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.

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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)

NEW FOR 2016:  The 48 Hour Waterfowl hunt license is no longer available for KS waterfowl hunters, it has been replaced by the Annual Hunt License.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.

115-18-16 (PDF - 135.24 kB)

Light Goose Conservation Order - General Provisions and Restrictions.

115-25-19 (PDF - 149.48 kB)

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

115-18-08 (PDF - 9.48 kB)

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

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.

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

EXOTIC DOVE (Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves only)

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

RAIL (Sora and Virginia)

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

SNIPE

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

WOODCOCK

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

TEAL, HIGH PLAINS ZONE

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

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

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

DUCKS, HIGH PLAINS UNIT

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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE

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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

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

DUCK LIMITS

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

MERGANSERS

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

COOTS

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

YOUTH WATERFOWL SEASONS

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

CANADA GEESE

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

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE

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

LIGHT GEESE

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

LIGHT GEESE, CONSERVATION ORDER

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

SANDHILL CRANE

  • Season: Nov. 6, 2019-Jan. 2, 2020
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit
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: 11/12/2019 Print

  Approximately 7000-8000 ducks -Mallard, Pintail, Wigeon, Gadwall, GW Teal, Divers.  1800 Canada Geese 6000 Snows and a few Whitefronts
Water level 10.7 ft low
Hunting conditions Shorelines are flooded Phragmites Grass which will make shoreline and walk in hunting very difficult.
Expected hunting success Good - Morning hunts will provide the best opportunity for success.
Comments

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

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

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

Water Refuge is in effect November 1- January 31

Land Refuge is in effect September 1 - January 31

North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting.

Youth / Mentor hunting is also available

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

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 11/7/2019 Print

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

Puddle ducks - 10000.  Mixture of early migrants (mallards, widgeons, gadwalls, teal, shovelers, pintails, etc.)

Divers - 3000.  Divers are starting to show up, (redheads, ringnecks, scaup, and ruddys).

Canada geese - 3500

Whitefronts - 3400

Snows - 21000

Mallard Migration Index (3)

Water level .9' above Conservation pool and steady.
Hunting conditions Poor, cover is increasingly harder to find as the water goes down, lots of mudflats.
Expected hunting success Fair - Number of ducks are increasing and are working the shallow areas.  Access to shallow areas maybe difficult.
Comments

All boats ramps are open at this time.  Granite Creek boat ramp will be closed November 1.

Low Plains Early Zone opens Oct. 12 - Dec. 8, 2019.  This zone includes the area north of Hwy 24.

Low Plains Late Zone opens Oct. 26 - Dec. 29, 2019.  This zone includes the area south of Hwy 24.

Dark geese opens Nov. 6, 2019 - Feb. 16, 2020.

Whitefronts opens Oct. 26 - Dec. 29, 2019

Light geese opens Nov. 6, 2019 - Feb. 16, 2020.

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

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is located in the Granite Creek Refuge and is in effect from October 1 - January 31. Waterfowl hunting from the shoreline area is allowed in the Youth-Mentor Area as long as EACH adult is hunting with a youth 17 years or younger. Boats of any sort are prohibited in the Granite Creek Refuge.

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



JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/14/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers

3,200 ducks observed 11/14/19.  Mostly Mallard and Green Winged Teal.  Some Pintails, Gadwall and Red Heads as well.  No Geese Observed.  REMINDER: All hunters MUST register and check in to iSportsman if they are hunting on the area.

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

Water levels Almost 100% ice covered as of 11/14/19.  Birds are keeping several holes open throughout the area. Ice is expected to melt with the upcoming forecasted warmer weather. Managers are holding water at desired management elevations. Water levels in Gamekeeper are and will remain low (but still huntable in some areas) in order to complete one last part of the sub-dividing berm project and to protect all the fresh earthwork. Gun Club levels will be held below full pool throughout the fall and winter. Water levels in these marshes will be allowed to recede to levels best suited for waterfowl use and habitat. That means there will be shallow areas that may not be accessible by boat. Both of these large marshes have minimal food from the summer flooding. Hunters need to be cautious if boating in these marshes. Buffalo Creek Marshes have excellent moist soil and have been pumped with huntable water. Pintail Marsh is full, Puddler marsh is close to full.  Bluewing Marsh is full. 
Hunting conditions

Fair: Getting access to the birds will be tough until the ice has melted. Hunters need to be cautious of rotten ice, especially in the deeper waters in Marsh Creek Marsh.  Scouting is a must.

