Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters and Other Sandhill Crane Information

To buy your Sandhill Crane permit, CLICK HERE.

General Information

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane - photo by Mike Blair, KDWP

Sandhill cranes have been hunted in Kansas since 1993 and in the Central Flyway since 1961. Hunting is permitted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in nine of the 10 states in the Central Flyway. Although crane hunting is opposed by some people, crane hunting is done on a sustainable basis under a population management plan approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Sport hunting also is justified for maintaining reasonable distributions of sandhill cranes. If concentrations become too high in some areas, crop depredation can occur and risk of disease to cranes increases. Crane hunting is extremely challenging because cranes are very wary and crane meat is considered excellent table fare, probably the best of all migratory game birds.

The sandhill cranes that migrate through Kansas, and sometimes winter here, are part of the Mid-continent Population. This population is one of nine in North America and by far the largest with about 500,000 birds. The next largest populations number about 20-25,000 birds.

Sandhill Crane Units

Hunting regulations have been formulated and contingency plans utilized to minimize the chance of endangered whooping cranes being accidentally shot by sandhill crane hunters. Although sandhill cranes start concentrating in huntable numbers during late October, the start of the hunting season was delayed to the Wednesday following the first Saturday in November to allow most of the whooping cranes to migrate through the state. Shooting hours for sandhill cranes begin at sunrise rather than one-half hour before sunrise to minimize the chance of a sandhill crane hunter mistakenly shooting a whooping crane due to low light conditions. (Kansas is the only state in the Central Flyway to have delayed shooting hours to protect whooping cranes.) The federal-state, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, and Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area contingency plans provide guidance as to what actions to take if whooping cranes are present during hunting seasons.

Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane - photo by Mike Blair, KDWP

Sandhill crane and waterfowl hunters need to be aware that whooping cranes are occurring more frequently in Kansas, especially in the Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira areas, and be able to identify whooping cranes. Whooping cranes and sandhill cranes are similar in size and shape, but whooping cranes are white with black wing tips. The penalty for shooting a whooping crane is a fine of up to $100,000 and/or up to one year in prison. For more information, go to:

Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters - This test is mandatory for all sandhill crane hunters. The test is 378k in size and will take a few minutes to download if you have a modem. Flash 6 is required, which most computers have. If yours doesn't, then you will be asked to download Flash 6.

Whooping Crane Brochure - Information on whooping cranes and how to distinguish them from species that look similar to them.

USFWS Information for Waterfowl and Sandhill Crane Hunters - The purpose of this web site is to provide waterfowl and sandhill crane hunters with information that will reduce the likelihood of shooting illegally at migratory birds that may look like sandhill cranes, but for which there is no open season and are protected by Federal law.

Range Map
Sandhill Crane
Season Information
Current Seasons
Sandhill Crane Season - Sandhill Crane Unit

Dates: 11/07/2018 - 01/03/2019

  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 6

Ducks - High Plains Unit - First Segment

Dates: 10/13/2018 - 12/31/2018

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

Ducks - Low Plains Late Zone - First Segment

Dates: 10/27/2018 - 12/30/2018

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

Ducks - Low Plains Southeast Zone - First Segment

Dates: 11/10/2018 - 01/06/2019

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

Upcoming Seasons
Ducks - Low Plains Southeast Zone - Second Segment

Dates: 01/12/2019 - 01/27/2019

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

Ducks - High Plains Unit - Second Segment

Dates: 01/12/2019 - 01/27/2019

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

License Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regulations
115-18-08 (PDF - 58.99 kB)

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

115-09-08 (PDF - 9.53 kB)

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.

115-25-20 (PDF - 11.77 kB)

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

115-25-19 (PDF - 149.48 kB)

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

Research
Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters and Other Information

Other Information

Sandhill Crane Test

Whooping Crane Brochure - Information on whooping cranes and how to distinguish them from species that are similar in appearance.

http://migratorybirds.fws.gov/issues/SandhillCrane/SandhillCraneHunters.htm.

Waterfowl Reports

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AND359NORTON - Last Updated: 12/4/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

175 ducks. 68 dark geese. Between 5,987 and 15,233 snow geese.                              

Mallard Migration 1 (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir is close to the same elevation as last year. The lake is approximately 11 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions The lake has received enough inflow over the summer to keep the water level stable. There are some shallow areas that should provide places to hunt. There is lots of mud to trap hunters - take care while walking along the shoreline. 
Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Minimal
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 2018

Teal Season: September 15 - 23, 2018

Youth Duck Season: October 6-7, 2018

Regular Duck Season:  October 13, 2018 - December 31, 2018 AND January 12-27, 2019.

Goose Season: October 27 - 28, 2018 AND November 7, 2018 - February 17,2019.

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

     



CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 12/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

  15,000-20,000 ducks. Mostly Mallards.

    1000 Canada Geese, 50 Snows

    MMR 7

Water level 22 ft. low
Hunting conditions Flooded phragmites and cattails on most of the shoreline. Shallow coves are froze.
Expected hunting success Low hunting pressure
Comments

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

Season Dates:  Youth Season - Oct. 20-21, 2018. Regular Season - Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 19-27, 2019.

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

Water Refuge is in effect November 1- January 31

Land Refuge is in effect September 1 - January 31

North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting.

