Geese

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

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

CAgeese

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

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

canada goose

Single Canada Goose

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

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

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

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

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

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

License Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regulations
115-18-08 (PDF - 9.48 kB)

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

115-09-08 (PDF - 9.53 kB)

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.

115-25-19 (PDF - 149.48 kB)

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

115-18-16 (PDF - 135.24 kB)

Light Goose Conservation Order - General Provisions and Restrictions.

GOOSE IDENTIFICATION

The ability of hunters to identify and select desired targets before shooting is important in managing the harvest and allowing maximum hunting opportunity without jeopardizing the future of our waterfowl resource.

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

HARVEST

.A number of population and harvest surveys are conducted annually that are utilized in the development of waterfowl management programs and regulations. To view data for Kansas and the Central Flyway, click here.

 

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

Light goose harvest

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Canada goose harvest

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

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

 

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

KS total goose harvest

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

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

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

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

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, 2020
  • 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, 2020
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 25
  • Possession limit: 75
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

SNIPE

  • Season: Sept. 1-Dec. 16, 2020
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp

WOODCOCK

  • Season: Oct. 17-Nov. 30, 2019
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

TEAL, HIGH PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 19-27, 2020
  • Area open: West of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6 teal (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)  
  • Possession limit: 18 teal in possession (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 12-27, 2020
  • Area open: East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6 teal (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)   
  • Possession limit: 18 teal in possession (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, HIGH PLAINS UNIT

  • Season:  Oct. 10, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan. 22-31, 2021
  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 10-Dec. 6, 2020 and Dec. 19, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021
  • Area open: Early Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 31, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan. 23-31, 2021
  • Area open: Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Season: Nov. 14, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan. 9-31, 2021
  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCK LIMITS

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

MERGANSERS

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

COOTS

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

YOUTH, VETERAN AND ACTIVE MILITARY WATERFOWL SEASONS

(Youth 15 and younger)

  • High Plains Unit: Oct. 3-4, 2020
  • Low Plains Early Zone: Oct. 3-4, 2020
  • Low Plains Late Zone: Oct. 24-25, 2020
  • Southeast Zone: Nov. 7-8, 2020

CANADA GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2020 and Nov. 4, 2020-Feb. 14, 2021
  • 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. 31, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan. 23-Feb. 14, 2021
  • 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. 31-Nov. 1, 2020 and Nov. 4, 2020-Feb. 14, 2021
  • 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. 15-April 30, 2021
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Limit: Unlimited
  • Possession Limit: Unlimited
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp
  • Equipment Restrictions: During the Conservation Order, unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

SANDHILL CRANE, CENTRAL ZONE

  • Season: Nov. 11, 2020-Jan. 7, 2021
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit

SANDHILL CRANE, WEST ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 17-Dec. 13, 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: 11/20/2020 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

12000 Mallards, 2200 Wigeon, 1000 Gadwalls, 600 Teal, Pintails, Wood Ducks, Shovelers, Ringnecks, Redheads, Canvasbacks and Ruddy.

Estimated Total Ducks - 16000 -18000

Approx. 1000 Canada Geese, 1000 snows and a few Whitefronts

Mallard Migration Report (4) 1 = poor 10 = best

Water level Reservoir Elevation - 2133.7 (10.8 ft. low)
Hunting conditions Shoreline hunting will be very difficult with flooded shoreline vegetation.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good - Mild Weather - Fairly Stale Ducks
Comments

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

Duck Season Dates:  Youth Season - October 24, 2020 - October 25, 2020. Regular Season - October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23-31, 2021.

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

Water Refuge is in effect November 1- January 31

Land Refuge is in effect September 1 - January 31

North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting.

Youth / Mentor hunting is also available

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

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 11/22/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS  at Glen Elder WA are required to check in AND OUT daily. This regulation went into effect on September 1, 2017. Users are encouraged to utilize the iSportsman electronic daily hunting permit system. Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ for more information.

Duck numbers have held steady. Ducks can be primarily found on the north side of the lake in the refuge and along the state park shore.

20,000 - 25,000 ducks (including 15,000 to 20,000 mallards) 

60,000 - 80,000 snow geese

3,000 - 5,000 Canadian geese with some white fronts mixed in

Mallard Migration Index (3)

Water level Currently holding steady at about 1 foot above conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Fair.  Not much flooded food or vegetation.
Expected hunting success Fair to good if you do your scouting.  Could be good at first of next week as a cold front arrives. For the LPLZ opener on 10/31 we had about 70 hunters that averaged 2.6 ducks per hunter.
Comments

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

Low Plains Early Duck Zone season is October 10 - December 6, 2020 and December 19 - January 3, 2021.  This zone includes the area north of Hwy 24.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone season is October 31 - January 3, 2021 and January 23-31, 2021.  This zone includes the area south of Hwy 24.

Dark geese season continues November 4 - February 14, 2021.

Whitefront season is October 31 - January 3 and January 23 - February 14, 2021.

Light geese season continues November 4 - February 14, 2021.  Conservation Order season is open Feb. 15 - April 30, 2021.

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: 11/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

5,000 to 7,000 ducks; good mix of puddle ducks and divers. Abundance of Mallards and Redheads. 1,000 dark geese and 15,000 Snow Geese.  Birds are primarily using the refuge and moving off to private areas after sunrise.  The refuge is CLOSED.