Vegetation is thick in Buffalo Creek Marshes as it was too wet to open some holes prior to pumping.  

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

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

REMINDER:  

iSportsman is in use.  ALL hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out when they hunt the area. 

This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.

REFUGE IS CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2020.

Expected hunting success Better than last week with the fresh birds.
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

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

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

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

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

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

Hunters are REQUIRED to check in using the electronic permitting system.

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

  1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.
  2. Provide hunter information.
  3. ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

Hunters need to make sure they have all the appropriate licenses and stamps for hunting waterfowl.  The following are required:

Kansas hunting license

State waterfowl stamp

Federal waterfowl stamp

Kansas Harvest Information Program Stamp (HIP)

RINGNECK MARSH IS DESIGNATED FOR YOUTH AND MENTORS ONLY. EACH HUNTER 16 YEARS AND OLDER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ONE OR MORE YOUTH UNDER 16 YEARS OLD.

Marsh Creek Marsh is for non-gasoline powered boats only, this includes electric motor boats and boats with no motors. Gasoline engines are prohibited.

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

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

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

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



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/14/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers  6,600 ducks - 800 teal, 5,500 mallards, 120 northern shovelers, 250 redheads a few wood ducks and other large ducks, 2,300 Canada AND 4,600 light geese.
Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Reservoir is at 1579.36or 3.00 feet BELOW conservation pool (1582.6) or74.3.% full. Inflows of 336.5 CFS. Reservoir levels are rising nearly a half-foot per day. The scheduled reservoir dam maintenance has been completed. Irrigation season has ended. Summer irrigation Drawdown was later this season so not much vegetation on the bare mudflats.
Hunting condition Good.Reservoir levels getting close to the shoreline vegetation to conceal hunters.
Expected hunting success Good. New birds are arriving daily.
Comments
PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE STATE PARK PARK. NO HUNTING IS ALLOWED FROM THE SHORELINE OF THE STATE PARK. 
NEW REFUGE REGULATIONS:THE LAND REFUGE CLOSED  TO HUNTING YEAR ROUND. CLOSED TO OTHER ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH MARCH 31. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH APRIL 15 on the NORTHEAST half of the reservoir and Wildlife Area from 1/8th mile west of the south end of the dam and following a buoy line northwest to the western boundary of the Cabin Area  of the State Park. INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH APRIL 15.
BOAT RAMPS: only the boat ramp at Cedar Point is usable AT YOUR OWN RISK at this reservoir elevation. 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. They are not useable at this elevation.
CAMPING CABINS are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

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

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

FREE DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTING ON THE AREA. ELECTRONIC PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE. REGISTER AT THE i-SPORTSMAN LINK ON THE KDWPT WEBSITE. Follow this link to get registered. https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE LOVEWELL STATE PARK INFORMATION CENTER IN FRONT OF OR DIRECTLY WEST OF THE LOVEWELL OFFICE under the concrete shelter. We thank you for your patience. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



NORTON - Last Updated: 11/14/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers  200 ducks-80 dark geese.                
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is 4.5 feet below conservation pool. The lake is up almost 7 feet this year.
Hunting conditions Good. The lake has come up significantly this year and the amount of hunting area has increased greatly.  Some late summer rains pushed water into vegetation so habitat and concealment cover are good.
Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Minimal - Very few ducks at this time.
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

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

DUCK SEASON DATES FOR 2019

Teal Season: September 21 - 29, 2019

Youth Duck Season: October 5-6, 2019

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

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

REMINDER - 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.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 10/31/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1200 ducks; mix of redheads, wigeon and mallards
Water level 2.3 ft below conservation pool; 1460.7 ft
   
Hunting conditions Fair.  Some shallow water areas but no flooded vegetation.
   
