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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 9/5/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers   Approximately 200 teal total.                                                                                                                                     
Water level 22.8 ft. low
Hunting conditions Flooded phragmites and cattails on most of the shoreline.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments

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

Current Weather



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 9/6/2018 Print

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 - 800 teal (mostly blue-wings) observed this week  

Mallard Migration Index (0)

Water level As of 9/5 we are 2 feet above (normal) conservation pool and likely to rise a little more.
Hunting conditions Good to excellent.  Beware that newly flooded areas will hide the birds from sight very well.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good.  Birds should be widely scattered over the whole property with newly flooded vegetation and crop fields.  
Comments

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: 9/11/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

4,000 to 5,000 ducks on the area. Mostly Blue-Winged Teal with Mallards, Pintail and Wood Ducks mixed in. 

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

Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 0 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels

The high water has receded and water levels are slowly starting to drop.  However, all marshes remain full.  

Water levels will be brought down in Gun Club and Gamekeeper Marshes so construction can continue in Gamekeeper Marsh. Water levels will be updated in the weekly waterfowl report.

Hunting conditions

Due to the construction project, the west road that leads to the boat access area in Gamekeeper Marsh along Marsh Creek will be closed. Hunters that are wanting to launch boats can launch at the ramp just north of the Gamekeeper dam on the east side.

Boaters need to make sure their registration is current and they have all necessary equipment on board and operational, including life jackets and navigation lights.

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

REMINDER:  

iSportsman is in use.  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 UNTIL OCTOBER 1

Expected hunting success

Fair - Birds have scattered to areas where they are receiving less pressure but remain on or near the Wildlife Area. Hunters averaged close to five birds per hunter opening day and have averaged three birds per hunter since.  Scouting is encouraged to find areas where the birds are concentrating. 

Several non-game birds have been found shot on the area. Hunters are encouraged to positively identify their targets. If there is any doubt about what it is, DON'T SHOOT!

Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

Teal - Low Plains Early Zone (LPEZ) - September 8, 2018 - September 23, 2018

Youth Duck (LPEZ) - October 6 - 7, 2018

Duck (LPEZ) - October 13, 2018 - December 16, 2018 & December 22, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Canada Goose - October 27 - 28, 2018 & November 7, 2018 - February 17, 2019

White-Fronted Goose - October 27, 2018 - December 30, 2018 & January 26 - February 17, 2019

Light Goose - October 27 - 28, 2018 & November 7 - February 17, 2019

Conservation Order - February 18, 2019 - April 30, 2019

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)

PUDDLER AND RINGNECK MARSHES ARE 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.

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 CLOSED FROM OCTOBER 1 TO JANUARY 31 on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh.

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



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/5/2018 Print

10Waterfowl numbers 80 teal and 25 wood ducks ducks.  80 Canada geese.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 1
Water level Reservoir is at 1581.79 or 0.81 feet below conservation pool (1582.6) or 88.1% full. Inflows to Lovewell(660.1 cfs) from the Courtland Canal. Outflows to the Kansas Bostwick irrigation District are 122.1 cfs. Irrigation season will end Friday September 7. Drawdown was later this season so not much vegetation on the bare mudflats.
Hunting condition Fair. Most mudflats covered and concealing vegetation is close to the shoreline. We received 7.8" of precipitation since Saturday 9/1. 
Expected hunting success  Poor. Early teal opens Saturday September 8.
Comments

PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE 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. No hunting from the park shoreline.. INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH APRIL 15. All boat ramps open and usable.  All boat ramps are useable at this reservoir elevation. Boat ramps in the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area) require a Kansas State Park Permit. Wildlife Area Boat Ramps (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. Lovewell Wildlife Area has been requiring all hunters to register with our paper card, Hunter Survey System and this is still required but a new system called i-Sportsman is now in effect that allows hunters to check-in and check-out electronically with a PC, smartphone, any mobile device and even a rotary dial phone. Hunters are encouraged to pre-register for an account on-line and must do so from a PC, establish a password and  PIN. This will really speed up the process over the card system. 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. If you can't get into iSportsman, please make an effort to completely fill out a daily hunt card.  The information is valuable so please keep trying to check-in, even after the hunt.We do not want technical issues to prevent someone from hunting. If using the card system, the top portion of the two-part permit must be filled out and returned to the survey station prior to hunting and the bottom portion kept with the hunter to record hunting activity. After the hunt the bottom portion is also returned to the survey station where the permits will be collected and information recorded to assist managers with improving the area.This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.  We thank you for your patience. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!

