Northeast

This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/3/2021

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.

The large wetland southwest of the shop and the small west wetland are being pumped at this time for the upcoming Teal Season. All of the wetlands have great habitat, such as, Giant Foxtail, Annual Smartweed, and Barnyard Grass. 

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 No Teal have been seen on the area yet.
Comments The wetlands have a good variety of vegetation. REFUGE IS CLOSED TO HUNTING. 



CLINTON - Last Updated: 9/9/2021

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl survey conducted 9/8.

Waterfowl numbers are very low.

81 Canada Geese and 2 Mallards were observed.

Zero teal counted on survey route.

15 teal were counted in Coblentz marsh on the day of the survey.

Lake level

 Lake level as of 9/9/21- 879.00 

(3.5 feet above normal pool)

 

Hunting conditions

Lake- The current lake level is too high to produce the shallow mudflat habitat that teal prefer. As water levels drop, more mudflats and shallow water near tributaries will become available. 

Coblentz & East Coblentz- 

The North and East pools of Coblentz have some water, the middle pool is mostly full.

A few Teal have been observed in the marsh, look for open areas with water or mud. 

KDWPT staff will begin pumping before waterfowl season.

Shadden marsh water level is low\- filled only by rainfall. 

Elk Creek- marsh pools have low water levels and will only be filled by rain and runoff until after a portion of the corn has been harvested. Recent rains and 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 TEAL HUNTING

The Wildlife Area refuge contains several oxbows, a 100 acre marsh, and shallow lakebed. These are good places to find a few teal as they begin to arrive.

The Elk Creek marsh pump is completed and fully operational. 

While lake or river levels remain elevated we will begin pumping before start of 2021 waterfowl season.*

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 until 10-1-21.

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: 9/8/2021

Waterfowl Numbers

The Hillsdale Wildlife Area has experienced a normal year in regards to water levels in 2021.  The reservoir currently sits 1-3 feet above conservation pool, and rains have kept things moist.  We have had some successful moist soil vegetation growth in a 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.            

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 very warm throughout the summer.  Hillsdale received a large rain last weekend and highs have been in the mid 80's.  Within the last two weeks, blue-wing and green-wing teal have started to be observed on the wildlife area.  Groups of 10-20 birds are starting to be seen on the body of the lake, and in flight over the timber near the water with total counts being 50-100 birds in a given area.  Multiple groups of blue-wing teal have also been observed on the Wade's Brach pools along with the Youth-Mentor Wetland.  Groups of Wood Ducks have also been observed throughout the wildlife area, so hunters should make certain of their target throughout the teal season.             

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - 3/8

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 1/4

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 1/4

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 3/4

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full,  Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

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

Comments 

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

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



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 9/8/2021

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks:  There have been no teal observed on the area during waterfowl routes.

Geese: 50 or so Canada geese are utilizing the area

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
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: 9/9/2021

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 teal & wood ducks have been observed.  

Lake level Current Lake Level is 1145.59 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 482 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 400 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production has been above average this year.  We are working at getting the pumps 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 and Quimby.  The pumps for Beichter/Martin, Youth/Mentor, Zach 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 Poor
Comments

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

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

Do NOT drive on barricaded roadways.

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

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

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

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



PERRY WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/17/2021

Waterfowl numbers
ATTENTION WATERFOWL HUNTERS: BLUE-GREEN ALGAE HAS BEEN FOUND AT THE KYLE MARSH. AS OF 09/14/21 THE LEVEL MEASURED WAS NOT AT A HIGH LEVEL OF TOXICITY, HOWEVER THIS CAN CHANGE VERY RAPIDLY. PLEASE WATCH FOR ANY ALGAE BLOOMS AND AVOID THEM IF POSSIBLE. 
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 09/09/2021 and around 200 ducks were observed which were mostly Blue-winged Teal and Wood Ducks along with a few Gadwall. Like every other year, hunters should use caution in the Teal season as Perry is known for a good resident population of Wood Ducks so identification of birds before shooting is critical. 
West River Boat Ramp and parking area renovation is complete. Kyle Marsh is low and launching of large boats is unlikely. 
*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 = 0 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 2.67 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 level is low, launching of especially larger boats is not possible at this time. 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: No water. 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: No water. 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: No water. Most of this unit was planted to corn and 75% of it will be harvested before water is put on. 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:  Full Pool. 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: 1/3 Full. Water was drawn down early allowing for adequate moist soil growth and some millet seeding occurred as well.  HCR-6

Reichart: No water. 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: 9/8/2021

Waterfowl numbers

15 ducks  10 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =10

Water level The lake is currently at 1079 and holding steady
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  The only water on the Wildlife Area is at the north end of Rolander Rd and the north cell of the Black Vermillion Marsh.