Comments

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

Waterfowl Seasons:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 11/14/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers 350 ducks Mostly Mallard, Green Wing Teal and Pintail.                                                                                                                                         
Water level  100% froze. All marshes are full and should remain nearly full until spring. Ice is expected to thaw with next weeks forecast.
Hunting conditions  Good water levels but not much flooded food.  Summer heavy rains and flooded conditions did not allow moist soil plants to grow.
Expected hunting success Each cold front is bringing new birds, however the pressure is educating them pretty quick.
Comments

 Remember:

- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

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

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

-ALL shotgun hunters must use NON-TOXIC shot

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

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



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 11/13/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers 800 ducks - mixed species. 300 Canada geese, 5,000 Snow Geese
Water level Currently  AT conservation level.  Currently releasing 160 cfs.
Hunting conditions Inflows in 2019 raised the reservoir to 7 1/2 feet above conservation level and releases were not made until October. Webster is presently releasing to match inflow thus keeping the reservoir at Conservation Pool level.  Due to the high water levels earlier, most of the shoreline is bare mudflats and no cover.  Because of the late summer drawdown, there is no vegetation along the shorelines for food or hunter concealment. The bare shorelines are attractive to as loafing areas for geese.  The south road (N Road) is closed at the kiosk at the intersection of the south road and 258 Highway (Zurich Blacktop).  County roads ( 9, 8, 7, and 6) coming in from the south from County Road P have been impassable most of the summer.  The area from the southeast corner of the reservoir west to 9 Road is designated as "No Motorized Boats" and is intended for use by walk-in hunters.
Expected hunting success Poor. 
Comments

 

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

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

Blue/Green Algae

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

Teal Season

Sept. 14-29, 2019

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season      

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

Youth Weekend, Dusk and Goose

Oct. 19-20, 2019

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

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

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

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

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 17 - April 30, 2020

ICE CONDITIONS

0%

 

 Webster Wildlife Area and Refuge Map

 

Webster Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 11/14/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers  500-1,000 ducks. Mix of all species. Mallards and goldeneyes are the most abundant species. Approximately 500 geese on the area. Most are Canada but some white-fronts and snows are mixed in.
   
Water level 1515.31; 2/3' below conservation and holding steady
Hunting conditions Poor. Due to prior flooding, there is little vegetation to hide in. There are plenty of mudflats that may be beneficial to some species.
Expected hunting success Poor. There is currently little waterfowl use of the area. Numbers have remained low throughout the past week.
Comments

Boat ramps: Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramps are open. Due to the lower water levels, the Cedar Creek boat ramp may be hard to use. Use caution around the Cedar Creek ramp as numerous trees were washed in during the flood and are now exposed as water levels drop.

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

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

Please be aware the the south shore blacktop along Wilson Reservoir from Minooka Park east to Wilson State Park is closed. Zebra mussels are in Wilson Lake, so be sure to drain/dry/clean boats and equipment before moving to other areas.

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

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

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



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BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/15/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers Mallard Migration Rank:  3  (Estimate of potential mallard numbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest)
Water level

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

Wildlife area is flooded due to high river levels and is expected to stay that way for at least a few weeks. There are many flooded pools and ditches throughout the property in addition to the normal wetlands. Larger groups of waterfowl are using the river and flooded willow groves outside the levee. Large pools outside of levee are holding some wood ducks, along with the main east-west ditch inside the levee. The majority of waterfowl are on the river or the two west wetlands. Small groups of Mallards have been using flooded willows by main parking lot. 

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

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

Hunting conditions Good quality wetland vegetation persists in all wetland complexes.  Native vegetation such as annual smartweeds, barnyard grass, and arrow leaf are the most common vegetation.  
Expected hunting success Currently there are very few ducks using the wetland areas throughout the property that are open to hunting.  
Comments A good amount of ducks using the area.  REFUGE IS NOT OPEN TO HUNTING



CLINTON - Last Updated: 11/15/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers

11/15/19

Waterfowl numbers are fair. The most frequently harvested species from I-Sportsman are Blue and Green Winged Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, Wood Duck, and Pintail respectively.

During the waterfowl survey conducted 11/15/19, the following waterfowl numbers were observed on the reservoir:

Canada Geese- 220, Mallard- 50, Bufflehead- 50, Hooded Merganser- 46, Goldeneye- 16, Common Merganser- 10, and Green-winged Teal 8.

Lake level

 883.57- 8.07 feet above pool, releasing 1,000 c.f.s.

The water level is dropping about 2 inches per day.

Hunting conditions

The weather forecast should provide ice-free hunting in the shallow water of marshes and flooded areas. 

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

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

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

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

Elk Creek wetlands are full and open for hunting. The road to the wetlands (E100) was flooded for months, as well as all pools, dikes, and structures and parking lot. 

The refuge marsh pool (CLOSED to all activities) is submerged in deep water.

Waterfowl hunters have had success in additional areas that are flooded from backwater and on Clinton Reservoir. Flooded crop fields and the mud flats around them have produced good conditions.