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

Water levels All the major projects are finished and the area is holding good water levels for the upcoming waterfowl season. Gamekeeper Marsh is 100% full with an average water depth of 16 inches.  Gun Club Marsh is 80% full with an average water depth of 12" to 14". Marsh Creek Marsh is just over 70% full and slowly rising. Buffalo Creek Marshes are 75% full with an average water depth of 12" with a lot of sheet water along the margins of the wetland units. Pumping will continue this week to make up for some evaporative losses and to inundate some new moist soil resources. Pintail Marsh is approximately 30% full with an average water depth of 4".  Puddler and Bluewing marshes are dry.  A rain would be beneficial.  
Hunting conditions

Moist soil production was excellent this growing season.  A major flood event in late July eliminated much of the Japanese millet that was planted, however there are excellent stands of smart weed and wild millet.  Managers were unable to mow decoy holes in some of the units, so hunters need to scout to find natural open holes in the moist soil.  Gamekeeper Marsh dam raise is allowing managers to inundate an additional 490 acres in Gamekeeper Marsh, creating excellent habitat in the refuge.  Buffalo Creek Marshes have been pumped and several Marsh Creek off storage pools will be pumped throughout teal season.

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

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

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

REFUGE IS CLOSED 
Expected hunting success The birds have utilized the warmer weather and hunting pressure to become nocturnal as far as utilizing the hunting pools to feed.  The are spending the days in the refuge or on private ponds.  Hunters averaged 1.3 birds per hunter in the last week.
Comments

REFUGE BOUNDARY CHANGE STARTING OCT 1, 2020

The NW corner of the Gamekeeper Marsh area that was open for hunting will now be included as refuge starting October 1, 2020.  Puddler marsh was a youth/mentor marsh up until the fall of 2019 when managers opened it up to all hunting.  That change, along with the additional 18 inch raise on Gamekeeper Dam will allow managers to move the youth mentor area to a special hunt area starting in the fall of 2021.  The new refuge line will be along Highway 148 from the marsh creek bridge, north and east to the east boundary of the Wildlife Area.

Click here for pdf map of the new area. 

Waterfowl Seasons

Low Plains Early Zone Duck Season

10/10/2020 - 12/06/2020 & 12/19/2020 - 01/03/2021

Canada Geese

10/31/2020 - 11/01/2020 & 11/04/2020 - 02/14/2021

White-Fronted Geese

10/31/2020 - 01/3/2021 & 01/23/2021 - 02/14/2021

Light Geese

10/31/2020 - 11/01/2020 & 11/04/2020 - 02/14/2021

Light Geese Conservation Order

02/15/2021 - 04/30/2021

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

Hunters need to create an account in iSportsman by going to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net and follow these simple directions:

  1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.
  2. Provide hunter information.
  3. Once registered, hunters will be able to call or log in to the system to get their permit. They can also visit the Jamestown Wildlife Area page on iSportsman at  https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

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

Kansas hunting license

State waterfowl stamp

Federal waterfowl stamp

Kansas Harvest Information Program Stamp (HIP)

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

Marsh Creek Marsh and the West Gamekeeper Marsh is for non-gasoline powered boats or paddle-in / Walk-in only, this includes electric motor boats and boats with no motors. Gasoline engines are prohibited.

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

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

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

THE REFUGE IS CLOSED on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh. REFUGE WILL REMAIN CLOSED THRU - JANUARY 31, 2021. The refuge boundary has shifted northwest to Highway 148. 

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



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/20/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 250 divers, 275 teal some gadwalls, wigeon, pintails and 3750 mallards. 850 Canada, 1,600 light geese and 90 White-fronted geese 
Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Lovewell Reservoir is at 1580.59 or  2.01 feet below Conservation Pool, (83.9% full) and holding as the BOR and Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District have reached the winter target elevation of 2 foot below Conservation Pool elevation. Irrigation season releases ended 9/15/20. The Guide Rock Diversion canal inflows are at 13.8 cfs from the Republican River and are being used to refill the reservoir.
Hunting condition

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

LOW PLAINS DUCK SEASON October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23-31, 2021

DARK AND REGULAR LIGHT GOOSE SEASON October 31 - November 1, 2020 and November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021

SPRING CONSERVATION ORDER FOR LIGHT GEESE February 15 - April 30, 2021

ALL boat ramps are open in Lovewell State Park at this water level and on the Wildlife Area at Oak Hill and Pawnee Point.  White Rock Creek boat ramp is too low for use by large boats but kayaks and small layout boats can be launched.  Reservoir levels are closer to the shoreline vegetation to conceal hunters and some mudflats are still visible.

Expected hunting success Fair to good at this time
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 and other activities year round. Water refuge in effect November 1 through April 15 on the NORTHEAST half of the reservoir and Wildlife Area from 1/8th mile west of the south end of the dam and following a buoy line northwest to the western boundary of the Cabin Area  of the State Park. This area open to fishing south and east of the buoy line from the north end of the dam to the Lovewell State Park Twin Coves trailer area. Inlet canal closed to fishing September 15 through April 15.

BOAT RAMPS: SEE HUNTING CONDITION FOR BOAT RAMP STATUS. The State Park boat ramps require a Kansas State Park Permit. The Wildlife Area Boat Ramps are Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek do not require a permit.

