Geese

Nine populations of geese occur in Kansas, with all but one, the Eastern Prairie Canada Goose Population, being at, or above, their population objective. Kansas is located within the Central Flyway and shares its goose resources with the other states of that Flyway, Canada, and to a lesser extent the Mississippi Flyway.

The primary goose populations occurring in Kansas originate from the Arctic regions of Canada, provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba and east tier states of the Central Flyway (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Kansas itself). Throughout North America geese are managed at the population level. Within the Central Flyway, goose populations are usually defined as being composed of one or more races or species, grouped in aggregations based on wintering range similarities. This approach is a mix of biology and politics which facilitates the management of these species.

CAgeese

Of the nine populations of geese that occur in Kansas, seven occur in significant numbers at some time during the annual cycle. The resident Canada geese are members of the Great Plains Population which range from the southern areas of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, through North Dakota and south into northern Texas. The other population of large Canada geese which occurs in Kansas is the Western Prairie Population, which nests in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba and winters from North Dakota south to northern Texas. These two populations are comprised of large birds ( Branta canadensis maxima, moffitti and interior), and are largely the results of restoration efforts throughout their range. The Great Plains and Western Prairie Populations are managed jointly through one management plan.

In contrast to the large Canada geese, small Canada geese, light geese and white-fronted geese tend to nest farther north in the Arctic regions of the continent. Although they nest farther north than large Canada’s, they tend to winter farther south, with small Canada’s, white-fronts and light geese being common along the GulfCoast and south into Mexico.

canada goose

Single Canada Goose

Two populations of small Canada geese occur in Kansas. Members of the Tall Grass Prairie Population are oriented to the eastern two thirds of the state, while the Short Grass Prairie Population is found in the western third of Kansas. These two populations are comprised of small races of Canada geese ( B. C. Parvipes and Hutchinsii).

One population of white-fronted geese and two populations of light (lesser snow geese and Ross') geese also occur here. The Mid-Continent Population of white-fronted geese ( Anser albifrons frontalis) occurs throughout Kansas during the migration and winter seasons, but is most common in the mid-section of the state. The Mid-Continent Population of light geese is composed primarily of lessor snow geese ( Anser caerulescens caerulescens), with some Ross’ geese ( Anser rossii), and is most common in the eastern third of the state, while the Western Central Flyway Population of light geese occurs on the extreme western edge of Kansas and includes a significant proportion of Ross' geese.

In addition to the seven primary populations of geese which occur in Kansas, two populations of Canada geese common to the Mississippi Flyway visit our state. The first, the Eastern Prairie Population (EPP), comprise a significant proportion of the geese which winter at, or near, the Marais des CygnesWA, and may contribute a major share of the Canada goose harvest at that area and throughout southeast Kansas during some years. EPP Canada geese consist of B. C. interior race and nest in the Hudson Bay Lowlands of Manitoba and winter primarily in Missouri. Unlike other populations of geese common to Kansas, and those in the Central Flyway, it remains very near, or below the population objective.

The second population of Canada geese that occurs in Kansas, but originates in the Mississippi Flyway, comes from the Mississippi Flyway Giant Population. A segment of the restoration birds from Minneapolis, Minnesota, which belong to this population, developed a migration pattern to Wichita, Kansas. It is possible that up to 40 percent of the Canada goose harvest in SedgwickCounty is composed of geese from Minnesota.

Currently, with the exception of EPP geese, all populations of geese common to Kansas are at or above their population objectives. In fact, light goose populations have increased to the point where they are causing significant long-term damage to their breeding habitat.

The history of goose management in Kansas and the Central Flyway is one of success. During the early 1960’s slightly more than 200,000 Canada geese were observed during the winter surveys in the Central Flyway. In January 2001, approximately 1.25 million were reported. Not all geese are observed or reported during operational surveys, but the trend is obvious, and utilized for management decisions. The numbers for white-fronts, Ross’ geese and Snow geese show the same trends, with light goose (Ross’ and snow geese) numbers being more than double the population objective. Wild nesting Canada geese occurred in fewer than six counties in our state immediately prior to 1980, when the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks initiated the most recent restoration effort. Since that time resident Canada geese have been established throughout the state where suitable habitat occurs, including all counties in the eastern two-thirds of the state.

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)

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 KDWPT office or at any US Post Office.
Buy your Stamps Online

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
115-18-08 (PDF - 9.48 kB)

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

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

115-18-16 (PDF - 135.24 kB)

Light Goose Conservation Order - General Provisions and Restrictions.

GOOSE IDENTIFICATION

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 waterfowl identification go to http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/tools/waterfwl/waterfwl.htm

HARVEST

.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, click here.

 

Light Geese - The harvest trend of light geese in Kansas is surprising. Despite the population growth

Light goose harvest

through the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, the Kansas regular season light goose harvest remained relatively unchanged during those years, averaging about 6,200 birds per year. However, harvest has jumped during recent years, averaging almost 18,000 for the 1999–03 period. Of particular interest is the harvest of Ross’ geese. For many years these small geese were considered rare, and the bag limit was held at no more than one bird per day. From 1962 through 1989 only 123 were recorded in the Federal Harvest Survey for the state of Kansas. Beginning in the mid 90’s they began showing up in the harvest on a regular basis and in 2003 an estimated harvest of 5,800 occurred in Kansas. It is believed that much of this harvest occurs in the western one third of Kansas, where Ross’ geese are commonly observed in light goose flocks belonging to the Western Central Flyway Population of Light Geese.

 

Light Goose Conservation Order - The present challenge associated with light geese is to correct overabundant populations and resulting habitat problems they cause. There had been a steady procession of hunting liberalizations from the mid 80’s through the mid 90’s, but these proved too little, too late, and light goose population continued to grow. It became obvious that the light goose harvest had been maximized through what could be accomplished within the hunting frameworks allowed by treaty. In 1999, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized a Conservation Order harvest of light geese. This Conservation Order allows the take of light geese outside the normal October 1 through March 10 treaty parameters, and authorized new regulations such as the use of unplugged shotguns, electronic calls, and shooting hours extending 1/2 hour after sunset.

Within Kansas, the Conservation order allows the take of geese beginning immediately after the end of the regular season until April 30. During this season, Kansas hunters have harvested about 23,000 additional light geese per year, in addition to those taken during the regular season. It is obvious from the harvest estimates that the Conservation Order Season is important to Kansas Hunters and the final harvest total.

It is too early to determine whether the added harvest allowed by the Conservation Order Season will reverse the growth of the mid-continent light goose population. However, to date the results are encouraging. Winter counts peaked in 1997-98 and appear to have stabilized or even declined slightly since then. Only time will tell. In any event, hunters will undoubtedly be major contributors to the solution of this problem.

 

White-fronted Geese – Historically, white-fronted geese have not been a major harvest species in Kansas. From 1962 through 1999, the harvest averaged less than 2,000, and never exceeded the 6,000 birds harvested in 1972. However, during recent years (2000–03) whitefront numbers have increased, and they are staying longer. The result is that the harvest has increased accordingly. During these four years the harvest has averaged about 9,000 birds.

 

Canada Geese – Canada geese are the primary target of Kansas goose hunters. There have been some impressive changes in the harvest of these birds in our state since the early 1960’s. During the

Canada goose harvest

60’s, Canada goose harvest averaged less than 10,000. The harvest gradually increased though the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. However, from the late 90’s through the 2003 season there has been a rather dramatic increase in the take of Canada geese in Kansas. During the 1999 through 2003 seasons, Kansas hunters harvested an average of almost 92,000 Canada’s, with a peak harvest of 124,000 in 2003. During 2002 and 2003, for the first time in history, the harvest of Canada geese exceeded the harvest of mallards in Kansas.

Another significant change in the harvest of Canada geese is the proportion of the harvest that is composed of large Canada’s. During the 1960’s only about 25 percent of the Canada goose harvest was large birds. This figure has increased over the years, and has occasionally exceeded 80 percent during recent years. What has occurred is that the total harvest of small Canada geese has remained relatively unchanged while harvest of large Canada’s has increased dramatically.

