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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 3/16/2022 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

DUCK SEASON is CLOSED.

Most of the geese have left.  Numbers changing daily.

 *****REVIEW Kansas Boating Regulations if you are using a boat to hunt. *****

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

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

Cedar Bluff Waterfowl Refuge
Water level Reservoir Elevation - 2131 (13 ft. low)  
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Fair.  
Comments

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

Low Plains Late Duck Zone Season Dates

Teal - Sept 11-26 Duck - Oct. 30-Jan. 2 and Jan. 22-30 

Dark and Light Geese - Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 2-Feb 13

White-fronted Geese - Oct 30-Jan. 2 and Jan.22-Feb 13

Contact Cedar Bluff Area Office 785-726-3212 for more information.

Water Refuge is in effect November 1- January 31

Land Refuge is in effect September 1 - January 31

North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting.

Youth / Mentor hunting is also available

Zebra Mussels, Eurasian Milfoil, and Phragmites are present in Cedar Bluff Reservoir.  Please clean and dry all equipment, decoys and boats before hunting other bodies of water.

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 7/20/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS at Glen Elder WA are required to check-in AND check-out daily. Go to https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin and check in using your licensing login credentials.

This regulation went into effect on September 1, 2017.

It is YOUR responsibility to know a property's regulations, refuge(s) and duck zone boundaries, etc. BEFORE you hunt. 

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

Open Light Geese Conservation season 2/14/2022- 4/30/2022

Survey run 2/23/2022 

150,000 Snow Geese.  Geese are moving around a lot and numbers are highly variable day to day. 

Glen Elder map

Water level Lake is about a foot low.  Lots of bare mudflats around the entire lake.     
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success

Poor.  Duck Season is closed. Dark Geese Seasons are closed

Light Geese Conservation Order - 2/14/2022- 4/30/2022

Large numbers of snow geese are using Glen Elder.

Comments

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

The Carr Creek boat ramp may be challenging to utilize while water levels are low as there is a lot of silt buildup in that creek.

Low Plains Early Zone season is closed for the season.  This zone includes the area NORTH of US Hwy 24. 

Low Plains Late Duck Zone season Re-opens 1/22/22 to 1/30/22.  This zone includes the area SOUTH of Hwy 24. 

Dark geese season will remain open thru 2/13/22.

Whitefront season will be 10/30/21 to 1/2/22 and 1/22/22 thru 2/13/22

Light geese season will remain open thru 2/13/22.  Conservation season will run 2/14/22 thru 4/30/22.

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: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Some snow geese in the area, but are not using the marshes due to ice cover.

OPEN LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION SEASON -  2/14-4/30/22.

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin  using your licensing login credentials. 

Water levels

100% ice cover at this time.

The area has experienced an extremely dry summer and the managers moved water from storage so less than 60% of the area has huntable water.  With that being said, marshes that are open to boats, have lower water levels than in years past. Hunters that plan to utilize boats (especially motorized boats) need to use extreme caution.

Puddler Marsh: Dry Gamekeeper Marsh: 10% full with mostly sheet water with areas of one to four inches; Gun Club West Marsh: 70% full with an average depth of 15 inches. Boating will be difficult in spots until water levels increase; Gun Club East: 60% full at the same elevation as Gun Club West Marsh, average depth of 10 inches.  Boating may be difficult in this marsh as well; Greenwing Marsh; 60% full with an average depth of 9"; Marsh Creek Marsh: 35% full as water was pumped out of this marsh to fill Buffalo Creek North Marsh.  The creek channel itself is around six feet deep.  Buffalo Creek Marshes: The north marsh is 40% full with an average depth of 8", The south Marsh is dry and we will need some rain to have sufficient water to fill; Pintail Marsh: Dry and will need significant rains to fill.  

All marshes have excellent moist soil habitat and cover. Several areas have been planted to millet, corn and milo during the summer to increase resources for waterfowl.

Hunting conditions

Fair depending on ice conditions and bird activity.  With the snow line up in the Dakotas, the Snow Goose Migration looks to be quick.

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

There is a no trash policy: If you take it in with you, please bring it out.  This includes spent shotgun shells.

