Geese

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

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

CAgeese

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

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

canada goose

Single Canada Goose

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

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

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

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

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

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

License Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regulations
115-25-19 (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.

115-09-08 (PDF - 9.53 kB)

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.

115-18-08 (PDF - 9.48 kB)

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

115-18-14 (PDF - 9.65 kB)

Non-Toxic Shot - Statewide

GOOSE IDENTIFICATION

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

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

HARVEST

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

 

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

Light goose harvest

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Canada goose harvest

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

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

 

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

KS total goose harvest

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

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

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

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

Harvest Information Program (HIP)

To purchase your HIP Stamp online, CLICK HERE.

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

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

What is HIP?

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

Who needs to be HIP?

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

How does HIP work?

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

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

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

What do hunters gain from HIP?

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

To Purchase Your Kansas HIP Permit Online: https://license.gooutdoorskansas.com

 

For More Information

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

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

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

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

HISTORY OF RESIDENT CANADA GEESE IN KANSAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Migratory Game Bird Season Dates

MIGRATORY DOVE (Mourning, white-winged)

  • Season: 09/01/2022 - 11/29/2022
  • 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: 01/01/2022 - 12/31/2022
  • 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: 09/01/2022 - 11/09/2022 (PROPOSED)
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 25
  • Possession limit: 75
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

SNIPE

  • Season: 09/01/2022 - 12/16/2022 (PROPOSED)
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp

WOODCOCK

  • Season: 10/15/2022 - 11/28/2022 (PROPOSED)
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

TEAL, HIGH PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: 09/17/2022 - 09/25/2022
  • 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: 09/10/2022 - 09/25/2022
  • 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: 10/08/2022 - 01/01/2023 and 01/20/2023 - 01/29/2023
  • 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: 10/08/2022 - 12/04/2022 and 12/17/2022 - 01/01/2023
  • 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: 10/29/2022 - 01/01/2023 and 01/21/2023 - 01/29/2023
  • 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: 11/05/2022 - 01/01/2023 and 01/14/2023 - 01/29/2023
  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCK LIMITS

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

MERGANSERS

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

COOTS

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

YOUTH, VETERAN AND ACTIVE MILITARY WATERFOWL SEASONS

(Youth 17 and younger)

  • High Plains Unit: 10/01/2022 - 10/02/2022
  • Low Plains Early Zone: 10/01/2022 - 10/02/2022
  • Low Plains Late Zone: 10/22/2022 - 10/23/2022
  • Southeast Zone: 10/29/2022 - 10/30/2022

CANADA GEESE

  • Season: 10/29/2022 - 10/30/2022 and 11/02/2022 - 02/12/2023
  • 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: 10/29/2022 - 01/01/2023 and 01/21/2023 - 02/12/2023
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 2
  • Possession limit: 6
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE

  • Season: 10/29/2022 - 10/30/2022 and 11/02/2022 - 02/12/2023
  • 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: 02/13/2023 - 04/30/2023
  • 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: 11/09/2022 - 01/05/2023 (PROPOSED)
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit

SANDHILL CRANE, WEST ZONE

  • Season: 10/15/2022 - 12/11/2022 (PROPOSED)
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit
POPULATION NUMBERS AND MIGRATION

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REGULATIONS

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

Goose Season Dates, Bag Limits, and Possession Limits,

Licenses, Fees, and Stamps,

Non-Toxic Shot Regulations and Areas,

Legal and Illegal Methods of Take

 

Other regulations that hunters frequently request information for:

Transporting

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

Shipment

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

Giving or Receiving Waterfowl

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

Tagging Requirements

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

Electronic or Mechanically Operated Decoys

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

Wanton Waste

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

Possession of Live Birds

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

Baiting Regulations

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

Some general baiting rules that "WATERFOWL" hunters should remember:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Goose Management Unit Maps

 

Marais des Cygnes Valley and Southeast Unit Maps

 

 

Kansas City Early Goose Zone

 

Wichita Early Goose Zone

 

 

REPORTING BANDS

Information obtained from band recoveries reported by hunters and other individuals is, along with harvest and population data, critical to the management of our waterfowl resources.

Information derived from banding includes the distribution of the harvest from a particular banding area, the timing of the harvest and most importantly, the harvest rate. This information is utilized annually in the development of harvest frameworks and final regulations.

To report a band click the following web site - WWW.REPORTBAND.GOV

RESIDENT CANADA GEESE

Canada geese nesting in Kansas

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

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

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

 

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

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

CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 3/16/2022 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

DUCK SEASON is CLOSED.

Most of the geese have left.  Numbers changing daily.

 *****REVIEW Kansas Boating Regulations if you are using a boat to hunt. *****

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

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

Cedar Bluff Waterfowl Refuge
Water level Reservoir Elevation - 2131 (13 ft. low)  
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Fair.  
Comments

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

Low Plains Late Duck Zone Season Dates

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

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

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

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

Water Refuge is in effect November 1- January 31

Land Refuge is in effect September 1 - January 31

North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting.