PLEASE DO NOT PICK-UP DEAD GEESE, DUCKS or OTHER MIGRATORY BIRDS YOU FIND IN THE STATE PARK OR WILDLIFE AREA. IT IS ILLEGAL. THE STATE PARK IS NOT OPEN TO HUNTING. TO POSSESS A MIGRATORY BIRD ANYWHERE YOU MUST HAVE A VALID HUNTING LICENSE FOR THE STATE YOU ARE IN AND FOLLOW THE SEASON, BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS FOR THAT STATE.  WILDLIFE DIE FROM NATURAL CAUSES LIKE DISEASE, OTHER HEALTH ISSUES AND SOMETIMES FROM THE RIGORS OF MIGRATION. SOME OF THESE WILDLIFE HAVE BEEN WOUNDED AND MAKE IT BACK TO THE ROOST ONLY TO SUCCUMB FROM THEIR WOUNDS. PARK AND WILDLIFE AREA STAFF MONITOR THE SHORELINES AND PERIODICALLY SAMPLE WILDLIFE FOR SIGNS OF DISEASE. IF YOU SEE EVIDENCE OF ANY LARGE DIE-OFFS OF MIGRATORY BIRDS IN YOUR AREA PLEASE NOTIFY A KANSAS WILDLIFE AND PARKS OFFICE OR EMPLOYEE. THANKS 



NORTON - Last Updated: 9/12/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

150 ducks. 100 dark geese. 100 teal.

Mallard Migration 1 (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir is close to the same elevation as last year. The lake is approximately 11 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions The lake has received enough inflow over the summer to keep the water level stable. There are some shallow areas that should provide places to kill early season birds.
Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Minimal
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 2018

Teal Season: September 15 - 23, 2018

Youth Duck Season: October 6-7, 2018

Regular Duck Season:  October 13, 2018 - December 31, 2018 AND January 12-27, 2019.

Goose Season: October 27 - 28, 2018 AND November 7, 2018 - February 17,2019.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 9/6/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 80 - 100 teal; opportunities along Alum amd Thompson Creek areas;
Water level 1469.27 ft and rising
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 0

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

Hunting conditions Fair if water continues to rise into shoreline vegetation
   
Comments

Kanopolis Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone. 

Early teal season is open Sept 8-23, 2018

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

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

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 9/5/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

500 ducks (some teal)  

Mallard Migration Rank 1 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level At conservation level.
Hunting conditions Inflows in 2018 raised the reservoir to 7 feet above conservation level.  Releases to maintain the reservoir at this level and then irrigation releases have resulted in the reservoir being presently at conservation level.  Due to the slow drawdown and above average rainfall, the shoreline has a lot of vegetative growth on it with limited areas of exposed bare mudflats.  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.  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.  Few teal presently 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. 

Teal Season

Sept. 9 - 24, 2017

Blue/Green Algae

The reservoir is presently under a warning for blue/green algae.  It is recommended not to wade in the water and keep pets out of the water. 

Teal Season

Sept. 8-23, 2018

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir  Duck Season      

Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 19-27, 2019 

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Oct. 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

WHITE-FRONTED   Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26-Feb. 17, 2019

LIGHT GEESE  Oct. 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 18 - April 30, 2019

ICE CONDITIONS

None

 

 

 2018 - 2019 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map



WILSON - Last Updated: 9/5/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 40 teal. A few groups of teal observed in the last few days.
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 1517.37 ft; 1.4 ft above conservation and stable
Hunting conditions Fair to good with higher lake elevation providing flooded shoreline vegetation
Expected hunting success Fair to good if numbers increase
Comments

Wilson Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone 

Refuge CLOSED SEPT 1 through JAN 31

Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramps are OPEN.

Click HERE for Duck Season, Regulation, and Research information.

Click HERE for hunting regulations in Lucas Park, Minooka Park and Sylvan Park.



This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/14/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Mallard Migration Rank:  0  (Estimate of potential mallard numbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest)Zero to few birds are on the area 
Water level

A map of our wetlands is now available under the Wetland Map tab to the right.

Wetland #1

      - Pumping began September 4th.  Wetland has hunt-able water. 

Wetland #2

      - Pump will remain off until later in the season. 

Wetland #3

      - Wetland is nearly full. 

