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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 9/19/2019

Waterfowl Numbers 800 teal mix of Blue and Green wing
Water level 10.7 ft low
Hunting conditions Shorelines are flooded Phragmites Grass which will make shoreline and walk in hunting very difficult.
Expected hunting success Good
Comments

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

Season Dates:  Youth Season - Oct. 19-20, 2019. Regular Season - Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 18-26, 2020.

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.

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

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GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 9/19/2019

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, 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.

500 teal

Mallard Migration Index (1)

Water level 6.6' above Conservation pool and decreasing rapidly.
Hunting conditions Poor, cover is increasingly harder to find as the water goes down.
Expected hunting success

Poor until we get a new push of birds.  Access to shallow areas maybe difficult.

For the past weekend we had about 25 hunters that averaged harvest of 1.0 birds per hunter.

Comments

Teal season runs through 9/29/19.

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: 9/19/2019

Waterfowl numbers

Less than 400 teal observed on 9/19/19. The hot weather looks to be keeping the birds held up in NE and SD. We should see some movement with cooler weather.

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area.

Water levels Construction projects are almost complete.  With that, Gun Club and Gamekeeper will be kept dry until they can finish.  If the rain holds off this weekend, the project is expected to be completed next week.  Both of these large marshes have minimal food from the summer flooding.  Once construction is complete, water levels will be brought up slowly for big ducks. Buffalo Creek Marshes have excellent moist soil and have been pumped with huntable water.  Managers shut pumping down due to low water levels for pumping and the heat this week.  Buffalo Creek North is 85% full, Buffalo Creek South is approximately 70% full.  Pintail Marsh is full, Puddler marsh has some sheet water.  Bluewing Marsh is empty, however the shallow pools on the north end of Gamekeeper Marsh are holding sheet water. Managers will begin to slowly increase water levels throughout the fall.
Hunting conditions

Good:  There are plenty of areas to hunt for teal season.  The birds have been using the shallow sheet water and mud flats in Gun Club and Gamekeeper along with the excellent moist soil in Buffalo Creek Marshes. There is no boat access to Gun Club or Gamekeeper at this time due to low water levels.

Hunters averaged 1 bird per hunter throughout opening weekend.  This last week it has been less than one bird per hunter.

Vegetation is thick in Buffalo Creek Marshes as it was too we to open some holes prior to pumping.  Hunters need to scout prior to hunting.

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

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

REMINDER:  

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 Hunting success should improve with cooler weather. There is plenty of water and food to hold good teal numbers. We just need to get away from this summer-like weather.
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

Teal (low plains): 9/14/19 - 9/29/19

Duck (low plains early zone): 10/12/19 - 12/8/19 & 12/14/19 - 12/29/19

Canada Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

White-Fronted Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Light Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Light Geese Conservation Order: 2/17/20 - 4/30/20

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:

  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 ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. 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 is for non-gasoline powered boats 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 BE CLOSED OCTOBER 1, 2019 - JANUARY 31, 2020

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



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2019

Waterfowl numbers  A few teal,160 Canada geese and several wood ducks
Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Reservoir is at 1573.95 or 8.65 feet BELOW conservation pool (1582.6) and dropping as outflows for scheduled reservoir dam maintenance continue. Irrigation season has ended. Releases are at 500 cfs. Summer irrigation Drawdown was later this season so not much vegetation on the bare mudflats.
Hunting condition Poor. Low reservoir levels puts the water away from the shoreline and results in poor access and no vegetation to conceal hunters.
Expected hunting success Poor..
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 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: only the boat ramp at Cedar Point is usable at this reservoir elevation. 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 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!



NORTON - Last Updated: 9/20/2019

Waterfowl numbers  500 ducks (400 teal). 100 dark geese.                
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is 4.5 feet below conservation pool. The lake is up almost 7 feet this year.
Hunting conditions Good. The lake has come up significantly this year and the amount of hunting area has increased greatly.  Some late summer rains pushed water into vegetation so habitat and concealment cover are good.
Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Minimal - Very few ducks at this time.
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 2019

Teal Season: September 21 - 29, 2019

Youth Duck Season: October 5-6, 2019

Regular Duck Season:  October 12, 2019 - January 5, 2020, AND January 17-26, 2020.

