunting very difficult. There is ice in all coves and west of the Bluffs. 40% ice.  Boat Ramp access due to ice varies daily with wind.
Expected hunting success Good - Ducks have redistributed throughout the reservoir. Morning hunts will provide the best opportunity for success.
Comments

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

Duck Season Dates:  Youth Season - Oct. 19-20, 2019. Regular Season - Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 18-26, 2020.

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: 1/24/2020 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.

Puddle ducks - SURVEY CONDUCTED ON 1/24=  14,000.  Mostly mallards.

Divers - estimating 15,000.  Redheads, ringnecks, goldeyes, buffleheads. Also lots of mergansers

Canada geese -7,500

Snows - 160,000 Varies some day-to-day.

Mallard Migration Index (6)

Water level 1 foot below Conservation pool. Has increased a couple inches this week.
Hunting conditions

Poor, cover is increasingly harder to find as the water goes down, lots of mudflats.

Ice = Most boat ramps and shallow areas are froze.  Most of the main lake is still free of ice.

Expected hunting success

Duck season is currently closed, but will reopen Jan. 18.  The mallard numbers are good throughout the area and they are going out to feed in local fields.

Good - Goose numbers are steady.  Small flocks of Canadas can be found throughout the area and there is still large numbers of snows on the main lake and the refuges.

Comments

Granite Creek boat ramp is closed November 1 through January 31, 2020.

Low Plains Early Duck Zone is closed for remainder of the season.  This zone includes the area north of Hwy 24.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone will reopen Jan. 18 - 26, 2020.  This zone includes the area south of Hwy 24.

Dark geese season remains open until Feb. 16, 2020.

Whitefront season is currently closed and reopens Jan. 25 - Feb. 16, 2020.

Light geese season remains open until Feb. 16, 2020. Conservation Order season begins Feb. 17, 2020.

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: 1/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

550 Canada Geese. 2,000 ducks  REMINDER: Duck Season is CLOSED at Jamestown Wildlife Area as it is in the Low Plains Early Zone.

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

Water levels 97% Ice cover. SHELF ICE in Gun Club and Marsh Creek Marsh. Managers have started releasing water in order to begin making repairs on damaged infrastructure from the flooding in 2018-2019. Some water will be available through the rest of the goose season but will be receding. The are will have sufficient water for spring migration. Buffalo Creek Marshes have excellent moist soil and have been pumped with huntable water. Pintail Marsh is down to sheet water, Puddler marsh is sheet water.  Bluewing Marsh is dry. 
Hunting conditions

Poor to Fair: Geese are scattered on the area. White-Fronted Goose season is currently closed. It will open back up on 1/25/20 

REMINDER: THE DUCK LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. CANADA GOOSE SEASON WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FEB. 16, 2020.

Remember: NO ATV's are allowed on department lands and roads.

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 UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2020.

Expected hunting success Will be dependent on the ice conditions and bird use. 
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

Duck (low plains early zone): 10/12/19 - 12/8/19 & 12/14/19 - 12/29/19

Canada Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

White-Fronted Geese: 10/26/19 - 12/29/19 & 1/25/20 - 2/16/20

Light Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Light Geese Conservation Order: 2/17/20 - 4/30/20

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)

RINGNECK MARSH IS 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.

Buffalo Creek & Pintail Marshes are for non-motorized boats and walk-in hunting only.

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 on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh. REFUGE WILL BE CLOSED OCTOBER 1, 2019 - JANUARY 31, 2020

Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/23/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers  2,500 ducks - 200 teal, 2,300 mallards, a few other diving ducks and other large ducks, 1,100 Canada and a few Whitefronts and 800 light geese.
Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Reservoir is at 1581.7 or 0.9 feet BELOW conservation pool (1582.6) or 92.3 % full. Reservoir inflows from the White Rock and other creeks are at 64.6 cfs. Outflows from the flood gates are at 50 cfs. The reservoir level is fairly stable and releases will slow when the planned, winter level is reached soon. Summer irrigation Drawdown was later this season so not much vegetation on the bare mudflats.
Hunting condition

DUCK SEASON OPEN UNTIL JANUARY 26,2020. WHITE_FRONTED GOOSE SEASON CLOSED. REOPENS JANUARY 25-FEBRUARY, 16,2020. DARK AND LIGHT GOOSE SEASON OPEN THROUGH FEBRAURY 16, 2020.SPRING CONSERVATION ORDER FOR LIGHT GEESE OPEN FEBRUARY 17-APRIL 30, 2020.

99% ICE. ALL boat ramps are iced in 1/23/2020. Shorelines iced covered. Some spots may open due to the wind and warmer temperatures. Reservoir levels are close to the shoreline vegetation to conceal hunters. Most private ponds frozen over.

