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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 3/16/2022

Waterfowl Numbers

DUCK SEASON is CLOSED.

Most of the geese have left.  Numbers changing daily.

 *****REVIEW Kansas Boating Regulations if you are using a boat to hunt. *****

NO ACCESS IN THE CLOSED PORTION OF THE LAND REFUGE SEPT. 1 - JAN. 31

NO ACCESS IN THE CLOSED PORTION OF THE WATER REFUGE NOV. 1 - JAN. 31

Cedar Bluff Waterfowl Refuge
Water level Reservoir Elevation - 2131 (13 ft. low)  
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Fair.  
Comments

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

Low Plains Late Duck Zone Season Dates

Teal - Sept 11-26 Duck - Oct. 30-Jan. 2 and Jan. 22-30 

Dark and Light Geese - Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 2-Feb 13

White-fronted Geese - Oct 30-Jan. 2 and Jan.22-Feb 13

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

Current Weather



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 6/17/2022

Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS at Glen Elder WA are required to check-in AND check-out daily. Go to https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin and check in using your licensing login credentials.

This regulation went into effect on September 1, 2017.

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

Click here for a detailed map of the refuges, youth area, and State Park boundaries.

Open Light Geese Conservation season 2/14/2022- 4/30/2022

Survey run 2/23/2022 

150,000 Snow Geese.  Geese are moving around a lot and numbers are highly variable day to day. 

Glen Elder map

Water level Lake is about a foot low.  Lots of bare mudflats around the entire lake.     
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success

Poor.  Duck Season is closed. Dark Geese Seasons are closed

Light Geese Conservation Order - 2/14/2022- 4/30/2022

Large numbers of snow geese are using Glen Elder.

Comments

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

The Carr Creek boat ramp may be challenging to utilize while water levels are low as there is a lot of silt buildup in that creek.

Low Plains Early Zone season is closed for the season.  This zone includes the area NORTH of US Hwy 24. 

Low Plains Late Duck Zone season Re-opens 1/22/22 to 1/30/22.  This zone includes the area SOUTH of Hwy 24. 

Dark geese season will remain open thru 2/13/22.

Whitefront season will be 10/30/21 to 1/2/22 and 1/22/22 thru 2/13/22

Light geese season will remain open thru 2/13/22.  Conservation season will run 2/14/22 thru 4/30/22.

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: 6/17/2022

Waterfowl numbers

Some snow geese in the area, but are not using the marshes due to ice cover.

OPEN LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION SEASON -  2/14-4/30/22.

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin  using your licensing login credentials. 

Water levels

100% ice cover at this time.

The area has experienced an extremely dry summer and the managers moved water from storage so less than 60% of the area has huntable water.  With that being said, marshes that are open to boats, have lower water levels than in years past. Hunters that plan to utilize boats (especially motorized boats) need to use extreme caution.

Puddler Marsh: Dry Gamekeeper Marsh: 10% full with mostly sheet water with areas of one to four inches; Gun Club West Marsh: 70% full with an average depth of 15 inches. Boating will be difficult in spots until water levels increase; Gun Club East: 60% full at the same elevation as Gun Club West Marsh, average depth of 10 inches.  Boating may be difficult in this marsh as well; Greenwing Marsh; 60% full with an average depth of 9"; Marsh Creek Marsh: 35% full as water was pumped out of this marsh to fill Buffalo Creek North Marsh.  The creek channel itself is around six feet deep.  Buffalo Creek Marshes: The north marsh is 40% full with an average depth of 8", The south Marsh is dry and we will need some rain to have sufficient water to fill; Pintail Marsh: Dry and will need significant rains to fill.  

All marshes have excellent moist soil habitat and cover. Several areas have been planted to millet, corn and milo during the summer to increase resources for waterfowl.

Hunting conditions

Fair depending on ice conditions and bird activity.  With the snow line up in the Dakotas, the Snow Goose Migration looks to be quick.