Wetland #4

      - Wetland is full. 

Wetland #5

      - Pumping began September 5th.  Hunt-able water will persist shortly after.  

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. The application and drawing will take place online only in 2017. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

Hunting conditions Good quality wetland vegetation persists in all wetland complexes.  Native vegetation such as annual smartweeds, barnyard grass, and arrow leaf are the most common vegetation.  Japanese millet has been planted with good success in pool #4.  
Expected hunting success Currently success rates are expected to be low.  Few birds have been seen on the area.
Comments  



CLINTON - Last Updated: 9/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

09/07/18

There are a few teal that have been seen on Clinton Lake.  However, the numbers seem to be fluctuating quite a bit.  As of 09/06/18 approximately 200 birds were observed on the west end of the lake. 

 

Lake level Two feet low
Hunting conditions Currently there is no water in any of the marshes at Clinton Wildlife Area.  Due to a hot and dry spring and summer the lake is low and we do not have permission to pump.  Hopefully rainfall will change that soon.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To register, please go to  https://kdwpt.isportsman.net. This will be mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters. The card survey stations have been removed. Plan ahead and sign up for I-sportsman now.  

Please remember that trapping is also allowed on the Wildlife Area.

Rock Creek Boat Ramp is CLOSED.

 
 



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 9/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers We are currently without a Manager for Hillsdale.  Pumping will be minimal for waterfowl season most likely.
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Minimal

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Minimal

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Minimal

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Minimal

Wade Branch Wetlands - Minimal

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - None

Comments  Remember to check-in to iSportsman prior to each hunt. 



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 9/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks: <10 ducks

Geese: 0

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success poor
Comments

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

Individuals wishing to hunt Unit #2 of the wildlife area must enter through the main gate and sign in at the guard house. Be sure to have a photo I.D. with you when checking in.

Hunters are required to drive maintained roads only. A map will be provided to all hunters showing open roads as well as parking areas. Vehicles are allowed to park in parking areas only.



MILFORD WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Approximately 500 teal are believed to be on the area.  The river crested 6 feet above flood stage on Sept 6th and has receded to be below flood stage however many of the wetlands are still very full of flood water.  

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 numbers of waterfowl on the area.

Lake level Current Level is 1150.28 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 4,000 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 900 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production has been desirable in many of the wetland areas.  All managed wetlands currently have either pumped water or flood water in them.  The high flood waters are expected to severely damage the quality and food value of the vegetation in the wetlands for the entire waterfowl season.

No activites/hunting allowed in the Steve Lloyd Wetland/Refuge.

Motorized boats are only allowed in the Mall Creek wetland, electric motors are considered "motorized". All other public hunting wetlands are open to NON motorized boats and walk in hunting.

Expected hunting success Fair.  High flood waters will make hunting access more difficult.
Comments

Do NOT drive on dikes. Vehicles disrupt and discourage waterfowl from using the wetland areas. We have had several dikes being damaged due to unauthorized vehicles driving on them. Scouting is best done on foot to evaluate bird numbers and habitat conditions.

Please report any vehicles on dikes and anyone seen disturbing our pumps. Without the pumps in optimal condition we are unable to pump the wetlands to their greatest potential.

Remember - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Milford Wildlife Area. All hunters (youth included) must first register online by creating an account.  Hunters can then check in using the I-sportsman system from any phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.



PERRY - Last Updated: 9/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 9/7/2018 and around 200 Teal were observed. There are also some Wood Ducks in the area so Teal hunters should be cautious and know both their target and what lies behind it. 

*DON'T FORGET TO USE THE ISPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM WHEN HUNTING AT PERRY WILDLIFE AREA. THIS IS A FREE AND REQUIRED DAILY HUNT PERMIT SYSTEM THAT ALL HUNTERS MUST USE WHEN ACCESSING THE AREA. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 0 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 1.50 feet below conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
The drought this summer has provided the opportunity for a lot of habitat work/renovation work to be completed around Perry. West River is the only wetland that is currently being pumped for Teal season, and that is the upper unit only. Kyle Marsh renovations are nearing completion, and if they finish before the end of Teal season, we will put water on. We do anticipate Kyle Marsh to be back to normal and pumped for this years big duck season.    
Expected hunting success Poor to Fair
Comments
With the extreme drought this year, it allowed for significant work to be completed in nearly every pool. Everything from tree/brush removal, disking, spraying, and seeding were done in many different pools this summer.  
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools.  Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.

