Southeast

This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

NFJOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 11/16/2020

Waterfowl numbers 5,000 mixed ducks. 1,800 Dark Geese 
Water level Current Level: 1040.7 Conservation Pool Level: 1041
Hunting conditions

 

Teal - Low Plains

09/12/2020 - 09/27/2020

Location: East of Hwy. U. S. 283

Area open: East of Hwy. U. S. 283

Daily bag limit: 6

Possession limit: 18

Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

 

Duck Season - Youth/Veteran/Active Military (Low Plains Southeast)

11/07/2020 - 11/08/2020

 Daily Bag Limit: Youth may hunt ducks, geese, coots, and mergansers with same daily bag limits as during the regular seasons.

Possession Limit: same as regular seasons.

Stamps/Permits Required: Resident youth hunters do not need any stamps or permits. Nonresident youth need a nonresident hunting license, a Kansas HIP Permit and State Waterfowl Permit.

 

Ducks - Low Plains Southeast Zone

11/14/2020 -01/03/2021

  Daily bag limit: 6

Six ducks is the daily bag limit, which may include no more than two canvasbacks, two redheads, one pintail, three wood ducks, three scaup and five mallards (only two of which may be hens). The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.  Possession limit: Three times the daily limit.

 

 

Dark Geese Season

 (First Segment) 10/31/2020 - 11/01/2020

(Second Segment) 11/04/2020 -02/14/2021

Area open: Statewide

Daily bag limit: 6 (including Brant)

Possession limit: 18

Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp Required

 

White-fronted Geese Season

 (First Segment) 10/31/2020- 01/03/2021

(Second Segment) 01/23/2021 – 02/14/2021

 Location: Statewide

 Daily bag limit: 2

Possession limit: 6

Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp Required

 

Light Geese Season

(First Segment) 10/31/2020- 11/01/2020

(Second Segment) 11/04/2020- 02/14/2021

 Location: Statewide

 Daily bag limit: 50

Possession limit: Unlimited

Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp Required

 

Light Geese Conservation Order

NOTE - During this period, there will be no bag or possession limit on light geese. In addition, participants will be allowed to use unplugged shotguns and electronic calls and take light geese from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset during the period of the conservation order.

 02/15/2021- 04/30/2021

Location: Statewide

Possession Limit: Unlimited

Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp, State, Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

John Redmond and Otter Creek Wildlife Area Fall 2020 Conditions-

There was no spring flooding issues this year, and vegetation around reservoir looks superb. I expect excellent habitat conditions this year for waterfowl.  Otter Creek Marshes, located below John Redmond Dam- excellent vegetation, but no water.  Water control structures are closed and ready to hold water, but we have not been able to catch any substantial precipitation events as of yet.  Will keep page updated if conditions change.

The Sedimentation Basins located on west side, below dam, are not open for hunting, and are privately owned and operated.

Expected hunting success  To see real time John Redmond elevations please visit----  http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/JOHN.lakepage.html
Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.



ELK CITY RESERVOIR/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/25/2020

Waterfowl numbers The marshes caught some more runoff yesterday and last night. Some have filled up but not all of them. Pretty much everything has huntable water now. Wigeon marsh still doesn't have much water but there is a little in the lower end. 2 or 3 thousand ducks have been seen on and around the reservoir this week. Mainly mallards and GW teal but also pintail, gadwall, wigeon and some divers observed. Most of the ducks observed are using the refuge after continued high hunting pressure. A couple thousand snow geese on the reservoir as well. The waterfowl numbers are expected to fluctuate with migration, hunting pressure, and changing habitat conditions.
Water level Wetland water levels vary. The reservoir is currently about 1 ft above conservation pool and rising but the COE has opened the gates so the water level will start dropping again soon. There is a lot of good flooded vegetation on the lake edge currently. For current Reservoir levels visit http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELKC.lakepage.html
Hunting conditions There is a lot of sesbania around the lake this year. It will provide some cover but please try not to transport the plants or seeds away from the reservoir because it is a non-native, invasive species that we spend a lot of time trying to control in the wetlands.  Wetland food production was great this year. A little more runoff should fill stuff up.
Expected hunting success Fair. REGULAR DUCK SEASON IS NOV. 14-JAN. 3 AND JAN. 9-31
Comments

For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).