Youth / Mentor hunting is also available

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

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS at Glen Elder WA are required to check-in AND check-out daily. Go to https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin and check in using your licensing login credentials.

This regulation went into effect on September 1, 2017.

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

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

Open Light Geese Conservation season 2/14/2022- 4/30/2022

Survey run 2/23/2022 

150,000 Snow Geese.  Geese are moving around a lot and numbers are highly variable day to day. 

Glen Elder map

Water level Lake is about a foot low.  Lots of bare mudflats around the entire lake.     
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success

Poor.  Duck Season is closed. Dark Geese Seasons are closed

Light Geese Conservation Order - 2/14/2022- 4/30/2022

Large numbers of snow geese are using Glen Elder.

Comments

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

The Carr Creek boat ramp may be challenging to utilize while water levels are low as there is a lot of silt buildup in that creek.

Low Plains Early Zone season is closed for the season.  This zone includes the area NORTH of US Hwy 24. 

Low Plains Late Duck Zone season Re-opens 1/22/22 to 1/30/22.  This zone includes the area SOUTH of Hwy 24. 

Dark geese season will remain open thru 2/13/22.

Whitefront season will be 10/30/21 to 1/2/22 and 1/22/22 thru 2/13/22

Light geese season will remain open thru 2/13/22.  Conservation season will run 2/14/22 thru 4/30/22.

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: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Some snow geese in the area, but are not using the marshes due to ice cover.

OPEN LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION SEASON -  2/14-4/30/22.

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin  using your licensing login credentials. 

Water levels

100% ice cover at this time.

The area has experienced an extremely dry summer and the managers moved water from storage so less than 60% of the area has huntable water.  With that being said, marshes that are open to boats, have lower water levels than in years past. Hunters that plan to utilize boats (especially motorized boats) need to use extreme caution.

Puddler Marsh: Dry Gamekeeper Marsh: 10% full with mostly sheet water with areas of one to four inches; Gun Club West Marsh: 70% full with an average depth of 15 inches. Boating will be difficult in spots until water levels increase; Gun Club East: 60% full at the same elevation as Gun Club West Marsh, average depth of 10 inches.  Boating may be difficult in this marsh as well; Greenwing Marsh; 60% full with an average depth of 9"; Marsh Creek Marsh: 35% full as water was pumped out of this marsh to fill Buffalo Creek North Marsh.  The creek channel itself is around six feet deep.  Buffalo Creek Marshes: The north marsh is 40% full with an average depth of 8", The south Marsh is dry and we will need some rain to have sufficient water to fill; Pintail Marsh: Dry and will need significant rains to fill.  

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

Hunting conditions

Fair depending on ice conditions and bird activity.  With the snow line up in the Dakotas, the Snow Goose Migration looks to be quick.

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 NOW OPEN
Expected hunting success Poor, depending on ice conditions and bird numbers which will fluctuate daily. 
Comments

REMINDER - REFUGE BOUNDARY CHANGE FROM 2019 YEAR

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

Click here for pdf map of the new area. 

Waterfowl Seasons

Light Geese Conservation Order

02/14/2022 - 04/30/2022

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

Hunters need to check-in / check-out by going to https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 


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 WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 - JANUARY 31, 2022 on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh. REFUGE WILL CLOSE ON OCT. 1, 2021 AND REMAIN CLOSED THRU - JANUARY 31, 2022. The refuge boundary has shifted northwest to Highway 148. 

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



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/7/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

NOTICE - A significant number of light geese, have died or are sick. Birds were collected and sent to the Southeast Center for Wildlife Diseases to determine the cause of death. Avian influenza and Avian Cholera has been detected in other nearby areas. Avoid handling sick or dead waterfowl. Follow this link to see more information: KDWP Cautions Light Goose Hunters to Be Vigilant as Avian Influenza Cases Rise / 3-15-22 KDWP Cautions Light Goose Hunters to Be Vigilant as Avian Influenza Cases Rise / Weekly News / News / KDWP Info / KDWP - KDWP (ksoutdoors.com)

Less than 10,000 thousand light geese using the reservoir today (3/121). Daily numbers vary widely Medium sized group of mallards and other ducks on the reservoir. About 500 Canada geese. Lots of bald eagles!

Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Lovewell Reservoir is at 1581.2 or 1.4 feet below Conservation Pool, (91.0% full) and holding steady or slowly rising due to some runoff form snow melt. The BOR and Kansas Bostwick Irrigation are bringing 29.5 cfs of water into Guide Rock Diversion from the Republican River that is being used to refill the reservoir and is being released.
Hunting condition

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

OPEN - LIGHT GOOSE SPRING CONSERVATION ORDER FEB.14 - APR. 30, 2022

CLOSED - LPLZ Duck OCT. 30, 2021 - JAN. 2,2022 and JAN. 22 - 30, 2022

CLOSED- DARK GEESE (Canada, cackling, brant and all other geese except whitefronts) - OCT. 30 - 31, 2021 and NOV. 3, 2021 - FEB. 13, 2022

CLOSED -WHITE-FRONTED GEESE - OCT. 30, 2021 - JAN. 2, 2022, and JAN. 22 - FEB. 13, 2022

CLOSED - LIGHT GEESE (White and Blue Phase and Ross' geese) - OCT30 -31, 2021 and NOV. 3, 2021 - FEB 13, 2022

ALL Boat ramps open in Lovewell State Park Marina and Cedar Point. All boat ramps open on the Wildlife Area at Oak Hill, Pawnee Point and White Rock Creek are iced in and are useable at this time. ALL BOATS ARE REQUIRED TO USE NAVIGATION LIGHTS WHILE OPERATING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF SUNSET AND SUNRISE. NON-MOTORIZED BOAT NEED SOME FLASHLIGHT OR LANTERN. 

Expected hunting success POOR. Most light geese being harvested on private land in Nebraska
Comments
PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE STATE PARK. NO HUNTING IS ALLOWED FROM THE SHORELINE OF THE STATE PARK. 

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

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

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

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

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

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

Hunters can check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 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: 3/4/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers  All seasons are currently closed except for, Light Geese Conservation. There are still medium sized groups of ducks present on the area, but numbers have sunk down and they are sticking mostly in the refuge and leaving the property to feed. Light geese and Dark Geese can be found on the area but have begun to move north with the warmer weather occurring. Larger quantities of light geese are still present on the area. Take note the lake is starting to thaw, but ice is still present.  Birds are becoming smarter and nocturnal. Consistent colder weather would be very useful. 
Water level The water level is lower than last year. 9.2 feet low - 55% of full.
Hunting conditions

Pressure from hunting is still high. Expect to run into other waterfowl hunters. Water loss from irrigation has created mud flats and some muddy shorelines. In spots hunters will have a tough time finding enough vegetation to hide in. The water lost to irrigation has created areas with steep shorelines that may drop off into water deeper than waders very rapidly. 

Most of the area is covered in ice. Use caution when on the ice - it has had some warmer days and there are areas that it is not safe to be on.

Expected hunting success Hunting success is expected to be moderate for ducks and geese. These birds are seeing pressure on the area, early scouting would help for a better opportunity.
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

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

DUCK SEASON DATES FOR 2021 - 2022

Teal Season: September 18 - 26, 2021

Youth Duck Season: October 2-3, 2021

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

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

REMINDERS -

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

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

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

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 1/28/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers 2200-2700 total ducks with approx 2/3 Mallards remainder mix of divers; 900+ Canada geese
Water level 1464.8 ft and declining. Summer conservation level is 1467 ft. Winter conservation level is 1463; 
   
Hunting conditions Fair; limited vegetation along shorelines; waterfowl hanging along ice lines and open pockets of water on main body of reservoir.
   
Comments

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

Waterfowl Seasons:

Teal (low plains): September 11-26, 2021

Duck (low plains late zone): October 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and January 22-30, 2022

Dark Geese:  October 30-31, 2021 and November 3, 2021 - February 13, 2022

White-Fronted Geese:  October 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and January 22 - February 13, 2022

Light Geese:  October 30-31, 2021 and November 3, 2021 - February 13, 2022

Light Geese Conservation Order: February 14 - April 30, 2022

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

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 6/7/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

No geese on the area as it is dry

REMINDER: ALL HUNTERS NEED TO CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT. Click here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing 
login credentials.                                         

Water level All pools are dry, there is some sheet water present on the area, but no ducks have been observed using it.
Hunting conditions Moist Soil Conditions are excellent, however all pools are dry. Bird use dependent upon water levels 
Expected hunting success Will depend upon rainfall.
Comments

 Remember:

- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

Low Plains Late Zone Youth/Military Duck Season

10/23/2021 - 10/24/2021

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season

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

 

- Hunters can Check-in / Check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials.

- 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: 2/22/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers Snow goose numbers have decreased; good variety of ducks around
Water level 1889.34'; 3.11' below conservation pool; water levels are rising slowly.
Hunting conditions Lowered lake level has resulted in large amounts of exposed shoreline and large expanses of mud. There is very little vegetation to conceal large groups of hunters or boats. Most of the reservoir is ice free, although portions are expected to freeze if the wind dies down.
Expected hunting success Poor on the wildlife area; all birds are on the refuge. People have been having some success field hunting.
Comments

Refuge and non-motorized boat area dates: Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. An updated refuge map has been posted.

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

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

REMINDER: Camping is not permitted on the wildlife area, including in parking lots, except for in designated campgrounds. Ground fires are also not permitted except in provided fire rings within campgrounds.

Blue/Green Algae

There are currently no blue-green algae advisories for the lake.