CAMPING CABINS are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

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

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

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



NORTON - Last Updated: 11/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers Ducks - 865   Geese - 157   Snow Geese - 1,254 
Water level The water level is similar to last year. 4 feet low - 64% of full.
Hunting conditions Water loss from irrigation has created mud flats and some muddy shorelines. In spots hunters will have a tough time finding enough vegetation to hide in. However, the water draw down has created a number of shallow areas that teal and puddles ducks will be able to utilize.
Expected hunting success Moderate success can be expected for teal and early duck season. 
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 2020

Teal Season: September 19 - 27, 2020

Youth Duck Season: October 3-4, 2020

Regular Duck Season:  October 10, 2020 - January 3, 2021, AND January 22-31, 2021

Canada Goose Season: October 31 - November 1, 2020 AND November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021

REMINDERS -

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

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

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

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 11/13/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 240 ducks. Mix of ducks with mallards, gadwall, widgeon, pintail, green-winged teal, and shovelers observed. 80 Canada geese
Water level 1462.49 ft and slowly rising. 1463 ft is target winter conservation pool
   
Hunting conditions poor -low lake level result in no flooded vegetation
   
Comments

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

Waterfowl Seasons:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 11/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

400 ducks, a good mix of puddle and diving ducks. 30 White-Fronted Geese.

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

Water level All pools are at or near full.
Hunting conditions Things are looking good with excellent moist soil and good bird use before the opener last weekend.  The pressure and warm weather has moved the birds to a nocturnal pattern. 
Expected hunting success The warm weather has the birds utilizing the area at night and spending the days on private land.  Hunters averaged 2.3 birds each for the past week.
Comments

 Remember:

- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

Duck Season (first segment) - 10/31/20 - 1/3/2021 

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

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

-ALL shotgun hunters must use NON-TOXIC shot

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

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

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



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 11/25/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 3,000-4,000 ducks. Mostly mallards with other species mixed in. 300 Canada geese. 5,000-15,000 snows. Bird numbers are highly variable day-to-day.
Water level 1890.00'; 2.50' below conservation pool
Hunting conditions Lowered lake level has resulted in exposed shorelines with little vegetation; some mud flats present
Expected hunting success Fair. Some birds left this week while others arrived. The majority of birds are hanging out in the refuge and feeding on private ground.
Comments

Click HERE to download a PDF of the waterfowl area. 

Click HERE for a Google Earth map of the waterfowl area. 

Refuge and non-motorized boat area dates: Nov. 1 through Feb. 14.

There is a non-motorized boat area at Webster that is walk-in only that is intended for shore hunters. The area starts at the southeast corner of the reservoir and goes west to Morel boat ramp. See the attached PDF and Google Earth file for boundaries. This regulation is in effect from Nov. 1 through Feb. 14.

Hunting in or from the shoreline inside the State Park or along the face of the dam is prohibited. Please see the attached PDF and Google Earth file to see updated refuge boundaries and dates. Closed areas will be marked with buoys. Be advised that the refuge will be closed to hunting until the end of dark goose season.

Blue/Green Algae

Webster is not currently on the blue-green algae watch/warning list. 

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

Teal Season

September 12-27, 2020

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir     

October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23-31, 2021

Youth Weekend, Duck and Goose

October 24-25, 2020

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  October 31 - November 1, 2020 and November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021

WHITE-FRONTED   October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23 - February 14, 2021

LIGHT GEESE  October 31 - November 1, 2020 and November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

February 15 - April 30, 2021

ICE CONDITIONS

0%

 

 Webster Wildlife Area and Refuge Map

 

Webster Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 11/13/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 400 ducks and 120 Canada geese. Mallards and hooded mergansers most abundant. A few divers remain in open water (Goldeneye, Bufflehead and Ring-necked)
   
Water level 1515.24 ft and steady; lake is 3/4 foot low. (Conservation pool is 1516.0 ft)
Hunting conditions Some flooded vegetation along shorelines and coves on west end may provide good opportunities. Thin ice present in slow water areas and along shorelines; however Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramps were accessible as of Friday, November 13th at noon.
Expected hunting success fair
Comments

Boat ramps: Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramps are open.

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

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

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

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



This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/23/2020 Print

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

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

Waterfowl have been seen using the wildlife area in larger numbers. The refuge wetlands are holding a good amount of waterfowl, mainly mallards. 

The large wetland west of the shop has water in it and so does the refuge wetland. The refuge wetland has close to a thousand mallard ducks on it currently. 

The smaller wetlands on the west end of the wildlife area are NOT being pumped at this time due to pump failure. This issue will more than likely not be resolved before the end of the waterfowl season. 

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

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

Hunting conditions Very good wetland vegetation in all complexes.  Native vegetation such as annual smart weeds, barnyard grass, and sunflowers 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. Some waterfowl have been using the large wetland southwest of the shop. 
Comments The wetlands have some of the best food source vegetation possible.



CLINTON - Last Updated: 11/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl numbers have increased dramatically.

Many ducks are utilizing the flooded Coblentz and East Coblentz marsh pools.

During the waterfowl survey 11-24-20, nearly 4,500 waterfowl of various species were observed on the reservoir and marshes, as well as ponds and harvested crop fields near Clinton Reservoir and Wildlife area. 

