Northeast

This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/15/2019

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.

Wildlife area is flooded due to high river levels and is expected to stay that way for at least a few weeks. There are many flooded pools and ditches throughout the property in addition to the normal wetlands. Larger groups of waterfowl are using the river and flooded willow groves outside the levee. Large pools outside of levee are holding some wood ducks, along with the main east-west ditch inside the levee. The majority of waterfowl are on the river or the two west wetlands. Small groups of Mallards have been using flooded willows by main parking lot. 

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.  
Expected hunting success Currently there are very few ducks using the wetland areas throughout the property that are open to hunting.  
Comments A good amount of ducks using the area.  REFUGE IS NOT OPEN TO HUNTING



CLINTON - Last Updated: 11/15/2019

Waterfowl numbers

11/15/19

Waterfowl numbers are fair. The most frequently harvested species from I-Sportsman are Blue and Green Winged Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, Wood Duck, and Pintail respectively.

During the waterfowl survey conducted 11/15/19, the following waterfowl numbers were observed on the reservoir:

Canada Geese- 220, Mallard- 50, Bufflehead- 50, Hooded Merganser- 46, Goldeneye- 16, Common Merganser- 10, and Green-winged Teal 8.

Lake level

 883.57- 8.07 feet above pool, releasing 1,000 c.f.s.

The water level is dropping about 2 inches per day.

Hunting conditions

The weather forecast should provide ice-free hunting in the shallow water of marshes and flooded areas. 

Coblentz & East Coblentz- There is very little water in the north pool of Coblentz; the parking lot is accessible. The three south pools and the East Coblentz pool are full.

The road to East Coblentz (E100 rd.) is no longer flooded and the marsh parking lot is now accessible. The road beyond the parking lot is still flooded. Please beware of muddy or water covered roads and tread lightly on newly opened roads. 

The final phase of the wetland grant for Coblentz is nearly completed. We have placed an additional structure on the north pool to allow us the option to use an adjacent stream to fill the north and middle pools. This is in addition to the electric pump, which was completed in 2018. The pool will be filled once work is completed.

Shadden marsh (10 acres) is full and has good vegetation. It should provide hunting opportunity for a limited number of hunters. 

Elk Creek wetlands are full and open for hunting. The road to the wetlands (E100) was flooded for months, as well as all pools, dikes, and structures and parking lot. 

The refuge marsh pool (CLOSED to all activities) is submerged in deep water.

Waterfowl hunters have had success in additional areas that are flooded from backwater and on Clinton Reservoir. Flooded crop fields and the mud flats around them have produced good conditions.

Ducks were observed loafing in open water around the main body of the lake, as well as shallow floodwater in the upper reaches of the tributaries.

Expected hunting success Fair
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.

ALL BOAT RAMPS ON THE WILDLIFE AREA ARE CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.

 The REFUGE is currently CLOSED to all activities from Oct. 1st to Jan. 15th
 



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 11/7/2019

Waterfowl Numbers

The Hillsdale Wildlife Area has experienced very high flood levels throughout the spring and summer.  Because of the flooding, many of the wetlands and marshes remained submerged throughout the growing season.  This has prevented the growth of moist soil vegetation as well as seed production.  Some successful moist soil vegetation growth has occurred in the upper ends of the Youth-Mentor Wetland and the upper pool of Browns Wetland.  This will provide some food for waterfowl but not at levels that could be expected in a normal water-level year.   

  

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.

A large influx of waterfowl has recently occurred on the Hillsdale Wildlife Area.  Mallards, wood ducks, gadwalls, American Wigeon, Northern shovelers, blue-winged teal, and green-winged teal have all been surveyed in the area.  Large groups of geese with numbers in the 500's have been seen in flight over the area, along with around 30 canada geese that have stayed close to the dam.  Around 500 coots have also been surveyed in the area.  approximately 6000 divers were seen on the reservoir.  Ring-necked ducks, goldeneyes, canvas backs, and scaup are likely to be represented in that group. 

Waterfowl have been consistently harvested across all wetland pools so far this season.  Hunters have also seen success on parts of the main lake.  Filled bag limits have not been uncommon when conditions have been favorable.    

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Full and Stabilized

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 3/4 and stabilized with flooded vegetation

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Full

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 3/4 and stabilized with flooded vegetation

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - None

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: 11/14/2019

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks:  200+ mixed ducks and coots. Mixed bag of teal,shoveler, ringneck and a few mallards. Majority of the ducks were rafted up in the middle of the lake, making hunting difficult. A reminder that no boats are allowed on Auxillary Lake during waterfowl season. 

