Northeast

This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/24/2022

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: 1/21/2022

Waterfowl numbers

Updated 1/21/22- ICE!

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

Waterfowl survey conducted on 1-5-22.

Waterfowl survey results:

Canada geese- 2,550

Mallard- 190

Wigeon- 28

Bufflehead- 112

Gadwall- 60

Goldeneye- 56

Hooded Merganser- 140

Common Merganser- 420

Ducks counted but not identified-750

Total waterfowl counted- 4,306

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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 has thick ice covering over 90% of surface. 

Lake level is 875.5 as of 1-21-22

(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 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: 1/20/2022

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.  Pumping began in early September.  All marshes will continue to be pumped and catch rain throughout the fall in order to provide the most ideal habitat, forage, and hunting opportunities possible. Pumping efforts have been successful on all marshes.              

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 been warm in the previous day with a very cold snap coming over the last 2 days.  Highs in the 50's early in the week opened up a good portion of the lake.  Highs in the teens - 20's along with over night single digit lows over the past 2 days have completely frozen all marsh pools and have covered the upper reaches of the lake in ice.  All of the marsh pools are completely frozen.  The lake is 30% frozen. The waterfowl refuge is completely frozen.  The cold weather has large groups of divers on the main body of the lake.  Rafts of 50-200 birds have been counted in different areas along the main body of the lake.  Redheads, Buffleheads, Goldeneyes, Common Mergansers, Scaup, and Hooded Mergansers were all surveyed in these groups. There were also small groups of wigeons around the lake during this week's waterfowl survey.  There was also a group of Canada geese with around 400-500 birds covering the Hillsdale State Park swim beach.  Weather forecasts show cold weather for the next couple days but, warmer temperatures could be coming in the next few days.  Possible highs in the 50s for the after-split opener may open up some water around the lake and may even allow some marsh pools to open up.                          

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Full

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Full

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Full

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Full

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full,  Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - 30-40% ice cover on lake.  100% 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: 1/13/2022

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks:  150+ ducks observed on Auxillary lake. Mix of mostly mallard and ring necks.

Geese:  Less than 50 Canadas on Auxillary lake. 300,000-400,000 snow geese on the lake with the population fluctuating quite drastically in this weather. 

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: 1/19/2022

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: 1/20/2022

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 1/20/22 and approximately 15,000 ducks and 3,000 Canada geese were observed. The wetlands and Delaware River, and shallow water areas of Lake Perry are all froze and will likely remain frozen into the upcoming weekend as duck season reopens.   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 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 = 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.

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: 1/25/2022

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.