Survey results :

Mallards- 1,370, Canada Geese- 1175, White-fronted geese- 690, Light geese- 140, Green Winged Teal- 465, Pintail- 100, Wood Duck-35, Bufflehead- 50, Wood duck-35 Hooded Mergansers-76, Shoveler-180, Coot-200. Most ducks and geese were observed on shallow areas of the reservoir or harvested crop fields near the lake, good numbers of ducks continue morning and evening use of Coblentz marsh.

Mallards and Canada geese, as well as a few dozen other puddle ducks were observed on parts of the reservoir near tributaries flowing into the lake.

Lake level

 874.78 elevation, releasing 7 c.f.s.

 The reservoir is .72 feet below normal pool.

Hunting conditions

At this time, we cannot pump water into the Elk Creek marsh unless Clinton reservoir and the Wakarusa river levels both rise. A fair amount of water (99 acre feet) has been pumped into the Coblentz complex.

KDWPT staff have mowed all marsh dikes and a portion of all marsh pools for hunter access and open water(when flooded). ALL water control structures have boards in them so no water can flow out.

Wetland vegetation had excellent conditions for  growth and seed production. Many drier areas have ragweed and sunflowers 7-12 feet tall.  The wettest marsh areas generated heavy seed production from millet, smartweed, and beggar's ticks. 

Lake- The lakeshore and shallow mudflats have produced decent food and habitat for much larger numbers of waterfowl. Canada geese, Coots, diving and puddle ducks have been regularly using many areas of Clinton Reservoir that are protected from the wind. 

Coblentz & East Coblentz- 

We have completed wetland pumping for 2020 unless lake and river levels rise. 

All water control structures have boards in them and will be holding water after a rainfall/runoff event.

All 5 wetland pools in the Coblentz complex have SOME water in them. The majority of water was pumped into the middle and north pools, as well as East Coblentz.  

The corn in the North and East pools has been harvested(>10% left standing for waterfowl). 

There are strips of corn planted in the middle and southeast pools that remain standing. 

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

Shadden marsh has some water, but it evaporates quickly. 

Elk Creek- marsh is dry, pending rain and runoff. The extreme flooding in 2019 destroyed the marsh pump and we are in the process of replacing it. Until the  pump is replaced, the only way to fill the pools is rainfall.

Pool 2 at Elk Creek has a VERY small amount of water, primarily close to the water control structure.  New this year: A Triticale food plot, which is a wheat/rye hybrid, was planted in the higher portion of the pool near the river. This should provide an opportunity for goose hunters.

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

KDWPT staff planted strips of corn in pools 2 & 3, which will not be harvested.

The refuge marsh pool is CLOSED  to ALL ACTIVITIES from October 1st to January 15th.

Expected hunting success Good
Comments

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

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

The Coon Creek and Elk Creek/Wakarusa river BOAT RAMPS ON THE WILDLIFE AREA ARE OPEN.

 The REFUGE is closed to ANY AND ALL activities from Oct. 1st to Jan. 15th



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 11/12/2020 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

The Hillsdale Wildlife Area has experienced a much more normal year in regards to water levels in 2020 in comparison to 2019.  All marshes were able to be gradually drained in order to provide a growing environment for moist soil vegetation throughout the year.  A fair amount of natural moist soil vegetation has grown throughout all of the marshes on the Hillsdale Wildlife Area.  Japanese millet and buckwheat have also grown with high success in the Big Bull Wetland along with the Antioch Wetland.  All of these factors should provide ample feeding opportunities for migrating waterfowl throughout the season.  All marshes will begin to be filled with water gradually, leading up to the beginning of waterfowl season.  At this time, the current Hillsdale Lake water level is below it's conservation pool level.  Due to there being no flood pool available, pumping efforts have come to a halt.  As we receive precipitation, we may then be able to continue with our wetland pumping efforts.  Brown's wetland was able to be successfully flooded before we were required to stop pumping.        

  

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.

Blue wing teal, Green wing teal, Northern Shoveler, Mallards, Pintails, Gadwall, and American Wigeon have been surveyed on the wildlife area this year.  Large groups of Coots have also been surveyed.  Groups of up to 200 Mallards have been surveyed on Brown's wetland.  The weather over the last few weeks has been particularly warm.  We are not seeing the numbers of ducks that we were originally seeing in late October.  At this time there are still large groups of Coots on the main body of the lake.  Large groups of divers have also been seen on the main body of the lake.  Smaller groups of common and hooded mergansers have also been seen all around the lake.          

The weather has been consistently in the 40's to 50's in the day time.  Cooler weather seems to be coming as we near the Youth Waterfowl weekend.      

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - 1/8

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Full 

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Full

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 1/4

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - 0% ice cover

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: 10/28/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks:  A mix of 500 plus ducks including redhead, widgeon, scaup, ruddy and a few mallard.

Geese: Snow geese have started showing up the last few weeks and numbers have gone up to 20,000+ utilizing Auxillary lake, Canada geese numbers are around 150 or so and Whitefront geese numbers are around 500+ intermixed with the flocks of snow geese. 

Water level Normal
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: 11/19/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

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

Due to heavy hunting pressure and warmer weather, bird numbers and hunting success has dropped significantly. Throughout the week roughly 75-100 mix bag of birds were observed.

Lake level Current Lake Level is 1144.60 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 450 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 271 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production has been average this year with amount of rainfall and flooding the wetlands have received.  