Japanese Millet was planted around the area wetlands with good results, and there was a very good natural response of wild millet (barnyard grass) and smartweed in most wetlands. Overall, there should be plenty of food to attract waterfowl. 



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/21/2020

Waterfowl numbers

2/21/20

Duck season is closed for the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Seasons for Canada and white-fronted geese, as well as the regular season for light geese, ended on Feb. 16.

The Conservation Order Light Geese Season runs from Feb. 17 to April 30. Light geese are not commonly found in large numbers in the Fall River Reservoir area.

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Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments Waterfowl reports are expected to continue next fall. A new report will normally be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 11/20/2020

Waterfowl numbers Still holding around 30,000, mostly mallards and green wing teal with some pintail and gadwall.  Good numbers of white fronted geese around the valley too.  Very few Canada geese. 
Water levels There has been over 500 million gallons of water pumped this fall at MDCW.  Stage ups will occur throughout the season as needed.  Adequate water can be found in most units.  With the rank vegetation, very little water is visible in some units.  Good water in A-East, A-North, F-West, F-South, F-East, C South and Unit G. Smaller units have started taking water.  Larger boats will likely not float off the trailer at the A-East ramp early in the season.   Unit G is more shallow now than it has been in recent years, but has great cover and great food.   The primarily northern refuge pool will not be pumped until later in the season.  The southern refuge pool that cannot be seen from public roads has good water.  Unless a significant rain event occurs, Unit E and Unit H will have little to no water.  "Flooded timber" units will not have water until later in the season, if at all.  
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Very good moist-soil vegetation in major wetlands, some Japanese millet planted in A North,  very little corn in small wetlands. Approximately 100 acres of wheat planted across the area.  Levee renovation project was completed on portions of Unit E.    
Hunting success We haven't had a significant migration in over three weeks.  In addition, we continue to have mild weather.  These factors have contributed to lower than average success.   
Comments

NOTE:  Legal shooting hours are 1/2-hour before sunrise to SUNSET.  Late shooters (shooting after sunset) will be prosecuted.

All hunters must check-in daily using iSportsman electronic check-in from a PC, smartphone, or by phone before hunting and check out at the end of the hunt regardless of harvest.  We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman and check station requirements. Please remember to fill out the check-out report with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.  Go to:

https://kdwpt.isportsman.net

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.  Boats must have sufficient PFDs for occupants.

Go to MDCWA and click the "News" icon near the top for more information on general waterfowl habitat.  Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/19/2020

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the number of waterfowl on the area.   

Mallard Migration Rank = 1 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

11/19/2020 ( 10:00 a.m. )--- ALL WETLAND UNITS ARE FULL

3 Duck Marsh- 6 wood ducks, 24 gadwall

Willow Marsh- 5 redheads, 7 unknown dabblers, 40 coots  

Sundance Marsh- 2 unknown

Lowman's Cove- none

Shoveler Slough- none

LOCATION:South parking lot is at the intersection of W 317th St. & S Davis Rd. 

(NOTE: Motorized boats are prohibited)

Refuge- 150 coots

Water level Lake level = 1034.67; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         0% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions Moist soil vegetation had great production in all units providing ample amounts of natural food for waterfowl once flooded. Warm weather has slowed migration and waterfowl numbers are low.
Expected hunting success Poor - Fair
Comments

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/  For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Road.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

The Refuge Area is CLOSED October 1st through January 15th.



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/23/2020

Waterfowl numbers
iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) is required for all hunters, We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman.

30,000+ mixed ducks (80% Mallard,  the rest are early season migrants such as Pintail, Gadwall, Wigeon and Green Wing Teal).  10,000+ White fronted geese, 20,000+ Snow Geese and 1000 Canada Geese. 