Youth / Mentor hunting is also available

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

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 12/3/2018 Print

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

Duck numbers are few.  1000 mallards and a few teal. 2000 divers mostly goldeneyes.

Canada geese - 500

Light geese - 55,000

Mallard Migration Index (1)

Water level 2.0 feet above (normal) conservation pool. Heavy rain and snowfall has increased the lake level again.
Hunting conditions Fair.  Flooded vegetation again, water everywhere.  Colder temperatures starting to freeze up shallow areas, may have to break ice at boat ramps.
Expected hunting success

Fair, decrease in duck numbers.

Good, snow geese numbers have decreased, but plenty still around. 

Comments

Low Plains Early Duck Zone opens Oct. 13 to Dec. 16, 2018.  This Zone is north of Hwy 24 and includes the Granite and Oak Creek areas on the Glen Elder Wildlife Area.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone opens Oct. 27 to Dec. 30, 2018.  This Zone is south of Hwy 24.

Dark Goose and Light Goose seasons are open November 7, 2018 through February 17, 2019.

White-Fronted Goose season is open until Dec. 30, 2018.  It will re-open January 26 through February 17, 2019.

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

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

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



JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Less than 200 mallards and less than 100 dark geese observed on 12/7/18.

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

Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 1 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels The recent rains have created a lot of shelf ice that is less than one inch thick making it very treacherous. All marshes are full or flooded.
Hunting conditions

Waterfowl activity has been extremely slow due to freezing conditions.  99% ice cover with several small holes the birds are keeping open.

Due to flood conditions and the construction project, the west road that leads to the boat access area in Gamekeeper Marsh along Marsh Creek will be closed. Those that are wanting to hunt Gamekeeper Marsh south of the refuge line will be able to launch on the east boat ramp directly north of the Gamekeeper dam.  However, with the decreasing water levels, launching a boat will become more challenging.

Boaters need to make sure their registration is current and they have all necessary equipment on board and operational, including life jackets and navigation lights.

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

REMINDER:  

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

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

REFUGE IS CLOSED 

Expected hunting success Poor - With the ice and cold nights in the forecast, the area will not thaw out until we see highs in the upper 30's and lows above 25 degrees.
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

Duck (LPEZ) - October 13, 2018 - December 16, 2018 & December 22, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Canada Goose - October 27 - 28, 2018 & November 7, 2018 - February 17, 2019

White-Fronted Goose - October 27, 2018 - December 30, 2018 & January 26 - February 17, 2019

Light Goose - October 27 - 28, 2018 & November 7 - February 17, 2019

Conservation Order - February 18, 2019 - April 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

Kansas hunting license

State waterfowl stamp

Federal waterfowl stamp

Kansas Harvest Information Program Stamp (HIP)

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

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

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

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

THE REFUGE IS CLOSED FROM OCTOBER 1 to January 31 on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh.

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



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Various species of puddle ducks and divers., 3000 mallards, 100 gadwall, 050 wigeon, 800 teal.  1,200 Canada geese, 180 white-fronts and 25,000 light geese..
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 6
Water level  Some ice near shorelines, end of coves and west end. Reservoir is at 1583.1 or 0.5 feet above conservation pool (1582.6) or 0.5 feet into flood po0l and slowly dropping. Inflows to Lovewell from the White Rock Creek due to the rain will continue to drop towards the end of this week. Outflows to the White Rock Creek have begun and are at 250 cfs.. The reservoir will be drawn down to reach the USBR winter elevation goal. Releases may be scheduled throughout the rest of the winter to keep the water at the winter management elevation. Summer irrigation Drawdown was later this season so not much vegetation on the bare mudflats.
Hunting condition Good. Ice building the start of this week. Most mudflats covered and concealing vegetation is close to the shoreline. May be some thin shelf ice near shorelines and end of coves and the west end.
Expected hunting success  Good. The Low Plains Late Zone. Duck and Goose seasons are all open.
Comments

PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE PARK. NEW REFUGE REGULATIONS:THE LAND REFUGE CLOSED  TO HUNTING YEAR ROUND. CLOSED TO OTHER ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH MARCH 31. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH APRIL 15 on the NORTHEAST half of the reservoir and Wildlife Area from 1/8th mile west of the south end of the dam and following a buoy line northwest to the western boundary of the Cabin Area. No hunting from the park shoreline.. INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH APRIL 15. All boat ramps open and usable at this reservoir elevation. Boat ramps in the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area) require a Kansas State Park Permit. Wildlife Area Boat Ramps (Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek) do not require a permit. Camping cabins are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

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

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

FREE DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTING ON THE AREA. ELECTRONIC PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE. REGISTER AT THE i-SPORTSMAN LINK ON THE KDWPT WEBSITE. Lovewell Wildlife Area has been requiring all hunters to register with our paper card, Hunter Survey System and this is still required but a new system called i-Sportsman is now in effect that allows hunters to check-in and check-out electronically with a PC, smartphone, any mobile device and even a rotary dial phone. Hunters are encouraged to pre-register for an account on-line and must do so from a PC, establish a password and  PIN. This will really speed up the process over the card system. Follow this link to get registered. https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE LOVEWELL STATE PARK INFORMATION CENTER IN FRONT OF OR DIRECTLY WEST OF THE LOVEWELL OFFICE under the concrete shelter. If you can't get into iSportsman, please make an effort to completely fill out a daily hunt card.  The information is valuable so please keep trying to check-in, even after the hunt.We do not want technical issues to prevent someone from hunting. If using the card system, the top portion of the two-part permit must be filled out and returned to the survey station prior to hunting and the bottom portion kept with the hunter to record hunting activity. After the hunt the bottom portion is also returned to the survey station where the permits will be collected and information recorded to assist managers with improving the area.This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.  We thank you for your patience. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!