Kyle: Kyle marsh renovations are very near complete and we anticipate them being completed in time to pump for big duck season. If they finish in the next couple weeks we will pump for Teal, however that is unlikely. Kyle East: Major renovations have been done to the this unit of Kyle. Levee reconstruction, installation of a screw gate structure to move water from the East to the West, tree/brush clearing through the entire unit, millet and sorghum seeding throughout, and ditch work for improved drainage was all completed. Kyle West: This unit dried completely this year and allowed for a tremendous amount of native moist soil vegetation to grow which will provide endless amounts of food for ducks once flooded. We also spread some Japanese Millet in the mud flats of the West unit earlier this summer and it all is growing well. A boat lane was constructed to make for easier travel for boats from the ramp to the South end of the unit. Both boat ramps will also be renovated and additional gravel added for easier boat launching as well. HCR-10

West River: Once again, with help from the Leavenworth Ducks Unlimited Chapter we were able to spread Millet and Sorghum in both the upper and lower units of West River. A significant amount of tree/brush removal was conducted in both the upper and lower units of West River along with some cocklebur spraying, sorghum planting, and corn planting.  North- HCR-9, South- HCR-9. Pumping has begun in the upper unit, and as we approach big duck season we will begin flooding into the South unit as well.

Upper Ferguson: This unit was mostly dry going into the spring/summer and never got any additional rain to supplement. With the extremely dry conditions in this pool, this promoted some marestail and ragweeds, however we still got a good crop of annual smartweeds and millets mixed in as well.   This is our refuge marsh and closes October 1st through January 15th.  HCR-7.

Lassister: West Unit: We dewatered this unit after 2 years of holding flood water from 2016 in order to deal with the Lotus and River Bullrush encroachment we were experiencing. We burned this entire unit this spring and disked the entire thing to set back all the Bullrush. This unit will remain dry this season and is planned to be farmed with corn next spring. East Unit: This unit got very dry this year and promoted a lot of annual sunflower growth and about half the unit was disked which set back some of those larger growing plants and promoted some more moist soil vegetation. This unit is runoff dependent and will need some significant rainfall to get huntable water levels. HCR: 7

Northwest: Nearly all woody vegetation was removed from within this unit. Corn was planted in this wetland to provide food for ducks and also to hep with the Reed Canarygrass issue that was covering most of the wetland. The new water control structure is installed in the East part of the wetland. This wetland will be able to be pumped with our new marsh pump that was constructed earlier this year. The tenant will leave approximately 25% of the corn standing to be flooded for the ducks. This has a junior water right and is dependent on river flows, and we will pump after the corn is harvested.   HCR-8  

Headquarters: This wetland was planted to corn and is runoff dependent still as we have plans to soon run a pipeline from our new marsh pump to the HQ marsh, however that will not be done until the Headquarters marsh expansion is completed. We are using farming as a technique to keep the area "cleaned up" from tree/brush growth so that once expansion work is ready to begin it will be much easier. We intend on starting the HQ marsh expansion as soon as next year. We will add boards to the water control structure after the corn is harvested and this unit will be reliant on rainfall for filling up. 

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was drawn down this spring and planted almost entirely to corn. The deer have done some significant damage to this corn, however there is still a good amount out there. This practice was not only to provide food for the ducks but to help remove the invasive Phragmites that was starting to show up in the unit.  HCR-7. This unit is reliant on runoff to fill and the corn will all remain unharvested in this pool. 

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer and the vegetation growth has been good this summer with some Millet spread as well. HCR-8. This unit is dependent on runoff to fill and has a significant drainage, making it one of the easier units to fill up from rainfall. 

Reichart: This unit was drawn down and a significant amount of brush/tree removal occurred. We also sprayed some non-desirables and drilled some millet. This unit also has corn planted in the upper half or so of the unit to help with reed canaraygrass issues. This wetland will be able to be pumped with our new marsh pump that was constructed earlier this year. The tenant will leave approximately 25% of the corn standing to be flooded for the ducks. This has a junior water right and is dependent on river flows, and we will pump after the corn is harvested.   HCR-8. 

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.

Perry WA has transitioned to a daily permit system called iSportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Perry 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.

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.