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

Teal Season

September 11-26, 2021

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir     

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

Youth Weekend, Duck and Goose

October 23-24, 2021

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

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

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

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

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

February 14 - April 30, 2022

 

 Webster Wildlife Area and Refuge Map

 Click here for PDF

Click here for Google Earth KMZ



WILSON - Last Updated: 1/28/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers Survey ran on 01/28; 9490 total ducks with 7,600 mallards; remainder a mix of gadwall, pintail, wigeon, goldeneye; ~ 730 Canada Geese  
   
Water level 1515.64 ft and steady; (Conservation pool is 1516.0 ft)
Hunting conditions Cedar Creek boat ramp and Elm Creek boat ramp closed due to ICE.  Ice line is east of Elm Creek boat ramp. 
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons: 

Low Plains Late Zone: October 30-January 2; January 22-30, 2022

Refuges are closed Sept 1-Jan 31 to all access except by special permit.

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: 1/24/2022 Print

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

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

The wetlands have great habitat, such as, Giant Foxtail, Annual Smartweed, and Barnyard Grass. 

All the wetlands are holding water fairly well. The west wetland pump is going again and is pumping the southern complex. All of the wetlands are having trouble holding water this year due to dry conditions/low water table. Mallards have been seen and heard using the large wetland west of the shop. Lots of geese have been seen flying over the wildlife area. 

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

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

Hunting conditions  Native vegetation such as annual smart weeds, barnyard grass, foxtail, and sunflowers are the most common vegetation.   
Expected hunting success About 1000 Canada Geese and 1000 Mallard Ducks are using the refuge area. The cold air mass and snow potential should increase duck numbers and hunting success.
Comments The wetlands have a good variety of vegetation. REFUGE IS CLOSED TO HUNTING. 



CLINTON - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Updated 1/31/22- ICE!

Waterfowl numbers are lower with the cold temps and very limited open water.

Waterfowl survey conducted on 1-28-22.

Waterfowl survey results:

Canada geese- 1,800

White-fronted geese- 350

Mallard- 670

Bufflehead- 128

Goldeneye- 350

Scaup- 18

Redhead- 52

Hooded Merganser- 125

Common Merganser- 500

Ducks counted but not identified-750

Total waterfowl counted- 5,033

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Clinton WA marshes

I-Sportsman info from 10/30 to 12/31-

714 waterfowl check-outs/686 birds harvested

Average harvest was just under 1 bird per hunter (0.96)

Lake level

ICE 

Lake level is 875.49 as of 1-31-22

(conservation pool is 875.50)

 

Hunting conditions

All Shallow water is currently frozen.

Lake- Frozen Large mixed-species rafts of geese and ducks have been using the open areas of the lake. Areas protected from the wind often hold small numbers of waterfowl. 

Coblentz & East Coblentz- Frozen.

All the Coblentz marsh pools are less than 25% full and frozen.

East Coblentz project is completed.

KDWPT staff has completed marsh pumping for the waterfowl season.

Shadden marsh is full, hunting space is limited. 

Elk Creek- Pool 1 is full, pools 2, 3, and 4 (Refuge pool) are less than 25% full and iced up. 

KDWPT food plots throughout the complex will provide plenty of food and a variety of water levels.

THE REFUGE AND REFUGE MARSH POOL ARE OPEN TO HUNTING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

Clinton contains miles of creeks, rivers and oxbows on the wildlife area; each of which has unique conditions and frequently hold waterfowl when weather and/or pressure pushes them from marsh pools.
The refuge is OPEN.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To check-in / check-out, please go to https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials.   

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

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

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



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 3/22/2022 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

The Hillsdale Wildlife Area has experienced a normal year in regards to water levels in 2021.  The reservoir currently sits at conservation pool.  We have had some successful moist soil vegetation growth in all wetland pools this year.  Japanese millet was also planted along side some milo in the Youth-Mentor Wetland and Antioch Wetland.  The upper reaches of Brown's Wetland were planted into Japanese Millet. A fair amount of seed has been produced which should make good forage and cover for waterfowl this season.  Water levels began being brought down on 3/21/2022.  They will continue to be brought down slowly throughout the spring and into the growing season.  The youth-mentor wetland has been drained to near-completion to prepare for dike repairs.            

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.

The weather has been warm throughout the week with rains moving in.  The large numbers of mallards and pintails have moved out of the area.  There are now large groups of northern shovelers, blue-winged teal, and coots using the wetland pools.  There are starting to be large dark geese forming pairs in the marshes and along the lake shore.                                   

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Full and draining slowly

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Full and draining slowly

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Full and draining slowly

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 1/6

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full,  Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

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

Comments 

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

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 3/14/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks:  150+ ducks observed on Auxillary lake. Mix of mostly goldeneye and scaup.

Geese:  Less than 50 Canadas on Auxillary lake. 30,000-200,000 snow geese on the lake with the population fluctuating quite drastically this time of year

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor-fair
Expected hunting success Poor-fair
Comments

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

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

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



MILFORD WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/19/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

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

Throughout the week and waterfowl survey, around 1155 mallards, 2 redheads,  50 gadwall, 20 buffleheads, 336 goldeneyes, 1150 canada geese and 4,500 light geese were observed.