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 NOW OPEN
Expected hunting success Poor, depending on ice conditions and bird numbers which will fluctuate daily. 
Comments

REMINDER - REFUGE BOUNDARY CHANGE FROM 2019 YEAR

The NW corner of the Gamekeeper Marsh area that was open for hunting prior to 2020 will continue to be included as refuge this year.  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 is 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

Light Geese Conservation Order

02/14/2022 - 04/30/2022

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

Hunters need to check-in / check-out by going to https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 


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 WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 - JANUARY 31, 2022 on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh. REFUGE WILL CLOSE ON OCT. 1, 2021 AND REMAIN CLOSED THRU - JANUARY 31, 2022. 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: 6/7/2022

Waterfowl numbers

NOTICE - A significant number of light geese, have died or are sick. Birds were collected and sent to the Southeast Center for Wildlife Diseases to determine the cause of death. Avian influenza and Avian Cholera has been detected in other nearby areas. Avoid handling sick or dead waterfowl. Follow this link to see more information: KDWP Cautions Light Goose Hunters to Be Vigilant as Avian Influenza Cases Rise / 3-15-22 KDWP Cautions Light Goose Hunters to Be Vigilant as Avian Influenza Cases Rise / Weekly News / News / KDWP Info / KDWP - KDWP (ksoutdoors.com)

Less than 10,000 thousand light geese using the reservoir today (3/121). Daily numbers vary widely Medium sized group of mallards and other ducks on the reservoir. About 500 Canada geese. Lots of bald eagles!

Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Lovewell Reservoir is at 1581.2 or 1.4 feet below Conservation Pool, (91.0% full) and holding steady or slowly rising due to some runoff form snow melt. The BOR and Kansas Bostwick Irrigation are bringing 29.5 cfs of water into Guide Rock Diversion from the Republican River that is being used to refill the reservoir and is being released.
Hunting condition

Mudflats are ringing the entire reservoir and the water is a close to most shoreline and concealing vegetation.

OPEN - LIGHT GOOSE SPRING CONSERVATION ORDER FEB.14 - APR. 30, 2022

CLOSED - LPLZ Duck OCT. 30, 2021 - JAN. 2,2022 and JAN. 22 - 30, 2022

CLOSED- DARK GEESE (Canada, cackling, brant and all other geese except whitefronts) - OCT. 30 - 31, 2021 and NOV. 3, 2021 - FEB. 13, 2022

CLOSED -WHITE-FRONTED GEESE - OCT. 30, 2021 - JAN. 2, 2022, and JAN. 22 - FEB. 13, 2022

CLOSED - LIGHT GEESE (White and Blue Phase and Ross' geese) - OCT30 -31, 2021 and NOV. 3, 2021 - FEB 13, 2022

ALL Boat ramps open in Lovewell State Park Marina and Cedar Point. All boat ramps open on the Wildlife Area at Oak Hill, Pawnee Point and White Rock Creek are iced in and are useable at this time. ALL BOATS ARE REQUIRED TO USE NAVIGATION LIGHTS WHILE OPERATING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF SUNSET AND SUNRISE. NON-MOTORIZED BOAT NEED SOME FLASHLIGHT OR LANTERN. 

Expected hunting success POOR. Most light geese being harvested on private land in Nebraska
Comments
PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE STATE PARK. NO HUNTING IS ALLOWED FROM THE SHORELINE OF THE STATE PARK. 

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.

Hunters can check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 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: 3/4/2022

Waterfowl numbers  All seasons are currently closed except for, Light Geese Conservation. There are still medium sized groups of ducks present on the area, but numbers have sunk down and they are sticking mostly in the refuge and leaving the property to feed. Light geese and Dark Geese can be found on the area but have begun to move north with the warmer weather occurring. Larger quantities of light geese are still present on the area. Take note the lake is starting to thaw, but ice is still present.  Birds are becoming smarter and nocturnal. Consistent colder weather would be very useful. 
Water level The water level is lower than last year. 9.2 feet low - 55% of full.
Hunting conditions

Pressure from hunting is still high. Expect to run into other waterfowl 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. The water lost to irrigation has created areas with steep shorelines that may drop off into water deeper than waders very rapidly. 

Most of the area is covered in ice. Use caution when on the ice - it has had some warmer days and there are areas that it is not safe to be on.