Water level

PUMPS ARE RUNNING  

Boats will be able to launch in all pools that allow boat traffic and will be able to navigate in the boating channels.  Travel within the pools (even with mud motors) will be difficult due to shallow water conditions.  Average water depths within the pools are between 8" to 14" down to shallow sheet water.  Please utilize caution and common sense when boating within the hunting pools. Regular outboard motors will have no problem within the boating lanes but boats will have to be pushed outside of the lanes. 

Boats are not required to hunt Neosho. Walk-in hunting is readily available with very few areas over knee deep. Hunters should take caution wading the boat lane (south end) in Pool 1 (tractor roads/foot crossings are in place); the very east side of 2A, and the oxbow area of 2B.

Hunting pools are currently being staged up and will continue to be staged up throughout the hunting season to keep fresh food available.   

Pool 1- 250 acres 

Pool 2A- 100 acres 

Pool 2B- 145 acres

Pool 4A-  85 acres

Pool 4B- 50 acres

Pool 5- 15 acres (began filling the upper Pool of 5; Middle and lower end of 5 are DRY)

South Unit- Pumped for 24 hrs the 29th and 30th while river was up from recent rainfall. Did not build a lot of water but took advantage of what we could while the river was up. 

It will take a significant rainfall event to meet DWR pumping requirements and get the river levels high enough to operate the pump in it's current state.  The VFD in the pump system is not working, a new one has been ordered.  Have not heard when it will be in or installed.  

All other pools(Pools 6,7,8, & 9) are currently dry at this time.

Refuge 3.0' low. 600 acres 

    

Hunting conditions

Please see the area news page for a breakdown of habitat types within each pool. 

Hunting pressure is extremely high with very stale/nocturnal birds that have been in the area for about a month. Most birds are feeding at night and/or on the surrounding private wetlands.

Staff have been fielding an EXTREMELY high number of phone calls, we try to keep this page with the most up to date information possible to try and answer any questions you may have. We are extremely busy and may not be able to answer your phone calls. Expect very crowded conditions and please respect your fellow hunters. 

Expected hunting success

Fair to Good

We have been getting a lot of phone calls and anticipate a large crowd.  Please be respectful of other hunters and allow safe distances between hunting parties. 

Continues to be crowded both during the week and on the weekends.    

Youth, Veteran and Active Military Season Nov. 7 & 8,2020

Southeast Late Zone Regular Season Nov. 14th, 2020- Jan. 3rd,2021 and Jan. 9-31,2021 

Teal season was the 4th best on record for Neosho WA.  We had 635 Teal harvested by 231 hunters for a 2.75 BPH average. 

We want to thank everyone for the continued cooperation with utilizing our electronic check-in/out system. We encountered very few issues with compliance last hunting season.  Please continue your efforts with compliance during the 2020-21 hunting season.  Area staff look at and manipulate this data in many different ways to make management decisions for upcoming years and to also look at what management strategies worked during the hunting season.    

Comments
Reminder: Motorized watercraft are prohibited on the wildlife area until the day season opens. (i.e. 12:01 am, November 14,2020 for regular ducks season.)
All Boating regulations are enforced! (Lifejackets, navigation lights, etc.)
All boats must operate at no wake speeds within boating canals (signs are posted)

If you are having trouble logging into iSportsman, PLEASE DO NOT create a new account! Please contact our office prior to hunting, (620) 449 2539, and leave a detailed message with your name and number and we will get back with you to assist with retrieving your log in information.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, each individual hunter needs to check in/out and report his/her harvest totals. i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

Neosho WA requires all hunters to utilize the daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/to register prior to hunting season.

Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/21/2020

Waterfowl numbers

2/21/20

Duck season is closed for the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Seasons for Canada and white-fronted geese, as well as the regular season for light geese, ended on Feb. 16.

The Conservation Order Light Geese Season runs from Feb. 17 to April 30, 2020. Light geese are not commonly found in large numbers in the Toronto Reservoir area.

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Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments Waterfowl reports are expected to continue next fall. A new report will normally be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.