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

Wetlands being pumped this year include: Youth/Mentor Area, Zach Hudec, Lower smith and Quimby.  The pumps for Beichter/Martin and North Smith are still damaged from the 2019 flooding and most likely will not be operating this year.  Mall Creek is currently holding good water but levels are dependent on the creek flow.

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 barricaded roadways.

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

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

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

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



PERRY WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/24/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 11/24/20 and around 250 ducks were observed. We will update as conditions and bird numbers change. 
West River Boat Ramp and parking area renovation is complete. Kyle Marsh is full and both East and West ramps are usable for launching. 
*DON'T FORGET TO USE THE ISPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM WHEN HUNTING AT PERRY WILDLIFE AREA. THIS IS A FREE AND REQUIRED DAILY HUNT PERMIT SYSTEM THAT ALL HUNTERS MUST USE WHEN ACCESSING THE AREA. 
Mallard Migration Rank = 2 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 0.77 Feet Above Conservation Pool
Habitat conditions
Mild flooding in the spring, followed by a relatively dry summer and mild flooding in late July have created good habitat around the entire area. 
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

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

Kyle: Full Pool. Water levels were coming down slowly throughout the summer which allowed for vegetation to begin growing, however the flooding in late July eliminated most growth and has resulted in mostly open water habitat. HCR-3

West River: Summer Draw downs were successful in both the upper and lower units which allowed for some disking, mowing, and millet planting, however the late flooding killed most of the millet that was drilled. Both the upper and lower units have huntable water. Native moist soil vegetation had already been growing and were tall enough to withstand this flooding providing good native moist soil vegetation. HCR-8

Upper Ferguson: This wetland grew mostly native smartweed and has began picking up water offering some good habitat near the levee. The refuge is closed Oct 1st thru Jan 15th to ALL Activity HCR-7.

Lassister: Full Pool. West Unit: Good vegetation growth especially to the West water was held and was at full pool most of the off season. East Unit: Water was held in this unit from last year, and native moist soil vegetation did grow throughout most of the unit. We are starting to see the results of holding water in these two units for two straight years as more non-desirable plants are starting to show up so we plan to draw down both units after this waterfowl season. HCR-5

Northwest: Full pool. This unit experienced a slow draw down which promoted a lot of good native moist soil vegetation, some supplemental planting occurred and was also destroyed in the late July flooding . HCR-7

Headquarters: This wetland was drawn down early and corn was planted. Once the tenant harvests their 75%, then we will began to try to collect water, no water at this point. HCR-7

Mitigation:  This wetland was drawn down and grew to nearly all millet with some other native moist soils. Low water level, most water lost due to evaporation. HCR-9

Hayward: This unit currently does not have water.This wetland had repeated flooding and gave the native moist soil vegetation little time to grow. This will pick up water quickly. HCR-4

Reichart: East Unit full pool. We do have water in each of the two West units with good native moist soil vegetation in both. HCR-8. 

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

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

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

   



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/10/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

500 ducks  0 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =2

Water level The lake is currently at 1078 and increasing slowly.
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area. Plagued with mechanical issues, the Black Vermillion Marsh does not have as much water in it as we had hoped. Red Bud Boat Ramp is usable again.  



This is a collection of all the Southwest Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 11/19/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

15,000 - 20,000 ducks, mostly pintails, greenwings, shovelers, gadwalls, mix of divers, some mallards have shown up.  Goose numbers are still pretty variable, but generally around 50,000 geese, mostly snows, but still strong numbers of whitefronts and very few Canadas. 

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

Water level 1A-24", 1B-26", 1C-26", 2-18", 3A-15", 3B-15", 4A-2", 4B-15", 5-15". 
Hunting conditions Pool 2-multiple holes have been sprayed out, 733 acres of phragmites was sprayed.  Pool 3A-all blind islands repaired, cattail control complete, 67 acres milo, 70 acres wheat, 534 acres millet.  Pool 3B-small areas of millet planted, some moist soil plants.  Pool 4A all cattails were sprayed last year, burned almost all dead cattails, some moist soil plants, disked about 400 acres in the back of the pool, 251 acres planted to wheat.  4B- disked around 120 acres of cattails, 24 acres milo, 145 acres millet, good moist soil plants. Pool 5-Good moist soil plant production.
Expected hunting success

Good.  Most pools will offer improved habitat conditions from last year. 

Hunting has been tough with moderate temperatures and higher than normal pressure. Birds are almost completely nocturnal and staying in the refuge.  For the past week, hunters have averaged 2.22 ducks per hunter

Hunters averaged 3.77 birds per hunter during teal season, 3.91 birds per hunter during the youth/military weekend. 

Comments

Use footcrossings in Pools 3A, 3B, 4A, 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.

CAMP IN DESIGNATED CAMPGROUND ONLY

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. 12-27, 2020

Youth/Military/Veteran - Oct. 3-4, 2020

Ducks, Low Plains Early Zone - Oct. 10-Dec. 6 and Dec. 19- Jan. 3, 2021

Goose Seasons:

Canada - Oct. 31- Nov. 1, 2020 and Nov.4, 2020-Feb. 14, 2021

Whitefront - Oct. 31-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan. 23-Feb. 14, 2021

Light - Oct. 31- Nov. 1, 2020 and Nov.4, 2020-Feb. 14, 2021

Light goose conservation order - Feb. 15-April 30, 2021

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: 11/25/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers Less than 50 waterfowl observed 11/18. Gadwall, mallard, and pintail.
Water level The pool adjacent to Hwy. 42 is full.  The main lake is full with shallow open water.  The pools south of the main lake have some water.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  September 12-27, 2020

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 24-25, 2020

Ducks (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021, and January 23-31, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.  Provide hunter information.