   



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/10/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

200 ducks   20 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =

Water level The lake is currently at 1082 and increasing for the foreseeable future. 
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Moderate
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  The Bridge on Rolander Road is  covered by water and is not passable, I would advise to not go around using Case Ravine Rd considering the amount of rain that has fallen.  Also 14th Road south of the Black Vermillion Marsh is also closed due to being under water and not passable. The good news is there is plenty of flooded vegetation that should hold teal if you can find them.



This is a collection of all the Southwest Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 9/14/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Duck numbers vary drastically throughout the day.  There may only be around a thousand during daylight hours.  There is a huge flight leaving the area prior to legal shooting hours and they usually are not coming back until after legal shooting hours.  There may be 10,000+ ducks here at night, mostly bluewing teal, with some greenwings as well.  Still a lot of NON-TEAL DUCKS like mallards, shovelers, gadwall, wigeon, wood ducks, and especially pintail.  If you can't ID a duck, then don't pull the trigger.  Few geese have shown up.
Water level

Pool 1A is near 39", 1B and 1C are around 25", 2 has about 19", 3A has 1", 3B has 11", 4A has 2", 4B has 10", 5 has 20". 

Water in storage will be saved to supplement the pools prior to regular duck season.  3A is being pumped out to burn dead cattails.

Hunting conditions

Pool 2:  Good moist soil production in areas that were sprayed the last couple years and in areas that were free of cattails.  About 200 acres of cattails was aerially sprayed on 8/1/18.  Refuge portions of Pool 2 will be open during teal season only.

Pool 3A:  All of the pool was aerially sprayed for cattails on 8/1/18.  Like always it will be closed to motorized boats.  No additional water will be added to 3A at this time.

Pool 3B:  209 acres were disked twice and drilled to millet.  Another 40 acres was no-till drilled to millet.  Another 300 acres of cattails have been disked.  Good moist soil production. 

Pool 4A:  Some moist soil production.  No additional water will be added to 4A at this time.

Pool 4B:  80 acres were disked twice and planted to millet.  Another 38 acres were no-till drilled to millet.  Good moist soil production. 

Pool 5: All 1,400 acres were burned and disked at least 5 times.  There are a few areas of cattails along the dike and in some deeper spots that are still too wet to disk.  Pool 5 will be open for teal season.

Burned an additional 1,500 acres of uplands and small wetlands in Pool 5 and 3B.

Use the foot crossings along the 3B/4A road, 3A, and along 4B as channels have been dug out for de-watering and are very deep. 

Expected hunting success Good.  Since the opener, hunters have averaged 4.5 teal/hunter.  Recent rains have completely changed to outlook of the season.
Comments

Due to the wet conditions during opening weekend of teal season, the road took a beating and are rough, but being worked on.

MOTORIZED BOATS ALLOWED ONLY DURING OPEN WATERFOWL SEASON

LEGAL SHOOTING HOURS ARE 30 MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

UNLAWFUL TO SHOOT FROM ROADS OR DIKES ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

DO NOT PARK BLOCKING ROADS, GATES, BOAT RAMPS, FOOT CROSSINGS, ETC.

NO TRASH POLICY ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

Teal - 9/8/18 to 9/23/18

Youth - 10/6/18 - 10/7/18

Regular Ducks, Low Plains Early Zone - 10/13/18 to 12/16/18 and 12/22/18 to 12/30/18

Goose Seasons:

Canada - 10/27/18 to 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 to 2/17/19

Whitefront - 10/27/18 to 12/30/18 and 1/26/19 to 2/17/19

Light - 10/27/18 to 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 to 2/17/19

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  

Hunters are required to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit 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.

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 CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx



ISABEL - Last Updated: 9/14/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 9/14.
Water level The west pool adjacent to Hwy. 42 is full with areas of open water.  The main lake is 75% full but mostly covered with vegetation.  The pools south and east of the main lake are nearly dry.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  September 8-23, 2018

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 20-21, 2018

Ducks (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 27 - December 30, 2018, and January 19-27, 2018

Canada Geese:  October 27-28, 2018 and November 7, 2018 - February 17, 2019

White-Fronted Geese:  October 27 - December 30, 2018 and January 26 - February 17, 2019

Light Geese:  October 27-28, 2018 and November 7, 2018 - February 17, 2019

Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system this year. 

KDWPT IMPLEMENTED AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM STARTING THE 2015-2016 HUNTING SEASONS

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.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER.