Expected hunting success Good to fair on private land surrounding the reservoir. Moderate ice and crusty snow cover of up to 3 inches will hinder waterfowl foraging in private cropland fields suurounding the reservoir. Area county roads very muddy.
Comments
PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE STATE PARK PARK. NO HUNTING IS ALLOWED FROM THE SHORELINE OF THE STATE 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  of the State Park. INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH APRIL 15.
BOAT RAMPS: WILDLIFE AREA BOATS RAMPS ICED IN.THE STAE PARK BOAT RAMPS ICED IN. The boat ramp at Cedar Point, (WHEN ICE FREE) is usable AT YOUR OWN RISK DUE TO ONGOING CONSTRUCTION. The State Park boat ramps require a Kansas State Park Permit. The Wildlife Area Boat Ramps are Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek do not require a permit. White Rock Creek Area is closed until repairs to the area are completed later this winter.
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. 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. We thank you for your patience. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



NORTON - Last Updated: 1/6/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 909 ducks-203 dark geese-22,896 snow geese.      
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is 4.5 feet below conservation pool. The lake is up almost 7 feet this year.
Hunting conditions

Good. The lake has come up significantly this year and the amount of hunting area has increased greatly.  Some late summer rains pushed water into vegetation so habitat and concealment cover are good.

Walk in hunting is tough due to deep water levels. Most of the shallows are frozen over and hunters need to take caution when hunting on or around ice.

Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Minimal with minimal effort. Moderate with moderate effort. Success should be had if you put in the work and hunt smart.
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 2019

Teal Season: September 21 - 29, 2019

Youth Duck Season: October 5-6, 2019

Regular Duck Season:  October 12, 2019 - January 5, 2020, AND January 17-26, 2020.

Canada Goose Season: October 26 - 27, 2019 AND November 6, 2019 - February 16,2020.

REMINDERS -

The refuge is NO ACCESS. Geese that have been shot at and land in the refuge CAN NOT be retrieved. Please use common sense and choose shots that will not allow shot geese to land in the refuge.

Leaving dead birds laying in the field/parking lots is prohibited. Goose meat taste delicious - there are multiple recipes online that can teach you how to cook it. Leaving dead birds on the wildlife area because you do not know how to cook them is not allowed.

Pick up all your trash. Leaving candy wrappers, pop bottles, and EMPTY SHELLS is considered littering and you will be ticketed.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 1/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1200-1500 ducks; 400 Canada geese
Water level .5 ft below conservation pool; 1462.40 ft
   
Hunting conditions Poor. No flooded vegetation.
   
Comments

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

Waterfowl Seasons:

Teal (low plains): 9/14/19 - 9/29/19

Duck (low plains late zone): 10/26/19-12/29/19 & 01/18/19-01/26/19

Canada Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

White-Fronted Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Light Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Light Geese Conservation Order: 2/17/20 - 4/30/20

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

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 1/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 40 Mallards, 12 Canada Geese                                                                                                                                       
Water level 99% ice covered. All pools are full.
Hunting conditions  Good water levels but not much flooded food.  Summer heavy rains and flooded conditions did not allow moist soil plants to grow.
Expected hunting success

Fair, depending on the ice, the pressure and the weather. Scouting is a must!

LPLZ Duck Season opens back up on 1/18/20 - 1/26/20

Comments

 Remember:

- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

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

- No ATV's are allowed on Department land and maintained roads.

-ALL shotgun hunters must use NON-TOXIC shot

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

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



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 1/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 20,000 Ducks - mostly mallards with a few divers mixed in. 5,800 Canada Geese, 70,000 Snow Geese
Water level Currently 2 inches above conservation level.  Inflow 138 cfs. Currently releasing 100 cfs.
Hunting conditions

Lake has 10% ice cover.

Boat ramps freeze up overnight but hunters have been breaking through.

Inflows in 2019 raised the reservoir to 7 1/2 feet above conservation level and releases were not made until October. Webster is presently releasing to match inflow thus keeping the reservoir at Conservation Pool level.  Due to the high water levels earlier, most of the shoreline is bare mudflats and no cover.  Because of the late summer drawdown, there is no vegetation along the shorelines for food or hunter concealment. The bare shorelines are attractive to as loafing areas for geese.  The south road (N Road) is closed at the kiosk at the intersection of the south road and 258 Highway (Zurich Blacktop).  County roads ( 9, 8, 7, and 6) coming in from the south from County Road P have been impassable most of the summer.  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.  Geese are flying out to private land north of the reservoir

Mallards are staying off the face of the dam in no hunting area.

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. 

Blue/Green Algae

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

Teal Season

Sept. 14-29, 2019

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season      

Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 18-26, 2020

Youth Weekend, Dusk and Goose

Oct. 19-20, 2019

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019-Feb. 16, 2020

WHITE-FRONTED   Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 25-Feb. 16, 2020

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019-Feb. 16, 2020

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 17 - April 30, 2020

ICE CONDITIONS

0%

 

 Webster Wildlife Area and Refuge Map

 

Webster Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 1/23/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 12,000 ducks. Mix of mallards and common goldeneyes. Good variety of other species also present. Approximately 200-500 geese on the area. Most are Canada but some white-fronts and snows are mixed in.
   