Canada Goose Season: October 26 - 27, 2019 AND November 6, 2019 - February 16,2020.

REMINDER - 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.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 9/19/2019

Waterfowl numbers 100 teal;
Water level 4 ft above conservation pool; 1467.39 ft and dropping
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 1

This Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak mallard numbers).

Hunting conditions poor to fair conditions with dropping water levels;few scattered groups of birds make for tough hunting -
   
Comments

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

Waterfowl Seasons:

Teal (low plains): 9/14/19 - 9/29/19

Duck (low plains late zone): 10/26/19-12/29/19 & 01/18/19-01/26/19

Canada Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

White-Fronted Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Light Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Light Geese Conservation Order: 2/17/20 - 4/30/20

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

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 9/20/2019

Waterfowl numbers Less than 200 teal                                                                                                                                             
Water level  All marshes are full and should remain nearly full until spring. Evaporation from hot temperatures will drop pool levels.
Hunting conditions  Good water levels but not much flooded food.  Summer heavy rains and flooded conditions did not allow moist soil plants to grow.
Expected hunting success  Poor because of low bird numbers.  Cooler weather should bring new birds down. Hunters averaged less than one bird per hunter during opening weekend. 
Comments

 Remember:

- 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.

-ALL vehicles MUST remain on the roads and designated parking areas only.



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 9/20/2019

Waterfowl numbers 100 to 200 teal, 300 Canada geese and 500 to 1000 wood ducks 
Water level Currently 7 1/2 feet above conservation level.
Hunting conditions Inflows in 2019 raised the reservoir to 7 1/2 feet above conservation level.  With flooding in areas down stream, Webster is presently only releasing to match inflow thus keeping the reservoir flooded at this level.  COE/BOR plans are to begin drawing Webster down toward conservation level in mid to late October.  Due to the water level, no exposed bare mudflats exist.  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.  However, the boat ramp in the Goose Flats State Park on the south side is closed due to high water and the boat ramp on the Wildlife Area in Morel Campground is inaccessible to vehicular traffic due to high water.  Access to the south side of the reservoir is presently very limited.  The south road (N Road) is closed at the kiosk at the intersection of the south road and 258 Highway (Zurich Blacktop).  County roads ( 9, 8, 7, and 6) coming in from the south from County Road P have been impassable most of the summer.  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.  Hunters take care when teal hunting with the high number of wood ducks on the area. 
Comments

 

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. 

Blue/Green Algae

The reservoir has been removed from a blue/green algae watch. 

Teal Season

Sept. 14-29, 2019

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season      

Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 18-26, 2020

Youth Weekend, Dusk and Goose

Oct. 19-20, 2019

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019-Feb. 16, 2020

WHITE-FRONTED   Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 25-Feb. 16, 2020

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019-Feb. 16, 2020

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 17 - April 30, 2020

ICE CONDITIONS

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 2019 - 2020 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 9/19/2019

Waterfowl numbers 80-120 ducks. Blue-winged teal with some mallards, gadwall, and shovelers.
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 0

The Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak Mallard Numbers)

Water level 1519.5; 3.5' above conservation and dropping steadily.
Hunting conditions Fair. There are more shallower water areas present due to flooding than in past years, but food sources are limited.
Expected hunting success Poor. There is little to no moist soil vegetation in most of the flooded areas resulting in poor food sources for waterfowl. Currently there is little waterfowl use of the area. Flood waters have washed away most of the vegetation and created very limited areas to hide in.
Comments

Boat ramps: Cedar Creek boat ramp is currently open. The Elm Creek boat ramps are currently under water.

Reminders: Wilson Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late duck zone. Teal season in this zone runs from Sept. 14-29. The regular duck season opens Oct. 26 and closes Dec. 29, 2019. It then reopens Jan. 18-26, 2020. Dark goose (except white-fronts) and light goose seasons run from Oct. 26-27, 2019 and Nov. 6, 2019 - Feb. 16, 2020.   White-fronted goose season is open Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2019 and reopens Jan 25-Feb. 16, 2020.

The light goose spring conservation season runs from Feb. 17-Apr. 30, 2020.

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.