Ducks were observed loafing in open water around the main body of the lake, as well as shallow floodwater in the upper reaches of the tributaries.

Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

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

ALL BOAT RAMPS ON THE WILDLIFE AREA ARE CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.

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



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 11/7/2019 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

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

  

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

A large influx of waterfowl has recently occurred on the Hillsdale Wildlife Area.  Mallards, wood ducks, gadwalls, American Wigeon, Northern shovelers, blue-winged teal, and green-winged teal have all been surveyed in the area.  Large groups of geese with numbers in the 500's have been seen in flight over the area, along with around 30 canada geese that have stayed close to the dam.  Around 500 coots have also been surveyed in the area.  approximately 6000 divers were seen on the reservoir.  Ring-necked ducks, goldeneyes, canvas backs, and scaup are likely to be represented in that group. 

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

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Full and Stabilized

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 3/4 and stabilized with flooded vegetation

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Full

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

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - None

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: 11/14/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks:  200+ mixed ducks and coots. Mixed bag of teal,shoveler, ringneck and a few mallards. Majority of the ducks were rafted up in the middle of the lake, making hunting difficult. A reminder that no boats are allowed on Auxillary Lake during waterfowl season. 

Geese: 10,000 + snow geese are using the area and the surrounding private agricultural fields. 

Water level High
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

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

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



MILFORD WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/14/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers

The Milford Wildlife Area has been experiencing near record setting flooding for the past year now.  Milford was 30 feet high at one point this past summer and is currently still 12 feet above conservation pool which impacts the wildlife area roads, wetland pumps, parking areas and boat ramps.  The flood water is still above the majority of the wetland levees and has been all growing season.  This means no vegetation was able to grow or produce seed/food.  This will be a very difficult waterfowl season at Milford Wildlife Area.

 

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.

Very few birds were observed on this week's survey.  There have been some rafts of 200-300 ducks seen throughout this past week as they are migrating through.  

 

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

   

Lake level Current Level is 1155.68 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 8,000 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 1,180 CFS.  11.3 ft above conservation pool.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production was not permitted this year due to the extent and duration of flooding we've experienced this past year.  The majority of the wetlands are still under water with little or no cover to provide favorable hunting conditions.

Mall creek and Lower smith/Gatesville boat ramps are not accessible due to the flood waters.

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

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

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

Expected hunting success 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 flooded roadways.

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

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



PERRY - Last Updated: 11/7/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 11/7/2019 and near 1,000 ducks were observed including an increase in Mallard numbers with some Wood Ducks, Shovelers, Green-wing Teal and Gadwalls still around. Some divers also started to show up such as Ring-necks and Buffleheads on the open water areas.  Due to significant and repeated flooding wetland habitat conditions are poor and water levels are still very high. Perry Lake has increased releases and are remaining steady so slowly the reservoir is dropping. West River Boat Ramp/Parking area and Kyle Marsh Parking area/ramps are still inaccessible due to flood waters. 
NO ESTIMATE IS AVAILABLE ON WHEN WATER LEVELS WILL BE AT NORMAL POOL

*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 = 3 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 13.5 Feet Above Conservation Pool
Habitat conditions
All wetlands are overfull at this time and vegetation is limited
Expected hunting success Poor 
Comments
With the lake levels reaching an all time high this year we were unable to do any habitat work in our wetlands. The high lake levels also resulted in minimal vegetation growth in the wetlands and along the levees as many of the levees are under or were under water for a period of time. Expect all of the wetlands South of Valley Falls to be currently flooded and access is extremely limited. Water levels North of Valley Falls are still above normal but are beginning to come within their levees and will continue to drain until full pool is reached.
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: Flooded, Kyle Marsh has remained under water for most of the year. Currently the parking lot and boat ramps at Kyle are inaccessible due to high water levels. HCR-1

West River: Flooded, West River has remained under water for most of the year. Currently the boat ramp to the Delaware River and parking lot off of 150th Rd is inaccessible due to high water levels. HCR-1

Upper Ferguson: Flooded, Upper Ferguson has remained under water for most the year. Currently Jackson Road is partially flooded and the gates on the road are locked. Please be aware of the boundaries separating the youth/handicapped area and the refuge. The refuge is closed Oct 1st thru Jan 15th to ALL Activity HCR-1.