Water level 1515.35; 2/3' below conservation and increasing slightly.
Hunting conditions Fair, but little vegetation to hide in. 
Expected hunting success Fair. Success opportunities exist for birds if hunters can find spots to hide. 
Comments

Boat ramps: Cedar Creek boat ramp has ice, but it can be broken. At times, much of the river next to the ramp is frozen. Due to the lower water levels, the Cedar Creek boat ramp may be hard to use. Use caution around the Cedar Creek ramp as numerous trees were washed in during the flood and are now exposed as water levels drop. Elm Creek boat ramp has fairly thick ice, but it appears the ice could be broken.

Reminders: Wilson Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late duck zone. Teal season in this zone runs from Sept. 14-29. The regular duck season opens Oct. 26 and closes Dec. 29, 2019. It then reopens Jan. 18-26, 2020. Dark goose (except white-fronts) and light goose seasons run from Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019 - Feb. 16, 2020.   White-fronted goose season is open Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and reopens Jan 25-Feb. 16, 2020.

The light goose spring conservation season runs from Feb. 17-Apr. 30, 2020.

Zebra mussels are in Wilson Lake, so be sure to drain/dry/clean boats and equipment before moving to other areas.

All access (including hunters, fishermen, and boating) is prohibited Sept. 1, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020 on the mid-lake refuge and the refuge located at the west end of the lake.

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

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



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BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/21/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers Mallard Migration Rank:  3  (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.

Wetlands are full in addition to other flooded pools outside the levee. Ice is present as of Monday but may thaw as temperatures rise throughout the week. Waterfowl have been seen using the wildlife area in very small numbers.

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.  
Expected hunting success Currently there are very few ducks using the wetland areas throughout the property that are open to hunting. Small groups of ducks spread throughout the wildlife area.
Comments The majority of ducks seen on the wildlife area have been outside the levee.  REFUGE IS NOT OPEN TO HUNTING



CLINTON - Last Updated: 12/20/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers

12/20/19

Waterfowl numbers have increased again. Both puddle and diving ducks have been observed in the marshes and river, as well as the shoreline and open water of the reservoir.

The following waterfowl were observed during the last waterfowl survey:

Mallards, Goldeneye, Mergansers- both common and hooded, Canada Geese, Bufflehead, and Redhead.

Several thousand Snow Geese have been moving through the area, though none reported 

On 12-20-19 over 3,000 Mallards and 4,000 Canada Geese were on or adjacent to Clinton Reservoir.

Lake level

 875.64 -0.14 feet above pool, releasing 7 c.f.s.

 The water level is back at normal pool.

Hunting conditions


---ICE--- The marshes and shallow water on the reservoir are covered in ice. Warming forecast w/expected rain will open up the marshes.

Coblentz & East Coblentz- There is very little water in the north pool of Coblentz; the parking lot is accessible. The three south pools and the East Coblentz pool are full.

The road to East Coblentz (E100 rd.) is no longer flooded and the marsh parking lot is now accessible. The road beyond the parking lot is extremely muddy. Please beware of muddy or water covered roads and tread lightly on newly opened roads. 

The final phase of the wetland grant for Coblentz is nearly completed. We have placed an additional structure on the north pool to allow us the option to use an adjacent stream to fill the north and middle pools. This is in addition to the electric pump, which was completed in 2018. 

Shadden marsh (10 acres) is full and has good vegetation. It should provide hunting opportunity for a limited number of hunters. 

Elk Creek wetlands are open for hunting. The road to the wetlands (E100) was flooded for months, as well as all pools, dikes, and structures and parking lot. Please use caution when driving on muddy roads.

Pool 1 and pool 3 are nearly half full, pool 2 is full.

There are currently no plans to run the marsh pumps this fall due to the extensive flooding.

The refuge marsh pool is CLOSED to all activities until January 16th.

Ducks and Canada Geese were observed loafing in open water around the main body of the lake, as well as shallow floodwater in the upper reaches of the tributaries, and on harvested corn fields. Good numbers of geese have been seen on harvested grain fields as well as rocky shorelines, and on ice.

As the weather warms, the amount of ice in marshes and on the reservoir will decrease, greatly increasing utilization by waterfowl and hunters alike. 

Breaking ice will likely stay open for several days.

Expected hunting success 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.

BOTH Coon Creek and Elk Creek BOAT RAMPS ON THE WILDLIFE AREA ARE OPEN.

 The REFUGE is currently CLOSED to all activities from Oct. 1st to Jan. 15th
 



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 1/23/2020 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

The Hillsdale Wildlife Area has experienced very high flood levels throughout the spring and summer.  Because of the flooding, many of the wetlands and marshes remained submerged throughout the growing season.  This has prevented the growth of moist soil vegetation as well as seed production.  Some successful moist soil vegetation growth has occurred in the upper ends of the Youth-Mentor Wetland and the upper pool of Browns Wetland.  This will provide some food for waterfowl but not at levels that could be expected in a normal water-level year.   

  

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.