Lake level Current Lake Level is 1145.78 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 1500 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 200 CFS.
Hunting conditions

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

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

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

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

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

Expected hunting success Fair, Bird numbers were observed throughout the reservoir.  Wetlands are frozen, with a few small open areas.  Use caution when hunting around ice.
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: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 02/08/22 and approximately 1,500 dark geese were observed. As of today, most wetlands are still frozen with small pockets beginning to open up. The Delaware River is still frozen. Launching at ramps is still not possible. Conditions may change as the week of warm weather continues.   REMINDER: Legal shooting light ends AT SUNSET  for waterfowl hunting. 
West River Boat Ramp and parking area renovation is complete. Kyle Marsh water levels are up enough in both the East and West units for boats to launch. 
*DON'T FORGET TO CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT HERE, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 
Mallard Migration Rank = 5 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 2.0 Feet Above Conservation Pool
Habitat conditions
Mild flooding in the spring, followed by a dry summer has allowed for a good amount of wetland pool work to be completed and habitat conditions are overall good around the area. 
Expected hunting success Poor to Fair
Comments
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

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

Kyle: Water levels are adequate for launching in both the East and West Units of Kyle. Water levels were drawn down well especially in the East unit which allowed for a good amount of moist soil vegetation to grow. Some supplemental seeding of millet was completed as well. HCR-6

West River: Pumping has been ongoing and water levels are approaching near 3/4 Full for the entire wetland. We will continue to add some water with a goal of reaching full pool later in November as more ducks arrive. Summer Draw downs were successful in both the upper and lower units which allowed for some disking, mowing, and millet planting. The VFD on the marsh pump needs replaced and we will be unable to pump water until after that is done. We will update water levels as this changes. HCR-8

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

Lassister: Gates on 170th are closed and the marsh has very little water immediately along the levees. Water was drown down in both units to allow for some infrastructure repairs and habitat work to be completed. We are unable to pump this wetland and will rely on runoff to fill it. Some disking, spraying, and mowing along with some supplemental seeding of millet and sorghums occurred. HCR-5

Northwest: Full Pool. Most of this unit was planted to corn and 75% of it will be harvested. The remainder of the marsh grew good moist soil vegetation. This wetland is pumped with our new pump station that doesn't allow for pumping until after October 1st most years.  HCR-7

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

Mitigation:  3/4 full with hot dry weather in the later part of the summer causing a lot of evaporation to occur. We held water in this wetland over the summer and it has resulted in some unfavorable vegetation, but does also have some quality moist soil plants as well. HCR-6

Hayward: 2/3 Full. Water was drawn down early allowing for adequate moist soil growth and some millet seeding occurred as well.  HCR-6

Reichart: Full Pool.  All of this unit dried well this summer allowing for disking, mowing, spraying, and millet and sorghum planting throughout.  HCR-8. 

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

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

   



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/25/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

35 ducks   1000 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =9

Water level The lake is currently at 1072 and holding
Hunting conditions poor
Expected hunting success poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area. 



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CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 6/16/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Low

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-12", 1B-12", 1C-12", 2-4", 3A-dry, 3B-dry, 4A-dry,  4B-dry, 5-dry.  No way to replenish water levels due to ongoing construction and dry weather.  As soon as construction of the new pump station in the west hub is complete, water will be brought in if available.
Hunting conditions Pool 2-  Pool 3A- Pool 3B- 1,000 acres of cattails have been disked multiple times.  All blind islands have been rebuilt.  25 acres of millet and 25 acres of milo planted.  Pool 4APool 4B-  Pool 5
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

ALL BOATS MUST BE OPERATED AT NO WAKE SPEEDS.  REGARDLESS OF THE TIME OR SCENERIO, ALL BOATS MUST BE OPERATED AT NO WAKE SPEEDS 100% OF THE TIME, NO EXCEPTIONS.

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

3A IS CLOSED TO MOTORIZED BOATS

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

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

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

LEGAL SHOOTING HOURS ARE 30 MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

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

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

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

NO TRASH POLICY ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

CAMP IN DESIGNATED CAMPGROUND ONLY

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

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

Teal - 

Youth/Military/Veteran - 

Ducks, Low Plains Early Zone - 

Goose Seasons:

Canada - 

Whitefront - 

Light - 

Light goose conservation order - 

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



ISABEL - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 1/27
Water level The pool adjacent to Hwy. 42 is approximately 75% full.  The main lake is approximately 75% full and there is no water Northwest of the main lake. The pool south of the main lake is nearly full.
Hunting conditions 100% ice-covered
Expected hunting success  
Comments

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

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

Ducks (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 30, 2021 - January 2, (first segment) and January 22 - January 30 (second segment)

Hunters can check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 

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



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers Less than 25 mallards observed periodically over the last few days.
Water levels Currently pools 1, 2, and 3B are full.  Pools 4, 6, 8, and 9 have some water.  Pool 7 is dry. There is some water north of pool 6.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

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

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

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

Hunters can check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 

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: 1/24/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers 196 dabbling ducks were seen with majority being Mallards, 650 divers were seen majority being Goldeneye and around 50 Mergansers were seen. There were also 345 Canada Geese seen using the reservoir.   
Water level  2 feet below Conservation Pool on reservoir.
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. 23-24, 2021. 

