**There have been outbreaks of disease among waterfowl in Northwest Kansas. While there appears to be low risk for human infection, domestic poultry and fowl are susceptible and extreme caution should be taken to reduce the risk of spreading disease. **
CEDAR BLUFF WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 6/8/2023
No Hunting Allowed from the Dam
*****REVIEW Kansas Boating Regulations if you are using a boat to hunt. *****
NO ACCESS IN THE CLOSED PORTION OF THE LAND REFUGE SEPT. 1 - JAN. 31
NO ACCESS IN THE CLOSED PORTION OF THE WATER REFUGE NOV. 1 - JAN. 31
|Water level||Reservoir Elevation -|
|Hunting conditions||Lower lake levels will make shoreline access easier.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair.|
Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area and Reservoir are in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone
Low Plains Late Duck Zone Season Dates
Dark and Light Geese -
White-fronted Geese -
Contact Cedar Bluff Area Office 785-726-3212 for more information.
Water Refuge is in effect November 1- January 31
Land Refuge is in effect September 1 - January 31
No Hunting Allowed from the Dam
North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting.
Youth / Mentor hunting is also available
Zebra Mussels, Eurasian Milfoil, and Phragmites are present in Cedar Bluff Reservoir. Please clean and dry all equipment, decoys and boats before hunting other bodies of water.
GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 3/14/2023
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ALL HUNTERS at Glen Elder WA are required to check-in AND check-out daily. Go to https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin or utilize the GoOutdoorsKS app and check-in using your licensing login credentials.
It is YOUR responsibility to know a property's regulations, refuge(s) and duck zone boundaries, etc. BEFORE you hunt.
Click here for a detailed map of the refuges, youth area, and State Park boundaries.
Please be aware that the Low Plains Early Duck Zone and Low Plains Late Duck Zone boundary is HWY 24. This means Glen Elder WA North of Hwy 24 is in the Early Zone (Season: 10/8/22 - 12/4/22 and 12/17/22 - 1/1/23). This includes the granite creek area North of the refuge and HWY 24. Glen Elder WA South of HWY 24 is in the Late Zone (Season: 10/29/22 - 1/1/23 and 1/21/22 - 1/29/22).
Lake is all open water now. Estimating 8,000 ducks mostly mallards and pintails (duck season is now closed). Est. 1,000 dark geese and 20,000 snow geese (dark goose season is now closed). A few swans have been seen on GELR. Please make sure to get a good ID if you are hunting snow geese.
There are extensive bare mudflats around the entire lake. Please be cautious of silt in the north and south fork rivers. Wading in some spots may be difficult for people and dogs that will sink in the mud.
There has been a significant outbreak of disease among the snow geese at GELR. You may find dead or sick birds along the shorelines or in the surrounding area during hunting or scouting. KDWP is monitoring this to the best of our ability and sent birds to SCWDS for testing very early in the outbreak. Currently it is thought to be very low risk of infection in humans. However, if you have a domestic poultry flock extreme caution needs to be taken to avoid transferring disease and infecting your flock.
|Water level||Lake is currently 5.3 feet low. The Bureau of Reclamation is dropping water level for dam and spillway repair projects. Lots of bare mudflats around the entire lake.|
|Hunting conditions||Extremely Poor. Vegetation near water is almost non-existent.|
|Expected hunting success||Possibly good if hunters can find a way to conceal themselves.|
Granite Creek boat ramp is closed November 1 through January 31, 2021.
The following boat ramps are now UNUSABLE due to low water levels: Granite Creek, North Fork River, Carr Creek, Schoen's Cove and Walnut Creek.
Low Plains Early Duck Zone season is 10/8/22 - 12/4/22 and 12/17/22 - 1/1/23
Low Plains Late Duck Zone season is 10/29/22 - 1/1/23 and 1/21/22 - 1/29/22
Dark geese season will be 10/29/22 - 10/30/22 and 11/2/22 - 2/12/23
Whitefront season will be 10/29/22 - 1/1/22 and 1/21/23 - 2/12/23
Light geese season will 10/29/22 - 10/30/22 and 11/2/22 - 2/12/23
Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31st.
The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is located in the Granite Creek Refuge and is in effect from October 1 - January 31. Waterfowl hunting from the shoreline area is allowed in the Youth-Mentor Area as long as EACH adult is hunting with a youth 17 years or younger. Boats of any sort are prohibited in the Granite Creek Refuge.
Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in Waconda Lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.
JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 2/28/2023
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The area is currently holding large numbers of light geese. Numbers fluctuate daily, numbers most days are well over 100,000. Hunters need to make note that there are White-Fronted Geese and Canada Geese mixed in with the light geese at times.
LIGHT GOOSE SPRING CONSERVATION SEASON OPEN THRU 4/30/2023
REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials.
|Water levels|| |
No ice cover this week. The entire Wildlife Area is only holding less than 50% of normal, huntable water due to the dry conditions. Managers will start slow draw-downs in the next few weeks in preparation for the growing season.