 

All Goose Harvest - The total Kansas harvest of all goose species combined has tracked the population trends, increasing from about 11,000 per year during the 60’s, to about 38,000 average

KS total goose harvest

during the 1990’s. However, during recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the total goose harvest, with an estimated average annual harvest approaching 118,000 during the past five years (1999-03), and peaking at 160,000 in 2003.

There have been some minor changes in the species composition of the harvest. During the 1960’s, Canada geese comprised 60 percent of the Kansas harvest, increasing to 72 percent during the 1990’s. This increase has come at the expense of white-fronted geese, which decreased from approximately 10 percent during the 60’s to 3 percent during the 90’s, and light geese, which saw their proportion of the Kansas harvest drop from 31 percent to 25 percent. This change in the species make-up of the Kansas goose harvest is due to the large increase in harvest of Canada geese.

The recreational value of the harvest and hunter opportunity provided by geese in the Central Flyway and Kansas is obvious. However, their widespread range, high visibility, and tolerance of close human contact results in geese, both resident Canada as well as winter concentrations, being the most observed wildlife in Kansas. Because of this, the non-consumptive benefits of geese, and waterfowl in general, are probably greater than that provided by any other species we manage.

The growth of our goose populations has been matched with the liberalization of hunting regulations. During the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s goose hunting regulations were relatively restrictive in the Central Flyway, as managers tried to build populations and establish nesting resident Canada geese. During the 1964 waterfowl season, Kansas hunters were allowed a 75 day goose season running from October 3 through December16, with a bag limit of 5 geese, which could include no more than 1 Ross’ goose, 2 Canada geese, or 1 Canada and 1 white-fronted goose. In 2005, Kansas hunters were allowed an 84 day white-fronted goose season with a bag limit of 2 whitefronts, a 95 day Canada goose season with a bag limit of 3 Canada geese, and a 107 day light goose season with a bag limit of 20.

Harvest Information Program (HIP)

To purchase your HIP Stamp online, CLICK HERE.

Migratory Game Bird Hunters – Why is it important to be “HIP”?

If you hunt doves, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, coots, snipe, rail, or woodcock, you are required to participate in Harvest Information Program (HIP). 

What is HIP?

Harvest Information Program (HIP) is a method by which state wildlife agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) use to provide reliable estimates of the number of migratory game bird hunters, hunter activity and migratory game bird harvest. These estimates provide information needed to make sound decisions concerning hunting seasons, bag limits, and population management. HIP has been a federal requirement of those hunting migratory game birds since 1998.

Who needs to be HIP?

HIP, incorrectly, has become associated more closely with waterfowl hunters. HIP applies to all those who hunt any species of migratory game birds. This would include not only ducks and geese but also doves, woodcock, rails, snipe, sandhill cranes, moorhens, band-tailed pigeons, swans, brant, coots and gallinules, for which there is a set hunting season.  If you are required to buy a Kansas hunting license and plan to hunt any migratory game birds in Kansas, you are required to acquire a Kansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit. Even if you hold a lifetime license, you still are required to acquire a HIP permit. Exemptions from HIP include those not required to have a Kansas hunting license such as people hunting their own land and residents 15 and younger and 75 and older. It is the hunter responsibility to fulfill their HIP requirement. Proof of HIP must be carried with the hunter in the field, and, like a hunting or fishing license, must be presented to a wildlife officer upon their request. Hunting migratory birds without HIP certification is like hunting without a license—you could be ticketed or fined. You must be HIP certified for each state for which you hunt migratory game birds. The HIP certification process varies from state to state. Please confer with your local wildlife agency regarding HIP in their state.

How does HIP work?

When you purchase your Kansas HIP permit, you first are identifying yourself as migratory game bird hunter. Secondly, the licensing vendor will ask you a series of short questions relating to your hunting experience during last year's season. These questions place you in a sampling stratum from which the USFWS selects small sample to complete a more detailed survey about this year’s upcoming hunting season. These short questions that you are asked about last year’s hunting experience when you become HIP-certified are not part of the survey, and are not used to compile harvest estimates, but are simply used to identify what types of birds you usually hunt.  This allows the USFWS to target its surveys to the appropriate hunters.  For example, most surveys about dove harvest are sent to hunters who usually hunt doves, while most waterfowl harvest surveys are sent to hunters who usually hunt ducks and/or geese. If you only hunt ducks and geese – no snipe or rails, no moorhens or gallinules – why is it that I have to answer questions about those species? The USFWS needs to be able to contact people who hunt various birds. This narrows the field and allows the USFWS to ask more detailed questions about what was harvested.

If your name is one of the few selected for the national harvest survey, you will receive a personal letter and a hunting record form and will be asked to voluntarily keep a record of the number of migratory birds you harvest during the season. You will be given an addressed, postage-paid envelope to return your hunting form at the end of the season. This survey provides the information used to develop nationwide harvest estimates for all migratory birds. A few select participants are asked to send in wings of migratory game birds they harvest to help determine species, age, sex, and other important harvest data. All HIP responses are kept strictly confidential and are not used for any other purpose.  As soon as the survey is completed, the USFWS destroys all hunter names and address records.

As HIP information is gathered at the time a hunting license is purchased whether at a store or online. At the license counter, the license agent should ask the HIP questions as part of the licensing process; if they do not inquire, you should remind them of HIP’s requirement. Kansas charges a small fee to cover administrative costs. KDWPT or USFWS receives no income from this program. HIP is strictly to gather information and is not a means of raising money for conservation programs.

What do hunters gain from HIP?

An understandable question is ‘What does HIP mean to me, as an individual asked to participate in this annual series of inquiries?’ The vast majority of hunters who participate are doing so because they know it’s important and understand why it’s important as hunters. Hunters are not just people answering a survey but are partners in data collection that directly affects hunting opportunities. As the threats and concerns for migratory bird populations continue to mount, it is essential to gather the best information possible about the factors affecting these populations. It is in the hunter's best interest to have wildlife management decisions based on scientific evidence, not on opinions, philosophies, or politics. It only takes a few moments to give wildlife managers the information they need to ensure that our migratory bird resources--and hunting tradition--will be around for future generations to enjoy.

To Purchase Your Kansas HIP Permit Online: https://www.kshuntfishcamp.com/

 

For More Information

USFWS HIP: https://www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/harvest-surveys/harvest-information-program.php

USFWS Harvest and Hunter Survey Annual Reports: https://www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/reports-and-publications/hunting-activity-and-harvest.php

Explore Harvest Data visualization for your region: https://fws.gov/harvestsurvey/harvest-vis

Central Flyway Council: https://centralflyway.org/management/harvest-surveys/

HISTORY OF RESIDENT CANADA GEESE IN KANSAS

The giant Canada goose ( Branta canadensis maxima) once occurred and nested over a large portion of the Great Plains, from the Great Lakes west to the continental divide, and from the prairie pothole region of south central Canada south to Kansas, Arkansas and Tennessee.

During the late 1800's and early 1900's their numbers were reduced as the settlement of that region took place. Excessive hunting and robbing of eggs were the main factors contributing to this decline. For a period of time many thought the giant Canada goose to be extinct.

Information on the early distribution of nesting Canada geese in Kansas is limited. It is believed that they nested on some of the major marshes such as Cheyenne Bottoms and the McPherson Wetlands as well as along some river systems. The last nesting Canada geese in Kansas were probably eliminated sometime in the early 1900's.

The earliest documented efforts to restore resident Canada geese in Kansas occurred at the Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms in the late 50's and early 60's. In both instances, the geese were able to nest and produce young. However, the lack of an effective refuge with a food source at Cheyenne Bottoms resulted in an excessive harvest rate of those resident birds. The flock eventually declined to a remnant level where it remains today. At the Kirwin NWR, declining reservoir levels resulted in a reduction of available nest habitat on the reservoir itself. Some of the Kirwin birds began nesting on nearby privately owned stock ponds, returning to the refuge during late summer and early fall. As with the Cheyenne Bottoms geese, excessive harvest during the early portion of the season, prior to the arrival of large numbers of migrants, has resulted in only a remnant population remaining in and around the Kirwin NWR.

During the early to mid 70's, several Canada goose restoration projects were initiated by private individuals or groups. One, located on the Plumthicket Ranch in BarberCounty, was successful in establishing a flock which appears to have stabilized at about 100 birds. Another effort of greater magnitude was begun by individuals near Sylvia and Plevna in RenoCounty, and was very successful, with an estimated fall population of 700 in 1989.