Mallards, wood ducks, gadwalls, American wigeon, Northern shovelers, pintails, blue-winged teal, and green-winged teal have all been surveyed in the area.  Large groups of geese with numbers in the 500's have been seen in flight over the area.  Recent weather conditions have covered all wetland pools with ice.  No waterfowl were surveyed on the wetland pools this week due to ice.  The birds that were using the area seem to have stayed in the area but are now using the open water pockets on the main body of the lake.  Around 1000 mallards were surveyed on the main body of the lake.  American wigeon and pintails were also surveyed on the main body of the lake.  Large numbers of divers are still being seen all across the main body of the lake.  Groups with at least 100 birds have been common.  These groups have been primarily made up of goldeneye with the occasional redhead, bufflehead, and scaup.  Canvas back and common mergansers have also been surveyed on the main body of the lake.  Around 200 Canada geese were surveyed along with a few white-fronted geese on the main body of the lake.       

Waterfowl have been consistently harvested across all wetland pools so far this season.  Hunters have also seen success on parts of the main lake.  Filled bag limits have not been uncommon when conditions have been favorable.    

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Full and Stabilized

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Full with flooded vegetation

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Full

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 3/4 and stabilized with flooded vegetation

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - Wetlands have near 95-100% ice coverage.  Much of the main body of the lake is frozen with large open areas spread across the lake.

Comments 

Reminder - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Hillsdale Wildlife Area. All hunters (youth included) must register online and create an individual account.  Hunters can then check in using the I-sportsman system from any phone or internet device. This can be done immediately before the hunt or the night before the hunt.  The information and harvest data collected, along with comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the Hillsdale State Wildlife Area.

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 1/7/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks:  200+ mixed ducks. Mixed bag of teal, scaup, goldeneye, and mallards. A reminder that no boats are allowed on Auxillary Lake during waterfowl season. 

Geese: 6,000 + snow geese are using the area and the surrounding private agricultural fields. 

Water level High
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

Make-up Lake is closed to waterfowl hunting during waterfowl season. Boats are not allowed on Auxillary lake during waterfowl season.

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: 1/23/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Duck season is open January 18-26.

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.

Approximately 2,500 ducks and 300 Canada Geese were observed using the reservoir.  All wetlands have been frozen with the temperature change.  

 

For more information, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Migratory-Birds/Ducks.

   

Lake level Current Lake Level is 1141.55 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 1,500 CFS. The inflow into the lake is unknown due to ice. 
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production was not permitted this year due to the extent and duration of flooding we've experienced this past year.  The majority of the wetlands are still under water with little or no cover to provide favorable hunting conditions.  This will be a very difficult waterfowl season at Milford Wildlife Area.

Mall creek and Lower smith/Gatesville boat ramps are now open, most of the wildlife area roads are open, but use caution in some soft areas around the wildlife area due to silt and the ground moisture.

Be mindful of the silt that has moved into many of the flooded areas.  Even in areas where the water appears shallow the silt may be very soft and very deep.  Use caution in these areas.

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 Average.
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.

Do NOT drive on barricaded roadways.

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: 1/9/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 1/6/2020 showing an decrease in waterfowl numbers. Approx 750 waterfowl were seen on the area with most of them being mallards and goldeneyes, a few hundred other mixed species including geese were seen in the area. Most of the wetlands were frozen but thawing and freezing is expected throughout the week. Due to significant and repeated flooding wetland habitat conditions and cover are poor. Perry Lake has reached conservation pool and has decreased outflow to 500cfs, this will continue until water levels are approx 2 feet below conservation pool. West River Boat Ramp/Parking is inaccessible and will remain CLOSED until renovations can be completed. Kyle Marsh boat ramps are both accessible now.
*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 = 2 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 0.31 Feet Below Conservation Pool
Habitat conditions
Due to repeated and long lasting flooding habitat conditions are poor
Expected hunting success Poor 
Comments
With the lake levels reaching an all time high this year we were unable to do any habitat work in our wetlands. The high lake levels also resulted in minimal vegetation growth in the wetlands and along the levees as many of the levees are under or were under water for a period of time. 
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: Water levels are high in both units. Kyle Marsh has remained under water for most of the year, habitat conditions are poor. Currently the parking lot and both boat ramps are accessible. HCR-1

West River: Upper unit is Full, Lower unit is below normal pool. West River has remained under water for most of the year, habitat conditions are poor. Currently the boat ramp to the Delaware River and parking lot off of 150th Rd is CLOSED FOR CLEANUP AND RENOVATION (anticipated reopening Spring 2020) HCR-1

Upper Ferguson: Flooded, Upper Ferguson has remained under water for most the year. The refuge is closed Oct 1st thru Jan 15th to ALL Activity HCR-1.

