Southeast

This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

1JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/26/2021

Waterfowl numbers 8,500 mixed ducks, majority divers.   1,500 Dark Geese and 5,000 Light Geese  
Water level Current Level: 1041.3 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 thru 01/03/2021 and 01/9/2021 thru 01/31/2021

  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.

Edges starting to thinly ice, creeks starting to ice up, boat ramps still accessible and open, but going to be temperature dependent.   Thin ice, thicker on on south end of open water.

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

Expected hunting success  Good
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: 2/16/2021

Waterfowl numbers Several thousand ducks have been seen on and around the reservoir this week. Ice has concentrated ducks and geese in open water areas. 20-30 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 Most of the marshes are full or near full. 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.
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: 1/8/2021

Waterfowl numbers

01/08/21

Waterfowl numbers remain low.  There are always several small groups of divers on watersheds and pasture ponds as well as the reservoir.  Because of the lack of flooded vegetation birds are not lingering in the area.  There have been a few large groups of ducks on agricultural fields, however, most of the ducks have been on private fields and not on the wildlife area. A few large groups of divers (mostly mergansers) have been observed on the river recently.

Goose numbers have been fair with birds focusing on cut corn fields with wheat drilled in.

Water level Water levels have risen slightly with recent rains, but still fall short of flooding vegetation along shore lines.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Hunters can expect the see waterfowl and perhaps do some shooting, however, a limit would be hard to come by.
Comments Waterfowl reports will be updated on a bi-weekly basis during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons.  Updates will be made when significant changes in waterfowl numbers are observed. For information pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 2/10/2021

Waterfowl numbers 99% Frozen.  Very few geese using the area.     
Water levels Good water can be found in all major units.  Smaller units have been pumped.  Boat ramp at A-East has been deepened.   Unit G is more shallow now than it has been in recent years. Unless a significant rain event occurs, Unit E and Unit H will have little to no water.  "Flooded timber" units will not have water this year.    
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  
Comments

Project Update: The willows have been harvested for the stabilization project at the river pump station where the bank is being repaired.  Construction continues.  Please drive slowly when going through the construction zone.  

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: 1/6/2021

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)

01/04/2021 ( 10:00 a.m. )--- ALL WETLAND UNITS ARE FULL

3 Duck Marsh- 10 mallards

Willow Marsh- Iced over

Sundance Marsh- No birds observed

Lowman's Cove- none

Shoveler Slough- No birds 

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

(NOTE: Motorized boats are prohibited)

Refuge- Snow geese

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: 2/24/2021

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.

40,000+ mixed ducks.  5000+ White-fronted geese, 15,000+ Snow Geese and 3000 Canada Geese.  

Water level

Boats will be able to launch in all pools that allow boat traffic and will be able to navigate in the boating channels.  Average water depths within the pools are between 12" to 18" 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.

Spring drawdowns will begin the week of the 22 of February.   

Pool 1- 300 acres 90%

Pool 2A- 115 acres 85%

Pool 2B- 150 acres 90%

Pool 4A-  90 acres 95%  Walk in and non-motorized boat hunting only

Pool 4B- 60 acres 80%   Walk in and non-motorized boat hunting only

Pool 5- FULL

Pool 9- 25 acres 65%

South Unit- VFD was replaced in the control panel, so pump is ready to go but river levels are not high enough to run pump. 

Pools 7 and 8 have very minimal water from recent rainfall. Pool 6 is dry.

Refuge 2.0' low. 650 acres 

    

Hunting conditions

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

Few geese utilizing the hunting pools at this time.

 

Expected hunting success

DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED

Dark Goose season is CLOSED. 

Light Goose regular season is CLOSED.

Conservation Light Goose season is from February 15 - April 30, 2021    

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 during this hunting season.  However, there are still around 70 people checked in and in order to compile and complete the data we need you to please check out.  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: 1/8/2021

Waterfowl numbers

01/08/21

Ducks remain present in small numbers.  Most groups of birds observed have been limited to roughly one to two dozen birds.  Most of the birds observed have been divers.  Most pasture ponds and water sheds are holding small groups of birds.  If conditions are right for ponds to ice up, expect birds to concentrate on the reservoir.  

Water level Water levels have risen slightly, however, water is still short of flooding any vegetation.  Area marshes remain dry.  
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success With mostly divers being observed hunters could have some success on the reservoir, however, a limit of birds may be hard to come by.
Comments Waterfowl reports will be posted on a bi-weekly basis throughout the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. Updates will be made when a significant change in bird numbers is observed.  For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.