In 1980, a project to restore resident Canada geese to Kansas was initiated by the Kansas Fish and Game Commission. This project has involved a number of approaches and techniques, including the release of geese relocated from other states, the release of goslings produced at several department facilities, and the relocation of unwanted birds from areas within our state.

From 1980 through 1989, approximately 10,000 Canada geese (6,000 goslings and 4,000 adults) were released in Kansas. In recent years nesting Canada geese have become a common sight on wetlands across our state. The primary problem at this time is maintaining a desired distribution, with fewer located in urban areas where they create nuisance situations, and more located in a dispersed fashion across the rural areas of our state..

Migratory Game Bird Season Dates

MIGRATORY DOVE (Mourning, white-winged)

  • Season: Sept. 1-Nov. 29, 2021
  • 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, 2021
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 25
  • Possession limit: 75
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

SNIPE

  • Season: Sept. 1-Dec. 16, 2021
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp

WOODCOCK

  • Season: Oct. 16-Nov. 29, 2021
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

TEAL, HIGH PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 18-26, 2021
  • Area open: West of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6 teal (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)  
  • Possession limit: 18 teal in possession (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 11-26, 2021
  • Area open: East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6 teal (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)  
  • Possession limit: 18 teal in possession (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, HIGH PLAINS UNIT

  • Season:  Oct. 9, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022 and Jan. 21-30, 2022
  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • 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. 9-Dec. 5, 2021 and Dec. 18, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022
  • Area open: Early Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • 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. 30, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022 and Jan. 22-30, 2022
  • Area open: Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • 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. 6, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022 and Jan. 15-30, 2022
  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCK LIMITS

6 ducks, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup.

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, VETERAN AND ACTIVE MILITARY WATERFOWL SEASONS

(Youth 17 and younger)

  • High Plains Unit: Oct. 2-3, 2021
  • Low Plains Early Zone: Oct. 2-3, 2021
  • Low Plains Late Zone: Oct. 23-24, 2021
  • Southeast Zone: Oct. 30-31, 2021

CANADA GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 30-31, 2021 and Nov. 3, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022
  • 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. 30, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022 and Jan. 22-Feb. 13, 2022
  • 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. 30-31, 2021 and Nov. 3, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022
  • 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. 14-April 30, 2022
  • 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, CENTRAL ZONE

  • Season: Nov. 10, 2021-Jan. 6, 2022
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit

SANDHILL CRANE, WEST ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 16-Dec. 12, 2021
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit
POPULATION NUMBERS AND MIGRATION

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, click here

For current waterfowl numbers on Kansas wildlife areas during the fall and winter, click here

 

Light Geese - Light geese include greater and lesser snow geese and Ross’ geese. Lesser snow and Ross’ geese are the birds that concern the mid-continent region of the country, and Kansas in particular. Anyone who has an interest in waterfowl has likely heard of the problem of overabundant light geese and the damage they are inflicting on their Arctic breeding grounds. Such habitat destruction threatens not only light geese, but a host other species that utilize the Arctic environment.

The population objective for the Mid-Continent Population of Light Geese, those light geese important to Kansas, is 1 to 1.5 million, as measured during the Mid-winter Survey. The Mid-Continent Population began bumping against the upper limit of this objective in the late 1970s and surpassed it in 1986, never to return. Winter survey estimates peaked at nearly 3,080,000 light geese in 1998. Since then total population numbers appear to have stabilized, or even begun a slight decline. However, it is known that many geese are not observed and reported during this survey, and its results provide trend information only, not total numbers of birds in existence. Some researchers, using other estimation methods, have estimated a total light goose population in the neighborhood of eight million birds.

Within Kansas, light geese usually begin arriving in force during early November, and often peak during November or early December at somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 birds. Large numbers are regularly present in Kansas during February and March, but often do not orient to state and federal management areas, where counts are conducted. Despite this, counts in excess of several hundred thousand are not unusual at any time during the fall, winter, or spring periods.

In the past most light geese were oriented to the eastern third of Kansas. However, during recent years there have been light goose build-ups in the Central part of our state. Most of these birds are located on the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, and Cheyenne Bottoms, Lovewell, Jamestown and Glen Elder Waterfowl Areas. This distribution shift became noticeable during the fall of 2000, and really grabbed attention during the fall of 2002, when these five areas averaged 233 thousand light geese, and peaked at 321 thousand during the fall and early winter period.

White-fronted Geese – The estimated numbers of white-fronted geese in the Mid-Continent population steadily increased from less than 100,000 during the early 1970’s, to over 500,000 in the fall of 1996. Since that time the population has stabilized, or possibly declined slightly.

Migration of whitefronts into Kansas begins early in the fall, with some birds arriving in late September and early October. Greatest numbers usually occur during late November or early December, when 200,000 to 300,000 are often observed. The number of white-fronted geese stopping and spending time in Kansas took a dramatic jump in 1997, when a total of 638,887 were reported during the 14 bi-weekly surveys conducted on our Management Areas. This total was more than double that reported during any previous year since 1970.

Canada Geese – Objectives of the various populations of Canada geese common to the Central Flyway are based on the Mid-Winter Waterfowl Survey, conducted each January. Since 2002, the total number of Canada geese observed in the 10 Central Flyway states during this survey has exceeded 1,600,000 birds. All populations are at, or well above, established objectives.

The small Canada geese important to Kansas hunters belong primarily to the Tall Grass Prairie Population, which has an objective of 250,000. During January 2004 nearly 459,000 were reported from Central Flyway States. The geese most important to Kansas hunters are the large Canada’s belonging to the Great Plains/Western Prairie Population, which has a Mid-Winter Survey objective of 150,000 to 285,000. During the 2004 Mid-Winter Survey, 622,000 of these large geese were reported. This population continues to maintain these high numbers despite the liberal 95 day season with a bag limit of 3 birds that has been in place since 1998.

Canada geese nest in Kansas and are present throughout the year. However, migrant Canada’s begin entering the state in appreciable numbers in late October, when the small Canada’s begin arriving. The big push of large Canada’s usually occurs in late November, with peak numbers of 300,000 to 450,000 birds occurring during the first half of December. The timing of the Canada goose migration varies considerable from year to year, depending on weather in Kansas and states to the north.

REGULATIONS

Regulations governing the take of geeseare set annually. Click the links below for more information.

Goose Season Dates, Bag Limits, and Possession Limits,

Licenses, Fees, and Stamps,

Non-Toxic Shot Regulations and Areas,

Legal and Illegal Methods of Take

 

Other regulations that hunters frequently request information for:

Transporting

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.

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.

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 click on the following web site - 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.

 

Goose Management Unit Maps

 

Marais des Cygnes Valley and Southeast Unit Maps

 

 

Kansas City Early Goose Zone

 

Wichita Early Goose Zone

 

 

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 click the following web site - WWW.REPORTBAND.GOV

RESIDENT CANADA GEESE

Canada geese nesting in Kansas

In some urban and suburban areas in Kansas, Canada goose populations have increased substantially during the past 20 years. Some of these geese remain in Kansas to nest and are called “resident Canada geese”. As resident Canada goose numbers have increased, public attitudes toward them have become more negative. However, the same number of geese in a community can be viewed dramatically differently by individual homeowners. At one extreme, some people want to get rid of every goose and others are very protective of “their” geese. These conflicts among the human population make management of resident Canada geese challenging.

Landowners and homeowners associations can use a variety of techniques to manage resident Canada geese. These include landscaping to make their property less attractive to Canada geese, hazing or harassing geese with a dog or lasers, and repellents.

In some situations destruction of nests and eggs may be warranted. Such actions require a permit from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. For more information regarding Resident Canada goose managment, contact the appropriate KDWPT Regional Office for your area.

 

Locations Office Phone
Northwest and North-central Kansas Hays Region 1 Office (785) 628-8614
Southwest Kansas Dodge City District Office 620-227-8609
Northeast Kansas Topeka Regional Office (785) 273-6740
Kansas City Kansas City District Office (913) 422-1314
South-central Kansas Wichita Regional Office (316) 683-8069
Southeast Kansas Chanute District Office (620) 431-0380
Statewide Kansas Wetland Education Center (620) 566-1465
Waterfowl Reports

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

CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 9/9/2021 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

2000+ teal mostly Bluewing Teal.  Several Thousand Big Ducks also.