PLEASE DO NOT PICK-UP DEAD GEESE, DUCKS or OTHER MIGRATORY BIRDS YOU FIND IN THE STATE PARK OR WILDLIFE AREA. IT IS ILLEGAL. THE STATE PARK IS NOT OPEN TO HUNTING. TO POSSESS A MIGRATORY BIRD ANYWHERE YOU MUST HAVE A VALID HUNTING LICENSE FOR THE STATE YOU ARE IN AND FOLLOW THE SEASON, BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS FOR THAT STATE.  WILDLIFE DIE FROM NATURAL CAUSES LIKE DISEASE, OTHER HEALTH ISSUES AND SOMETIMES FROM THE RIGORS OF MIGRATION. SOME OF THESE WILDLIFE HAVE BEEN WOUNDED AND MAKE IT BACK TO THE ROOST ONLY TO SUCCUMB FROM THEIR WOUNDS. PARK AND WILDLIFE AREA STAFF MONITOR THE SHORELINES AND PERIODICALLY SAMPLE WILDLIFE FOR SIGNS OF DISEASE. IF YOU SEE EVIDENCE OF ANY LARGE DIE-OFFS OF MIGRATORY BIRDS IN YOUR AREA PLEASE NOTIFY A KANSAS WILDLIFE AND PARKS OFFICE OR EMPLOYEE. THANKS 



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 11/30/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 600 mallards; 1200 divers; 500 Canada and 200 light geese
Water level 1462.7 ft
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 6

This Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak mallard numbers).

Hunting conditions Standing water still present on big bottoms will result in above average waterfowl hunting through the weekend; birds are utilizing recently flooded vegetation and crops;
   
Comments

Kanopolis Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone. 

Duck season is open Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 & Jan 19-27, 2019

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

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

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 12/1/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers  150 ducks, mostly Mallards. Bird numbers are changing daily with the weather and ice conditions.                                                                                                                                                
Water level  All marshes are full and will remain full for the season. 
Hunting conditions  Poor - With the forecast of cold temps, the area will likely freeze significantly. REMEMBER: Talmo is in the Low Plains Late Zone.
Expected hunting success  Poor - Hunters are encouraged to scout the area prior to hunting. Ice will be prevalent with the forecast.
Comments

 Remember:

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

-ALL shotgun hunters must use NON-TOXIC shot

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

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



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 12/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

7,000 ducks, 1,000 Canada geese, 10,000 snow geese and a few flocks of sandhill cranes passing through.  More ducks and geese coming in on weather fronts.

Mallard Migration Rank 1 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level At conservation level.
Hunting conditions Inflows in 2018 raised the reservoir to 7 feet above conservation level.  Releases to maintain the reservoir at this level and then irrigation releases have resulted in the reservoir being presently at conservation level.  Due to the slow drawdown and above average rainfall, the shoreline has a lot of vegetative growth on it with limited areas of exposed bare mudflats.  The vegetation along the shoreline may be beneficial for duck hunters but reduces the amount of loafing areas for geese. Boat hunters will find many areas of flooded timber.  The area from the southeast corner of the reservoir west to 9 Road is designated as "No Motorized Boats" and is intended for use by walk-in hunters.
Expected hunting success Fair to good.
Comments

 

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

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

Teal Season

Sept. 9 - 24, 2017

Blue/Green Algae

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

Teal Season

Sept. 8-23, 2018

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season      

Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 19-27, 2019 

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

WHITE-FRONTED   Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26-Feb. 17, 2019

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 18 - April 30, 2019

ICE CONDITIONS

Shallow coves starting to ice.

 

 

 2018 - 2019 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 12/6/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1,000-2,000 ducks (approximately 500 mallards and the rest divers) and 500 Canada geese; duck numbers have decreased; most divers are common goldeneyes.
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 5

The Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak Mallard Numbers)

Water level 1517.67; 1.6 ft above conservation  
Hunting conditions Fair. Waterfowl numbers have remained relatively low throughout the week. Much of the west end of the lake is undergoing freeze-thaw cycles which are highly dependent on wind. Other areas out of the wind also may be frozen. Flooded vegetation has increased with the lake level, but much of it is frozen.
Expected hunting success Fair. May be difficult to get close to birds with icy conditions.
Comments

Wilson Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone 

Refuge CLOSED SEPT 1 through JAN 31

Elm Creek and Cedar Creek boat ramps may have ice.

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

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



This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/28/2018 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.

All wetlands are completely full.  A portion of the wildlife area is under water after the past rains and high Missouri River level.

We will be turning the pumps on at this time just to keep open water in the marshes. Some wetlands may be froze do to the colder temperatures this early in the year.  

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

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

Hunting conditions Good quality wetland vegetation persists in all wetland complexes.  Native vegetation such as annual smartweeds, barnyard grass, and arrow leaf are the most common vegetation.  Japanese millet has been planted with good success in pool #4.  
Expected hunting success Currently there are about 4,000 ducks, mostly mallards, using the flooded areas throughout the property.  Several other small groups of ducks are spread out over the wildlife area in the flooded habitat. 
Comments  Good number of ducks on the wildlife area.



