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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 9/9/2021

Waterfowl Numbers

2000+ teal mostly Bluewing Teal.  Several Thousand Big Ducks also.

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

Cedar Bluff Waterfowl Refuge
Water level Reservoir Elevation - 2132.4 (11.6 ft. low)  
Hunting conditions Shoreline hunting is still difficult with flooded shoreline vegetation
Expected hunting success Good if you can find a place to set decoys. Hunters accessing by boat should be more successful.
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

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GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 9/15/2021

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. 

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

Survey ran on 9/15

Teal= Observed less than 150 blue wings and green wings combined.  Estimating 200 to 300 teal property wide.

Also observed a few other big ducks and typical early season migrants such as mallards, wood ducks, gadwall, coots, and cormorants.

Mallard Migration Index (0)

Glen Elder map

Water level Just above conservation pool and falling.  There will be more exposed mudflats in the weeks ahead as the Bureau of Reclaimation is in the process of dropping the lake to 6 inches below conservation.    
Hunting conditions Fair.  Tremendous growing conditions for shoreline vegetation this year.  Will be outstanding if water levels rise this fall.
Expected hunting success We had a light crowd for the teal opener that averaged 2.5 birds per hunter.  Success has been minimal since the weekend.  Will be challenging until we get a push of new birds into the area.      
Comments

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

Low Plains Early Teal season (east of US Hwy 283) will be September 11 through September 26, 2021.

Low Plains Early Zone season will be 10/9 to 12/5/21 and 12/18/21 to 1/2/22.  This zone includes the area NORTH of US Hwy 24.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone season will be 10/30/21 to 1/2/22 and 1/22/22 to 1/30/22.  This zone includes the area SOUTH of Hwy 24.

Dark geese season 

Whitefront season 

Light geese season 

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: 9/15/2021

Waterfowl numbers

Teal numbers are fair at best. Warm weather, hunting pressure and the lack of cool weather has prevented any good migration flights from showing up.

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

The area has experienced an extremely dry summer.  However some timely rains have improved water conditions.  Approximately 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: Mostly dry with some small pockets of sheet water; Gamekeeper Marsh: 50% full with mostly sheet water with areas of three to six inches; Gun Club West Marsh: 50% full with an average depth of ten inches. Boating will be difficult in spots until water levels increase; Gun Club East: Currently, only the channels have water in them; Greenwing Marsh; 40% full with an average depth of 10"; 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 80% full with an average depth of 14", The south Marsh is dry and we will need some rain to have sufficient water to pump that marsh; 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

Moist soil conditions are excellent across the property.  Managers were able to repair multiple levee breaches and damage from the flooding in 2019.  Scouting will be a must to find birds and huntable water. Conditions are expected to improve throughout the fall, however some more rain would help.

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 OPEN 
Expected hunting success Fair, depending on pressure and scouting efforts.
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

Low Plains Teal Season

9/11/2021 - 9/26/2021

Low/Military Plains Youth

10/02/2021 - 10/03/2021

Low Plains Early Zone Duck Season

10/9/2021 - 12/5/2021 and 12/18/2021 - 01/02/2022

Canada Geese

10/30/2021 - 10/31/2021 and 11/03/2021 - 2/13/2022

White-Fronted Geese

10/30/2021 - 01/02/2022 and 01/22/2022 - 02/13/2022

Light Geese

10/30/2021 - 10/31/2021 and 11/03/2021 - 02/13/2022

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 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 OPEN 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: 9/16/2021

Waterfowl numbers Several small groups of teal on the reservoir. 
Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Lovewell Reservoir is at 1578.17 or 4.44 feet below Conservation Pool, (66.49% full) and slowly rising as the BOR and Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District 2021 irrigation season ended 9/10/15. The Guide Rock Diversion canal inflows are at 70.3 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.

CLOSED - DUCK and GOOSE

Boat ramps OPEN and usable includes Lovewell State Park Marina and Cedar Point. All on the Wildlife Area at Oak Hill, Pawnee Point and White Rock Creek are not usable at this elevation.

Expected hunting success  
Comments
PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE STATE PARK 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.

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: 9/16/2021

Waterfowl numbers Ducks - 60   Teal- 70  Geese - 240   Snow Geese - 6 
Water level The water level is lower than last year. 9 feet low - 55% of full.
Hunting conditions Hunting pressure is expected to be 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. The water lost to irrigation has created areas with steep shorelines that may drop off into water deeper than waders very rapidly.
Expected hunting success Low success can be expected for 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 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: 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: 9/15/2021

Waterfowl numbers

No ducks on the area as it is dry

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

Water level All pools are dry
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

Teal Season

09/11/2021 - 09/26/2021

 
 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 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: 9/9/2021

Waterfowl numbers Some teal present; Be advised there is a large amount of wood ducks around so be sure to identify your target when hunting during teal season.
Water level 1888.4'; 4.05' below conservation pool; water levels have been holding steady. 
Hunting conditions Lowered lake level has resulted in exposed shorelines with little vegetation; some mud flats present. 
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

Refuge and non-motorized boat area dates: Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. An updated refuge map will be posted before the refuge closes on Nov.1. 

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.

Blue/Green Algae

Webster is currently in a blue-green algae watch. 

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

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.