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

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

Headquarters: Above Full Pool, This wetland had remained under water most of the year with water coming off of the levee within the last week. HCR-1

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

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

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

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

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

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

   



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/6/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers

 800 ducks  250 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =6

Water level The lake is currently at 1109 and decreasing a little faster.
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area. The area is still completely covered with flood water and have been all year.  Due to the flooding expected success is very low due to the lack of food and cover. Remember property lines still exist even though they are covered with water so permission is needed to be on water that is not public hunting.



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CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 11/14/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Less than 2,000 ducks, mostly mallards.    Around 200,000 geese, good numbers of whitefronts, snows, and Canadas.  Most of the birds are staying in the refuge.   

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 Warmer temps are melting the ice.  1A-44", 1B-29", 1C-29", 2-22", 3A-dry, 3B-16", 4A-6", 4B-17", 5-19". 
Hunting conditions Disked about 200 acres of cattails in 4B.  Planted 35 acres of millet in 4B.  3A is dry and being disked for cattail control.  70 acres of 3A was planted to winter wheat.  All cattails in 4A and 60 acres in 3B were sprayed on 9/4/19. 
Expected hunting success Poor.  For the period of 11/2-11/7, hunters have averaged 2.59 ducks per hunter.  High pressure and poor habitat is going to make for a tough duck season.  Teal season average was 2.62 teal per hunter.  Deep water throughout spring and the first half of summer prevented germination of moist soil plants, cattail and phragmites control, and planting of millet. 
Comments

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

3A IS CLOSED TO MOTORIZED BOATS

MOTORIZED BOATS ALLOWED ONLY DURING OPEN WATERFOWL SEASON.  THIS MEANS NO SCOUTING FROM A MOTOR BOAT PRIOR TO SEASON

LEGAL SHOOTING HOURS ARE 30 MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

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

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

DO NOT LAUNCH TRAILERED BOATS FROM DIKES OR FOOT CROSSINGS.  ANY BOATS ON A TRAILER MUST USE DESIGNATED BOAT RAMPS.

NO TRASH POLICY ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

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

Teal - Sept. 14-29, 2019

Youth - Oct. 5-6, 2019

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

Goose Seasons:

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

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

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

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

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

Hunters are required to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system. 

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2. Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx



ISABEL - Last Updated: 11/7/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 150 ducks.  Mallard, gadwall, wigeon, shoveler, green-winged teal.
Water level The pool adjacent to Hwy. 42 is full.  The main lake is full.  The pools South and East of the main lake are full.  There is also standing water on other portions of the area that remain from heavy rains.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1.  Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2.  Provide hunter information.

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

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

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



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 11/14/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 11/14.
Water levels Pools 1, 2, 3A, 3B, 3D, 3F, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are full. There is water north of pool 6.
Hunting conditons  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

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

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

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

Goose Seasons:

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

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

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

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

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1.  Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2.  Provide hunter information.

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

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

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



This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

CHENEY - Last Updated: 11/8/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers 120 waterfowl observed. Even groups of dabblers, diving ducks, and geese present, no species dominant. Can change daily with weather conditions.
Water level  0.57 feet below Conservation Pool on reservoir. Area ponds are holding some water but below dam level.
Hunting conditions

 Fair.

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

Expected hunting success  Poor - Fair
Comments

Cheney Wildlife Area is located in the Low Plains Late Zone

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

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

Daily bag limit: 6

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

Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

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

Remember Cheney Reservoir has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water.

Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on. Area roads are in the process of being upgraded - please use caution as some gravel may not have been fully spread. Off road vehicle use is strictly prohibited.

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



2BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 11/8/2019 Print

1Waterfowl numbers  Welcome to 2019 waterfowl!  Less than 100 ducks and 20 geese on the area this morning. 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  No millet was planted this year.  All marshes were managed moist-soil.  The 4 marshes on the west end of the lake have water.  Two of the three marshes south of highway 54 are dry.  NAWCA construction in those marshes was completed 10/21/19.   Cover crops and grass will be seeded on the denuded dikes yet this fall, so no flooding will be attempted in the west marsh this fall.       
Hunting conditions

 Good.  Currently 4 marshes are flooded and the lake is full!  The west marsh of the 3 south of highway 54 is filling.         

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

Expected hunting success Fair.    
Comments Hunters! A new kayak/canoe launch has been installed on the dam just west of the refuge line to aid launching boats across the rip rap. The south part of the NAWCA project in the old Bison Marsh was not started in 2018 due to wet conditions, however, it started October 14, 2019 and was completed on 10/21. The west marsh will probably not be flooded in 2019/2020.  The east marsh will be flooded as the construction project winds down if the dike side slopes are not exposed.     