CLINTON - Last Updated: 11/30/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

11/30/18

Duck numbers went from a couple hundred last week to a several thousand as of Friday afternoon (11/). The majority of the ducks were mallards. There have been more ducks observed in marsh pools as well. Water levels  in the marshes have maintained and relatively low hunting pressure has allowed ducks to start filtering in. The largest group of ducks was again observed in the refuge area, but they were consistently moving west toward the marsh complexes.

Numbers of Canada geese were up significantly as well (roughly 1,500).

 

Lake level  0.82 feet low
Hunting conditions

Ice has decreased and if the forecast holds should be nearly gone in a few days.

Mud flats and shorelines in the shallower portions of the reservoir have shown a fair rate of hunter success and more species of waterfowl than the marsh pools so far. These groups have grown in size, up to 250 birds observed in a group.

The pump has been shut off at Coblentz marsh- all pools are full, including East Coblentz.

The Elk Creek  We will continue pumping as long as water levels allow. Pool one is 75% full, pool two is about 2/3 full and should rise over the next week. Pool three is full. Currently, all water pumped is moving to pool 2 to gain quality flooded acres. 

The refuge marsh pool is dry. (and closed)

Shadden marsh does not have water this year.

Expected hunting success Good 
Comments

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

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

Rock Creek Boat Ramp is CLOSED

 The REFUGE is closed to all activities from Oct. 1 to Jan. 15
 



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 9/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers We are currently without a Manager for Hillsdale.  Pumping will be minimal for waterfowl season most likely.
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Minimal

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Minimal

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Minimal

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Minimal

Wade Branch Wetlands - Minimal

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - None

Comments  Remember to check-in to iSportsman prior to each hunt. 



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 11/15/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks: < 300 mixed ducks 

Geese: 25,000+ snow geese and a small number of Canada geese are on the area (<150) 

Waterfowl numbers on the area are fair to good right now and as a reminder boats or any other watercraft are NOT allowed during waterfowl season. 

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

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: 12/6/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

We've had three floods back to back this fall so far.  The river crested 6 feet above flood stage in early September and 1 foot above in early October and 3 feet above in early December.  The boat ramp on Gatesville/Lower Smith and Mall Creek are accessible. 

The COE is hoping to reach their target elevation of 3 feet below pool soon.  This will make it extremely difficult to hold water in the wetland pools.  The youth area and Zach Hudec may be able to be maintained by pumping if conditions permit (no ice).  If the river is too low the North Smith and Beichter/Martin pumps are not operational.

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.

832 ducks and 145 geese were observed on the area.    

Lake level Current Level is 1147.79 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 3,000 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 2,680 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production was desirable in many of the wetland areas due to early dry conditions, prior to the flooding caused by the river and lake.  All managed wetlands currently have either pumped water or flood water in them.  The high flood waters have damaged the quality and food value of the vegetation in the wetlands.

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.  
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.

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

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



PERRY - Last Updated: 11/29/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 11/29/18 and approximately 15,000 ducks and 2,000 Geese were observed around the area with nearly all being down around Lake Perry as our wetlands have all froze over this past week. Mostly Mallards were observed and various diving ducks are around as well. USE CAUTION WHEN ACCESSING KYLE MARSH'S WEST UNIT AS WATER LEVELS ARE STILL ABOVE NORMAL AND SOME AREAS ARE UNABLE TO BE ACCESSED BY WALK IN HUNTERS. Both East and West Kyle are full and boat access is available. We will continue to draw any units down that are above normal pool to get them down to a more desirable level. 

*DON'T FORGET TO USE THE ISPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM WHEN HUNTING AT PERRY WILDLIFE AREA. THIS IS A FREE AND REQUIRED DAILY HUNT PERMIT SYSTEM THAT ALL HUNTERS MUST USE WHEN ACCESSING THE AREA. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 6 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 3.25 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
The drought this summer has provided the opportunity for a lot of habitat work/renovation work to be completed around Perry. Large amounts of rain and flooding has filled/overfilled multiple wetlands. We are attempting to retain water in these wetlands.  Renovation work on Kyle Marsh is at the final stages of completion and the boat ramps will be completed soon. 
Expected hunting success Fair to Good
Comments
With the extreme drought this year, it allowed for significant work to be completed in nearly every pool. Everything from tree/brush removal, disking, spraying, and seeding were done in many different pools this summer.  
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:  Significant flooding has led to Kyle Marsh filling to a overfull stage, we are retaining water and will be evaluating any damages from the flood. Kyle East: Major renovations have been done to the this unit of Kyle. Levee reconstruction, installation of a screw gate structure to move water from the East to the West, tree/brush clearing through the entire unit, millet and sorghum seeding throughout, and ditch work for improved drainage was all completed. Kyle West: FULL POOL This unit dried completely this year and allowed for a tremendous amount of native moist soil vegetation to grow which will provide endless amounts of food for ducks once flooded. We also spread some Japanese Millet in the mud flats of the West unit earlier this summer and it all is growing well. A boat lane was constructed to make for easier travel for boats from the ramp to the South end of the unit. Both boat ramps will also be renovated and additional gravel added for easier boat launching as well. HCR-10

West River: Once again, with help from the Leavenworth Ducks Unlimited Chapter we were able to spread Millet and Sorghum in both the upper and lower units of West River. A significant amount of tree/brush removal was conducted in both the upper and lower units of West River along with some cocklebur spraying, sorghum planting, and corn planting.  North- HCR-9, South- HCR-9. Pumping will continue in the upper unit, and we experienced flooding in the lower unit, we will continue to add water to the lower unit as time progresses. 