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct 30, 2021-Jan 2rd, 2022, and Jan 22-30, 2022.

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: 1/19/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers We are now carrying around 150 ducks and at times 250 geese on the area.  With the duck season closed currently.  The water is open today (Wednesday) but may close up again tonight if the wind lays down.  
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  All 8 marshes just north and west of the lake are full.  The west 2 of the 3 marshes south of the highway are holding huntable water.  During this week's cold nights, most of the marshes froze over at least partially.   
Hunting conditions

Hunting conditions are dominated by closed ice conditions on the marshes, ponds, and lake.  There is limited open water available on the river and some of its oxbows.                     

 

Expected hunting success    Limited by number of birds in the area.  
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 3/11/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers No snow geese.  Approximately 600 Canada geese, 275 ducks (primarily mallard, pintail, and goldeneye), and 475 mergansers observed on 3/11/22.        
Water levels 0.4 feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 3/11/22.    
Hunting conditions Full lake levels persisted through the summer and prevented the establishment of food producing plants along lake edges.  As such, food resources are diminished within lake environments.  
Expected hunting success Poor.                
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season and Dark Goose seasons are CLOSED.  Light Goose Conservation Order is open thru April 30.                           



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 1/27/2022 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 3500 ducks  (mostly diver ducks and a few Mallards) and 2900 Canada geese observed on 1/27/22.
Water level At 1338.66' approximately .34' below conservation elevation (1339'). 
Hunting conditions Most of the summer the lake was at or slightly above conservation pool.  Food producing plants in the reservoir were limited due to the higher water.  
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

Season: January 15-30, 2022



KAW WILDLIFE AREA. - Last Updated: 1/27/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are some waterfowl in the area at this time.  Mostly flying around.  
Water level Low
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 11-26, 2021

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

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:18

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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

Season: November 6, 2021 - January 2, 2022 AND January 15-30, 2022

Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit: Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

ATTENTION: All hunters MUST check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 

THURSDAY, 10 FEBRUARY 2022:

***THE LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED***

***GOOSE SEASON IS OPEN UNTIL FEBRUARY 13TH, 2022***

At the time of this posting, the wetlands were approximately 25% frozen.  Goose numbers have increased a little with the recent thaw.  Approximately 2,500 geese were observed on the area Thursday morning.

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

Current Information  Be aware of new regulations in effect for the 2021 season:  The use of motorized boats is prohibited, and centerfire rifles and handguns are prohibited. 
Water levels

The wetlands are in serious need of abundant rainfall!  Water levels continue to decline, but all three units have at least some huntable water.  Scouting will be critical in determining which wetlands have water. 

Pumping efforts are complete for the 2021 season.

Big Basin:  Decent water in some of the wetlands that are open to public hunting, and good water in the refuge.

Chain of Lakes:  Water is very limited in this unit.  Be aware that the majority of the pond on the east boundary is privately owned. 

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

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

ATTENTION:

**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: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are no waterfowl present on the area at this time. Ice coverage is 100%.  Water might open up with the warmer temps this weekend.
Water
 level
Low  
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

Slate Creek Wetland Public Announcement

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

Hunters can check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 11-26, 2021
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 30, 2021-Janaury 2, 2022 AND Jan. 22-30, 2022
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

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

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



MARION - Last Updated: 2/25/2022 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

The reservoir has approximately 16,500 geese consisting mostly of  Snow's Canada and a few White-Fronted Geese mixed in.   Approximately 300 ducks were observed with a mix of Mallard, Pintail, and Goldeneye.

Numbers and conditions can change daily.

Ice The reservoir currently has approximately 95% ice coverage.
Water level Lake level is at 1348.66 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Fair.

The reservoir was at or near conservation pool most of 2021. 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. Crops on the area look good. Water levels are dropping leaving behind exposed mud between the water and shoreline.

Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments

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

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



This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

ELK CITY RESERVOIR/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers Ducks appear to have dispersed off of the lake after season opened again. Still quite a few mergansers (hooded and common) and snow geese using the main lake, but the mallard numbers seem to have declined from last week. The waterfowl numbers are expected to fluctuate with migration, hunting pressure, and changing habitat conditions.
Water level The water levels in the marshes vary across the area. Some have huntable water and some are empty, but none of the marshes are full. We do not have the capability to pump any of the marshes on the wildlife area. Heavy rains will be required to get runoff to fill the marshes. Today, the reservoir is 0.41 ft above pool level. For current Reservoir levels visit http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELKC.lakepage.html
Hunting conditions The water situation in the wetlands is still poor. Heavy rain is still needed to improve hunting conditions.
Expected hunting success Poor to Fair. Opportunities are limited with the current conditions.   REGULAR DUCK SEASON IS NOV. 6-JAN. 2 AND JAN. 15-30
Comments Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Boats cannot drive through the refuge area on the water. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam), at the State Park (on the lake side), and online at https://ksoutdoors.com/content/download/20944/140278/file/ELK%20CITY%20RES%20&%20WA.pdf



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/14/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1/14/22

Descent amount of divers on the lake and some of the small ponds in the area.  Still seeing a few small groups of big ducks in the area. If conditions get cold and smaller bodies of water ice over you can expect to see much better numbers on the reservoir.  Geese are present in good numbers on fields in the area but not many using the wildlife area as of yet. Birds continue to move in and then out very quickly so scouting a day before any hunt would be advantageous.

Water level Reservoir is at conservation pool. 
Hunting conditions Conditions have been mild but frontal system should bring some colder temps and new birds in.
Expected hunting success Limited
Comments Waterfowl reports will be updated on a bi-weekly basis during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons.  Updates will be made when significant changes in waterfowl numbers are observed. For information pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/4/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1000 mixed divers, 1000 mixed pudlers, and 3000 dark geese, and some 3,500 snow geese.
Water level Current Level: 1041.2 Conservation Pool Level: 1041
Hunting conditions
 TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE
  • Season: Sept. 11-26, 2021
  • Area open: East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6 teal (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)  
  • Possession limit: 18 teal in possession (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

 

YOUTH, VETERAN AND ACTIVE MILITARY WATERFOWL SEASONS

(Youth 17 and younger)

          Southeast Zone: Oct. 30-31, 2021

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

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

Geese

CANADA GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 30-31, 2021 and Nov. 3, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (including Brant)
  • Possession limit: 18
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 30, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022 and Jan. 22-Feb. 13, 2022
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 2
  • Possession limit: 6
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 30-31, 2021 and Nov. 3, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 50
  • Possession limit: No limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE, CONSERVATION ORDER

  • Season: Feb. 14-April 30, 2022
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Limit: Unlimited
  • Possession Limit: Unlimited
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp
  • Equipment Restrictions: During the Conservation Order, unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

John Redmond and Otter Creek Wildlife Area Fall 2021 Conditions-

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

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

Expected hunting success  Shallow water, and shorlines starting to ice up.  Boat ramps are currently open but could lock up with below average temperatures. I expect above average success for boat hunters out on the reservoir. 
Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

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 To check-in / check-out. Hunters, go to this site: https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin Use your licensing login credentials to access the check-in / check-out functions. 

Low numbers of ducks in the refuge.               

Hunting success was good for the second opener and until marshes froze up.    

Water levels

Ice Report: Morning of 01/27/22.  90% ice.  Some natural open water can be found.  More ice likely thawing in the the next couple days. Most the ice that is remaining is soft and rotten.  Ice is not thick enough to walk on.  Be careful.  Some ice will likely build back at night.  

Due to shorter vegetation height, hunters can expect to have slightly shallower water than previous years. Boats may be difficult to launch and use in the majority of units.    

Water levels are good in the following units: A-North, A-East, F-West, F-South, F-East, C-South and Unit G.  Stage ups will occur through out the remainder of the season.  All refuge units have good water.  Most smaller units that can be pumped, have been pumped.  Unit E has very little water in it and will require a large rain event for that to change.  

With a little scouting, hunters should be able to find opportunities.  

Hunting/ Habitat conditions

Early flooding and late droughts made for an adverse growing season. In addition, there were several cycles of army worms that destroyed hundreds of acres of desirable vegetation, with Unit G being hit the hardest.  In spite of these factors, wetland food production across the area was only slightly below average.  Hunters should expect shorter vegetation and more shallow water than typical.  With the late season heat and drought, hunters may also have to deal with a little extra cocklebur.    

Japanese Millet was planted in a few small areas.

Milo was planted in C-South and F-East.   

Season Dates

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

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

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

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

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

Comments

Gas motors are restricted to Unit G and the boat lane in Unit A-East. Outboards cannot be used in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted.

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

Atv's of any kind are not allowed on the area (side by sides, utv's, amphibious vehicles, "argos", this also means no electric bicycles)

Campgrounds on the area are primitive. (No electric, No water) Take your trash with you!

Please remember to fill out the daily 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.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/19/2022 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.   

84 Mallards

27 Common Goldeneye

64 Common Merganser

4 Canada Geese

400 Snow Geese

Mallard Migration Rank = 5 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

Water level Lake level = 1034.92; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         30% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions

Melvern Lake and the Wildlife Area fall within the Low Plains Late Zone. Duck Season is CLOSED until the second split: January 22nd-30th. 

