Northeast

This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/14/2018

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.

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 very few ducks using the flooded areas throughout the property.  
Comments  Very few ducks on the wildlife area.



CLINTON - Last Updated: 12/14/2018

Waterfowl numbers

12/14/18

Duck numbers were down slightly during the waterfowl survey conducted on 12/14. The largest group of ducks was again observed in the refuge area, but they were consistently moving west toward the marsh complexes and throughout the lake.

The vast majority of all ducks observed were mallards. Other species observed were pintail, common merganser, hooded merganser, goldeneye, bufflehead, and coots.

There were 300 Canada geese observed as well. 

Waterfowl numbers in the marshes are sporadic, but fair numbers of hunters have had success and have continued to record harvest on I-Sportsman.

 

Lake level  875.62 - 0.12 feet above pool
Hunting conditions

The marshes have begun to thaw out and the ice is melting. They have some areas with open water or thin ice, but the warm temperatures in the forecast should decrease the ice.

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 up to 250 birds observed in a group.

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

Elk Creek - We will continue pumping as long as water levels allow. Pool one is 80% full, pool two is about 90% 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

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

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: 12/14/2018

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.

Estimate of 2,000 ducks and 300 geese on the area.

The river is open but many of the wetlands and north end of the lake are still pretty iced up. The warm afternoons is helping to open things up and yesterday's wind should have created some open holes.

   

Lake level Current Level is 1145.97 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 4,000 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 1,080 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: 12/14/2018

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 12/13/18 and approximately 1000 ducks and 600 Geese were observed around the area. Mostly Mallards were observed and minimal 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. Ice coverage is diminishing and most wetlands have open water due to high winds and warmer temperatures. Some wetlands may still have thin ice on them but as temperatures increase we expect significant thawing over the next week. 

*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 2.30 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:  Once again Kyle has flooded for the second time this waterfowl season, water levels are above desired levels and will be slowly drawn down to create better conditions. 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: FULL POOL 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: 12/18/2018

Waterfowl numbers

1500 ducks   50 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =9

Water level The lake is currently at 1087 and decreasing.
Hunting conditions Moderate
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area. The roads are back open except for Rolander Rd., Redbud boat ramp is flooded but useable, Swede Crk. Boat ramp parking area is still covered with water.