NO ACCESS IN THE CLOSED PORTION OF THE REFUGE NOV. 1 - JAN.31

Cedar Bluff Waterfowl Refuge
Water level Reservoir Elevation - 2132.4 (11.6 ft. low)  
Hunting conditions Shoreline hunting is still difficult with flooded shoreline vegetation
Expected hunting success Good if you can find a place to set decoys. Hunters accessing by boat should be more successful.
Comments

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

Low Plains Late Duck Zone Season Dates

Teal - Sept 11-26 Duck - Oct. 30-Jan. 2 and Jan. 22-30 

Dark and Light Geese - Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 2-Feb 13

White-fronted Geese - Oct 30-Jan. 2 and Jan.22-Feb 13

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, Eurasian Milfoil, and Phragmites 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: 9/15/2021 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. Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ for more information.

It is YOUR responsibility to know a property's regulations, refuge(s) and duck zone boundaries, etc. BEFORE you hunt. 

Click here for a detailed map of the refuges, youth area, and State Park boundaries.

Survey ran on 9/15

Teal= Observed less than 150 blue wings and green wings combined.  Estimating 200 to 300 teal property wide.

Also observed a few other big ducks and typical early season migrants such as mallards, wood ducks, gadwall, coots, and cormorants.

Mallard Migration Index (0)

Glen Elder map

Water level Just above conservation pool and falling.  There will be more exposed mudflats in the weeks ahead as the Bureau of Reclaimation is in the process of dropping the lake to 6 inches below conservation.    
Hunting conditions Fair.  Tremendous growing conditions for shoreline vegetation this year.  Will be outstanding if water levels rise this fall.
Expected hunting success We had a light crowd for the teal opener that averaged 2.5 birds per hunter.  Success has been minimal since the weekend.  Will be challenging until we get a push of new birds into the area.      
Comments

Granite Creek boat ramp is closed November 1 through January 31, 2021.

Low Plains Early Teal season (east of US Hwy 283) will be September 11 through September 26, 2021.

Low Plains Early Zone season will be 10/9 to 12/5/21 and 12/18/21 to 1/2/22.  This zone includes the area NORTH of US Hwy 24.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone season will be 10/30/21 to 1/2/22 and 1/22/22 to 1/30/22.  This zone includes the area SOUTH of Hwy 24.

Dark geese season 

Whitefront season 

Light geese season 

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: 9/15/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Teal numbers are fair at best. Warm weather, hunting pressure and the lack of cool weather has prevented any good migration flights from showing up.

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area. This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.

Water levels

The area has experienced an extremely dry summer.  However some timely rains have improved water conditions.  Approximately 60% of the area has huntable water.  With that being said, marshes that are open to boats, have lower water levels than in years past. Hunters that plan to utilize boats (especially motorized boats) need to use extreme caution.

Puddler Marsh: Mostly dry with some small pockets of sheet water; Gamekeeper Marsh: 50% full with mostly sheet water with areas of three to six inches; Gun Club West Marsh: 50% full with an average depth of ten inches. Boating will be difficult in spots until water levels increase; Gun Club East: Currently, only the channels have water in them; Greenwing Marsh; 40% full with an average depth of 10"; Marsh Creek Marsh: 35% full as water was pumped out of this marsh to fill Buffalo Creek North Marsh.  The creek channel itself is around six feet deep.  Buffalo Creek Marshes: The north marsh is 80% full with an average depth of 14", The south Marsh is dry and we will need some rain to have sufficient water to pump that marsh; Pintail Marsh: Dry and will need significant rains to fill.  

All marshes have excellent moist soil habitat and cover. Several areas have been planted to millet, corn and milo during the summer to increase resources for waterfowl.

Hunting conditions

Moist soil conditions are excellent across the property.  Managers were able to repair multiple levee breaches and damage from the flooding in 2019.  Scouting will be a must to find birds and huntable water. Conditions are expected to improve throughout the fall, however some more rain would help.

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

There is a no trash policy: If you take it in with you, please bring it out.  This includes spent shotgun shells.

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

REFUGE IS OPEN 
Expected hunting success Fair, depending on pressure and scouting efforts.
Comments

REMINDER - REFUGE BOUNDARY CHANGE FROM 2019 YEAR

The NW corner of the Gamekeeper Marsh area that was open for hunting prior to 2020 will continue to be included as refuge this year.  Puddler marsh was a youth/mentor marsh up until the fall of 2019 when managers opened it up to all hunting.  That change, along with the additional 18 inch raise on Gamekeeper Dam will allow managers to move the youth mentor area to a special hunt area starting in the fall of 2021.  The new refuge line is along Highway 148 from the marsh creek bridge, north and east to the east boundary of the Wildlife Area.

Click here for pdf map of the new area. 

Waterfowl Seasons

Low Plains Teal Season

9/11/2021 - 9/26/2021

Low/Military Plains Youth

10/02/2021 - 10/03/2021

Low Plains Early Zone Duck Season

10/9/2021 - 12/5/2021 and 12/18/2021 - 01/02/2022

Canada Geese

10/30/2021 - 10/31/2021 and 11/03/2021 - 2/13/2022

White-Fronted Geese

10/30/2021 - 01/02/2022 and 01/22/2022 - 02/13/2022

Light Geese

10/30/2021 - 10/31/2021 and 11/03/2021 - 02/13/2022

Light Geese Conservation Order

02/14/2022 - 04/30/2022

Hunters are REQUIRED to check in AND OUT 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 in to the system to get their permit. 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 and the West Gamekeeper Marsh is for non-gasoline powered boats or paddle-in / Walk-in 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 OPEN on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh. REFUGE WILL CLOSE ON OCT. 1, 2021 AND REMAIN CLOSED THRU - JANUARY 31, 2022. The refuge boundary has shifted northwest to Highway 148. 

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



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/16/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers Several small groups of teal on the reservoir. 
Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Lovewell Reservoir is at 1578.17 or 4.44 feet below Conservation Pool, (66.49% full) and slowly rising as the BOR and Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District 2021 irrigation season ended 9/10/15. The Guide Rock Diversion canal inflows are at 70.3 cfs from the Republican River and are being used to refill the reservoir.
Hunting condition

Mudflats are ringing the entire reservoir and the water is a closer to the shoreline and concealing vegetation.

CLOSED - DUCK and GOOSE

Boat ramps OPEN and usable includes Lovewell State Park Marina and Cedar Point. All on the Wildlife Area at Oak Hill, Pawnee Point and White Rock Creek are not usable at this elevation.

Expected hunting success  
Comments
PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE STATE PARK PARK. NO HUNTING IS ALLOWED FROM THE SHORELINE OF THE STATE PARK. 

REFUGE REGULATIONS: The land refuge closed to hunting and other activities year round. 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. This area open to fishing south and east of the buoy line from the north end of the dam to the Lovewell State Park Twin Coves trailer area. Inlet canal closed to fishing September 15 through April 15.

BOAT RAMPS: SEE HUNTING CONDITION FOR BOAT RAMP STATUS. 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.

