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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 3/22/2021

Waterfowl Numbers

Dark Goose and Duck Season are CLOSED

Snow Goose Numbers change frequently with Migration.

Mallard Migration Report (-) 1 = poor 10 = best
Cedar Bluff Waterfowl Refuge
Water level Reservoir Elevation - 2132.8 (11.2 ft. low)  Reservoir is 80% Ice, No Open Ramps
Hunting conditions Shoreline hunting will be very difficult.
Expected hunting success  
Comments

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

Duck Season Dates:  Youth Season - October 24, 2020 - October 25, 2020. Regular Season - October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23-31, 2021.

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, 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.

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

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GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 3/30/2021

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. Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ for more information.

It is YOUR responsibility to know a property's regulations, refuge(s) and duck zone boundaries, etc. BEFORE you hunt. 

Survey ran on 3/29.  This was our last survey until next fall.    

The light goose Conservation Order season is open through April.  All other waterfowl seasons are CLOSED.

Total ducks estimated to be 3,000 (60% mallards, 40% mix of all other puddle duck species)    

3,000 snow geese (can vary a lot day-to-day)

Estimating 300 Canada geese.  

Mallard Migration Index (2)

Water level 2 foot above conservation pool.    
Hunting conditions Poor.  Drakes have great color on them now for birdwatching and photography opportunities.
Expected hunting success With dwindling numbers, poor for snow geese.    
Comments

Granite Creek boat ramp is closed November 1 through January 31, 2021.

Low Plains Early Duck Zone season is CLOSED until next fall.  This zone includes the area north of Hwy 24.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone season is CLOSED until next fall.  This zone includes the area south of Hwy 24.

Dark geese season is CLOSED until next fall.

Whitefront season is CLOSED until next fall.

Light geese season Conservation Order season is open Feb. 15 - April 30, 2021.

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: 1/22/2021

Waterfowl numbers

ATTENTION: The Low Plains Early Zone Duck Season is CLOSED For The Year.

150 Canada Geese and 600 White Fronted Geese observed on 1/21/2021; 1,000 light geese with numbers fluctuating daily (sometimes hourly)  The refuge is CLOSED. White-Fronted Goose Season will open back up on January 23, 2021.

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area. This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.

Water levels All the major projects are finished and the area is holding good water levels for the upcoming waterfowl season. Gamekeeper Marsh is 98% full with an average water depth of 16 inches.  Gun Club Marsh is 90% full with an average water depth of 12" to 14". Marsh Creek Marsh is 95% full. Buffalo Creek Marshes are 60% full with an average water depth of 12" with a lot of sheet water along the margins of the wetland units. Pintail Marsh is dry.  Puddler and Bluewing marshes are dry.  A rain or big snow would be beneficial.  
Hunting conditions

Not many dark geese using the area. 10% ice as of 1/22/21.  Ice will increase with the forecasted cold nights.  Moist soil production was excellent this growing season.  A major flood event in late July eliminated much of the Japanese millet that was planted, however there are excellent stands of smart weed and wild millet.  Managers were unable to mow decoy holes in some of the units, so hunters need to scout to find natural open holes in the moist soil.  Gamekeeper Marsh dam raise is allowing managers to inundate an additional 490 acres in Gamekeeper Marsh, creating excellent habitat in the refuge.  Buffalo Creek Marshes have been pumped and several Marsh Creek off storage pools will be pumped throughout teal season.

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

There is a no trash policy: If you take it in with you, please bring it out.  This includes spent shotgun shells.

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

REFUGE IS CLOSED 
Expected hunting success 10% ice cover. However, goose numbers remain slim to none. The majority of the geese that are on the area are in the refuge.
Comments

REFUGE BOUNDARY CHANGE STARTING OCT 1, 2020

The NW corner of the Gamekeeper Marsh area that was open for hunting will now be included as refuge starting October 1, 2020.  Puddler marsh was a youth/mentor marsh up until the fall of 2019 when managers opened it up to all hunting.  That change, along with the additional 18 inch raise on Gamekeeper Dam will allow managers to move the youth mentor area to a special hunt area starting in the fall of 2021.  The new refuge line will be along Highway 148 from the marsh creek bridge, north and east to the east boundary of the Wildlife Area.

Click here for pdf map of the new area. 

Waterfowl Seasons

Low Plains Early Zone Duck Season

12/19/2020 - 01/03/2021

Canada Geese

10/31/2020 - 11/01/2020 & 11/04/2020 - 02/14/2021

White-Fronted Geese

10/31/2020 - 01/3/2021 & 01/23/2021 - 02/14/2021

Light Geese

10/31/2020 - 11/01/2020 & 11/04/2020 - 02/14/2021

Light Geese Conservation Order

02/15/2021 - 04/30/2021

Hunters are REQUIRED to check in AND OUT 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 in to the system to get their permit. 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 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 :

  • 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 REMAIN CLOSED THRU - JANUARY 31, 2021. The refuge boundary has shifted northwest to Highway 148. 

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



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 3/18/2021

Waterfowl numbers  200 teal 100 pintails and 200 mallards. 150 Canada, 70 white-fronted and less than 1,000 light geese 
Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Lovewell Reservoir is at 1581.8 or 0.8 feet below Conservation Pool, (93.2% full) and holding as the BOR and Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District have reached the winter target elevation Conservation Pool elevation. Irrigation season releases ended 9/15/20. The Guide Rock Diversion canal inflows are at 0.2 cfs from the Republican River and are being used to refill the reservoir.
Hunting condition

The lake is mostly ice-free. Mudflats are ringing the entire reservoir and the water is a closer to the shoreline and concealing vegetation. Cropland fields snow free.

