Northeast

This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

9PERRY WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/29/2021

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 1/29/2021. 6,000 ducks, mostly mallards and goldeneyes and 850 dark geese were observed. Most our wetlands are froze up and the majority of the birds were using the lake. The Delaware river also had some ice on it.
West River Boat Ramp and parking area renovation is complete. Kyle Marsh is full and both East and West ramps are usable for launching. 
*DON'T FORGET TO USE THE ISPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM WHEN HUNTING AT PERRY WILDLIFE AREA. THIS IS A FREE AND REQUIRED DAILY HUNT PERMIT SYSTEM THAT ALL HUNTERS MUST USE WHEN ACCESSING THE AREA. 
Mallard Migration Rank = 10 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 1.62 Feet Above Conservation Pool
Habitat conditions
Mild flooding in the spring, followed by a relatively dry summer and mild flooding in late July have created good habitat around the entire area. 
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   



BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/26/2021

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

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

Waterfowl have been seen using the wildlife area in moderation. The refuge wetlands are holding some waterfowl, mainly Mallards and Canada Geese.

The large wetland west of the shop and refuge wetland are both holding good amounts of water. Minimal waterfowl activity is occurring at both sites, although numbers are increasing with the cold coming in. Snow and Canada Geese flocks are flying over the area on a daily basis. 

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

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

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

Hunting conditions Very good wetland vegetation in all complexes.  Native vegetation such as annual smart weeds, barnyard grass, and sunflowers are the most common vegetation.  
Expected hunting success Currently waterfowl numbers have been low. Some waterfowl have been using the large wetland southwest of the shop. Mallards and Canada Geese are using the Missouri River at this time.
Comments The wetlands have some of the best food source vegetation possible. REFUGE IS CLOSED TO HUNTING. 



CLINTON - Last Updated: 2/10/2021

Waterfowl numbers

 

Last waterfowl survey results: 4,738 total waterfowl observed (1/22/21). 

Updated waterfowl survey results will be posted before 2-12-21.

Lake level

 875.10 elevation

 The reservoir is 0.4 feet below normal pool.

A thick and growing layer of ice has formed.

Hunting conditions

Lake- The lakeshore and shallow mudflats have produced good food and habitat for large numbers of waterfowl, which have been regularly using many areas on or near Clinton Reservoir. 

Coblentz & East Coblentz- 

The North, Middle, and East pools of Coblentz have water (ice) and food available for waterfowl.

Shadden marsh is dry. 

Elk Creek- marsh is dry and can only be filled by rain and runoff currently.

The extreme flooding in 2019 destroyed the marsh pump and KDWPT staff is in the process of replacing it with an improved pump. Until the  pump is replaced, the only way to fill the pools is rainfall. 

*Construction contractors are working on the replacement of the Elk Creek marsh pump. This project will be completed before start of 2021 waterfowl season.*

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

The refuge is OPEN.

Expected hunting success  
Comments

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

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

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

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



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 4/2/2021

Waterfowl Numbers

The Hillsdale Wildlife Area has experienced a much more normal year in regards to water levels in 2020 in comparison to 2019.  All marshes were able to be gradually drained in order to provide a growing environment for moist soil vegetation throughout the year.  A fair amount of natural moist soil vegetation has grown throughout all of the marshes on the Hillsdale Wildlife Area.  Japanese millet and buckwheat have also grown with high success in the Big Bull Wetland along with the Antioch Wetland.  All of these factors should provide ample feeding opportunities for migrating waterfowl throughout the season.  Currently, spring water level draw downs are taking place.  Water levels will continue to gradually drop throughout the spring.  Heavy rains have slowed this process in the last week.         

  

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

Weather has warmed up dramatically over the last week.  Most of the waterfowl seem to have moved on with the exception of Blue-winged teal. Nearly 700 blue-winged teal were surveyed on the marshes and on the main body of the lake this week.  There are still a few Canada Geese around the area, and they have split up into small groups of 5-10.  Small numbers of wood ducks, ring-necked ducks, Northern Shovelers, and a few redheads were also counted this week.  This will be the final waterfowl survey and report for the 2020-2021 migration.            

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - 3/4

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 1/2

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 3/4

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Empty

Wade Branch Wetlands - 3/4,  Empty

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: 2/12/2021

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks:  A mix of 100 or so ducks on the area.

Geese: Snow geese are still utilizing Auxillary lake and the surrounding private fields throughout the area, however numbers have seemed to drop off significantly. Auxillary lake has developed ice across approximately half of the lake and the cold snap of weather has seemed to push the geese off of the area. Numbers are <5,000. Canada geese are utilizing the area and numbers are around 4,000 between the three area lakes. A reminder that only Auxillary lake is open to waterfowl hunting. 

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

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

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



MILFORD WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/28/2021

Waterfowl numbers

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

Throughout the week, a handful of ducks and geese were observed due to wetland area and reservoir having some ice.  

Lake level Current Lake Level is 1143.35 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 700 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 233 CFS.
Hunting conditions

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

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

Wetlands that have water are Mall Creek, Sugarbowl, Lower smith and Quimby.  The pumps for Beichter/Martin, Youth/Mentor, Zach and North Smith are off for the season.

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

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

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

Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

Do NOT drive on dikes. Vehicles disrupt and discourage waterfowl from using the wetland areas. We have had several dikes being damaged due to unauthorized vehicles driving on them. Scouting is best done on foot to evaluate bird numbers and habitat conditions.

Please report any vehicles on dikes and anyone seen disturbing our pumps. Without the pumps in optimal condition we are unable to pump the wetlands to their greatest potential.

Do NOT drive on barricaded roadways.

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

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

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

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



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/28/2021

Waterfowl numbers

0 ducks  10 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =10

Water level The lake is currently at 1075 and increasing slowly.
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  Know your target, there are a few swans using the area. Don't mistake them for light geese.