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 are REQUIRED for ALL HUNTING on the area. Electronic permits now available. Follow this link to get registered: https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Contact the office for other arrangements.  We thank you for your patience. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



NORTON - Last Updated: 9/16/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers Ducks - 60   Teal- 70  Geese - 240   Snow Geese - 6 
Water level The water level is lower than last year. 9 feet low - 55% of full.
Hunting conditions Hunting pressure is expected to be high. Expect to run into other hunters. Water loss from irrigation has created mud flats and some muddy shorelines. In spots hunters will have a tough time finding enough vegetation to hide in. The water lost to irrigation has created areas with steep shorelines that may drop off into water deeper than waders very rapidly.
Expected hunting success Low success can be expected for ducks and geese. 
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 2021 - 2022

Teal Season: September 18 - 26, 2021

Youth Duck Season: October 2-3, 2021

Regular Duck Season:  October 9, 2021 - January 2, 2022, AND January 21-30, 2022

Canada Goose Season: October 30-31 2021 AND November 2 2021 - February 13, 2022

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: 2/5/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1400 ducks. 550 Canada geese, 700 light geese
Water level 1462.82 ft and stable. Winter conservation level is 1463 ft
   
Hunting conditions poor -low lake level result in no flooded vegetation
   
Comments

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

Waterfowl Seasons:

Teal (low plains): September 12-27, 2020

Duck (low plains late zone): October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23-31, 2021

Canada Geese:  October 31 - November 1, 2020 and November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021

White-Fronted Geese:  October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23 - February 14, 2021

Light Geese:  October 31 - November 1, 2020 and November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021

Light Geese Conservation Order: February 15 - April 30, 2021

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

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 9/15/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers

No ducks on the area as it is dry

REMINDER: ALL HUNTERS NEED TO CHECK IN TO HUNT USING iSPORTSMAN                                               

Water level All pools are dry
Hunting conditions Moist Soil Conditions are excellent, however all pools are dry. Bird use dependent upon water levels 
Expected hunting success Will depend upon rainfall.
Comments

 Remember:

- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

Teal Season

09/11/2021 - 09/26/2021

 
 Low Plains Late Zone Youth/Military Duck Season

10/23/2021 - 10/24/2021

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season

10/30/2021 - 01/02/2022 and 01/22/2022 - 01/30/2022

 

- 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.

-The area has a no trash policy.  If you take it in, please bring it back out with you.  This includes spent shotgun shells.

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



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 9/9/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers Some teal present; Be advised there is a large amount of wood ducks around so be sure to identify your target when hunting during teal season.
Water level 1888.4'; 4.05' below conservation pool; water levels have been holding steady. 
Hunting conditions Lowered lake level has resulted in exposed shorelines with little vegetation; some mud flats present. 
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

Refuge and non-motorized boat area dates: Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. An updated refuge map will be posted before the refuge closes on Nov.1. 

There is a non-motorized boat area at Webster that is walk-in only that is intended for shore hunters. The area starts at the southeast corner of the reservoir and goes west to Morel boat ramp. This regulation is in effect from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. 

Hunting in or from the shoreline inside the State Park or along the face of the dam is prohibited. Please see the attached PDF and Google Earth file to see updated refuge boundaries and dates. Closed areas will be marked with buoys.

Blue/Green Algae

Webster is currently in a blue-green algae watch. 

Webster Reservoir currently does not have zebra mussels. Please be sure equipment is cleaned and dry before coming to Webster from other places.

Teal Season

September 11-26, 2021

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir     

October 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and January 22-30, 2022

Youth Weekend, Duck and Goose

October 23-24, 2021

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  October 30 - October 31, 2021 and November 3, 2021 - February 13, 2022

WHITE-FRONTED   October 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and January 22 - February 13, 2022

LIGHT GEESE  October 30 - October 31, 2021 and November 3, 2021 - February 13, 2022

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

February 14 - April 30, 2022

ICE CONDITIONS

0%

 

 Webster Wildlife Area and Refuge Map

 

Webster Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 3/5/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers

5,000+ geese. Combination of Canada's, Snow's, and Greater-White Fronts all present.

3,000+ ducks. Mostly Redheads, Pintails, and Teal present with Mallards, Shovelers, and diving ducks scattered throughout.

   
Water level 1515.47 ft and steady; lake is 1/2 foot low. (Conservation pool is 1516.0 ft)
Hunting conditions

Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramp both open

Geese are concentrating on agriculture fields within the Wildlife Area. The majority of the lake is ice free, with sections still froze on the East side.

Expected hunting success fair
Comments

Duck season is now closed. Regular goose season is now closed. Spring Conservation season remains open thru 04/30

Low Plains Late: October 31-January 3; January 23-31, 2020

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

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

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



This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/3/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers Mallard Migration Rank:  1  (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.

The large wetland southwest of the shop and the small west wetland are being pumped at this time for the upcoming Teal Season. All of the wetlands have great habitat, such as, Giant Foxtail, Annual Smartweed, and Barnyard Grass. 

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

Hunting conditions  Native vegetation such as annual smart weeds, barnyard grass, foxtail, and sunflowers are the most common vegetation.   
Expected hunting success No Teal have been seen on the area yet.
Comments The wetlands have a good variety of vegetation. REFUGE IS CLOSED TO HUNTING. 



CLINTON - Last Updated: 9/9/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl survey conducted 9/8.

Waterfowl numbers are very low.

81 Canada Geese and 2 Mallards were observed.

Zero teal counted on survey route.

15 teal were counted in Coblentz marsh on the day of the survey.

Lake level

 Lake level as of 9/9/21- 879.00 

(3.5 feet above normal pool)

 

Hunting conditions

Lake- The current lake level is too high to produce the shallow mudflat habitat that teal prefer. As water levels drop, more mudflats and shallow water near tributaries will become available. 

Coblentz & East Coblentz- 

The North and East pools of Coblentz have some water, the middle pool is mostly full.

A few Teal have been observed in the marsh, look for open areas with water or mud. 

KDWPT staff will begin pumping before waterfowl season.

Shadden marsh water level is low\- filled only by rainfall. 

Elk Creek- marsh pools have low water levels and will only be filled by rain and runoff until after a portion of the corn has been harvested. Recent rains and KDWPT food plots throughout the complex will provide plenty of food and a variety of water levels.

THE REFUGE AND REFUGE MARSH POOL ARE OPEN TO TEAL HUNTING

The Wildlife Area refuge contains several oxbows, a 100 acre marsh, and shallow lakebed. These are good places to find a few teal as they begin to arrive.

The Elk Creek marsh pump is completed and fully operational. 

While lake or river levels remain elevated we will begin pumping before start of 2021 waterfowl season.*

Clinton contains miles of creeks, rivers and oxbows on the wildlife area; each of which has unique conditions and frequently hold waterfowl when weather and/or pressure pushes them from marsh pools.

The refuge is OPEN until 10-1-21.

Expected hunting success Poor
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 is 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.

Elk Creek (Wakarusa River) and Coon Creek (Lake) boat ramps are open. 

Rock Creek Boat ramp is closed; a gravel launch area for canoes and kayaks is available when lake is near normal pool.



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 9/8/2021 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

The Hillsdale Wildlife Area has experienced a normal year in regards to water levels in 2021.  The reservoir currently sits 1-3 feet above conservation pool, and rains have kept things moist.  We have had some successful moist soil vegetation growth in a wetland pools this year.  Japanese millet was also planted along side some milo in the Youth-Mentor Wetland and Antioch Wetland.  The upper reaches of Brown's Wetland were planted into Japanese Millet. A fair amount of seed has been produced which should make good forage and cover for waterfowl this season.  Pumping began in early September.  All marshes will continue to be pumped and catch rain throughout the fall in order to provide the most ideal habitat, forage, and hunting opportunities possible.            

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.

Weather has been very warm throughout the summer.  Hillsdale received a large rain last weekend and highs have been in the mid 80's.  Within the last two weeks, blue-wing and green-wing teal have started to be observed on the wildlife area.  Groups of 10-20 birds are starting to be seen on the body of the lake, and in flight over the timber near the water with total counts being 50-100 birds in a given area.  Multiple groups of blue-wing teal have also been observed on the Wade's Brach pools along with the Youth-Mentor Wetland.  Groups of Wood Ducks have also been observed throughout the wildlife area, so hunters should make certain of their target throughout the teal season.             

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - 3/8

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 1/4

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 1/4

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 3/4

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full,  Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - 0% ice cover on lake.  0% ice cover on wetlands

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: 9/8/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks:  There have been no teal observed on the area during waterfowl routes.

Geese: 50 or so Canada geese are utilizing the area

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
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: 9/9/2021 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 numbers of waterfowl on the area.

Throughout the week, a handful of teal & wood ducks have been observed.  

Lake level Current Lake Level is 1145.59 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 482 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 400 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production has been above average this year.  We are working at getting the pumps still repaired and going for the waterfowl season, due to flooding in the past years and ability to get parts for the pumps. 

Mall Creek and Lower Smith/Gatesville boat ramps are open. 

Wetlands that have water are Mall Creek, Sugarbowl and Quimby.  The pumps for Beichter/Martin, Youth/Mentor, Zach and North Smith are in the process of getting fixed.