Upper Ferguson: This unit was mostly dry going into the spring/summer and never got any additional rain to supplement. With the extremely dry conditions in this pool, this promoted some marestail and ragweeds, however we still got a good crop of annual smartweeds and millets mixed in as well.   This is our refuge marsh and closes October 1st through January 15th.  HCR-7.

Lassister: West Unit: We dewatered this unit after 2 years of holding flood water from 2016 in order to deal with the Lotus and River Bullrush encroachment we were experiencing. We burned this entire unit this spring and disked the entire thing to set back all the Bullrush. This unit will remain dry this season and is planned to be farmed with corn next spring. East Unit: This unit got very dry this year and promoted a lot of annual sunflower growth and about half the unit was disked which set back some of those larger growing plants and promoted some more moist soil vegetation. This unit is runoff dependent and will need some significant rainfall to get huntable water levels. HCR: 7

Northwest: Nearly all woody vegetation was removed from within this unit. Corn was planted in this wetland to provide food for ducks and also to hep with the Reed Canarygrass issue that was covering most of the wetland. The new water control structure is installed in the East part of the wetland. This wetland will be able to be pumped with our new marsh pump that was constructed earlier this year. The tenant has cut his portion of corn in this wetland. This has a junior water right and is dependent on river flows, and we experienced flooding in this wetland and will be pumping to bring the water level up.   HCR-8  

Headquarters: This wetland was planted to corn and is runoff dependent still as we have plans to soon run a pipeline from our new marsh pump to the HQ marsh, however that will not be done until the Headquarters marsh expansion is completed. We are using farming as a technique to keep the area "cleaned up" from tree/brush growth so that once expansion work is ready to begin it will be much easier. We intend on starting the HQ marsh expansion as soon as next year. All of the Corn has been harvested in this wetland and we have left extra corn in Northwest Marsh. Boards have been added and we are retaining any water.

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was drawn down this spring and planted almost entirely to corn. The deer have done some significant damage to this corn, however there is still a good amount out there. This practice was not only to provide food for the ducks but to help remove the invasive Phragmites that was starting to show up in the unit.  HCR-7. This unit is reliant on runoff to fill and the corn will all remain unharvested in this pool. 

Hayward: FULL POOL Flooding has caused this marsh to be overfull and water was running over the spillway, water will be retained for this season. Hayward has been drained all summer and the vegetation growth has been good this summer with some Millet spread as well. HCR-8. This unit is dependent on runoff to fill and has a significant drainage, making it one of the easier units to fill up from rainfall. 

Reichart: FULL POOL Flooding has caused this marsh to fill and we will be retaining water for duck season. This unit was drawn down and a significant amount of brush/tree removal occurred. We also sprayed some non-desirables and drilled some millet. This unit also has corn planted in the upper half or so of the unit to help with reed canaraygrass issues. This wetland will be able to be pumped with our new marsh pump that was constructed earlier this year. The tenant has harvested the corn and left approximately 25% of the corn standing to be flooded for the ducks. This has a junior water right and is dependent on river flows, and we will pump soon.   HCR-8. 

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

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

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

   



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/3/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2000 ducks   20 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =9

Water level The lake is currently at 1090 and increasing. The lake will be going up a couple of feet a day possibly impacting the Wildlife area water depths as wellBE VERY CAREFULL ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE HUNTING AND THE POSSIBILITY OF THE WATER GETTING DEEPER. 
Hunting conditions Moderate
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area. 14th Rd south of the Black Vermillion Rd is closed due to flooding. Rolander is still closed at the bridge and the W.A. boat ramp parking areas areunder water again.



This is a collection of all the Southwest Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 12/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Birds numbers have been highly variable depending on day, time of day, and ice conditions.  Ducks have not moved back into the area, 500 - 2,500 ducks. Mallards currently make up about 60% of the ducks on the area, rest of the birds are mixed species.  Around 10,000 - 25,000 geese, mostly snows, with maybe a 1,000 darks.  Almost all the birds are using the refuge at this time.

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

Pool 1A is 59", 1B and 1C are around 46", 2 has about 36", 3A has 22", 3B has 24", 4A has 26", 4B has 25", 5 has 30". 

Currently about 75% frozen with very thin ice. 

Hunting conditions

Pool 2:  Good moist soil production in areas that were sprayed the last couple years and in areas that were free of cattails.  About 200 acres of cattails was aerially sprayed on 8/1/18. 

Pool 3A:  All of the pool was aerially sprayed for cattails on 8/1/18.  Like always it will be closed to motorized boats. 

Pool 3B:  209 acres were disked twice and drilled to millet.  Another 40 acres was no-till drilled to millet.  Another 300 acres of cattails have been disked.  Good moist soil production. 

Pool 4A:  Some moist soil production. 

Pool 4B:  80 acres were disked twice and planted to millet.  Another 38 acres were no-till drilled to millet.  Good moist soil production. 