Lassister: Full Pool. West Unit: This unit was worked prior to flooding and there was vegetation growth but had went underwater multiple times, water was held and is now at full pool. East Unit: Water was held in this unit from last year, flooding did occur but was minimal compared to other wetlands. HCR-3

Northwest: Full Pool, a slow draw down was attempted prior to flooding. Vegetation growth was limited and water levels had topped the levees multiple times. HCR-2

Headquarters: Full Pool, This wetland had remained under water most of the year so habitat and cover are poor. HCR-1

Mitigation: Full Pool. This wetland had remained under water throughout the year. Standing corn was left in the unit from last year but no habitat work was done this year. HCR-1

Hayward: Full Pool. This wetland had experience repeated flooding throughout the year with some vegetation growth on the edges. HCR-2

Reichart: Full Pool. A portion of this wetland was worked before flooding had occurred and there was minimal vegetation growth but had remained under water for most of the year. HCR-2. 

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: 1/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

200 ducks  1000 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =10

Water level The lake is currently at 1072 and holding.
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  Due to the flooding expected success is very low due to the lack of food and cover. 



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CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 1/23/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED FOR 2019-20220

Geese have left the area and numbers are highly variable, less than 10,000 geese.  Mix of snows, Canadas and whitefronts. Around 7,500 ducks, mostly mallards.    

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 About 50% frozen.  1A-63", 1B-29", 1C-29", 2-21", 3A-dry, 3B-14", 4A-3", 4B-14", 5-16". 
Hunting conditions All cattails in 4A and 60 acres in 3B were sprayed on 9/4/19. All cattails in 3A have been disked 3 times.  Blind islands are being repaired in 3A.  70 acres of 3A was planted to winter wheat.  
Expected hunting success Poor.  Teal season average was 2.62 teal per hunter, regular duck season average was 2.26 ducks per hunter.
Comments

Due to the volume of dump trucks and heavy machinery traveling wildlife area roads for silt removal, some of the roads are in poor shape.  Once work is complete, roads will be repaired.  Please be patient as work progresses.

Use footcrossings in Pool 3B and 4B as the ditches have been cleaned out and are very deep.

3A IS CLOSED TO MOTORIZED BOATS

MOTORIZED BOATS ALLOWED ONLY DURING OPEN WATERFOWL SEASON.  THIS MEANS NO SCOUTING FROM A MOTOR BOAT PRIOR TO 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 TRAILERED BOATS FROM DIKES OR FOOT CROSSINGS.  ANY BOATS ON A TRAILER MUST USE DESIGNATED BOAT RAMPS.

NO TRASH POLICY ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

1 DRAWN SPECIAL HUNT FOR 1 PARTY OF 3 YOUTH WILL BE HELD EACH SATURDAY MORNING OF REGULAR DUCK SEASON IN POOL 5.  CHECK OUT KSOUTDOORS.COM TO APPLY AND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPECIAL HUNTS PROGRAM.

Teal - Sept. 14-29, 2019

Youth - Oct. 5-6, 2019

Ducks, Low Plains Early Zone - Oct. 12-Dec. 8 and Dec. 14-29, 2019

Goose Seasons:

Canada - Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov.6, 2019-Feb. 16, 2020

Whitefront - Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 25-Feb. 16, 2020

Light - Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019-Feb. 16, 2020

Light goose conservation order - Feb. 17-April 30, 2020

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: 1/23/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 150 ducks - mostly mallards 1/23/20.
Water level The pool adjacent to Hwy. 42 is 75% full.  The main lake is full.  The pools South and East of the main lake have water.  There is also standing water on other portions of the area that remain from heavy rains.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  September 14-29, 2019

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 19-20, 2019

Ducks (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 26 - December 29, 2019, and January 18-26, 2020

Canada Geese:  October 26-27, 2019 and November 6, 2019 - February 16, 2020

White-Fronted Geese:  October 26 - December 29, 2019 and January 25 - February 16, 2020

Light Geese:  October 26-27, 2019 and November 6, 2019 - February 16, 2020

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: 12/27/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 12/27.
Water levels Pools 1 and 2 are full.  Pool 9 is approximately 25% full. Pool 6 has some water and there is water north of pool 6. Pool 3F is dry.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  9/14/19 - 9/29/19

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/5/19 - 10/6/19

Regular Ducks (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/12/19 - 12/8/19 and 12/14/19 -12/29/19

Goose Seasons:

Canada:  10/26/19 - 10/27/19 and 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Whitefront:  10/26/19 - 12/29/19 and 1/25/20 - 2/16/20

Light:  10/26/19 - 10/27/19 and 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

KDWPT IS CONTINUING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2019-2020 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

CHENEY - Last Updated: 11/22/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers Small groups of diving ducks on the reservoir. Very few dabbling ducks and geese present. Can change daily with weather conditions.
Water level  0.49 feet below Conservation Pool on reservoir. Area ponds are mostly dry.
Hunting conditions

 Fair.

Water is present, but food is limited due to large flood event over summer months preventing annual food plants establishing along coves and shoreline, as well as damaging area crops.

Expected hunting success  Poor
Comments

Cheney Wildlife Area is located in the Low Plains Late Zone

Low Plains Late Zone Youth Season is Oct. 19-20. 

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct. 26-Dec. 29, and Jan. 18-26, 2020.    

Daily bag limit: 6

Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, one pintail, three wood ducks, three scaup and five mallards (only two of which may be hens). The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.

Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

The refuge at Cheney Wildlife Area, located on the south side of Pretty Prairie Rd between Obee Rd and Kent Rd, extends out from the shoreline 100 yards into the water. What this means is that water along the shoreline of the refuge is included in the restricted access area and is off limits to hunting. Accessing the refuge by boat or hunting near the refuge shoreline is not permitted.

Remember Cheney 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. Area roads are in the process of being upgraded - please use caution as some gravel may not have been fully spread. Off road vehicle use is strictly prohibited.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620) 459-6922. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics. In the event of an emergency or extremely unsafe behavior, please call 911. 



BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 1/17/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Welcome to 2019 waterfowl!  500ducks and geese on the area this morning. 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  No millet was planted this year.  All marshes were managed moist-soil.  The 4 marshes on the west end of the lake have water.  Two of the three marshes south of highway 54 are dry.  NAWCA construction in those marshes was completed 10/21/19.   Cover crops and grass will be seeded on the denuded dikes yet this fall, so no flooding will be attempted in the west marsh this fall.       
Hunting conditions

 Good!  Most ponds and marshes are not frozen over.  Currently 11 marshes are flooded and the lake is full!          

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.    
Comments Hunters! 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. The south part of the NAWCA project in the old Bison Marsh was not started in 2018 due to wet conditions, however, it started October 14, 2019 and was completed on 10/21. The west marsh will probably not be flooded in 2019/2020.  The east marsh will be flooded as the construction project winds down if the dike side slopes are not exposed.     



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 1/23/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 910 ducks (primarily mallard with some goldeneye), 300 Canada geese, and 605 mergansers were observed on 1/23/20.      
Water levels 0.28 feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 1/23/20.    
Hunting conditions Difficult.  Lake was approximately 95% ice covered on 1/23.  Ice conditions changing daily.  Full lake levels will provide waterfowl hunting opportunities and improved access, but hunters should be aware that food resources will be diminished within the wildlife area this year.  Significant flooding (15.6' above conservation elevation) that began in May and persisted into August prevented the establishment of food producing plants along lake edges.  In addition flooding prevented or removed planted crops throughout the wildlife area.     
Expected hunting success Fair.        
Comments The remainder of the Low Plains Late Zone Duck season is Jan. 18-26, 2020.                    



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 1/22/2020 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 650 ducks and 470 Canada Geese observed on 01/22.
Water level At 1339.40' approximately .40' above conservation elevation (1339') on 01/22.  
Hunting conditions Poor.  Approximately 10% of the reservoir covered in Ice. Most of the summer the lake was above conservation pool allowing for very little food resources. 01/22
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

Low Plains Southeast Zone Duck

Southeast Duck Season: Jan 11-26, 2020

Dark Geese 

Nov 6, 2019-Feb 16, 2020

White-fronted Geese

Jan. 25-Feb 16, 2020

Light Geese

Nov. 6 2019-Feb. 16, 2020



KAW WILDLIFE AREA. - Last Updated: 1/23/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 50 ducks using the river at this time. There also some geese flying around the area.
Water level Little High
Hunting conditions Poor/Fair
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 14-29, 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 9, 2019 - January 5, 2020 AND January 11-26, 2020

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 1/24/2020 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.

Friday, 24 January 2020: 

Duck season is CLOSED.  The second split of white-front season opens Saturday, 25 January.  Snow and Canada goose seasons are OPEN.  

With near 100% ice cover the last week, goose numbers dropped significantly.   Goose numbers have climbed a little with the thawing conditions the last couple of days.  Approximately 500 geese were observed on the area Friday, and there is about 50% ice cover, depending upon location.

Goose numbers continue to be highly variable, and fluctuate depending on weather and time of day. 

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited.

Current Information  With the recent rain and snow, the roads are now slick and muddy.
Water levels

Big Basin:  Most public hunting marshes have a huntable amount of water. Pool 14 will be kept dry during the 2019-2020 season for a renovation project in the spring of 2020, and the Kubin Marshes north of Mohawk Road will be kept dry to complete a current construction project at 9th and Navajo. 

Chain of Lakes:  Other than Steel's Pond, this unit is now dry.  Be mindful of the private property east of the wildlife area.  The west unit of the Chain of Lakes will be kept dry during the 2019-2020 season for a major renovation project in the early spring of 2020.

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Most public hunting marshes have a huntable amount of water.  

Hunting conditions Late season geese and abundant ice make for tough conditions.
Expected hunting success Fair
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 2019 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: 1/23/2020 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 25 ducks present on the area at this time. Most of the ducks are mallards.  
Water
 level
All pools have water in them.  
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair
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. 14-29, 2019
  • 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. 26, 2019-Dec. 29, 2019 AND Jan. 18-26, 2020
  • 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: 1/23/2020 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

Current waterfowl numbers are approximately 1500, mostly Canada geese along with approximately 150 Goldeneye and close to 100 Mallard.

Numbers can change daily.

Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=1  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 at 1350.48 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Fair.