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 Poor
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.

Hunter's need to be aware of their targets before shooting.

The area is a no trash policy, so if you take it in, please bring it back out with you.  This includes spent shotgun shells

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 WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/17/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers
ATTENTION WATERFOWL HUNTERS: BLUE-GREEN ALGAE HAS BEEN FOUND AT THE KYLE MARSH. AS OF 09/14/21 THE LEVEL MEASURED WAS NOT AT A HIGH LEVEL OF TOXICITY, HOWEVER THIS CAN CHANGE VERY RAPIDLY. PLEASE WATCH FOR ANY ALGAE BLOOMS AND AVOID THEM IF POSSIBLE. 
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 09/09/2021 and around 200 ducks were observed which were mostly Blue-winged Teal and Wood Ducks along with a few Gadwall. Like every other year, hunters should use caution in the Teal season as Perry is known for a good resident population of Wood Ducks so identification of birds before shooting is critical. 
West River Boat Ramp and parking area renovation is complete. Kyle Marsh is low and launching of large boats is unlikely. 
*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 = 0 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 2.67 Feet Above Conservation Pool
Habitat conditions
Mild flooding in the spring, followed by a dry summer has allowed for a good amount of wetland pool work to be completed and habitat conditions are overall good around the area. 
Expected hunting success Poor to Fair
Comments
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 level is low, launching of especially larger boats is not possible at this time. Water levels were drawn down well especially in the East unit which allowed for a good amount of moist soil vegetation to grow. Some supplemental seeding of millet was completed as well. HCR-6

West River: No water. Summer Draw downs were successful in both the upper and lower units which allowed for some disking, mowing, and millet planting. The VFD on the marsh pump needs replaced and we will be unable to pump water until after that is done. We will update water levels as this changes. HCR-8

Upper Ferguson: This wetland grew mostly native smartweed and has little water currently. The refuge is closed Oct 1st thru Jan 15th to ALL Activity HCR-5.

Lassister: No water. Water was drown down in both units to allow for some infrastructure repairs and habitat work to be completed. We are unable to pump this wetland and will rely on runoff to fill it. Some disking, spraying, and mowing along with some supplemental seeding of millet and sorghums occurred. HCR-5

Northwest: No water. Most of this unit was planted to corn and 75% of it will be harvested before water is put on. The remainder of the marsh grew good moist soil vegetation. This wetland is pumped with our new pump station that doesn't allow for pumping until after October 1st most years.  HCR-7

Headquarters: This wetland was drawn down early and corn was planted in some of it. Once the tenant harvests their 75%, then we will began to try to collect water, no water at this point. HCR-6

Mitigation:  Full Pool. We held water in this wetland over the summer and it has resulted in some unfavorable vegetation, but does also have some quality moist soil plants as well. HCR-6

Hayward: 1/3 Full. Water was drawn down early allowing for adequate moist soil growth and some millet seeding occurred as well.  HCR-6

Reichart: No water. All of this unit dried well this summer allowing for disking, mowing, spraying, and millet and sorghum planting throughout.  HCR-8. 

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

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

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

   



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/8/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers

15 ducks  10 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =10

Water level The lake is currently at 1079 and holding steady
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  The only water on the Wildlife Area is at the north end of Rolander Rd and the north cell of the Black Vermillion Marsh.



This is a collection of all the Southwest Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 9/15/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers

PLEASE NOTE NEW WILDLIFE AREA REGULATIONS BELOW FOR THE FALL 2021 SEASON

Teal numbers are fairly low, especially during daylight hours.  Most of the birds are nocturnal.  Decent numbers of shovelers, pintails, wood ducks, and 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 1A-35", 1B-38", 1C-38", 2-10", 3A-7" 3B-dry 4A-dry 4B-17" 5-15".  Due to current construction work, water will not be added to 4A for several more weeks.  Pool 2 will be kept below 12" until construction is complete.  Please be patient with water levels, work in the pools in nearing completion and water will be added where and when possible.  Short term disruption to management is for the long term good of the property.  
Hunting conditions Pool 2- lot of cattails, some holes sprayed and roller chopped, 428 acres of cattails sprayed on August 10th Pool 3A- some moist soil plants Pool 3B- lot of cattails, started disking cattails  Pool 4A all cattails have been disked multiple times, 240 acres of millet planted however most dried up or never germinated due to dry weather, 251 acres mature wheat, some moist soil plants.  Pool 4B- some moist soil plants Pool 5- some moist soil plants
Expected hunting success Poor to fair.  Hot dry weather has taken it's toll on stored water and habitat.  Moist soil plants that looked good early on have now dried up and did not produce much seed.  Success was good opening day, but spotty since then with nocturnal birds. 
Comments

SOME WILDLIFE AREA ROADS WILL BE CLOSED FOR 3-5 DAYS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AND FALL DUE TO CONSTRUCTION WORK ON WATER CONTROL STRUCTURES.  SEE AREA NEWS FOR UPDATES ON PROGRESS OF WORK ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.  PLEASE BE PATIENT AS WORK CONTINUES.  ALTHOUGH THERE WILL BE SOME SHORT TERM DISRUPTION TO THE WILDLIFE AREA, THE WORK CURRENTLY BEING DONE WILL GREATLY IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT CAPABILITIES OF THE WILDLIFE AREA FOR YEARS TO COME.

ALL BOATS MUST BE OPERATED AT NO WAKE SPEEDS.

POOL 4A IS CLOSED AT 1 P.M. DAILY TO MOTORIZED BOATS.  ANY BOAT WITH A MOTOR ON IT MUST BE OUT OF THE WATER AT 1 P.M.  NO MOTORING OUT PRIOR TO 1 P.M. THEN ROWING OR DRAGGING BOAT BACK IN AFTER 1 P.M.

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. 

ALL WATERCRAFT ARE PROHIBITED FROM APRIL 15-AUGUST 15 TO PROTECT NESTING BIRDS ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

DURING THE YOUTH/VETERANS/MILITARY WEEKEND, POOL 4B IS DESIGNATED AS A YOUTH ONLY POOL.

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.

CAMP IN DESIGNATED CAMPGROUND ONLY

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

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. 11, 2021 - Sept. 26,2021

Youth/Military/Veteran - Oct. 2 and 3, 2021

Ducks, Low Plains Early Zone -  Oct. 9, 2021- Dec. 5, 2021 and Dec. 18, 2021- Jan. 2, 2022

Goose Seasons:

Canada - Oct. 30 and 31, 2021, and Nov. 3, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022

Whitefront - Oct. 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and Jan. 22 - Feb. 13, 2022

Light - Oct. 30 and 31, 2021, and Nov. 3, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022

Light goose conservation order - 

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: 9/15/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers 14 wood ducks and 2 blue-winged teal observed 9/15.
Water level The pool adjacent to Hwy. 42 is nearly full.  The main lake has some water with thick vegetation. The remaining pools are nearly dry.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  September 11-September 26, 2021

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 23-24, 2021

Ducks (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 30, 2021 - January 2, (first segment)

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 2020-2021.

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



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 9/17/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers Very few teal observed on the area all week.
Water levels Currently, pools 1, 2, and 3B are full.  Pools 4, 6, and 7 are full.  Pool 8 has water except the north end.  Pool 9 is 50 - 75% full. 
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  9/11/20-9/26/20

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/2/21 - 10/3/21

Regular Ducks (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/9/21 - 12/5/21 and 12/18/21 -1/2/22

KDWPT IS CONTINUING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2020-2021 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: 2/9/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers Large numbers of Canadian and Snow geese using reservoir and area crop fields.
Water level  1.07 feet below Conservation Pool on reservoir. Area ponds are dry.
Hunting conditions

 Poor

The reservoir was at a nearly full level most of the summer, so very few native food producing plants were able to establish along the shoreline. The recent drop in water level has left a large stretch of bare ground between concealment cover and water around most of the wildlife area. Despite the lack of food plants, hunting should improve if the reservoir comes back up. 

Expected hunting success  Poor
Comments

Cheney Wildlife Area is located in the Low Plains Late Zone

Low Plains Late Zone Youth/Veteran/Military Season is Oct. 24-25, 2020. 