Pool 5: All 1,400 acres were burned and disked at least 5 times.  There are a few areas of cattails along the dike and in some deeper spots that are still too wet to disk.  Pool 5 will be open for teal season.

Burned an additional 1,500 acres of uplands and small wetlands in Pool 5 and 3B.

Use the foot crossings along the roads in all pools

Expected hunting success Fair. Very few ducks or geese are being harvested at this time.  Success is highly variable depending on the day.
Comments

3A IS CLOSED TO MOTORIZED BOATS

MOTORIZED BOATS ALLOWED ONLY DURING OPEN WATERFOWL SEASON

LEGAL SHOOTING HOURS ARE 30 MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

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

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

DO NOT LAUNCH BOATS FROM FOOT CROSSINGS.

NO TRASH POLICY ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

Teal - 9/8/18 to 9/23/18

Youth - 10/6/18 - 10/7/18

Regular Ducks, Low Plains Early Zone - 10/13/18 to 12/16/18 and 12/22/18 to 12/30/18

Goose Seasons:

Canada - 10/27/18 to 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 to 2/17/19

Whitefront - 10/27/18 to 12/30/18 and 1/26/19 to 2/17/19

Light - 10/27/18 to 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 to 2/17/19

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

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

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

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

2. Provide hunter information.

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



ISABEL - Last Updated: 12/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 100 mallards observed 12/6.
Water level All mapped pools are full from heavy rains 10/6 - 10/9.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  September 8-23, 2018

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 20-21, 2018

Ducks (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 27 - December 30, 2018, and January 19-27, 2018

Canada Geese:  October 27-28, 2018 and November 7, 2018 - February 17, 2019

White-Fronted Geese:  October 27 - December 30, 2018 and January 26 - February 17, 2019

Light Geese:  October 27-28, 2018 and November 7, 2018 - February 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

2.  Provide hunter information.

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

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

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



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 12/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 1,000 ducks in the immediate area using mostly private land.  Mostly mallard.  Also pintail, green-winged teal.
Water levels Pools 1, 2, 3A, 3B, 6, and 8 are full.  There is water north of Pool 6.  Pool 7 has been mowed and is full.  Pools 3E and 3F are now nearly dry.  Pool 9 has some water with heavy vegetation.
Hunting conditons  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  9/8/18 - 9/23/18

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/6/18 - 10/7/18

Regular Ducks (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/13/18 - 12/16/18 and 12/22/18 -12/30/18

Goose Seasons:

Canada:  10/27/18 - 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 - 2/17/19

Whitefront:  10/27/18 - 12/30/18 and 1/26/19 - 2/17/19

Light:  10/27/18 - 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 - 2/17/19

KDWPT IS CONTINUING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2018-2019 HUNTING SEASONS

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

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

2.  Provide hunter information.

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

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

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



This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 12/3/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Duck numbers from this past weekend are:  300 ducks, and 50 geese.
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  All marshes are planted to Japanese Millet and are full.   
Hunting conditions

 Good   

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

Expected hunting success Fair to good, but improving with any cold fronts that would move birds down.  Pressure is heavy and many animals are being hazed to the point that they are using private water. 
Comments Hunters! Bids closed for the NAWCA wetland project as of 10/17/2017.  We started moving dirt the week of November 13, 2017 and the north project was completed last winter.  We will be flooding those marshes west and north of the lake with a shallow depth in order to not threaten the integrity of the dikes while perennial vegetation is being established.   Also, a new kayak/canoe launch has been installed on the dam just west of the refuge line to aid launching boats across the rip rap.  We will be adding a hardened surface beside it to better facilitate launching.  The south part of the NAWCA project in the old Bison Marsh was not started in 2018 due to wet conditions, however, it will be flooded and the work put off until 2019.    



CHENEY - Last Updated: 9/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers  No water fowl observed at this time
Water level  Above Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 12/10/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 3,200 ducks were observed on 12/7/18.  Primarily mallard but some goldeneye, teal, and mergansers were also present.  200 Canada geese. Additional ducks may be present within flooded vegetation at the upper ends of the lake, but are not easily viewed.  Scouting is encouraged prior to your hunt.                  
Water levels 0.6 feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 12/10/18.  Water is being released.  Lake levels are changing daily.  
Hunting conditions Lake approximately 90% ice covered on 12/10/18.  With forecasted temperatures, anticipate ice conditions to change daily.  Habitat conditions are slightly improved as compared to most years.  Food producing vegetation became established on lake fringes as a result of drought conditions and declining lake levels.  In mid-August rains returned and gradually filled the lake in early September.  Flooding in October and November has diminished the quality of some of this vegetation however.    
Expected hunting success Fair/Good.       
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct. 27 - Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 19-27, 2019.               



