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.|
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.
Sept. 9 - 24, 2017
The reservoir has been removed from a blue/green algae watch.
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
5% ice present on reservoir. Ice only in coves. Boat Ramps are beginning to open up.
CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 3/25/2019
|Waterfowl Numbers||No Snow Geese|
|Expected hunting success|
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.
GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 3/15/2019
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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.|
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.
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!|
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:
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 :
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.|
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 :
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
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).
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.|
- 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.|
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.