PAPER PERMITS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT ISABEL WETLANDS. iSportsman WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY ON THIS AREA IN 2018-2019.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 9/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl number Approximately 1,000 ducks, mostly blue-winged teal.
Water level The area received over 6 inches of rain 9/2 - 9/3.  All mapped pools are completely full with additional water on the area.
Hunting conditons Water levels are high with areas over 5 foot deep.
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  9/8/18 - 9/23/18

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/6/18 - 10/7/18

Regular Ducks (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/13/18 - 12/16/18 and 12/22/18 -12/30/18

Goose Seasons:

Canada:  10/27/18 - 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 - 2/17/19

Whitefront:  10/27/18 - 12/30/18 and 1/26/19 - 2/17/19

Light:  10/27/18 - 10/28/18 and 11/7/18 - 2/17/19

KDWPT IS CONTINUING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2018-2019 HUNTING SEASONS

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.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER.

PAPER PERMITS MAY STILL BE AVAILABLE AT SOME OF THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.



This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 9/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers Teal numbers are limited right now with local Wood Ducks and other larger ducks interspersed. 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is almost full.  All marshes are planted to Japanese Millet with some being filled currently and other awaiting filling closer to the regular season duck opener. 
Hunting conditions   WARNING-New rip rap has been added to the Kingman State Lake dam and until the metal has been removed, it poses a hazard to hunters, fishermen, and their dogs. 
Expected hunting success Limited.
Comments Hunters! Bids closed for the NAWCA wetland project as of 10/17/2017.  We started moving dirt the week of November 13, 2017 and the north project was completed last winter.  We will be flooding those marshes west and north of the lake with a shallow depth in order to not threaten the integrity of the dikes while perennial vegetation is being established.   Also, a new kayak/canoe launch has been installed on the dam just west of the refuge line to aid launching boats across the rip rap.  We will be adding a hardened surface beside it to better facilitate launching.  The south part of the NAWCA project in the old Bison Marsh was not started in 2018 due to wet conditions, however, it will be flooded and the work put off until 2019.    



CHENEY - Last Updated: 9/18/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers  No water fowl observed at this time
Water level  Above Conservation Pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 9/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl were observed on 9/13/18.  Some flooded vegetation exists within upper reaches of the lake making it difficult to view all waterfowl use.  Scouting is encouraged prior to your hunt.                                                   
Water levels 0.8' feet above conservation elevation (1,274') on 9/13/18.
Hunting conditions Habitat conditions are improved as compared to most years.  Food producing vegetation became established on lake fringes as a result of drought conditions and declining lake levels.  In mid-August rains returned and gradually filled the lake in early September.  
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair.      
Comments Low Plains Teal Season is Sept. 8-23.              



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 9/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers   No teal observed on 09/13.
Water level Approximately 0.16' below conservation elevation (1339') on 09/13.  
Hunting conditions Most of the summer the lake was approximately 4.5' below conservation pool.  Good moist soil production of vegetation has occurred along the exposed shore line and mud flat areas throughout the summer due to the low water levels.  With a recent raise in water level improved habitat conditions may enhance opportunities for waterfowl hunters with the beginning of the teal season. 
Expected hunting success poor
Comments

NOTE: El Dorado Lake is located within the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Teal, Low Plains:  Sept. 8-23, 2018

Youth Waterfowl Season:   Nov. 3-4, 2018

Duck, Low Plains Southeast Zone:  Nov 10, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019 and Jan. 12-27, 2019

Canada Geese:   Oct. 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018- Feb. 17, 2019

White-Fronted Geese:   Oct. 27-Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26-Feb. 17, 2019

Light Geese:   Oct 27-28, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019

Light Geese, Conservation Order:   Feb. 18-April 20, 2019



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are few teal using the river at this time.  The water level is high on the river at this time.
Mallard Migration Rank=0 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level High
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 8-23, 2018

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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

Season: November 10, 2018 - January 6, 2019 AND January 12-27, 2019

Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 9/14/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

ATTENTION:  i-Sportsman is up and running, and all hunters are REQUIRED to use the new system!  Please check in, report your harvest, and check out using the mandatory electronic hunt permit system.  Thanks!

Friday, 14 September 2018:

Teal season:  08 - 23 September 2018.

Heavy hunting pressure this week has moved lots of teal off the area.  As of noon on Friday, 276 hunters reported a harvest of 790 teal, for an average of ~2.9 teal per hunter.