3 Duck Marsh- The wetland is a mix of corn and moist-soil production. Both units are full.

Willow Marsh- This wetland is full of moist soil vegetation and will provide excellent habitat. This wetland is full.

Sundance Marsh- This wetland remained underwater until early August due to high lake levels. There was some response by moist soil vegetation and the wetland is 100% full. 

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

Shoveler Slough- This wetland is a mix of corn and moist-soil production. Habitat conditions are looking excellent. This wetland is full. The parking lot for this wetland is located at the intersection of 317th and S. Davis Rd. 

Refuge-The refuge is on the west end of the lake and directly east of Willow Marsh. It produced good moist soil vegetation but due to dropping lake levels there is very little habitat available. The Refuge Area is CLOSED October 1st through January 15th.

Expected hunting success Moderate
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: 6/9/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers
Hunters can check in here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. Check-in / check-out is required for all hunters!
NEW REGULATION IN EFFECT FOR 2021-2022 WATERFOWL SEASON: NO ENTRY (by foot, boat, etc) INTO THE MARSH (water) BY ANY HUNTER UNTIL 5:00AM AND MUST BE OUT OF THE MARSH BY 1 HOUR AFTER SUNSET (LEGAL SHOOTING TIME).
Average numbers of birds. Spring migration is well underway
Water level

Most of the acres of water represented below will be 12-18" deep or less in very tall, thick rank, smart weed and wild millet.

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.

Water levels are ideal for foraging waterfowl.  Water has been dropped out of the hardwood trees and a few ag fields on the higher elevations. Draw downs will begin towards the end of the month through mid May.

Pool 1- 250 acres 98%

Pool 2A- 120 acres 98%

Pool 2B- 150 acres 100%

Pool 3 (Refuge)-  600+ acres FULL

Pool 4A-  90 acres 95%  Walk in and non-motorized boat hunting only

Pool 4B-  50 acres 95%   Walk in and non-motorized boat hunting only

Pool 5- 80 acres 98%  (Lower Pool- 95% Middle Pool- 90% Upper Pool- 95%)  

Pool 6- 15 acres 100% 

Pool 7- 7 acres 100%

Pool 8- 25 acres 95% 

Pool 9- 35 acres 90%

South Unit- 95 acres 98%

 

    

Hunting conditions

Good mixture of moist soil plants and Corn are currently flooded.  Things look really good for the season!!  

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

 

Expected hunting success
Conservation Light Goose season is from February 14  - April 30 , 2022    

2021-2022 Regular Waterfowl Season: 4,449 Hunters Harvested 7,395 Birds for a 1.66 BPH avg. Last season ranked 13th highest in number of Hunters; 8th highest in number of birds harvested; and 18th highest in BPH based on 55 years of data. This was our highest harvest and highest number of hunters since 2010-2011 season. Overall a fantastic season!

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

Comments
ATTENTION: Federal waterfowl stamps purchased online are only valid for 45 days after purchase. After 45 days of being purchased the actual stamp must be in your possession, signed across the face of the stamp, while hunting!
Reminder: Motorized watercraft are prohibited on the wildlife area until the day season opens. (5:00am, November 6,2021 for regular duck season.)
DAILY REGULATION:  NO ENTRY INTO THE MARSH (water) BY ANY HUNTER UNTIL 5:00AM AND MUST BE OUT OF THE MARSH BY 1 HOUR AFTER LEGAL SHOOTING TIME.   
All Boating regulations are enforced! (Lifejackets must be out and accessible, navigation lights, etc.)
All boats must operate at no wake speeds within boating canals (signs are posted)
No shooting is allowed from interior dikes
Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hr before sunrise to SUNSET!
Required Licenses/stamps: Hunting License, Federal Waterfowl Stamp, Kansas State Stamp, and Kansas H.I.P. Stamp. It is your responsibility to make sure you have the required licenses/stamps. You MUST also check in and check out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 
Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays. There must be at least one youth per adult if the adult is hunting. (You can't have 5 adults and one youth).
Atv's of any kind are not allowed on the area (side by sides, utv's, amphibious vehicles, "argos")
Campgrounds on the area are Primitive campground. (No electric, No water) Take your trash with you!!

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.



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/14/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1/14/22

Descent amount of divers on the lake and some of the small ponds and marshes in the area.  Still seeing a few small groups of big ducks in the area. If conditions get cold and smaller bodies of water ice over you can expect to see much better numbers on the reservoir.  Geese are present in good numbers on fields in the area but not many using the wildlife area as of yet. Birds continue to move in and then out very quickly so scouting a day before any hunt would be advantageous.

Water level Lake is at conservation pool and all marshes in the area are full.
Hunting conditions With recent warmer weather the ponds and other smaller bodies of water have opened up.  Smaller bodies of water will ice over with some colder weather.  
Expected hunting success Moderate
Comments Waterfowl reports will be posted on a bi-weekly basis throughout the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. Updates will be made when a significant change in bird numbers is observed.  For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.