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 12/4/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 1200 ducks and 800 Canada geese observed on 12/04.  Various species of puddle ducks and divers.  Flooded vegetation has made observation of ducks difficult.  Scouting encouraged prior to your hunt. 
Water level Approximately 0.52' above conservation elevation (1339') on 12/04.  
Hunting conditions Most of the summer the lake was approximately 4.5' below conservation pool.  Good moist soil production of vegetation has occurred along the exposed shore line and mud flat areas throughout the summer due to the low water levels.  With a fall raise in water level improved habitat conditions may enhance opportunities for waterfowl hunters.
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

Duck, Low Plains Southeast Zone:  Nov 10, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019 and Jan. 12-27, 2019

Canada Geese: Nov. 7, 2018- Feb. 17, 2019

White-Fronted Geese: Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26-Feb. 17, 2019

Light Geese: Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

Light Geese, Conservation Order:  Feb. 18-April 20, 2019



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/4/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 50 waterfowl using the river at this time. 
Mallard Migration Rank=10 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Good
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 8-23, 2018

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

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:18

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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

Season: November 10, 2018 - January 6, 2019 AND January 12-27, 2019

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 12/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

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

Low Plains Early Zone duck season:  13 October - 16 December, and 22 - 30 December 2018.

Canada Goose season:  07 November 2018 - 17 February 2019.

White-fronted Goose season:  27 October - 30 December 2018, and 26 January - 17 February 2019.

Light Goose season:  07 November 2018 - 17 February 2019; spring conservation order 18 February - 30 April 2019.

Friday, 07 December 2018:

Ice cover in the marsh was still near 100% earlier in the week, but some of the ice has been thawing the last couple of days.  Based on the weather forecast, which indicates less frigid temperatures over the next week, the amount of open water should gradually increase as we near the end of the first split of duck season.

Duck and goose numbers are changing daily as weather conditions and ice cover change.  As of Friday morning, there were approximately 1,000 ducks and 15,000 - 18,000 geese in the Big Basin refuge.  Goose numbers are highly variable throughout the day as the geese trade back and forth from feeding.

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited, AND THE NORTH REFUGE UNIT IS NOW IN EFFECT, along with the south refuge in the Big Basin.

Current Information  As of Friday the 7th, road conditions are good. 
Water levels

Big Basin:  Most public hunting marshes are full.  

Chain of Lakes:  Most public hunting marshes are full.  

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Most public hunting marshes are full.  

Hunting conditions Conditions will hopefully be stable after the October flood event.  There should be plenty of water for the rest of the season!
Expected hunting success Fair.  Abundant water and food should have the ducks and hunters spread out a little more.
Comments

ATTENTION:

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

Kansas hunters should be aware that iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required on 25 wildlife areas, including McPherson Valley Wetlands (check the 2018 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary or kdwpt.isportsman.net for a list).

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

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

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

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

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



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 12/4/2018 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 20 waterfowl present on the area at this time. Should be more coming in with this next cold front.  
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:10

 This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water
 level
All pools have water in them and are 50% ice covered.
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 8-23, 2018
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 27, 2018-Dec. 30, 2018 AND Jan. 19-27, 2019
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

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

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

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



MARION - Last Updated: 12/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Current duck numbers are less than 100 with the main species being Mallard along with Gadwall. Goose numbers are close to 500, mostly Canada with a few snow geese mixed in.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=5 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is currently 1349.66 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Good.

Lake levels have been below conservation pool for all of 2018. Some of the boat ramps are still closed.

There has been very good moist soil production on the shoreline and mudflats (yellow nut sedge, smartweed, barnyard grass), and this vegetation is starting to see significant flooding now that the water levels have started to rise. Crops in the areas surrounding the reservoir have been poor due to drought this year.

5% Ice coverage.

Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments 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.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/6/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

12/7/18

Small numbers of mallards, mixed duck species, and Canada geese were observed using the reservoir this week. Wetlands and area ponds currently seem to be getting most of the waterfowl use.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 and Jan. 12-27, 2019. The season for Canada geese and light geese opens initially for two days Oct. 27 and 28, 2018. It then opens again Nov. 7, 2018 and runs until Feb. 17, 2019. The season for white-fronted geese opens Oct. 27 through Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26 through Feb. 17, 2019. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 18 to Apr. 30, 2019.

Water level The reservoir is 2.99 ft. above conservation pool level. Wetlands are full.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is approximately 0% frozen over. Remain cautious of potentially muddy low-lying areas and possible flood debris.
Expected hunting success Based on observations, hunting success may be slow or variable. Ducks and geese are still spending a considerable amount of time on ponds in between trips to the crop fields.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY RESERVOIR/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/10/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Around 5,000 ducks have been observed around the lake and on the wetlands. The majority of the ducks observed were mallards. Around 10,000 snow geese are also using the reservoir.
Water level The COE has been slowly dropping the reservoir water level over the past couple of weeks after a foot and a half rise. The water is currently a half foot above conservation pool but will continue to drop until they close the gates. GOOD WATER AMOUNTS IN WETLANDS.
Hunting conditions GOOD VEGETATION EXCEPT WHERE REPEATED FLOODING HAS TAKEN A TOLL.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good.
Comment For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 12/6/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

12/6/18

Small numbers of mallards and mixed duck species were observed using the reservoir this week. A few hundred Canada geese were seen using local ponds and harvested crop fields. Wetlands and area ponds currently seem to be getting most of the waterfowl use.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 and Jan. 12-27, 2019. The season for Canada geese and light geese opens initially for two days Oct. 27 and 28, 2018. It then opens again Nov. 7, 2018 and runs until Feb. 17, 2019. The season for white-fronted geese opens Oct. 27 through Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26 through Feb. 17, 2019. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 18 to Apr. 30, 2019.