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

REFUGE IS NOW OPEN
Expected hunting success Poor, depending on ice conditions and bird numbers which will fluctuate daily. 
Comments

REMINDER - REFUGE BOUNDARY CHANGE FROM 2019 YEAR

The NW corner of the Gamekeeper Marsh area that was open for hunting prior to 2020 will continue to be included as refuge this year.  Puddler marsh was a youth/mentor marsh up until the fall of 2019 when managers opened it up to all hunting.  That change, along with the additional 18 inch raise on Gamekeeper Dam will allow managers to move the youth mentor area to a special hunt area starting in the fall of 2021.  The new refuge line is along Highway 148 from the marsh creek bridge, north and east to the east boundary of the Wildlife Area.

Click here for pdf map of the new area. 

Waterfowl Seasons

Light Geese Conservation Order

02/14/2022 - 04/30/2022

Hunters are REQUIRED to check in AND OUT using the electronic permitting system.

Hunters need to check-in / check-out by going to https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 


Hunters need to make sure they have all the appropriate licenses and stamps for hunting waterfowl.  The following are required:

Kansas hunting license

State waterfowl stamp

Federal waterfowl stamp

Kansas Harvest Information Program Stamp (HIP)

RINGNECK MARSH IS DESIGNATED FOR YOUTH AND MENTORS ONLY. EACH HUNTER 16 YEARS AND OLDER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ONE OR MORE YOUTH UNDER 16 YEARS OLD.

Marsh Creek Marsh and the West Gamekeeper Marsh is for non-gasoline powered boats or paddle-in / Walk-in only, this includes electric motor boats and boats with no motors. Gasoline engines are prohibited.

Buffalo Creek & Pintail Marshes are for non-motorized boats and walk-in hunting only.

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

THE REFUGE WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 - JANUARY 31, 2022 on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh. REFUGE WILL CLOSE ON OCT. 1, 2021 AND REMAIN CLOSED THRU - JANUARY 31, 2022. The refuge boundary has shifted northwest to Highway 148. 

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



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 6/7/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

NOTICE - A significant number of light geese, have died or are sick. Birds were collected and sent to the Southeast Center for Wildlife Diseases to determine the cause of death. Avian influenza and Avian Cholera has been detected in other nearby areas. Avoid handling sick or dead waterfowl. Follow this link to see more information: KDWP Cautions Light Goose Hunters to Be Vigilant as Avian Influenza Cases Rise / 3-15-22 KDWP Cautions Light Goose Hunters to Be Vigilant as Avian Influenza Cases Rise / Weekly News / News / KDWP Info / KDWP - KDWP (ksoutdoors.com)

Less than 10,000 thousand light geese using the reservoir today (3/121). Daily numbers vary widely Medium sized group of mallards and other ducks on the reservoir. About 500 Canada geese. Lots of bald eagles!

Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Lovewell Reservoir is at 1581.2 or 1.4 feet below Conservation Pool, (91.0% full) and holding steady or slowly rising due to some runoff form snow melt. The BOR and Kansas Bostwick Irrigation are bringing 29.5 cfs of water into Guide Rock Diversion from the Republican River that is being used to refill the reservoir and is being released.
Hunting condition

Mudflats are ringing the entire reservoir and the water is a close to most shoreline and concealing vegetation.

OPEN - LIGHT GOOSE SPRING CONSERVATION ORDER FEB.14 - APR. 30, 2022

CLOSED - LPLZ Duck OCT. 30, 2021 - JAN. 2,2022 and JAN. 22 - 30, 2022

CLOSED- DARK GEESE (Canada, cackling, brant and all other geese except whitefronts) - OCT. 30 - 31, 2021 and NOV. 3, 2021 - FEB. 13, 2022

CLOSED -WHITE-FRONTED GEESE - OCT. 30, 2021 - JAN. 2, 2022, and JAN. 22 - FEB. 13, 2022

CLOSED - LIGHT GEESE (White and Blue Phase and Ross' geese) - OCT30 -31, 2021 and NOV. 3, 2021 - FEB 13, 2022

ALL Boat ramps open in Lovewell State Park Marina and Cedar Point. All boat ramps open on the Wildlife Area at Oak Hill, Pawnee Point and White Rock Creek are iced in and are useable at this time. ALL BOATS ARE REQUIRED TO USE NAVIGATION LIGHTS WHILE OPERATING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF SUNSET AND SUNRISE. NON-MOTORIZED BOAT NEED SOME FLASHLIGHT OR LANTERN. 