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct 31, 2020-Jan 3rd, 2021, and Jan 23-31, 2021.

Daily bag limit: 6

Six ducks is the daily bag limit, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup. 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, please call 911. 



BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 9/10/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Welcome to 2021 waterfowl! I sat on the lake dam this morning (9/10/21) for 20 minutes and only saw 2 wood ducks.    
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  Currently, millet has been planted in 6 marshes and one pond.  Time will tell just how successful that project has been.  One additional marsh is expected to be planted in the next 7-10 days.  All marshes except 1 are dry to mainly dry.      
Hunting conditions

  Due to late drying in the marshes, we will not have water other than the lake, river, and ponds for the teal season.  We hope to start catching water when the millet matures.              

 

Expected hunting success    Limited.  
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 9/16/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed on 9/16/21.       
Water levels 0.05 feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 9/16/21.    
Hunting conditions Full lake levels persisted through the summer and prevented the establishment of food producing plants along lake edges.  As such, food resources are diminished within lake environments.  
Expected hunting success Poor.                
Comments Low Plains Zone Teal Season is September 11-26.                       



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 9/10/2021 Print

Waterfowl Numbers No teal observed on 9/9/21
Water level At 1340.20' approximately 1.20' above conservation elevation (1339'). 
Hunting conditions Most of the summer the lake was at or slightly above conservation pool.  Food producing plants in the reservoir were limited due to the higher water.  
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

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

Low Plains Zone Teal Season is September 11-26



KAW WILDLIFE AREA. - Last Updated: 9/16/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers There is no teal present at this time.
Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 11-26, 2021

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 6, 2021 - January 2, 2022 AND January 15-30, 2022

Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit: Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 9/21/2021 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.

TUESDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2021

At the time of this posting, The Wetlands are holding approximately 800 ducks:  600 bluewings and 200 wood ducks, shovelers, mallards, pintails and other species.  Duck numbers have been fluctuating daily.  Hopefully we will see some new birds arrive on this cold front and full moon.

Remember that all activities in the south refuge are prohibited.  

Current Information  There are three new regulations in effect for the 2021 season:  1)  The Big Basin Marshes have been designated as "youth only" during the 2-day youth and military waterfowl weekend, 2) No motorized boats are allowed on the property, and 3) Centerfire rifles and handguns are prohibited. 
Water levels

The area received almost three inches of rain the week prior to teal season, and habitat conditions improved considerably as a result.  All three units now have at least some huntable water.  Scouting will be critical in determining which wetlands have water, as not all of them caught runoff after the storm. 

Pumping efforts have been suspended to save some of our water allotment for the general duck season.  Pumping efforts will resume at both the Big Basin and Little Sinkhole units the week of September 27th.

Big Basin:  Good water in many of the wetlands that are open to public hunting, and good water in the refuge.  Pool 10 will be kept dry this season to prep for a renovation project in late winter / early spring.

Chain of Lakes:  Water is still limited in this unit, but at least it is no longer dry.  The west pools have the best water, and the east pools have very little. 

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Huntable water in a number of the wetlands.  

Hunting conditions We have treated approximately 500 acres of cattails, Lotus, and other undesirable vegetation this growing season.  As the treated vegetation dies off and the desirable moist soil vegetation completes seed production, we will continue to roller chop / manipulate vegetation as the season moves forward.  Waterfowl food production (native moist soil vegetation) has been fairly good across the area this year, and approximately 400 acres of millet was planted in various wetlands.  The rain before teal season was a tremendous help, but the area will still need more rain to hold water all season. 
Expected hunting success Fair to good if water levels stabilize.
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 2020 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: 9/16/2021 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 10 teal on the area at this time.  
Water
 level
Very Low  
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

Slate Creek Wetland Public Announcement

Due to some erosion problems at the wetland, we will not be able to hold water for the 2021-22 waterfowl season.  There will be some water in the pools, it will be just in the low-lying areas.  But all of this will depend on rain fall.  The low water levels will allow us time to get some valuable imagery/survey of the area.  This will help us resolve current erosion issues and help us map the whole wetland system for future development.  We thank you for your understanding and patience.

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. 11-26, 2021
  • 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. 30, 2021-Janaury 2, 2022 AND Jan. 22-30, 2022
  • 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.



MARION - Last Updated: 1/29/2021 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

As of 1-29 waterfowl numbers on the reservoir are approximately 4000. Most of the ducks are Mallard at approximately 1000, along with 750 Gadwall, and 150 Goldeneye. The reservoir is also holding around 2000 Canada geese.

Numbers can change daily.

Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=8  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 1349.16 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Fair.

The reservoir was at or near conservation pool most of 2020. There was very little natural food production along the shoreline this year in the way of moist soil vegetation like barnyard grass and yellow nut sedge. Some of the acres close to the shore that were flooded in 2019 do have ample production, and crops on the area look good. Corn harvest was about three weeks behind, area wide, so there should be ample amounts of scrap corn on the ground that won't get a chance to germinate. There is also good cover along the shoreline and in the smaller coves. Water levels are going down, leaving quite a bit of bare ground between shoreline cover and the waters edge.

Expected hunting success Poor.
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.

1JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 9/10/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers Only two groups of teal seen during survey.  Each flock had maybe 10-12 Green-wing Teal.
Water level Current Level: 1042.3 Conservation Pool Level: 1041
Hunting conditions
 TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE
  • Season: Sept. 11-26, 2021
  • Area open: East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6 teal (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)  
  • Possession limit: 18 teal in possession (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

 

YOUTH, VETERAN AND ACTIVE MILITARY WATERFOWL SEASONS

(Youth 17 and younger)

          Southeast Zone: Oct. 30-31, 2021

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE
  • Season: Nov. 6, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022 and Jan. 15-30, 2022
  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp
DUCK LIMITS

6 ducks, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup.

Geese

CANADA GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 30-31, 2021 and Nov. 3, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022
  • 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. 30, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022 and Jan. 22-Feb. 13, 2022
  • 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. 30-31, 2021 and Nov. 3, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022
  • 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. 14-April 30, 2022
  • 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.

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John Redmond and Otter Creek Wildlife Area Fall 2021 Conditions-

I expect average habitat conditions this year for waterfowl on John Redmond Reservoir.  Otter Creek Marshes, located below John Redmond Dam- Only the upper marsh will have water this year. It has excellent vegetation, and is currently 2/3 full.   

 

The Sedimentation Basins located on west side, below dam, are not open for hunting, and are privately owned and operated.

Expected hunting success  Poor.  Teal are just not in yet in any hauntable numbers.
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.



ELK CITY RESERVOIR/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/15/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers A few groups of teal have been seen around the reservoir totaling less than 100. The waterfowl numbers are expected to fluctuate with migration, hunting pressure, and changing habitat conditions.
Water level The marshes have very little to no water in them. Heavy rains will be required to get runoff to fill the marshes. Today, the reservoir is 0.31 ft above pool level. For current Reservoir levels visit http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELKC.lakepage.html
Hunting conditions There has been pretty good moist soil production this year. Some heavy rain would improve hunting conditions.
Expected hunting success Poor. TEAL SEASON IS SEPT. 11-26    REGULAR DUCK SEASON IS NOV. 6-JAN. 2 AND JAN. 15-30
Comments

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).

Japanese Millet was planted around the area wetlands with good results, and there was a very good natural response of wild millet (barnyard grass) and smartweed in most wetlands. Overall, there should be plenty of food to attract waterfowl as long as we get some rain to fill the marshes. 



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/8/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers

01/08/21

Waterfowl numbers remain low.  There are always several small groups of divers on watersheds and pasture ponds as well as the reservoir.  Because of the lack of flooded vegetation birds are not lingering in the area.  There have been a few large groups of ducks on agricultural fields, however, most of the ducks have been on private fields and not on the wildlife area. A few large groups of divers (mostly mergansers) have been observed on the river recently.

Goose numbers have been fair with birds focusing on cut corn fields with wheat drilled in.