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

PAPER PERMITS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT ISABEL WETLANDS. iSportsman WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY ON THIS AREA IN 2020-2021.

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



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 11/19/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 11/19.
Water levels Currently, pools 1, 2, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9 are full.  . There is water north of pool 6.  The remaining pools are dry. 
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  9/12/20-9/27/20

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/3/20 - 10/4/20

Regular Ducks (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/10/20 - 12/6/20 and 12/19/20 -1/3/21

Goose Seasons:

Canada:  10/31/20 - 11/1/20 and 11/4/20 - 2/14/21

Whitefront:  10/31/20 - 1/3/21 and 1/23/21 - 2/14/21

Light:  10/31/20 - 11/1/20 and 11/4/20 - 2/14/20

KDWPT IS CONTINUING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2020-2021 HUNTING SEASONS

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

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

2.  Provide hunter information.

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

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

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



This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

CHENEY - Last Updated: 11/20/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 75 to 100 ducks, mixed species, observed on area. Several thousand geese using refuge and moving overhead. Can change daily with weather conditions.
Water level  1.85 feet below Conservation Pool on reservoir. Area ponds are dry.
Hunting conditions

 Poor

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

Expected hunting success  Poor
Comments

Cheney Wildlife Area is located in the Low Plains Late Zone

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

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

Daily bag limit: 6

Six ducks is the daily bag limit, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup. The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.

Possession limit: Three times the daily limit.

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

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

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

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



BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 11/23/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Welcome to 2020-2021 waterfowl!  250 ducks and 50 geese on the area this morning. 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  Millet was planted in all marshes this year.  We have 3 marshes flooded north and west of the lake and 1 marsh south of 54 at the current time.  We are very dry.  The killing frost helped with water inflow.   
Hunting conditions

 Limited.  The lake, river, 3 marshes and several ponds have water that could be hunted.            

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 Limited.    
Comments Hunters! A kayak/canoe launch is available on the dam just west of the refuge line to aid launching boats across the rip rap.  Also, we have a heavy equipment contractor removing trees below the dam this week.  The dam road may be closed during the week to keep our visitors safe from falling trees and the heavy equipment. 



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 11/25/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 250 ducks (primarily goldeneye, scaup, ruddy, and bufflehead) and 0 Canada geese observed on 11/25/20.                
Water levels 1.6 feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 11/25/20.    
Hunting conditions Full lake levels persisted through the summer and prevented the establishment of food producing plants along lake edges.  As such, food resources are  diminished within lake environments.  Dry conditions have prevailed this fall.  Lake levels are slowly declining.  Hunters should be prepared to find water pulled away from cover edges within portions of upper reaches of the lake.     
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair.        
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct. 31 - Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan. 23-31, 2021.                 



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 11/25/2020 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 400 Ducks were observed of various species.  Lots of Canada Geese in the area 650 observed using the reservoir on 11/25/2020.
Water level At 1337.60' approximately 1.40' below conservation elevation (1339').  
Hunting conditions Fair.  Most of the summer the lake was at or slightly above conservation pool creating a significant amount of shoreline cover.
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

Duck, Low Plains Southeast Zone

Nov. 14, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan 9-31, 2021

Canada Geese , Statewide

Nov. 4, 2020-Feb. 14, 2021

White-fronted Geese, Statewide

Oct. 31, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan 23-Feb. 14, 2021

Light Geese, Statewide

Nov. 4, 2020-Feb.14, 2021



KAW WILDLIFE AREA. - Last Updated: 11/19/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers There is approximately 50 waterfowl using the river at this time.
Water level Low
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 14-27, 2020

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 14, 2020 - January 3, 2021 AND January 9-31, 2021

Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit: Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 11/19/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

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

Thursday, 19 November 2020: 

The first split of the Low Plains Early Zone duck season closes 06 December 2020.

Goose season is open.

Approximately 1,800 ducks and 500 geese were observed on the area Thursday morning.  The three most abundant duck species were mallards, gadwall, and greenwings.  Goose numbers are highly variable and fluctuate daily. The majority of the ducks and geese are in the Big Basin Refuge.

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in both the north and south refuges are prohibited.  

Current Information  The warm, dry, windy weather continues.  Many of the pools still have little to no water in them, so scouting will be key.   The water allotment for the groundwater pumps has been pumped, except for 20 acre feet to pump late season at the Little Sinkhole unit.
Water levels

Big Basin:  The wetlands north of Moccasin Road are looking the best at this time.  The center complex (Pools 7, 9 and 10) is almost completely dry, and Pool 8 is at about 25% capacity.  The area needs to see a good runoff rain event! 

Chain of Lakes:  The west unit of the Chain of Lakes will likely be kept dry during the 2020 - 2021 season for continued cattail control and replacement of a water control structure.

Little Sinkhole Unit:  The south and west sides of this unit are looking the best relative to water, although a few of the other wetlands have a huntable amount of water at the time of this update.