Approximately 1,000 - 1,500 teal were observed during a survey of the area Friday morning, with the Big Basin unit holding the best numbers.  A fair number of shovelers and wood ducks were observed during the survey, so be careful choosing your targets!

See "Water Levels" below for more information. 

Remember that all activities in the refuge areas are prohibited.

Current Information  Road conditions have improved across the area.   Scouting is the key to locating accesible areas with huntable water. 
Water levels

Big Basin:  The west and north sides of the Big Basin received a good shot of runoff in late July, and the marshes in this area have the most water, especially Pools 1, 2, 14, 15 and 16.  Pumping efforts are ongoing in a couple of the marshes north of Moccasin.

Chain of Lakes:  This unit has a fair amount of water, but open water is limited due to dense vegetation.  Be aware of the property boundary and stay off of the private land to the east.

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Pumping efforts and good rains have finally made a positive impact on this unit!  A month ago it was completely dry, but now Pools 13 and 14, along with both Sinkholes, are full.  Other wetlands in this unit have huntable water, although limited.  Scouting will pay off here.

Hunting conditions Although the area has finally received some much needed moisture, all of the wetlands do not have water.  The limited availability of water is going to cause crowded conditions, so please be safe and careful, and plan accordingly.    Moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area. 
Expected hunting success Fair to good, but that could improve considerably if the area continues to receive rain.
Comments

ATTENTION:

MPWL has transitioned to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register with i-Sportsman prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Kansas hunters should be aware that iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required on 25 wildlife areas, including McPherson Valley Wetlands (check the 2018 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary or kdwpt.isportsman.net for a list).

iSportsman replaces the old paper permits and allows hunters to conveniently check in and out using a telephone, smartphone or home computer. As with the old paper system, information gathered helps area managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference. The paper system was inconvenient for hunters and labor intensive for managers. 

**THERE IS A "NO TRASH POLICY" IN EFFECT AT MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS.  PLEASE CARRY OUT WHATEVER YOU CARRY IN, INCLUDING EMPTY HULLS AND OTHER TRASH.  PLEASE TRY TO LEAVE YOUR HUNTING SPOT AS CLEAN OR CLEANER THAN IT WAS WHEN YOU ARRIVED.  THANKS!!!

REFUGE AREAS:   THE SOUTH REFUGE AREA IN THE BIG BASIN IS OFF-LIMITS TO ALL ACTIVITIES, AND THIS INCLUDES DUCK HUNTING.  THERE IS NO HUNTING OR PUBLIC ACCESS OF ANY KIND ALLOWED IN THE REFUGE!!

The Little Sinkhole/Farland Lake marsh unit is included in the EARLY low-plains duck zone (as is the rest of MPWL).

All shotgun hunters at McPherson Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 9/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 35 teal present on the area at this time.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:1

 This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water
 level
All pools have some water in them.
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair
Comments

SCWL is using a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at SCWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 8-23, 2018
  • 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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 27, 2018-Dec. 30, 2018 AND Jan. 19-27, 2019
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

Also, all shotgun hunters at Slate Creek Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

 Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgment before entering these roadways.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620)-876-5730. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics.



MARION - Last Updated: 9/7/2018 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Current waterfowl numbers are low and have been changing day to day.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=0 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is currently 1347.11 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Fair.

Lake levels have been below conservation pool for all of 2018. Many of the boat ramps are closed.

There has been very good moist soil production on the shoreline and mudflats (yellow nut sedge, smartweed, barnyard grass), however, this vegetation does not have significant flooding yet. Crops in the areas surrounding the reservoir have been poor due to drought this year.

0% Ice coverage.

Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments Remember Marion Reservoir has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on.



This a collection of all the Southeast Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/21/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2/21/18

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is now closed. The seasons for Canada geese & white-fronted geese are closed. The light goose conservation order will continue from Feb. 19 to Apr. 30, 2018.

Water level The reservoir is 0.5 ft. below conservation pool level.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is approximately 0% frozen over.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the next fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 9/14/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers 300-500 teal spotted, but rank vegetation makes it difficult to see well.
Water level RESERVOIR NEAR POOL LEVEL. GOOD WATER AMOUNTS IN WETLANDS.
Hunting conditions GOOD VEGETATION
Expected hunting success Fair to Good.
Comment 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).



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 2/21/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

2/21/18

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is now closed. The seasons for Canada geese & white-fronted geese are closed. The light goose conservation order will continue from Feb. 19 to Apr. 30, 2018.

