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43WEBSTER - Last Updated: 3/15/2019

Waterfowl numbers

1,000 ducks, primarily mallards, 3,000 Canada geese, 3,000 snow geese. 

Mallard Migration Rank 2 (3 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level At conservation level.
Hunting conditions Inflows in 2018 raised the reservoir to 7 feet above conservation level.  Releases to maintain the reservoir at this level and then irrigation releases have resulted in the reservoir being presently at conservation level.  Due to the slow drawdown and above average rainfall, the shoreline has a lot of vegetative growth on it with limited areas of exposed bare mudflats.  The vegetation along the shoreline may be beneficial for duck hunters but reduces the amount of loafing areas for geese. Boat hunters will find many areas of flooded timber.  The area from the southeast corner of the reservoir west to 9 Road is designated as "No Motorized Boats" and is intended for use by walk-in hunters.
Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments

 

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

The Refuge on the water ends on Jan. 31.  However, hunting in or from  the shoreline inside the State Park or along the face of the dam is prohibited. 

Teal Season

Sept. 9 - 24, 2017

Blue/Green Algae

The reservoir has been removed from a blue/green algae watch. 

Teal Season

Sept. 8-23, 2018

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season      

Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 19-27, 2019 

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

WHITE-FRONTED   Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26-Feb. 17, 2019

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 18 - April 30, 2019

ICE CONDITIONS

5% ice present on reservoir.  Ice only in coves.  Boat Ramps are beginning to open up.

 

 

 2018 - 2019 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 3/25/2019

Waterfowl Numbers No Snow Geese
Water level 19.0
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area and Reservoir are in the Low Plains Late Zone 

Season Dates:  Youth Season - Oct. 20-21, 2018. Regular Season - Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 19-27, 2019.

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

North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting.

Youth / Mentor hunting is also available

Zebra Mussels are present in Cedar Bluff Reservoir.  Please clean and dry all equipment, decoys and boats before hunting other bodies of water.

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 3/15/2019

Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS  at Glen Elder WA are required to check in and out daily.  This regulation went into effect on September 1, 2017. Users are encouraged to utilize the ISportsman electronic daily hunting permit system, but may also use the phone system or the 3 paper card stations that are on the property. Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ for more information.

After the big storm, snow geese are coming back to the Lake.  70,000 and increasing.

Mallard Migration Index (1)

Water level 3' above Conservation pool.  Snow melt.
Hunting conditions Fair.  With warmer temperatures and high winds the ice is almost gone off the lake.  Boat ramps are open now.  Lake level is coming up rapidly.
Expected hunting success Fair.  Very wet and roads are muddy.
Comments

Light goose Conservation Order is in effect February 18 - April 30, 2019.

Both 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: 3/15/2019

Waterfowl numbers

Light geese numbers are building and estimates are 100K in the area. Lots of Other brightly plumed ducks on the area also.

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area.

Mallard Migration Rank  
Water levels The entire area is currently at flood stage. Once the 1st spring thaw and flood passes, Managers will again be dropping water levels in Marsh Creek, Gun Club and Gamekeeper Marshes for the final phase of the Gamekeeper berm and Dam construction. 
Hunting conditions

Everything is thawing out from winter storm Ulmer. As things thaw out, field and road conditions will be extremely muddy. 

Remember: NO ATV's are allowed on department lands and roads.

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

REMINDER:  

iSportsman is in use.  ALL hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out when they hunt the area. 

This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.

REFUGE IS OPEN

Expected hunting success Fair to Good - With the warm weather in the forecast snow goose migration looks to be ON!. Finally!
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

Conservation Order - February 18, 2019 - April 30, 2019

Hunters are REQUIRED to check in using the electronic permitting system.

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

  1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.
  2. Provide hunter information.
  3. ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

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)

PUDDLER AND RINGNECK MARSHES ARE 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 is for non-gasoline powered boats only, this includes electric motor boats and boats with no motors. Gasoline engines are prohibited.

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

THE REFUGE IS OPEN on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh.

Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/19/2019

Waterfowl numbers 100 mallards, 50 pintails, 50 Canada and white-fronted geese, no light geese.Spring migration is late and waterfowl numbers will fluctuate daily as they push north against the snowline. 
Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Reservoir is ice free. Reservoir is at 1585.3 or 2.7 feet ABOVE conservation pool (1582.6) and dropping as inflows to Lovewell from the White Rock Creek have decreased to 173 cfs. Releases are at 500 cfs. Releases may be scheduled throughout the rest of the winter to keep the water at the winter management elevation. Summer irrigation Drawdown was later this season so not much vegetation on the bare mudflats.
Hunting condition Poor. VERY MUDDY. No snow cover.
Expected hunting success Poor for field hunting due lack of birds and muddy field conditions for access. The conservation season for Light Geese open February 18 - April 30, 2019.
Comments
PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE STATE PARK PARK. NO HUNTING IS ALLOWED FROM THE SHORELINE OF THE STATE PARK. 
NEW REFUGE REGULATIONS:THE LAND REFUGE CLOSED  TO HUNTING YEAR ROUND. CLOSED TO OTHER ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH MARCH 31. 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. INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH APRIL 15.
BOAT RAMPS: All boat ramps open and usable at this reservoir elevation and this includes boat ramps in the State Park, Cedar Point and Cabin Area. 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.  Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek boat ramps are useable.
CAMPING CABINS are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • HUNTERS USING BOATS MUST EXERCISE EXTRA CARE WHEN BOATING IN COLD WATER AND NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH KANSAS BOATING REGULATIONS
  • OBTAIN PERMISSION BEFORE HUNTING PRIVATE LAND. IF WRITTEN PERMISSION IS REQUIRED ALL HUNTERS IN THE PARTY MUST POSSESS WRITTEN PERMISSION.

FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

FREE DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTING ON THE AREA. ELECTRONIC PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE. REGISTER AT THE i-SPORTSMAN LINK ON THE KDWPT WEBSITE. Follow this link to get registered. https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE LOVEWELL STATE PARK INFORMATION CENTER IN FRONT OF OR DIRECTLY WEST OF THE LOVEWELL OFFICE under the concrete shelter. We thank you for your patience. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!

PLEASE DO NOT PICK UP DEAD GEESE OR DUCKS YOU FIND ALONG THE SHORELINE.  WILDLIFE DIE FROM NATURAL CAUSES LIKE DISEASE, OTHER HEALTH ISSUES AND SOMETIMES FROM THE RIGORS OF MIGRATION. PARK AND WILDLIFE AREA STAFF MONITOR THE SHORELINES AND PERIODICALLY SAMPLE WILDLIFE FOR SIGNS OF DISEASE. IF YOU SEE EVIDENCE OF ANY LARGE DIE-OFFS OF MIGRATORY BIRDS IN YOUR AREA PLEASE NOTIFY A KANSAS WILDLIFE AND PARKS OFFICE OR EMPLOYEE. THANKS 



NORTON - Last Updated: 3/12/2019

Waterfowl numbers

 252 ducks. 525 dark geese. Between 5,689 and 9,423 snow geese depending on the time of day.                              

Mallard Migration 5 (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir is close to the same elevation as last year. The lake is approximately 11 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions The lake has received enough inflow over the summer to keep the water level stable. There are some shallow areas that should provide places to hunt. There is lots of mud to trap hunters - take care while walking along the shoreline. 
Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Minimal - Most snow goose hunting is taking place in private fields off of the wildlife area.
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

Blinds may be used and must be constructed of natural herbaceous materials or woody debris that are present on the site.  Blinds constructed of non-natural materials must be removed from the property each day.  Please do not bring materials from off-site. 

DUCK SEASON DATES FOR 2018

Teal Season: September 15 - 23, 2018

Youth Duck Season: October 6-7, 2018

Regular Duck Season:  October 13, 2018 - December 31, 2018 AND January 12-27, 2019.

Goose Season: October 27 - 28, 2018 AND November 7, 2018 - February 17,2019.

REMINDER - The refuge is NO ACCESS. Geese that have been shot at and land in the refuge CAN NOT be retrieved. Please use common sense and choose shots that will not allow shot geese to land in the refuge.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 3/12/2019

Waterfowl numbers 4500+ divers mostly mergansers and goldeneyes; few Mallards; 100 Canada geese;
Water level 1465 ft
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 1

This Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak mallard numbers).

Hunting conditions  
   
Comments

Kanopolis Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone. 

Duck season is open Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 & Jan 19-27, 2019

Refuge is CLOSED to all access from September 1st through January 31st.

Click HERE for duck season, regulation, and research information.

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 3/1/2019

Waterfowl numbers  No Snow Geese Observed 2.28.19                                                                                                                                               
Water level  All marshes are full and will remain full until later in the spring. 100% ice as of now.
Hunting conditions  Poor with everything being froze and lack of migration.
Expected hunting success  Poor - With the lack of migration and the forecast, snow goose migration might be later than normal.
Comments

 Remember:

- Hunters MUST check in DAILY with iSportsman when doing any hunting on the area

- No ATV's are allowed on Department land and maintained roads.

-ALL shotgun hunters must use NON-TOXIC shot

-No motorized boats allowed. Hunting wanting to utilize boats must carry/paddle them in.

-ALL vehicles MUST remain on the roads and designated parking areas only.



WILSON - Last Updated: 3/12/2019

Waterfowl numbers Duck and dark goose season is now closed for the 2018-2019 season. Approximately 2,000 snows
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 

The Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak Mallard Numbers)

Water level 1516.00; at conservation
Hunting conditions Fair. The lake has opened up considerably.
Expected hunting success Poor. Snow goose use of the area is light with relatively low numbers of geese utilizing the area.
Comments

Reminders: Wilson Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late duck zone. This season closes Dec. 30 and then reopens Jan. 19-Jan. 27, 2019. Dark goose (except white-fronts) and light goose seasons are open Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019. White-fronted goose season is open Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and reopens Jan 26-Feb. 17, 2019.

The light goose spring conservation season runs from Feb. 18-Apr. 30, 2019.

All access (including hunters, fishermen, and boating) is prohibited Sept. 1, 2018-Jan. 31, 2019 on the mid-lake refuge and the refuge located at the west end of the lake.

Click HERE for Duck Season, Regulation, and Research information.

Click HERE for hunting regulations in Lucas Park, Minooka Park and Sylvan Park.