Hunting conditions Waterfowl food production (native moist soil vegetation) has been fairly good across the area this year, and approximately 240 acres of millet was planted in various wetlands.  The wetlands are in serious need of a good rain with abundant runoff!  The roads were in good shape at the time of this update.
Expected hunting success Fair if water levels stabilize.
Comments

ATTENTION:

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

Kansas hunters should be aware that iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required on 25 wildlife areas, including McPherson Valley Wetlands (check the 2020 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary or kdwpt.isportsman.net for a list).

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

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

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

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

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



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 11/19/2020 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 30 ducks present on the area at this time.  
Water
 level
All pools have water in them.  
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Poor
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. 12-27, 2020
  • 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. 31, 2020-Janaury 3, 2021 AND Jan. 23-31, 2021
  • 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: 11/19/2020 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

As of 11-19 waterfowl numbers on the reservoir are approximately 300 consisting mostly of Mallard, Goldeneye, Pintail, Red Head, and snow geese.

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 1349.13 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Fair.

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

Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments

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

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



This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

NFJOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 11/16/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers 5,000 mixed ducks. 1,800 Dark Geese 
Water level Current Level: 1040.7 Conservation Pool Level: 1041
Hunting conditions

 

Teal - Low Plains

09/12/2020 - 09/27/2020

Location: East of Hwy. U. S. 283

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

 

Duck Season - Youth/Veteran/Active Military (Low Plains Southeast)

11/07/2020 - 11/08/2020

 Daily Bag Limit: Youth may hunt ducks, geese, coots, and mergansers with same daily bag limits as during the regular seasons.

Possession Limit: same as regular seasons.

Stamps/Permits Required: Resident youth hunters do not need any stamps or permits. Nonresident youth need a nonresident hunting license, a Kansas HIP Permit and State Waterfowl Permit.

 

Ducks - Low Plains Southeast Zone

11/14/2020 -01/03/2021

  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.

 

 

Dark Geese Season

 (First Segment) 10/31/2020 - 11/01/2020

(Second Segment) 11/04/2020 -02/14/2021

Area open: Statewide

Daily bag limit: 6 (including Brant)

Possession limit: 18

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

 

White-fronted Geese Season

 (First Segment) 10/31/2020- 01/03/2021

(Second Segment) 01/23/2021 – 02/14/2021

 Location: Statewide

 Daily bag limit: 2

Possession limit: 6

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

 

Light Geese Season

(First Segment) 10/31/2020- 11/01/2020

(Second Segment) 11/04/2020- 02/14/2021

 Location: Statewide

 Daily bag limit: 50

Possession limit: Unlimited

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

 

Light Geese Conservation Order

NOTE - During this period, there will be no bag or possession limit on light geese. In addition, participants will be allowed to use unplugged shotguns and electronic calls and take light geese from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset during the period of the conservation order.

 02/15/2021- 04/30/2021

Location: Statewide

Possession Limit: Unlimited

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

John Redmond and Otter Creek Wildlife Area Fall 2020 Conditions-

There was no spring flooding issues this year, and vegetation around reservoir looks superb. I expect excellent habitat conditions this year for waterfowl.  Otter Creek Marshes, located below John Redmond Dam- excellent vegetation, but no water.  Water control structures are closed and ready to hold water, but we have not been able to catch any substantial precipitation events as of yet.  Will keep page updated if conditions change.

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

Expected hunting success  To see real time John Redmond elevations please visit----  http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html
Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.



ELK CITY RESERVOIR/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/19/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers The marshes are not all full, but there is at least huntable water in most. Simmons marsh is pretty much full but wigeon marsh is pretty much empty as of now. 2 or 3 thousand ducks have been seen on and around the reservoir this week. Mainly mallards and GW teal but also pintail, gadwall, wigeon and some divers observed. Most of the ducks observed are using the refuge after the high hunting pressure last weekend. A couple thousand snow geese on the reservoir as well. The waterfowl numbers are expected to fluctuate with migration, hunting pressure, and changing habitat conditions.
Water level Wetland water levels vary. The reservoir is currently 0.6 ft above conservation pool and holding pretty steady at that elevation. There is a lot of good flooded vegetation on the lake edge currently. For current Reservoir levels visit http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELKC.lakepage.html
Hunting conditions There is a lot of sesbania around the lake this year. It will provide some cover but please try not to transport the plants or seeds away from the reservoir because it is a non-native, invasive species that we spend a lot of time trying to control in the wetlands.  Wetland food production was great this year. A little more runoff should fill stuff up.
Expected hunting success Fair. REGULAR DUCK SEASON IS NOV. 14-JAN. 3 AND JAN. 9-31
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).

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



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/21/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2/21/20

Duck season is closed for the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Seasons for Canada and white-fronted geese, as well as the regular season for light geese, ended on Feb. 16.

The Conservation Order Light Geese Season runs from Feb. 17 to April 30. Light geese are not commonly found in large numbers in the Fall River Reservoir area.