Lake levels have been above conservation pool for most of 2019.  Some of the boat ramps are still closed.

The reservoir was at or near max flood pool for several months this summer and much of the vegetation was flooded out. Now that the water has receded moist soil plants like yellow nut sedge and barnyard grass have come in on the flooded acres near the shore, however the shoreline and coves still lack cover.

Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments

The refuge at Marion Wildlife area, located on the south west part of the reservoir along French creek, extends out from the shoreline 100 yards into the water. What this means is that approximately 110 acres of water along the shoreline of the refuge are included in the restricted access area, and are off limits to hunting. Accessing the refuge by boat or hunting near the refuge shoreline is not permitted.

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.

ELK CITY RESERVOIR/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/21/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 6,000-8,000 ducks have been seen on the reservoir and wildlife area. Most ducks were seen on the reservoir and are expected to disperse as shallow water thaws. 15-20 thousand light geese using the reservoir. More precipitation and warmer temps in the forecast will affect duck numbers and duck use on the wildlife area.
Water level The Wetlands are full. Reservoir is 2.3ft above conservation pool and fluctuating with inflow and release rates. For current Reservoir levels visit http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELKC.lakepage.html
Hunting conditions ELK CITY RESERVOIR WAS FULL FOR OVER 60 DAYS THIS SUMMER.  The lake edge is primarily mud bank now due to summer flooding and small elevation changes early this fall.  Wetlands are in Fair to Good shape.  See Comments Section.
Expected hunting success Fair. REGULAR DUCK SEASON IS NOV. 9-JAN.5 AND JAN.11-26
Comments

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).

Wetland water levels and vegetation vary greatly this year due to the duration and extent of the reservoir flood. Some wetlands were not drained at all and some were drained late to attempt to grow some moist soil vegetation. The wetlands that did not flood have good production but vegetation is thick and we were not able to do much mowing. Finding open areas may be difficult, especially in the early parts of the season. 



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1/23/20

About 500 mallards and a couple hundred mergansers were using Fall River Reservoir later in the week. Canada geese have been using harvested crop fields and possibly open portions of the river; a few hundred have been seen in the area.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 9, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020 and Jan. 11-26, 2020. The season for Canada geese and light geese opens initially for two days Oct. 26 and 27, 2019. It then re-opens Nov. 6, 2019 and continues through Feb. 16, 2020. The season for white-fronted geese opens Oct. 26 through Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 25 through Feb. 16, 2020. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 17 to Apr. 30, 2020.

Water level The reservoir is about 3.9 ft. above conservation pool level.
Hunting conditions Fall River Reservoir is about 2% frozen over. Area ponds are frozen. Creeks are frozen over, but the river is still mostly open. Spring flooding and fluctuating summer water levels prevented good growth of vegetation for waterfowl food sources around the reservoir edge. Flooding also hindered normal crop production and harvest in the wildlife area, leaving many Ag fields unavailable for waterfowl food sources.
Expected hunting success Irregular winter conditions and limited food sources may cause waterfowl activity in the area to be somewhat unpredictable, but with increased numbers of ducks and geese using the area, good hunting opportunities may exist.
Comments A new report will normally 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: 1/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 2,000 divers, 1,500 dark geese  and 30,000 Light geese.
Water level Current Level: 1043.1 Conservation Pool Level: 1041
Hunting conditions

Teal ----Sept. 14-29. 2019

Youth Duck---- Nov. 2-3 2019

Duck---- Nov. 9, 2019- Jan. 5, 2020, and Jan. 11-26, 2020

Dark Geese- Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019 through Feb. 12, 2020

 Light Geese- Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019 through Feb. 16, 2020

Due to extreme high water throughout much of the summer months, vegetation is exceedingly poor on the reservoir this year.  Watch out for submerged timber and flood debris, throughout the lake.

Edges and creeks are starting to ice, and conditions are changing daily, dependent on weather.

Below Dam- Lower marsh is 85% full, and vegetation looks pretty good.  Upper marsh is approx. 100% full, and also looks above average.    The DU Marsh on the east corner, has been planted to millet, and wheat on upper edges.  This areas is currently only 40% flooded.  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. 

The smaller ponds and watersheds around county are iced up, and reservoir is starting to stack up with birds.  Birds are loafing and resting in rafts in middle of lake.

Expected hunting successFair

Fair

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: 1/23/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 2,000 ducks.  1,000 dark geese.  Note:  White-fronted goose season is CLOSED until Jan 25th.
Water levels Adequate to abundant water in all units.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Vegetation = fair to good moist-soil (millet, smartweed, etc.) in most pools.  Unit G is mostly open water due to summer flooding.  Frozen.  Ice was >1.5" thick this morning (Thursday, 1/23), but starting to get rotten.  Still too thick and strong to break for hunting access.
Hunting success This weekend (Mon 1/20 thru Wed 1/22):  14 ducks / 12 hunters = 1.2 success.  Season:  4,504 ducks / 3,324 hunters = 1.4 success.  Season goose harvest:  52 dark geese, 2 snow geese.
Comments

NOTE:  Legal shooting hours are 1/2-hour before sunrise to SUNSET.  Late shooters (shooting after sunset) will be prosecuted.