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 11/14/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 115 ducks (primarily goldeneye and mallard), 70 Canada geese, and 25 mergansers were observed on 11/14/19.      
Water levels 0.02 feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 11/14/19.    
Hunting conditions Ice is beginning to form in shallows and wind protected areas during some days.  Full lake levels will provide waterfowl hunting opportunities and improved access, but hunters should be aware that food resources will be diminished within the wildlife area this year.  Significant flooding (15.6' above conservation elevation) that began in May and persisted into August prevented the establishment of food producing plants along lake edges.  In addition flooding prevented or removed planted crops throughout the wildlife area.     
Expected hunting success Poor.        
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct. 26-Dec. 29, and Jan. 18-26, 2020.                    



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 11/7/2019 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 750 ducks and 100 Canada Geese observed on 11/7
Water level At 1338.88' approximately .12' below conservation elevation (1339') on 11/.  
Hunting conditions Poor. Most of the summer the lake was above conservation pool allowing for very little food resources.
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

Low Plains Southeast Zone Duck

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

Dark Geese 

Nov 6, 2019-Feb 16, 2020

White-fronted Geese

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

Light Geese

Nov. 6 2019-Feb. 16, 2020



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/15/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 80 ducks using the river at this time. 
Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor/Fair
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 14-29, 2018

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

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:18

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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

Season: November 9, 2019 - January 5, 2020 AND January 11-26, 2020

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 11/15/2019 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.

Thursday, 15 November 2019:

The cold weather early in the week locked up most of the wetlands.  Ice cover was near 100% mid-week, but the warming trend should have some holes thawed soon. 

Approximately 24,000 geese and 1,500 ducks were observed on the property Thursday afternoon.   The most abundant species are mallards and snow geese.

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited.

Current Information  As of Thursday morning, the township roads were in good condition.
Water levels

McPherson Valley Wetlands was under extreme flood conditions from May through July 2019.   Moist soil vegetation has done well in some areas even with the flooding, while others did not see near the waterfowl food production.  The area manager will attempt to open hunter access lanes and hunting holes as season approaches.  Pumping efforts will continue through October.

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

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

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

Hunting conditions If the area continues to receive rainfall prior to waterfowl season, without flooding out the remaining moist soil vegetation, conditions should be fair to good.
Expected hunting success Fair to good.
Comments

ATTENTION:

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

Kansas hunters should be aware that iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required on 25 wildlife areas, including McPherson Valley Wetlands (check the 2019 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary or kdwpt.isportsman.net for a list).

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

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

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

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

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



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 11/15/2019 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 50 ducks present on the area at this time. 
Water
 level
All pools have water in them.  
Hunting conditions Poor/Fair
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair
Comments

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

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 26, 2019-Dec. 29, 2019 AND Jan. 18-26, 2020
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

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

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

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



MARION - Last Updated: 11/15/2019 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

Current duck numbers are approximately 1500 consisting of Gadwall, Mallard, Wideon and shoveler.

Numbers can change daily.

Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=2  The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is at 1350.09 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Fair.

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

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

Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments

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

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



This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

ELK CITY RESERVOIR/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/13/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers Still a few thousand ducks around the reservoir and wildlife area after heavy hunting pressure opening weekend. Appears to be primarily GW Teal and Mallards. Around 5,000 light geese have showed up as well. There is a good amount of ice on the shallow water areas as of today but temps are forecasted to rise. Expect numbers to fluctuate with varying weather and hunting pressure.
Water level The Wetlands are full. Reservoir 1.14 ft. above pool and slowly dropping. For current Reservoir levels visit http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELKC.lakepage.html
Hunting conditions ELK CITY RESERVOIR WAS FULL FOR OVER 60 DAYS THIS SUMMER.  The lake edge is primarily mud bank now due to summer flooding and small elevation changes this early fall.  Wetlands are in Fair to Good shape.  See Comments Section.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good. REGULAR DUCK SEASON OPENS NOV. 9
Comments

For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).

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



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/15/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers

11/15/19

Not many ducks were seen in the Fall River area this week, but several hundred Canada geese have been seen arriving, using ponds and harvested crop fields.