Water level Water levels have risen slightly with recent rains, but still fall short of flooding vegetation along shore lines.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Hunters can expect the see waterfowl and perhaps do some shooting, however, a limit would be hard to come by.
Comments Waterfowl reports will be updated on a bi-weekly basis during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons.  Updates will be made when significant changes in waterfowl numbers are observed. For information pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 9/21/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers Low numbers of teal.  Decent amount of wood ducks and a handful of other early migrants.  Very few rails observed.     
Water levels

WARNING: A harmful algae bloom may be present in the southeast corner of Unit G.  Do NOT hunt in this area or let pets drink or come in contact with this water.  Bluegreen algae toxins can be deadly! Other water on the wildlife area, should not be ruled out as possible locations for harmful algae.

Water in the marshes is a very low right now.  A substantial amount of water has evaporated in the last couple weeks. Water can be found in the lowest portions of: A-East, A-North, E, F-South, F- West, and few small wetlands.  Water is also in two refuge units: C-North and the lowest portions of B-North.  Currently there are a few issues with the main river pump at Unit A, which is preventing any water to be pumped.  Once this is resolved (unknown timeline), pumping will begin there.  The B-North refuge unit is currently being pumped. 

Hunting/ Habitat conditions Its been a roller coaster for habitat management this growing season.  There was early flooding, excessive rain, and periods of extreme dry.  In addition, there have been several cycles of army worms that have caused significant damage to vegetation.  Currently, there is another wave of army worms in a few units. Its been a bad year for cocklebur, attempts are still being made to control it, but expect some in almost all units.  More details about habitat conditions will be posted in a few weeks, but in general, average food production will likely occur across the area.      
Hunting success

EARLY TEAL OPENS Sept. 11 - 26, 2021

YOUTH, VETERAN and ACTIVE MILITARY OPENS  Oct 30 & 31,2021

SOUTHESAT LATE ZONE DUCK SEASON OPENS Nov. 6,2021 - Jan. 2, 2022 and Jan 15 - Jan. 30, 2022

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE OPENS Oct. 30,2021 - Jan 2, 2022 and Jan. 22 - Feb. 13, 2022

DARK GOOSE SEASON OPENS Oct. 30 - 31,2021 and Nov. 3 - Feb. 13, 2022 

Light GOOSE SEASON OPENS Oct. 30 - 31,2021 and Nov. 3 - Feb. 13, 2022

Conservation Light Goose season is from February 14  - April , 2022

Comments

  

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

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.

Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/8/2021 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.   

57 Blue-winged Teal

13 Mallards

125 Unidentified Waterfowl

Mallard Migration Rank = 1 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

Water level Lake level = 1038.00; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         0% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions

09/08/2021 

3 Duck Marsh- The east unit has been planted to corn and the west unit has produced excellent moist soil vegetation. Neither unit is holding water currently.

Willow Marsh- This wetland is full of moist soil vegetation and will provide excellent habitat. Currently the south unit is approximately 1/3 full and the north unit is approximately 1/4 full. Both retention ponds are full.

Sundance Marsh- This wetland remained underwater until early August due to high lake levels. There was some response by moist soil vegetation and the wetland is approximately 2/3 full. 

Lowman's Cove- Due to high rainfall totals this wetland remained full and produced little food within the marsh. There will be plenty of cover around the edges but lots of open water within the wetland.

Shoveler Slough- This unit is a mix of corn and moist-soil production. Habitat conditions are looking excellent. There are two small pools still holding water on the north end and a few acres of water in the south end of the wetland. 

LOCATION:South parking lot is at the intersection of W 317th St. & S Davis Rd. 

Refuge-The refuge is on the west end of the lake and directly east of Willow Marsh. It produced good moist soil vegetation and will provide excellent habitat to hold waterfowl in the area as long as the lake level remains high. The Refuge Area is CLOSED October 1st through January 15th.

Expected hunting success Fair-Good
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: 9/11/2021 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.

NEW REGULATION IN EFFECT FOR 2021-2022 WATERFOWL SEASON: NO ENTRY (by foot, boat, etc) INTO THE MARSH (water) BY ANY HUNTER UNTIL 5:00AM AND MUST BE OUT OF THE MARSH BY 1 HOUR AFTER SUNSET (LEGAL SHOOTING TIME).

HUNTERS NEED TO BE SURE OF THEIR TARGET! MANY WOOD DUCKS ARE PRESENT ON THE AREA ALONG WITH A FEW OTHER SPECIES

Water level

 Most of the acres of water represented below will be 6" deep or less in very tall, thick rank, smart weed and wild millet with very minimal acres of open water available. 4A and 4B are being kept dry waiting on corn to mature and will not be flooded for teal season.

Boats are not required to hunt Neosho. Walk-in hunting is readily available with very few areas over knee deep. Hunters should take caution wading the boat lane (south end) in Pool 1 (tractor roads/foot crossings are in place); the very east side of 2A, and the oxbow area of 2B.

   

Pool 1- 120 acres 40%

Pool 2A- 60 acres 40%

Pool 2B- 125 acres 50%

Pool 3 (Refuge)-  600+ acres 95%

Pool 4A-  0 acres 0%  Walk in and non-motorized boat hunting only

Pool 4B- 0 acres 0%   Walk in and non-motorized boat hunting only

Pool 5- 0 acres 0%

Pool 6- 0 acres 0%

Pool 7- 0 acres 0%

Pool 8- 0 acres 0%

Pool 9- 0 acres 0%

South Unit-  

 

    

Hunting conditions

Good mixture of moist soil plants are currently flooded.  Corn is still filling so it is to early to flood. Things look really good for the upcoming regular season!!  

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

 

Expected hunting success

EARLY TEAL OPENS Sept. 11 - 26, 2021

YOUTH, VETERAN and ACTIVE MILITARY OPENS  Oct 30 & 31,2021

SOUTHESAT LATE ZONE DUCK SEASON OPENS Nov. 6,2021 - Jan. 2, 2022 and Jan 15 - Jan. 30, 2022

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE OPENS Oct. 30,2021 - Jan 2, 2022 and Jan. 22 - Feb. 13, 2022

DARK GOOSE SEASON OPENS Oct. 30 - 31,2021 and Nov. 3 - Feb. 13, 2022 

Light GOOSE SEASON OPENS Oct. 30 - 31,2021 and Nov. 3 - Feb. 13, 2022

Conservation Light Goose season is from February 14  - April , 2022    

2020-2021 Regular Waterfowl Season: 3,557 Hunters Harvested 6,141 Birds for a 1.73 BPH avg. Last season ranked 27th highest in number of Hunters; 13th highest in number of birds harvested; and 14th highest in BPH based on 54 years of data.

We want to thank everyone for the continued cooperation with utilizing our electronic check-in/out system. We encountered very few issues with compliance during this hunting season.  However, there are still around 70 people checked in and in order to compile and complete the data we need you to please check out.  Area staff look at and manipulate this data in many different ways to make management decisions for upcoming years and to also look at what management strategies worked during the hunting season.    

Comments
Reminder: Motorized watercraft are prohibited on the wildlife area until the day season opens. (i.e.5:00 am Sept. 11,2021 for teal season, 5:00am, November 6,2021 for regular ducks season.)
DAILY REGULATION:  NO ENTRY INTO THE MARSH BY ANY HUNTER UNTIL 5:00AM AND MUST BE OUT OF THE MARSH BY 1 HOUR AFTER LEGAL SHOOTING TIME.   
All Boating regulations are enforced! (Lifejackets, navigation lights, etc.)
All boats must operate at no wake speeds within boating canals (signs are posted)

If you are having trouble logging into iSportsman, PLEASE DO NOT create a new account! Please contact our office prior to hunting, (620) 449 2539, and leave a detailed message with your name and number and we will get back with you to assist with retrieving your log in information.

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: 1/8/2021 Print

Waterfowl numbers

01/08/21

Ducks remain present in small numbers.  Most groups of birds observed have been limited to roughly one to two dozen birds.  Most of the birds observed have been divers.  Most pasture ponds and water sheds are holding small groups of birds.  If conditions are right for ponds to ice up, expect birds to concentrate on the reservoir.  

Water level Water levels have risen slightly, however, water is still short of flooding any vegetation.  Area marshes remain dry.  
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success With mostly divers being observed hunters could have some success on the reservoir, however, a limit of birds may be hard to come by.
Comments Waterfowl reports will be posted on a bi-weekly basis throughout the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. Updates will be made when a significant change in bird numbers is observed.  For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.