Road along the north side of Unit G will be closed just east of Queens Road to allow undisturbed hunting in the north end of the marsh.

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: 1/24/2020 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 = 1 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

1/24/2020 (  11:00 a.m. )---

                      3 Duck Marsh- Both units are pumped, approximately 2 Mallards and 2 Hooded mergansers were observed at the time of the survey.

                      Willow Marsh- North and South units are pumped.  Approximately 15 unidentified ducks observed at the time of the survey with one hunter present.  

                      Sundance Marsh- This unit is pumped, 7 Hooded mergansers and 2 Mallards were observed at the time of the survey.  

                      Lowman's Cove- All units are completely full. No waterfowl were observed at the time of the survey with one hunter present.

                      Shoveler Slough- LOCATION:  South parking lot for Shoveler Slough is at the intersection of W 317th St. & S Davies Rd. 

                                                 No waterfowl were observed at the time of the survey. (NOTE: Motorized boats are prohibited)

                      Refuge- There were approximately 150 ducks and 50 Canada geese observed at the time of the survey.

Water level Lake level = 1035.81; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         60% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions Due to the excessive amounts of rain and flooding, there is very little food in the managed units. The majority of impoundments held water all summer long not allowing for regrowth of vegetation, as the entire reservoir was above normal pool.
Expected hunting success Poor to 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: 1/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers
iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) is required for all hunters, We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman.
Southeast zone duck season closes at sunset (5:38 pm) Sunday, January 26th, 2020!!!!

15 to 20,000 ducks mainly Mallards. 2,500 White-fronts, 1000 Canada Geese and 10,000 Snow Geese

Water level

Pool 1-Full                                     Pool 2A- Full

Pool 2B- Full                                  Pool 4A-Full

Pool 4B- Full                                  Pool 5- Full                

Pool 6-25 %                                   Pool 7- Full

Pool 8-Full                                      Refuge (Pool 3)- Full

South Unit- Full

Average water depths are around 12 to 16" deep.

Walk in hunters should take caution in the oxbow in 2B, the boat lane on the south end of Pool 1,and  the far east side of 2A. Other than these areas, walk in hunters will be hard pressed to find water over knee deep.

Please take a look at the maps below for a layout of the pools and their respective names.

    

Hunting conditions
Ice cover >1%

Area is 99% ice free, forecasted temps around 25 tonight, expect sheet ice in the mornings thawing out mid day for this weekend.

Excellent. With all of the wet weather this spring and summer the moist soil production on the area looks fantastic. Wild millets, smartweed, sedge, etc. will provide ample food resources for this upcoming fall and winter for migrating waterfowl. 

Habitat and water levels are ideal for migrating waterfowl to feed and rest in.

Please use caution and allow plenty of space between hunting parties for a safe and enjoyable hunt.

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

Expected hunting success
Low Plains Southeast Zone Duck Season Nov. 9, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020 and Jan. 11-26, 2020 

We anticipate it being crowded for the remainder of the second segment. Hunter numbers have been moderate and success has been low.  Expect pressure to continue to be high with the closing of other states waterfowl seasons and Kansas Duck Zones. Very little difference in hunting pressure in regards to weekends vs weekdays

Regular Season 2019 - Hunters are averaging 1.75 BPH through 1.24.2020. 

Teal Season 2019 - 129 Hunters harvested 384 teal for a 2.98 BPH average 

32 Youth Hunters Harvested 133 ducks for a 4.15 bph. 20% of the Harvest was teal, 53% Mallards.

Comments
All Boating regulations are enforced! (Lifejackets, navigation lights, etc)
All boats must operate at no wake speeds within boating canals (signs are posted)

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.

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.

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



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1/21/20

Close to 5,000 ducks, almost entirely mallards, were seen using the Toronto Reservoir area this week as well as a couple hundred Canada geese.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 9, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020 and Jan. 11-26, 2020. The season for Canada geese and light geese opens initially for two days Oct. 26 and 27, 2019. It then re-opens Nov. 6, 2019 and continues through Feb. 16, 2020. The season for white-fronted geese opens Oct. 26 through Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 25 through Feb. 16, 2020. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 17 to Apr. 30, 2020.

Water level The reservoir is about 4.9 ft. above conservation pool level. Wetlands are full.
Hunting conditions Toronto Reservoir is approximately 2% frozen over. Area ponds are mostly frozen. Creeks are frozen over, but the river is still mostly open. Spring flooding and fluctuating summer water levels prevented good growth of vegetation for waterfowl food sources around the reservoir edge. Flooding also hindered normal crop production and harvest in the wildlife area, leaving many Ag fields unavailable for waterfowl food sources.
Expected hunting success Irregular winter conditions and limited food sources may cause waterfowl activity in the area to be somewhat unpredictable, but with good numbers of ducks and geese using the area, there may be some good hunting opportunities to be found.
Comments A new report will normally be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.