CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 11/20/2020
|Waterfowl Numbers|| |
12000 Mallards, 2200 Wigeon, 1000 Gadwalls, 600 Teal, Pintails, Wood Ducks, Shovelers, Ringnecks, Redheads, Canvasbacks and Ruddy.
Estimated Total Ducks - 16000 -18000
Approx. 1000 Canada Geese, 1000 snows and a few Whitefronts
Mallard Migration Report (4) 1 = poor 10 = best
|Water level||Reservoir Elevation - 2133.7 (10.8 ft. low)|
|Hunting conditions||Shoreline hunting will be very difficult with flooded shoreline vegetation.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair to Good - Mild Weather - Fairly Stale Ducks|
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.
GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 11/22/2020
|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. Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ for more information.
Duck numbers have held steady. Ducks can be primarily found on the north side of the lake in the refuge and along the state park shore.
20,000 - 25,000 ducks (including 15,000 to 20,000 mallards)
60,000 - 80,000 snow geese
3,000 - 5,000 Canadian geese with some white fronts mixed in
Mallard Migration Index (3)
|Water level||Currently holding steady at about 1 foot above conservation pool.|
|Hunting conditions||Fair. Not much flooded food or vegetation.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair to good if you do your scouting. Could be good at first of next week as a cold front arrives. For the LPLZ opener on 10/31 we had about 70 hunters that averaged 2.6 ducks per hunter.|
Granite Creek boat ramp is closed November 1 through January 31, 2021.
Low Plains Early Duck Zone season is October 10 - December 6, 2020 and December 19 - January 3, 2021. This zone includes the area north of Hwy 24.
Low Plains Late Duck Zone season is October 31 - January 3, 2021 and January 23-31, 2021. This zone includes the area south of Hwy 24.
Dark geese season continues November 4 - February 14, 2021.
Whitefront season is October 31 - January 3 and January 23 - February 14, 2021.
Light geese season continues November 4 - February 14, 2021. 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: 11/24/2020
|Waterfowl numbers|| |
5,000 to 7,000 ducks; good mix of puddle ducks and divers. Abundance of Mallards and Redheads. 1,000 dark geese and 15,000 Snow Geese. Birds are primarily using the refuge and moving off to private areas after sunrise. The refuge is CLOSED.
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 100% full with an average water depth of 16 inches. Gun Club Marsh is 80% full with an average water depth of 12" to 14". Marsh Creek Marsh is just over 70% full and slowly rising. Buffalo Creek Marshes are 75% full with an average water depth of 12" with a lot of sheet water along the margins of the wetland units. Pumping will continue this week to make up for some evaporative losses and to inundate some new moist soil resources. Pintail Marsh is approximately 30% full with an average water depth of 4". Puddler and Bluewing marshes are dry. A rain would be beneficial.|
|Hunting conditions|| |
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||The birds have utilized the warmer weather and hunting pressure to become nocturnal as far as utilizing the hunting pools to feed. The are spending the days in the refuge or on private ponds. Hunters averaged 1.3 birds per hunter in the last week.|
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.
Low Plains Early Zone Duck Season
10/10/2020 - 12/06/2020 & 12/19/2020 - 01/03/2021
10/31/2020 - 11/01/2020 & 11/04/2020 - 02/14/2021
10/31/2020 - 01/3/2021 & 01/23/2021 - 02/14/2021
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:
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 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: 11/25/2020
|Waterfowl numbers||150 divers, 200 teal some gadwalls, wigeon, pintails and 3550 mallards. 750 Canada, 900 light geese and 140 White-fronted geese|
|Mallard Migration Ranking|
|Water level||Lovewell Reservoir is at 1580.69 or 1.91 feet below Conservation Pool, (84.2% full) and holding as the BOR and Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District have reached the winter target elevation of 2 foot below Conservation Pool elevation. Irrigation season releases ended 9/15/20. The Guide Rock Diversion canal inflows are at 27.4 cfs from the Republican River and are being used to refill the reservoir.|
|Hunting condition|| |
Mudflats are ringing the entire reservoir and the water is a closer to the shoreline and concealing vegetation.
LOW PLAINS DUCK SEASON October 31, 2020 - January 3, 2021 and January 23-31, 2021
DARK AND REGULAR LIGHT GOOSE SEASON October 31 - November 1, 2020 and November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021
SPRING CONSERVATION ORDER FOR LIGHT GEESE February 15 - April 30, 2021
ALL boat ramps are open in Lovewell State Park at this water level and on the Wildlife Area at Oak Hill and Pawnee Point. White Rock Creek boat ramp is too low for use by large boats but kayaks and small layout boats can be launched. Reservoir levels are closer to the shoreline vegetation to conceal hunters and some mudflats are still visible.
|Expected hunting success||Fair to good at this time|
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 :
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: 11/24/2020
SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 11/13/2020
|Waterfowl numbers||240 ducks. Mix of ducks with mallards, gadwall, widgeon, pintail, green-winged teal, and shovelers observed. 80 Canada geese|
|Water level||1462.49 ft and slowly rising. 1463 ft is target winter conservation pool|
|Hunting conditions||poor -low lake level result in no flooded vegetation|
Refuge is CLOSED to all access from September 1st through January 31st.
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: 11/24/2020
|Waterfowl numbers|| |
400 ducks, a good mix of puddle and diving ducks. 30 White-Fronted Geese.
REMINDER: ALL HUNTERS NEED TO CHECK IN TO HUNT USING iSPORTSMAN
|Water level||All pools are at or near full.|
|Hunting conditions||Things are looking good with excellent moist soil and good bird use before the opener last weekend. The pressure and warm weather has moved the birds to a nocturnal pattern.|
|Expected hunting success||The warm weather has the birds utilizing the area at night and spending the days on private land. Hunters averaged 2.3 birds each for the past week.|
- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE
Duck Season (first segment) - 10/31/20 - 1/3/2021
- 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: 11/25/2020
|Waterfowl numbers||3,000-4,000 ducks. Mostly mallards with other species mixed in. 300 Canada geese. 5,000-15,000 snows. Bird numbers are highly variable day-to-day.|
|Water level||1890.00'; 2.50' below conservation pool|
|Hunting conditions||Lowered lake level has resulted in exposed shorelines with little vegetation; some mud flats present|
|Expected hunting success||Fair. Some birds left this week while others arrived. The majority of birds are hanging out in the refuge and feeding on private ground.|
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.
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.
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
Webster Wildlife Area and Refuge Map
WILSON - Last Updated: 11/13/2020
|Waterfowl numbers||400 ducks and 120 Canada geese. Mallards and hooded mergansers most abundant. A few divers remain in open water (Goldeneye, Bufflehead and Ring-necked)|
|Water level||1515.24 ft and steady; lake is 3/4 foot low. (Conservation pool is 1516.0 ft)|
|Hunting conditions||Some flooded vegetation along shorelines and coves on west end may provide good opportunities. Thin ice present in slow water areas and along shorelines; however Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramps were accessible as of Friday, November 13th at noon.|
|Expected hunting success||fair|
Boat ramps: Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramps are open.
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.