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

Water level The reservoir is at about 0.5 ft. above conservation pool level. The river is at about normal level.
Hunting conditions Fall River Reservoir is 0% frozen over, but area ponds and wetlands have had a thin layer of ice covering them.
Expected hunting success With periods of cold weather interrupted with short warm-ups, new waves of ducks and geese may be moving through the area, potentially resulting in good hunting opportunities.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 11/14/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers 7,000-8,000 mixed big duck, 300 dark geese  and couple small groups of light geese starting to show up.
Water level Current Level: 1041.8 Conservation Pool Level: 1041
Hunting conditions

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

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

Duck---- Nov. 9, 2019- Jan. 5, 2020

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

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

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

Below Dam- Lower marsh is full, and vegetation looks pretty good.  Upper marsh is approx. 100% full, and also looks above average.    The DU Marsh on the east corner, has been planted to millet, and wheat on upper edges.  This areas is currently flooded and birds are actively feeding and should produce some quality hunting opportunity.  All department managed marshes are open for public waterfowl hunting, and are located below John Redmond Dam south of spillway.  Beware, both the upper and lower marsh's contain some deep water in lower portions, well over 6 feet in depth.   The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership.  

Expected hunting success

Good

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

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



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 11/15/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers Estimated >25,000 early migrants (about 35% mallards). before opener -- likely fewer now due to opening weekend + ice.
Water levels Adequate to abundant water in all units except A-East.  Pumping into A-East will resume when ice thaws.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Vegetation = fair to good.   Mostly frozen this (Friday, 11/15) morning. Ice is thin and will likely be melted by afternoon.
Hunting success This week (Mon - Thur):  221 ducks / 131 hunters = 1.7 success.  Season:  847 ducks / 384 hunters = 2.2 success.  About 40% mallards.
Comments

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

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

https://kdwpt.isportsman.net

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

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



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/15/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers

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

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

11/15/2019 (  1 p.m. )---

                      3 Duck Marsh- Both units are pumped with approximately 75 mallards.

                      Willow Marsh- North and South units are partially pumped with no waterfowl observed at the time of the survey.  

                      Sundance Marsh- This unit is full, hunters were observed at the time of the survey.  

                      Lowman's Cove- All units are completely full. No waterfowl was observed on the survey.

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

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

                      Refuge- There were approximately 350 waterfowl and 200 geese.

Water level Lake level = 1037.19; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         5% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions Due to the excessive amounts of rain and flooding, there is very little food in the managed units. The majority of impoundments held water all summer long not allowing for regrowth of vegetation, as the entire reservoir was above normal pool.
Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments

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

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

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



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/12/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers
Duck Season Opens November 9th, 2019

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

 25,000-30,000 ducks mainly Mallards, Teal, Gadwall and Pintail.  1000 White-fronts, 300 Canada Geese and 8,000 Snow Geese

Water level

Pool 1-250 acres                              Pool 2A- 110 acres

Pool 2B- 145 acres                           Pool 4A-90 acres

Pool 4B- 45 acres

Pool 5-Middle and Upper Pools have some water.Lower pool is dry.                     

Pool 6-Dry                                       Pool 7-Dry 

Pool 8-Full                                       Refuge (Pool 3)- Full

South Unit- 55 acres (Timber is dry; pump was pulled and is hopefully reinstalled after repairs by the end of next week. Will be pumped IF river flows allow according to Division of Water Resources.)

We currently have water at levels that we generally have every year for the opener. Remember it is a long season and water will be staged up through out the season in order to provide food and preferable water depths for foraging waterfowl.

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

    

Hunting conditions

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

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

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

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

Good.

Regular Season 2019 - opening weekend was a bit crowded but had good success.  Hunters are averaging over 2 BPH.

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

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

Comments
If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks
All boats must operate at no wake speeds within boating canals (signs are posted)
Watercraft are only permitted within the hunting pools during an open waterfowl season
All Boating regulations are enforced! (Lifejackets, navigation lights, etc)

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

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

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



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/15/2019 Print

Waterfowl numbers

11/15/19

A few hundred ducks were seen in the Toronto area this week, mostly mallards and scaup.

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

Water level The reservoir is about 0.7 ft. above conservation pool level. The wetlands vary at mostly full.
Hunting conditions Toronto Reservoir is 0% frozen over, but area ponds and wetlands have had a thin layer of ice covering them.
Expected hunting success With periods of cooler weather interrupted with short warm-ups, new waves of ducks and geese may be moving through the area, potentially resulting in good hunting opportunities.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.