Geese: 10,000 + snow geese are using the area and the surrounding private agricultural fields. 

Water level High
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: 11/14/2019

Waterfowl numbers

The Milford Wildlife Area has been experiencing near record setting flooding for the past year now.  Milford was 30 feet high at one point this past summer and is currently still 12 feet above conservation pool which impacts the wildlife area roads, wetland pumps, parking areas and boat ramps.  The flood water is still above the majority of the wetland levees and has been all growing season.  This means no vegetation was able to grow or produce seed/food.  This will be a very difficult waterfowl season at Milford Wildlife Area.

 

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.

Very few birds were observed on this week's survey.  There have been some rafts of 200-300 ducks seen throughout this past week as they are migrating through.  

 

For more information, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Migratory-Birds/Ducks.

   

Lake level Current Level is 1155.68 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 8,000 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 1,180 CFS.  11.3 ft above conservation pool.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production was not permitted this year due to the extent and duration of flooding we've experienced this past year.  The majority of the wetlands are still under water with little or no cover to provide favorable hunting conditions.

Mall creek and Lower smith/Gatesville boat ramps are not accessible due to the flood waters.

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 flooded roadways.

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: 11/7/2019

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 11/7/2019 and near 1,000 ducks were observed including an increase in Mallard numbers with some Wood Ducks, Shovelers, Green-wing Teal and Gadwalls still around. Some divers also started to show up such as Ring-necks and Buffleheads on the open water areas.  Due to significant and repeated flooding wetland habitat conditions are poor and water levels are still very high. Perry Lake has increased releases and are remaining steady so slowly the reservoir is dropping. West River Boat Ramp/Parking area and Kyle Marsh Parking area/ramps are still inaccessible due to flood waters. 
NO ESTIMATE IS AVAILABLE ON WHEN WATER LEVELS WILL BE AT NORMAL POOL

*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 = 3 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 13.5 Feet Above Conservation Pool
Habitat conditions
All wetlands are overfull at this time and vegetation is limited
Expected hunting success Poor 
Comments
With the lake levels reaching an all time high this year we were unable to do any habitat work in our wetlands. The high lake levels also resulted in minimal vegetation growth in the wetlands and along the levees as many of the levees are under or were under water for a period of time. Expect all of the wetlands South of Valley Falls to be currently flooded and access is extremely limited. Water levels North of Valley Falls are still above normal but are beginning to come within their levees and will continue to drain until full pool is reached.
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: Flooded, Kyle Marsh has remained under water for most of the year. Currently the parking lot and boat ramps at Kyle are inaccessible due to high water levels. HCR-1

West River: Flooded, West River has remained under water for most of the year. Currently the boat ramp to the Delaware River and parking lot off of 150th Rd is inaccessible due to high water levels. HCR-1

Upper Ferguson: Flooded, Upper Ferguson has remained under water for most the year. Currently Jackson Road is partially flooded and the gates on the road are locked. Please be aware of the boundaries separating the youth/handicapped area and the refuge. The refuge is closed Oct 1st thru Jan 15th to ALL Activity HCR-1.

Lassister: Above Full Pool, West Unit: This unit was worked prior to flooding and there was vegetation growth but had went underwater multiple times, water was held and is above full pool. East Unit: Water was held in this unit from last year, flooding did occur but was minimal compared to other wetlands. HCR-3

Northwest: Above Full Pool, a slow draw down was attempted prior to flooding. Vegetation growth was limited and water levels had topped the levees multiple times. HCR-2

Headquarters: Above Full Pool, This wetland had remained under water most of the year with water coming off of the levee within the last week. HCR-1

Mitigation: Flooded, This wetland has remained under water throughout the year. Standing corn was left in the unit from last year but no habitat work was done this year. HCR-1

Hayward: Above Full Pool, This wetland had experience repeated flooding throughout the year with some vegetation growth on the edges. HCR-2

Reichart: Above Full Pool, a portion of this wetland was worked before flooding had occurred and there was minimal vegetation growth but had remained under water for most of the year. HCR-2. 

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: 11/6/2019

Waterfowl numbers

 800 ducks  250 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =6

Water level The lake is currently at 1109 and decreasing a little faster.
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area. The area is still completely covered with flood water and have been all year.  Due to the flooding expected success is very low due to the lack of food and cover. Remember property lines still exist even though they are covered with water so permission is needed to be on water that is not public hunting.