CLOSED - DUCK SEASON - LOW PLAINS DUCK SEASON October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23-31, 2021

CLOSED -CANADA AND REGULAR LIGHT GOOSE SEASON October 31 - November 1, 2020 and November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021

CLOSED - WHITE-FRONTED GOOS SEASON October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23 - February 14, 2021

OPEN - SPRING CONSERVATION ORDER FOR LIGHT GEESE February 15 - April 30, 2021

ALL boat ramps are OPEN. This includes Lovewell State Park and all on the Wildlife Area at Oak Hill, Pawnee Point and White Rock Creek.

Expected hunting success POOR for geese on 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 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 :

  • 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 are REQUIRED for ALL HUNTING on the area. Electronic permits now available. Follow this link to get registered: https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. 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: 3/23/2021

Waterfowl numbers Ducks - 545   Geese - 156   Snow Geese - 197    Until fall we will only update if a change happens.
Water level

The water level is similar to last year. 4 feet low - 64% of full.

Most shallow areas are frozen up. Ice is extremely unsafe - exercise extreme caution when on/around

Hunting conditions Hunting pressure has been high. Expect to run into other hunters. Water loss from irrigation has created mud flats and some muddy shorelines. In spots hunters will have a tough time finding enough vegetation to hide in. However, the water draw down has created a number of shallow areas that teal and puddle ducks will be able to utilize. The water is 40% frozen - mostly along the edges and the shallows.
Expected hunting success Moderate success can be expected ducks and geese. 
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 2020

Teal Season: September 19 - 27, 2020

Youth Duck Season: October 3-4, 2020

Regular Duck Season:  October 10, 2020 - January 3, 2021, AND January 22-31, 2021

Canada Goose Season: October 31 - November 1, 2020 AND November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021

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: 2/5/2021

Waterfowl numbers 1400 ducks. 550 Canada geese, 700 light geese
Water level 1462.82 ft and stable. Winter conservation level is 1463 ft
   
Hunting conditions poor -low lake level result in no flooded vegetation
   
Comments

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

Waterfowl Seasons:

Teal (low plains): September 12-27, 2020

Duck (low plains late zone): October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23-31, 2021

Canada Geese:  October 31 - November 1, 2020 and November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021

White-Fronted Geese:  October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23 - February 14, 2021

Light Geese:  October 31 - November 1, 2020 and November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021

Light Geese Conservation Order: February 15 - April 30, 2021

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

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 1/22/2021

Waterfowl numbers

600 Mallards; No Dark Geese Observed on 1/21/21. Numbers will decrease with forecasted cold nights as ice builds.

REMINDER: ALL HUNTERS NEED TO CHECK IN TO HUNT USING iSPORTSMAN                                               

Water level All pools are approximately 90% full
Hunting conditions Bird use is dependent upon ice conditions
Expected hunting success The LPLZ second duck opener will be dependent on ice conditions.  Ice will continue to increase with the forecasted cold nights.
Comments

 Remember:

- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

Duck Season (second segment) - 1/23/2021 - 1/31/2021 

- 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.

-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: 1/22/2021

Waterfowl numbers 5,000-10,000 ducks. Mostly mallards with other species mixed in. 3,000 Canada geese. 150,000-175,000 snows. 
Water level 1890.90'; 1.55' below conservation pool; water levels have been slowly increasing. Shallow areas are frozen or are freezing. Ice is forming in deeper areas out of the wind.
Hunting conditions Lowered lake level has resulted in exposed shorelines with little vegetation; some mud flats present. 
Expected hunting success Fair to Good. 
Comments

Click HERE to download a PDF of the waterfowl area. 

Click HERE for a Google Earth map of the waterfowl area. 

Refuge and non-motorized boat area dates: Nov. 1 through Feb. 14.

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. See the attached PDF and Google Earth file for boundaries. This regulation is in effect from Nov. 1 through Feb. 14.

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. Be advised that the refuge will be closed to hunting until the end of dark goose season.

Blue/Green Algae

Webster is not currently on the blue-green algae watch/warning list. 

Webster Reservoir currently does not have zebra mussels. Please be sure equipment is cleaned and dry before coming to Webster from other places.

Teal Season

September 12-27, 2020

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir     

October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23-31, 2021

Youth Weekend, Duck and Goose

October 24-25, 2020

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  October 31 - November 1, 2020 and November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021

WHITE-FRONTED   October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23 - February 14, 2021

LIGHT GEESE  October 31 - November 1, 2020 and November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

February 15 - April 30, 2021

ICE CONDITIONS

0%

 

 Webster Wildlife Area and Refuge Map

 

Webster Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 3/5/2021

Waterfowl numbers

5,000+ geese. Combination of Canada's, Snow's, and Greater-White Fronts all present.

3,000+ ducks. Mostly Redheads, Pintails, and Teal present with Mallards, Shovelers, and diving ducks scattered throughout.

   
Water level 1515.47 ft and steady; lake is 1/2 foot low. (Conservation pool is 1516.0 ft)
Hunting conditions

Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramp both open

Geese are concentrating on agriculture fields within the Wildlife Area. The majority of the lake is ice free, with sections still froze on the East side.

Expected hunting success fair
Comments

Duck season is now closed. Regular goose season is now closed. Spring Conservation season remains open thru 04/30

Low Plains Late: October 31-January 3; January 23-31, 2020

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.