Water level Water level is at approximately 0.61 ft. below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir has approximately 0% ice cover.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the next fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 9/6/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers  Extremely scattered birds.  There are numerous flocks of Green Wing Teal on and around John Redmond Reservoir, but due to recent flooding, birds are very scattered with excellent flooded vegetation pretty much everywhere.
Water level Current Level: 1043.5 Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0
Hunting conditions

Teal Season- Low Plains- Sept. 8th-23rd

Duck Season- Southeast Zone-  Opens Nov. 10, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019       and        January 12, 2019  through January 27, 2019.

Excellent habitat this year in reservoir and surrounding areas.  

   DU Marsh is open, and consist of standing flooded Milo and Millet and moist soil annuals, 95% of full water level, but 100%.   Lower marsh is currently 80% full,  and consist of some millet and moist soil annuals.  Upper Marsh below dam is 100% full.   All three department managed marshes are open for public waterfowl hunting, and are located below John Redmond Dam south of spillway.  Beware, both the upper and lower marsh's contain some deep water in lower portions, well over 6 feet in depth.   The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership, but should benefit all, as protected loafing areas that are out of the wind.

Expected hunting success Teal Opener- On reservoir- Fair.   In Marshes- 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.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 9/14/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers > 2,000.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 0.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels Huntable water in Units A-East, A-North, and G.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Water is generally shallow but ideal for teal season.  WARNING -- Toxic levels of blue-green algae have been documented in the southeast corner of Unit G (boat ramp area) and in Boicourt Lake.  DO NOT let your dog drink or come in contact with the water at these sites -- death could result.  For more information about blue-green algae go to:  http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/download/Hunter_and_fishing_guide.pdf
Hunting success Opening day:  325 teal / 91 hunters = 3.6 teal/hunter.  Sunday thru Thursday:  78 teal / 96 hunters = 0.8 teal/hunter.
Comments

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: 9/14/2018 Print

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 numbers of waterfowl on the area.   

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

09/14/2018 ( 8:00 AM )---3 Duck Marsh- West unit is pumped and full of water, no waterfowl at time of survey.  

                      Willow Marsh- North unit is pumped and full, no waterfowl at time of survey. 

                      Sundance Marsh- This marsh is dry and will most likely be all year unless we receive a large amount of rain. 

                      Lowman's Cove- Mostly dry and is controlled by run off moisture only.

                      Shoveler's Slough- Pumped roughly 23 acre feet, only 15 blue wing teal, great water.

Melvern Lake Reservoir: 

Water level Lake level = 1034.05; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         0% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions Japanese and German millet (50/50 mix) has been drilled in all 5 of our wetlands and is limited due to drought conditions throughout the summer. Millet as well as Milo was planted in alternating strips throughout all of our wetlands to provide varying structure heights as well as options for ducks to feed on moist soil vegetation and grains. Varying food sources an abundance of invertebrates should provide enough food for the ducks to hang around all season.    
Expected hunting success Poor 
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: 9/13/2018 Print

Waterfowl numbers

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

400-500 teal 

ATTENTION: Wood ducks are present and using the same pools as the teal. Hunters are reminded to make sure of their target prior to shooting!!!

Mallard Migration Rank

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

MMR=0

0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

All BOATS MUST OPERATE AT NO-WAKE SPEEDS WITHIN BOATING CANALS

Pool 1- 100 acres 

Pool 2A- 80 acres

Pool 2B- 25 Acres 

Pool 4B- 35 acres

Pools 4A, 5, 6, 7, and 8 currently dry

Refuge -2.1' low (approx. 600 acres)

South Unit- Dry and will remain dry for 2018-2019 seasons for renovation work (see "Area News").

For more information on the water level conditions for upcoming season please see the area news by clicking link below and clicking on the "NEWS" icon.
      
Hunting conditions

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

Excellent.  Please see the area news page for a breakdown of habitat types within each pool.  Click on link below for a current map of the area.

    

Expected hunting success

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

Fair. Early Teal Season September 8-23, 2018

Teal opener was very good. Sunday through Thursday has been poor.

 We still have hunters that have not checked out of the isportsman system.  Please check to make sure it is not you.  Thanks         

Comments
SE Zone Regular Duck Season CLOSED!!!!

If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks

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.

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.

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

For additional area news please visit the area website at: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/26/2014 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1500 ducks, 
Water level Lake is 972.41 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.