Expected hunting success Hunting success is expected to be moderate for ducks and geese. These birds are seeing pressure on the area, early scouting would help for a better opportunity.
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 2021 - 2022

Teal Season: September 18 - 26, 2021

Youth Duck Season: October 2-3, 2021

Regular Duck Season:  October 9, 2021 - January 2, 2022, AND January 21-30, 2022

Canada Goose Season: October 30-31, 2021, AND November 2, 2021 - February 13, 2022

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: 1/28/2022

Waterfowl numbers 2200-2700 total ducks with approx 2/3 Mallards remainder mix of divers; 900+ Canada geese
Water level 1464.8 ft and declining. Summer conservation level is 1467 ft. Winter conservation level is 1463; 
   
Hunting conditions Fair; limited vegetation along shorelines; waterfowl hanging along ice lines and open pockets of water on main body of reservoir.
   
Comments

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

Waterfowl Seasons:

Teal (low plains): September 11-26, 2021

Duck (low plains late zone): October 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and January 22-30, 2022

Dark Geese:  October 30-31, 2021 and November 3, 2021 - February 13, 2022

White-Fronted Geese:  October 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and January 22 - February 13, 2022

Light Geese:  October 30-31, 2021 and November 3, 2021 - February 13, 2022

Light Geese Conservation Order: February 14 - April 30, 2022

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

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 6/7/2022

Waterfowl numbers

No geese on the area as it is dry

REMINDER: ALL HUNTERS NEED TO CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT. Click here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing 
login credentials.                                         

Water level All pools are dry, there is some sheet water present on the area, but no ducks have been observed using it.
Hunting conditions Moist Soil Conditions are excellent, however all pools are dry. Bird use dependent upon water levels 
Expected hunting success Will depend upon rainfall.
Comments

 Remember:

- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

Low Plains Late Zone Youth/Military Duck Season

10/23/2021 - 10/24/2021

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season

10/30/2021 - 01/02/2022 and 01/22/2022 - 01/30/2022

 

- Hunters can Check-in / Check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials.

- 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: 2/22/2022

Waterfowl numbers Snow goose numbers have decreased; good variety of ducks around
Water level 1889.34'; 3.11' below conservation pool; water levels are rising slowly.
Hunting conditions Lowered lake level has resulted in large amounts of exposed shoreline and large expanses of mud. There is very little vegetation to conceal large groups of hunters or boats. Most of the reservoir is ice free, although portions are expected to freeze if the wind dies down.
Expected hunting success Poor on the wildlife area; all birds are on the refuge. People have been having some success field hunting.
Comments

Refuge and non-motorized boat area dates: Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. An updated refuge map has been posted.

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. This regulation is in effect from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. 

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.

REMINDER: Camping is not permitted on the wildlife area, including in parking lots, except for in designated campgrounds. Ground fires are also not permitted except in provided fire rings within campgrounds.

Blue/Green Algae

There are currently no blue-green algae advisories for the lake.

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 11-26, 2021

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir     

October 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and January 22-30, 2022

Youth Weekend, Duck and Goose

October 23-24, 2021

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  October 30 - October 31, 2021 and November 3, 2021 - February 13, 2022

WHITE-FRONTED   October 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and January 22 - February 13, 2022

LIGHT GEESE  October 30 - October 31, 2021 and November 3, 2021 - February 13, 2022

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

February 14 - April 30, 2022

 

 Webster Wildlife Area and Refuge Map

 Click here for PDF

Click here for Google Earth KMZ



WILSON - Last Updated: 1/28/2022

Waterfowl numbers Survey ran on 01/28; 9490 total ducks with 7,600 mallards; remainder a mix of gadwall, pintail, wigeon, goldeneye; ~ 730 Canada Geese  
   
Water level 1515.64 ft and steady; (Conservation pool is 1516.0 ft)
Hunting conditions Cedar Creek boat ramp and Elm Creek boat ramp closed due to ICE.  Ice line is east of Elm Creek boat ramp. 
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons: 

Low Plains Late Zone: October 30-January 2; January 22-30, 2022

Refuges are closed Sept 1-Jan 31 to all access except by special permit.

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.