Puddler Marsh: Dry Gamekeeper Marsh: 20% full; Gun Club West Marsh: Approximately 85% full with the average water depth of 16 inches; Gun Club East: Same as Gun Club West, average water depth of 16 inches; Greenwing Marsh; 90% full with varying water depths within the marsh; Marsh Creek Marsh: 5% full and will remain at that level until conditions in the Republican River improve. The creek channel itself is around two feet deep. The Marsh Creek off-storage pools that are usually pumped or filled will remain dry unless we get some significant rain; Buffalo Creek Marshes: Currently dry as managers will be unable to pump until conditions in the Republican River improve; Pintail Marsh: Dry and will need significant rains to fill.
|Hunting conditions|| |
Light Geese are leaving the area twice per day to feed then returning mid-day.
Remember: NO ATV's are allowed on department lands and roads. THIS INCLUDES ARGO'S AND E-BIKES
There is a no trash policy: If you take it in with you, please bring it out. This includes spent shotgun shells. THIS REGULATION WILL BE ENFORCED.
ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas.
REFUGE IS CLOSED
|Expected hunting success||Fair, but as most know, Light Geese can be difficult to hunt.|
THERE HAS BEEN REPORTS IN THE AREA OF BIRDS SUFFERING FROM HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA, ALSO KNOWN AS BIRD FLU OR AVIAN FLU (Predominantly Snow Geese). Sick birds will display behavior that doesn't seem natural, such as not being afraid of humans, spinning or waking in circles or other erratic movements. Hunters need to make sure to keep shot or dead waterfowl away from domestic birds. Hunters are encouraged to report sick wild birds or unusual wild bird deaths.
Hunters will be strongly encouraged to scout prior to hunting the area. Crowding is expected to be an issue. Please be courteous and respectful of other hunters and pick up all trash, including spent shotgun hulls. Littering citations will be issued as needed.
There is a new electronic check in system starting this season. iSportsman accounts are now obsolete and hunter cannot access the program. The new system can be found on the GoOutdoorsKS app. or by following the link below and using your licensing login credentials.
LIGHT GEESE CONSERVATION ORDER: 02/13/23 - 04/30/23
Hunters are REQUIRED to check in AND OUT using the electronic permitting system.
Hunters need to check-in / check-out by going to https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials.
Hunters need to make sure they have all the appropriate licenses and stamps for hunting waterfowl. The following are required:
Kansas hunting license
State waterfowl stamp
Federal waterfowl stamp
Kansas Harvest Information Program Stamp (HIP)
RINGNECK MARSH IS DESIGNATED FOR YOUTH AND MENTORS ONLY. EACH HUNTER 16 YEARS AND OLDER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ONE OR MORE YOUTH UNDER 16 YEARS OLD.
Marsh Creek Marsh and the West Gamekeeper Marsh is for non-gasoline powered boats or paddle-in / Walk-in only, this includes electric motor boats and boats with no motors. Gasoline engines are prohibited.
Buffalo Creek & Pintail Marshes are for non-motorized boats and walk-in hunting only.
HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :
THE REFUGE IS OPEN
Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!
LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/23/2023
|Waterfowl numbers||Very, very large numbers of light geese|
|Mallard Migration Ranking|
|Water level||40% ICE. Lovewell Reservoir is at 1581.1 or 1.5 feet below Conservation Pool, (85.9% full) and slowly rising. The BOR and Kansas Bostwick Irrigation are bringing in 100.9 cfs of water into the reservoir daily this past week. The Guide Rock Diversion from the Republican River is being used to refill the reservoir. 0.2 cfs is being released. Irrigation season ended 9/16.|
|Hunting condition|| |
40% ICE covered (see above). Mudflats are ringing the entire reservoir and the water is a away from the shoreline. No shoreline and concealing vegetation.
ALL DUCK Seasons CLOSED 1/29/2023
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE OPEN from 1/21-2/12/2023
ALL OTHER DARK AND LIGHT GEESE OPEN UNTIL 2/12/2023
LIGHT GOOSE SPRING CONSERVATION SEASON OPEN 2/13-4/30/2023
ALL boat ramps iced in. All other boat ramps on the Wildlife Area at Oak Hill, Pawnee Point and White Rock Creek are iced in and are not useable at this time.
ALL BOATS ARE REQUIRED TO USE NAVIGATION LIGHTS WHILE OPERATING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF SUNSET AND SUNRISE. NON-MOTORIZED BOAT NEED SOME FLASHLIGHT OR LANTERN.
|Expected hunting success||GOOD on private land.|
PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE STATE PARK. NO HUNTING IS ALLOWED FROM THE SHORELINE OF THE STATE PARK.
REFUGE REGULATIONS: The land refuge closed to hunting and other activities year-round. Water refuge in effect November 1 through April 15 on the NORTHEAST half of the reservoir and Wildlife Area from 1/8th mile west of the south end of the dam and following a buoy line northwest to the western boundary of the Cabin Area of the State Park. This area open to fishing south and east of the buoy line from the north end of the dam to the Lovewell State Park Twin Coves trailer area. Inlet canal closed to fishing September 15 through April 15.