Water level  
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments Waterfowl reports are expected to continue next fall. A new report will normally be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 11/20/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers Still holding around 30,000, mostly mallards and green wing teal with some pintail and gadwall.  Good numbers of white fronted geese around the valley too.  Very few Canada geese. 
Water levels There has been over 500 million gallons of water pumped this fall at MDCW.  Stage ups will occur throughout the season as needed.  Adequate water can be found in most units.  With the rank vegetation, very little water is visible in some units.  Good water in A-East, A-North, F-West, F-South, F-East, C South and Unit G. Smaller units have started taking water.  Larger boats will likely not float off the trailer at the A-East ramp early in the season.   Unit G is more shallow now than it has been in recent years, but has great cover and great food.   The primarily northern refuge pool will not be pumped until later in the season.  The southern refuge pool that cannot be seen from public roads has good water.  Unless a significant rain event occurs, Unit E and Unit H will have little to no water.  "Flooded timber" units will not have water until later in the season, if at all.  
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Very good moist-soil vegetation in major wetlands, some Japanese millet planted in A North,  very little corn in small wetlands. Approximately 100 acres of wheat planted across the area.  Levee renovation project was completed on portions of Unit E.    
Hunting success We haven't had a significant migration in over three weeks.  In addition, we continue to have mild weather.  These factors have contributed to lower than average success.   
Comments

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

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

https://kdwpt.isportsman.net

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

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: 11/19/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

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

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

11/19/2020 ( 10:00 a.m. )--- ALL WETLAND UNITS ARE FULL

3 Duck Marsh- 6 wood ducks, 24 gadwall

Willow Marsh- 5 redheads, 7 unknown dabblers, 40 coots  

Sundance Marsh- 2 unknown

Lowman's Cove- none

Shoveler Slough- none

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

(NOTE: Motorized boats are prohibited)

Refuge- 150 coots

Water level Lake level = 1034.67; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         0% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions Moist soil vegetation had great production in all units providing ample amounts of natural food for waterfowl once flooded. Warm weather has slowed migration and waterfowl numbers are low.
Expected hunting success Poor - Fair
Comments

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

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

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



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/23/2020 Print

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

30,000+ mixed ducks (80% Mallard,  the rest are early season migrants such as Pintail, Gadwall, Wigeon and Green Wing Teal).  10,000+ White fronted geese, 20,000+ Snow Geese and 1000 Canada Geese. 

Water level

PUMPS ARE RUNNING  

Boats will be able to launch in all pools that allow boat traffic and will be able to navigate in the boating channels.  Travel within the pools (even with mud motors) will be difficult due to shallow water conditions.  Average water depths within the pools are between 8" to 14" down to shallow sheet water.  Please utilize caution and common sense when boating within the hunting pools. Regular outboard motors will have no problem within the boating lanes but boats will have to be pushed outside of the lanes. 

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

Hunting pools are currently being staged up and will continue to be staged up throughout the hunting season to keep fresh food available.   

Pool 1- 250 acres 

Pool 2A- 100 acres 

Pool 2B- 145 acres

Pool 4A-  85 acres

Pool 4B- 50 acres

Pool 5- 15 acres (began filling the upper Pool of 5; Middle and lower end of 5 are DRY)

South Unit- Pumped for 24 hrs the 29th and 30th while river was up from recent rainfall. Did not build a lot of water but took advantage of what we could while the river was up. 

It will take a significant rainfall event to meet DWR pumping requirements and get the river levels high enough to operate the pump in it's current state.  The VFD in the pump system is not working, a new one has been ordered.  Have not heard when it will be in or installed.  

All other pools(Pools 6,7,8, & 9) are currently dry at this time.

Refuge 3.0' low. 600 acres 

    

Hunting conditions

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

Hunting pressure is extremely high with very stale/nocturnal birds that have been in the area for about a month. Most birds are feeding at night and/or on the surrounding private wetlands.

Staff have been fielding an EXTREMELY high number of phone calls, we try to keep this page with the most up to date information possible to try and answer any questions you may have. We are extremely busy and may not be able to answer your phone calls. Expect very crowded conditions and please respect your fellow hunters. 

Expected hunting success

Fair to Good

We have been getting a lot of phone calls and anticipate a large crowd.  Please be respectful of other hunters and allow safe distances between hunting parties. 

Continues to be crowded both during the week and on the weekends.    

Youth, Veteran and Active Military Season Nov. 7 & 8,2020

Southeast Late Zone Regular Season Nov. 14th, 2020- Jan. 3rd,2021 and Jan. 9-31,2021 

Teal season was the 4th best on record for Neosho WA.  We had 635 Teal harvested by 231 hunters for a 2.75 BPH average. 

We want to thank everyone for the continued cooperation with utilizing our electronic check-in/out system. We encountered very few issues with compliance last hunting season.  Please continue your efforts with compliance during the 2020-21 hunting season.  Area staff look at and manipulate this data in many different ways to make management decisions for upcoming years and to also look at what management strategies worked during the hunting season.    

Comments
Reminder: Motorized watercraft are prohibited on the wildlife area until the day season opens. (i.e. 12:01 am, November 14,2020 for regular ducks season.)
All Boating regulations are enforced! (Lifejackets, navigation lights, etc.)
All boats must operate at no wake speeds within boating canals (signs are posted)

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

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

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

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



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/21/2020 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2/21/20

Duck season is closed for the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Seasons for Canada and white-fronted geese, as well as the regular season for light geese, ended on Feb. 16.

The Conservation Order Light Geese Season runs from Feb. 17 to April 30, 2020. Light geese are not commonly found in large numbers in the Toronto Reservoir area.

Water level  
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments Waterfowl reports are expected to continue next fall. A new report will normally be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.