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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 2/13/2020

  Approximately 20,000 ducks - Mostly Mallards - Pintail, Wigeon, Teal and Divers are also present   2000 Canada Geese and a few Whitefronts.  DUCK season is CLOSED
Water level 10.2 ft low
Hunting conditions Shorelines are flooded Phragmites Grass which will make shoreline and walk in hunting very difficult. Boat Ramp access due to ice varies daily with wind.
Expected hunting success Good - Some goose pass shooting opportunities. Most goose hunting will occur on private land with permission.
Comments

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

Duck Season Dates:  Youth Season - Oct. 19-20, 2019. Regular Season - Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 18-26, 2020.

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

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GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 2/21/2020

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.

Snows - 550,000

Mallard Migration Index ()

Water level 1.3 foot below Conservation pool and steady.
Hunting conditions

Poor, cover is increasingly harder to find as the water goes down, lots of mudflats.

Ice = Most boat ramps and shallow areas are froze.  Most of the main lake is still free of ice. 20% ice cover.

Expected hunting success

Duck season is closed.

Good - Goose numbers are steady.  There are large numbers of snows on the main lake and the South Fork river.

Comments

Granite Creek boat ramp is closed November 1 through January 31, 2020.

Low Plains Early Duck Zone is closed.  This zone includes the area north of Hwy 24.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone is closed.  This zone includes the area south of Hwy 24.

Dark geese season is closed.

Whitefront season is closed.

Light geese Conservation Order season is open Feb. 17 - April 30, 2020.

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: 1/29/2020

Waterfowl numbers

3,000 Dark Geese. 20,000 ducks  REMINDER: Duck Season is CLOSED at Jamestown Wildlife Area as it is in the Low Plains Early Zone.

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

Water levels 97% Ice cover. SHELF ICE in Gun Club and Marsh Creek Marsh. Managers have started releasing water in order to begin making repairs on damaged infrastructure from the flooding in 2018-2019. Some water will be available through the rest of the goose season but will be receding. The are will have sufficient water for spring migration. Buffalo Creek Marshes have excellent moist soil and have been pumped with huntable water. Pintail Marsh is down to sheet water, Puddler marsh is sheet water.  Bluewing Marsh is dry. 
Hunting conditions

Fair: Geese are scattered on the area. Scouting is a Must.

REMINDER: THE DUCK LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. CANADA GOOSE SEASON WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FEB. 16, 2020.

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 CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2020.

Expected hunting success Will be dependent on the ice conditions and bird use. 
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

Duck (low plains early zone): 10/12/19 - 12/8/19 & 12/14/19 - 12/29/19

Canada Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

White-Fronted Geese: 10/26/19 - 12/29/19 & 1/25/20 - 2/16/20

Light Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Light Geese Conservation Order: 2/17/20 - 4/30/20

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)

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 is for non-gasoline powered boats 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 :

  • 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 CLOSED on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh. REFUGE WILL BE CLOSED OCTOBER 1, 2019 - JANUARY 31, 2020

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



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/21/2020

Waterfowl numbers  5,000 ducks -500 Pintails, 500 teal, 3,500 mallards, and 300  diving ducks and other large ducks, 2,200 Canada and 700 Whitefronts and approaching      200,000 light geese. Light goose migration building. Over 60 American bald eagles.
Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Reservoir is at 1581.59 or 1.01 feet BELOW conservation pool (1582.6) or 92.2 % full. Reservoir inflows from the White Rock and other creeks are at 46.3 cfs. Outflows from the flood gates are at 75 cfs. The reservoir level is dropping slowly and releases will slow when the planned, winter level is reached soon. Summer irrigation Drawdown was later this season so not much vegetation on the bare mudflats.
Hunting condition

DUCK SEASON CLOSED JANUARY 26,2020. DARK AND LIGHT GOOSE SEASON CLOSED FEBRAURY 16, 2020.SPRING CONSERVATION ORDER FOR LIGHT GEESE OPEN FEBRUARY 17-APRIL 30, 2020.

45% ICE. ALL boat ramps are iced in 2/20/2020. Shorelines iced covered. Some spots may open due to the wind and warmer temperatures. Reservoir levels are close to the shoreline vegetation to conceal hunters. Most private ponds frozen over.

Expected hunting success Good on private land surrounding the reservoir.
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: WILDLIFE AREA BOATS RAMPS ICED IN.THE STAE PARK BOAT RAMPS ICED IN. The boat ramp at Cedar Point, (WHEN ICE FREE) is usable AT YOUR OWN RISK DUE TO ONGOING CONSTRUCTION. 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. White Rock Creek Area is closed until repairs to the area are completed later this winter.
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!