Water level The reservoir is 2.09 ft. above conservation pool level. Wetlands are full.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is approximately 0% frozen over. Remain cautious of potentially muddy low-lying areas and possible flood debris.
Expected hunting success Based on observations, hunting success may be slow or variable. Ducks and geese are still spending a considerable amount of time on ponds.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 12/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 5,000 mallards, 1500 divers, 2,500 mixed puddlers, 1000 light geese, 1200 dark geese.  
Water level Current Level: 1041.89  Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0
Hunting conditions

Teal Season- Low Plains- Sept. 8th-23rd

Duck Season- Southeast Zone-  Opens Nov. 10, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019       and        January 12, 2019  through January 27, 2019.

Reservoir is still ice free, but expect it to start closing up in near future.  Boats ramps are all open and accessible as of 12/07/18.   Big and little marshes below dam are pretty much iced up on edges.   Birds are scattered around lake, but concentrations can be found at major creek entrances, such as mouth of Otter Creek.  

     Lower marsh is currently 100% full,  and consist of some millet and moist soil annuals.  Upper Marsh below dam is 100% full.   All department managed marshes are open for public waterfowl hunting, and are located below John Redmond Dam south of spillway.  Beware, both the upper and lower marsh's contain some deep water in lower portions, well over 6 feet in depth.   The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership.  

Expected hunting success

Average.  If you have boat and are able to access remote areas of reservoir, especially timbered creeks out of the wind, I would expect to have above average success.  

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

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



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 12/10/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 50,000 ducks.  A few hundred geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 10.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels Good water levels in all units.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions All hunting marshes frozen this morning.  Expect open water by the end of the week with predicted temperatures.
Hunting success Last 7 days (Dec 3 thru 9):  322 ducks / 208 hunters = 1.5 success.  Season:  3,022 ducks / 1,782 hunters = 1.7 success.  Season goose harvest = 20.
Comments

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

https://kdwpt.isportsman.net

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

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



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/21/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

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

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

11/21/2018 ( 11:00 AM )---

                      3 Duck Marsh- Both units are pumped and full of water, 70 mallards.

                      Willow Marsh- North and South units are pumped and full.  No waterfowl were observed at the time of the survey.

                      Sundance Marsh- No waterfowl were observed at the time of survey.

                      Lowman's Cove- Full of water.

                      Shoveler Slough- LOCATION:  South parking lot for Shoveler Slough is at the intersection of W 317th St. & S Davies Rd.  100 mallards and 20 unknown ducks were observed at the time of this survey. (NOTE: Motorized boats are prohibited)

                      Refuge- Observed waterfowl at the time of the survey 150 mixed divers, largely Goldeneye.  Along with approximately 75 Canada geese, 30 gadwall, and 25 mallards.

Water level Lake level = 1037.56; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         >5% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions Japanese and German millet (50/50 mix) has been drilled in all 5 of our wetlands and is limited due to drought conditions throughout the summer. Millet as well as Milo was planted in alternating strips throughout all of our wetlands to provide varying structure heights as well as options for ducks to feed on moist soil vegetation and grains. Varying food sources an abundance of invertebrates should provide enough food for the ducks to hang around all season.    
Expected hunting success Fair 
Comments

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

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

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



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/6/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers
ATTENTION- Motorized watercraft permitted only during an open waterfowl season per posted notice regulation 115-8-19.

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

>35,000 ducks; mainly Mallards and Teal. Good numbers of Gadwall, Pintail, Wigeon, and mixed divers. 1000 Canada Geese, 1000 White-fronted Geese.

Mallard Migration Rank

MMR=9

0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level
All BOATS MUST OPERATE AT NO-WAKE SPEEDS WITHIN BOATING CANALS

Pool 1- 90% full

Pool 2A- 90% full

Pool 2B- 90% full

Pool 4B- 90% full

Pool 4A- 90% full

Pool 5- Middle and lower pool both have huntable water

Pool 6- Full

Pool 7-60% full

Pool 8- 25% full

Refuge - roughly 15" low (approx. 700 acres) Many acres of ideal water depths.

South Unit- Dry and will remain dry for 2018-2019 seasons for renovation work (see "Area News").

For more information on the water level conditions for upcoming season please see the area news by clicking link below and clicking on the "NEWS" icon.

      
Hunting conditions

Good.

Pools are all full enough now to run both outboards and mud motors throughout pools 1, 2A and 2B.  There are no motor restrictions on the area just be courteous to other hunters as you transverse through hunting pools.    

This weeks weather looks like we could potentially freeze up or at least have >1/2 inch ice towards the weekend, so please use extreme caution as weather and conditions change. 

Corn and millet production was exceptional this year. Moist soil seed production was some of the best we have seen on the area and we are extremely pleased. Habitat and water levels are excellent for this time of year. Please keep in mind that it is a long season and we will continually be staging water levels up throughout the season providing more food with each stage up.  

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

Expected hunting success
Southeast Zone Regular Duck Season November 10, 2018- January 6, 2019 and January 12-27, 2018

Fair

Hunting continues to be fair.  There will be ice developing later in the week so utilize extreme caution with changing weather conditions.  Hunters have been averaging around 2 birds per hunter this season. 

 We still have hunters that have not checked out of the iSportsman system.  Please check to make sure it is not you and please remember to check out by 11:59 daily.  Thank You!!!      

Comments
If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks

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

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

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

For additional area news please visit the area website at: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/26/2014 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1500 ducks, 
Water level Lake is 972.41 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.