BOAT RAMPS: SEE HUNTING CONDITION FOR BOAT RAMP STATUS. The State Park boat ramps require a Kansas State Park Permit. The Wildlife Area Boat Ramps are Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek do not require a permit.
CAMPING CABINS are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE
HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :
FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH-QUALITY EXPERIENCE.
Hunters can check-in / check-out here, https://license.gooutdoorskansas.com using your licensing login credentials. Contact the office for other arrangements. We thank you for your patience. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!
NORTON - Last Updated: 2/20/2023
SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 12/13/2022
|Waterfowl numbers||500 ducks; 40 Canada geese|
|Water level||1463.78 ft and declining. Summer conservation level is 1467 ft. Winter conservation level is 1463;|
|Hunting conditions||Poor with limited cover on shorelines and low lake levels; backwaters on refuge dry due to drought|
Refuge is CLOSED to all access from September 1st through January 31st.
TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE
Click HERE for duck season, regulation, and research information.
Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE
TALMO - Last Updated: 2/3/2023
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No waterfowl on the area
ALL WETLANDS ON THE AREA ARE DRY
REMINDER: ALL HUNTERS NEED TO CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT. Click here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing
|Water level||All pools are dry.|
|Hunting conditions||Moist Soil Conditions are excellent, however all pools are dry. Bird use dependent upon water levels. Managers have been disking cattails in all of the moist soil units.|
|Expected hunting success||Will depend upon rainfall.|
- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE
TALMO IS IN THE CLOSED SANDHILL CRANE ZONE
Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season
10/29/2022 - 01/01/2023 and 01/21/2023 - 01/29/2023
- Hunters can Check-in / Check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials.
- No ATV's are allowed on Department land and maintained roads.
-ALL shotgun hunters must use NON-TOXIC shot
-No motorized boats allowed. Hunters wanting to utilize boats must carry/paddle them in.
-The area has a no trash policy. If you take it in, please bring it back out with you. This includes spent shotgun shells.
-ALL vehicles MUST remain on the roads and designated parking areas only.
WEBSTER - Last Updated: 3/16/2023
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DUCK, CANADA GOOSE AND WHITE FRONTED GOOSE SEASONS ARE NOW CLOSED
Very few snow geese around this week.
|Water level||1882.76'; 9.69' below conservation pool; water levels slowly declining.|
|Hunting conditions||There is zero inflow to the reservoir. Irrigation season resulted in drastically lower lake levels. Portions of the west end of the reservoir are dry while the lake has receded in many areas. Water levels are still dropping weekly so most of the reservoir is surrounded by bare shoreline.|
|Expected hunting success||Average.|
Refuge and non-motorized boat area dates: Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. Morel boat ramp is currently dry. The Old Marina, Goose Flats, and Rockpoint boat ramps within the State Park are accessible. Hunters need a park pass to access boat ramps in the state park.
There is a non-motorized boat area at Webster that is walk-in only that is intended for shore hunters. The area starts at the southeast corner of the reservoir and goes west to Morel boat ramp. This regulation is in effect from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31.
Hunting in or from the shoreline inside the State Park or along the face of the dam is prohibited. Please see the attached PDF and Google Earth file to see updated refuge boundaries and dates. Closed areas will be marked with buoys.
REMINDER: Camping is not permitted on the wildlife area, including in parking lots, except for in designated campgrounds. Ground fires are also not permitted except in provided fire rings within campgrounds.
There are currently no blue-green algae advisories for the lake.
Webster Reservoir currently does not have zebra mussels. Please be sure equipment is cleaned and dry before coming to Webster from other places.
September 10-25, 2022
Duck Season on Webster Reservoir
October 29, 2022 - January 1, 2023 and January 21-29, 2023
Youth Weekend, Duck and Goose
October 22-23, 2022
Goose Season on Webster Reservoir
CANADA GEESE October 29 - October 30, 2022 and November 2, 2022 - February 12, 2023
WHITE-FRONTED October 29, 2022 - January 1, 2023 and January 21 - February 12, 2023
LIGHT GEESE October 29 - October 30, 2022 and November 2, 2022 - February 12 2023
LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER
February 13 - April 30, 2023
Webster Wildlife Area and Refuge Map
WILSON - Last Updated: 3/9/2023
|Waterfowl numbers||Survey ran on 3/9; ~ Canada Geese - 320, Snows - 70; Mallards - 4060, Wigeon - 2275, Pintail - 4050 , Goldeneye - 65, Bufflehead - 12, Canvasback - 20, Mergansers - 55; Unknown - 50; Sandhill Cranes - 550|
|Water level||1514.62 ft; (Conservation pool is 1516.0 ft)|
|Expected hunting success|
DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE
6 ducks, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup.
Refuges are closed Sept 1-Jan 31 to all access except by special permit.
Zebra mussels are in Wilson Lake, so be sure to drain/dry/clean boats and equipment before moving to other areas.
Click HERE for Duck Season, Regulation, and Research information.
Click HERE for hunting regulations in Lucas Park, Minooka Park, and Sylvan Park.