NORTON - Last Updated: 2/17/2020

Waterfowl numbers 9,236 mallards - 6,987 pintails - 4,989 beautiful shovelers -  2,345 other ducks - 365 dark geese-29,693 snow geese.      
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is 4.5 feet below conservation pool. The lake is up almost 7 feet this year.
Hunting conditions

Good. The lake has come up significantly this year and the amount of hunting area has increased greatly.  Some late summer rains pushed water into vegetation so habitat and concealment cover are good.

Walk in hunting is tough due to deep water levels. Most of the shallows are frozen over and hunters need to take caution when hunting on or around ice.

Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Minimal with minimal effort. Moderate with moderate effort. Success should be had if you put in the work and hunt smart.
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 2019

Teal Season: September 21 - 29, 2019

Youth Duck Season: October 5-6, 2019

Regular Duck Season:  October 12, 2019 - January 5, 2020, AND January 17-26, 2020.

Canada Goose Season: October 26 - 27, 2019 AND November 6, 2019 - February 16,2020.

REMINDERS -

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.

Leaving dead birds laying in the field/parking lots is prohibited. Goose meat taste delicious - there are multiple recipes online that can teach you how to cook it. Leaving dead birds on the wildlife area because you do not know how to cook them is not allowed.

Pick up all your trash. Leaving candy wrappers, pop bottles, and EMPTY SHELLS is considered littering and you will be ticketed.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 1/24/2020

Waterfowl numbers 1200-1500 ducks; 400 Canada geese
Water level .5 ft below conservation pool; 1462.40 ft
   
Hunting conditions Poor. No flooded vegetation.
   
Comments

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

Waterfowl Seasons:

Teal (low plains): 9/14/19 - 9/29/19

Duck (low plains late zone): 10/26/19-12/29/19 & 01/18/19-01/26/19

Canada Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

White-Fronted Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Light Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Light Geese Conservation Order: 2/17/20 - 4/30/20

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

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 1/29/2020

Waterfowl numbers  50 Canada Geese                                                                                                                                       
Water level 99% ice covered. All pools are full.
Hunting conditions  Good water levels but not much flooded food.  Summer heavy rains and flooded conditions did not allow moist soil plants to grow.
Expected hunting success

Fair, depending on the ice, the pressure and the weather. Scouting is a must!

LPLZ Duck Season opens back up on 1/18/20 - 1/26/20

Comments

 Remember:

- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

- 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. Hunters wanting to utilize boats must carry/paddle them in.

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



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 2/16/2020

Waterfowl numbers 200 Canada Geese, 7,000 Snow Geese.  1,300 Ducks - mostly mallards with a few divers mixed in.
Water level Currently at conservation level.  Inflow 50 cfs. Currently releasing 120 cfs.
Hunting conditions

Lake has 60% ice cover.

Boat ramps freeze up overnight but hunters have been breaking through.

Inflows in 2019 raised the reservoir to 7 1/2 feet above conservation level and releases were not made until October. Webster is presently releasing to match inflow thus keeping the reservoir at Conservation Pool level.  Due to the high water levels earlier, most of the shoreline is bare mudflats and no cover.  Because of the late summer drawdown, there is no vegetation along the shorelines for food or hunter concealment. The bare shorelines are attractive to as loafing areas for geese.  The south road (N Road) is closed at the kiosk at the intersection of the south road and 258 Highway (Zurich Blacktop).  County roads ( 9, 8, 7, and 6) coming in from the south from County Road P have been impassable most of the summer.  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

Fair.  Geese are flying out to private land north of the reservoir

Mallards are staying off the face of the dam in no hunting area.

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. 

Blue/Green Algae

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

Teal Season

Sept. 14-29, 2019

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season      

Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 18-26, 2020

Youth Weekend, Dusk and Goose

Oct. 19-20, 2019

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019-Feb. 16, 2020

WHITE-FRONTED   Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 25-Feb. 16, 2020

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019-Feb. 16, 2020

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 17 - April 30, 2020

ICE CONDITIONS

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 Webster Wildlife Area and Refuge Map

 

Webster Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 2/20/2020

Waterfowl numbers 12,000 ducks. Good variety of species. Approximately 500 geese, all of which are Canadas.
   
Water level 1515.26; 3/4' below conservation and holding steady
Hunting conditions Fair, but little vegetation to hide in. 
Expected hunting success Poor. No light geese are present on the lake.
Comments

Boat ramps: Cedar Creek boat ramp is frozen. Due to the lower water levels, the Cedar Creek boat ramp may be hard to use. Use caution around the Cedar Creek ramp as numerous trees were washed in during the flood and are now exposed as water levels drop. Elm Creek boat ramp is open.

Reminders: Duck, dark goose, and white-fronted goose seasons are currently closed.

The light goose spring conservation season runs from Feb. 17-Apr. 30, 2020.

Zebra mussels are in Wilson Lake, so be sure to drain/dry/clean boats and equipment before moving to other areas.

All access (including hunters, fishermen, and boating) is prohibited Sept. 1, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020 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.