Expected hunting success POOR. Most light geese being harvested on private land in Nebraska
Comments
PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE STATE PARK. NO HUNTING IS ALLOWED FROM THE SHORELINE OF THE STATE PARK. 

REFUGE REGULATIONS: The land refuge closed to hunting and other activities year-round. Water refuge in effect November 1 through April 15 on the NORTHEAST half of the reservoir and Wildlife Area from 1/8th mile west of the south end of the dam and following a buoy line northwest to the western boundary of the Cabin Area of the State Park. This area open to fishing south and east of the buoy line from the north end of the dam to the Lovewell State Park Twin Coves trailer area. Inlet canal closed to fishing September 15 through April 15.

BOAT RAMPS: SEE HUNTING CONDITION FOR BOAT RAMP STATUS. The State Park boat ramps require a Kansas State Park Permit. The Wildlife Area Boat Ramps are Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek do not require a permit.

CAMPING CABINS are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • HUNTERS USING BOATS MUST EXERCISE EXTRA CARE WHEN BOATING IN COLD WATER AND NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH KANSAS BOATING REGULATIONS
  • OBTAIN PERMISSION BEFORE HUNTING PRIVATE LAND. IF WRITTEN PERMISSION IS REQUIRED ALL HUNTERS IN THE PARTY MUST POSSESS WRITTEN PERMISSION.

FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH-QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

Hunters can check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. Contact the office for other arrangements.  We thank you for your patience. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



NORTON - Last Updated: 3/4/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers  All seasons are currently closed except for, Light Geese Conservation. There are still medium sized groups of ducks present on the area, but numbers have sunk down and they are sticking mostly in the refuge and leaving the property to feed. Light geese and Dark Geese can be found on the area but have begun to move north with the warmer weather occurring. Larger quantities of light geese are still present on the area. Take note the lake is starting to thaw, but ice is still present.  Birds are becoming smarter and nocturnal. Consistent colder weather would be very useful. 
Water level The water level is lower than last year. 9.2 feet low - 55% of full.
Hunting conditions

Pressure from hunting is still high. Expect to run into other waterfowl hunters. Water loss from irrigation has created mud flats and some muddy shorelines. In spots hunters will have a tough time finding enough vegetation to hide in. The water lost to irrigation has created areas with steep shorelines that may drop off into water deeper than waders very rapidly. 

Most of the area is covered in ice. Use caution when on the ice - it has had some warmer days and there are areas that it is not safe to be on.

Expected hunting success Hunting success is expected to be moderate for ducks and geese. These birds are seeing pressure on the area, early scouting would help for a better opportunity.
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

Blinds may be used and must be constructed of natural herbaceous materials or woody debris that are present on the site.  Blinds constructed of non-natural materials must be removed from the property each day.  Please do not bring materials from off-site. 

DUCK SEASON DATES FOR 2021 - 2022

Teal Season: September 18 - 26, 2021

Youth Duck Season: October 2-3, 2021

Regular Duck Season:  October 9, 2021 - January 2, 2022, AND January 21-30, 2022

Canada Goose Season: October 30-31, 2021, AND November 2, 2021 - February 13, 2022

REMINDERS -

The refuge is NO ACCESS. Geese that have been shot at and land in the refuge CAN NOT be retrieved. Please use common sense and choose shots that will not allow shot geese to land in the refuge.

Leaving dead birds laying in the field/parking lots is prohibited. Goose meat taste delicious - there are multiple recipes online that can teach you how to cook it. Leaving dead birds on the wildlife area because you do not know how to cook them is not allowed.

Pick up all your trash. Leaving candy wrappers, pop bottles, and EMPTY SHELLS is considered littering, and you will be ticketed.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 1/28/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers 2200-2700 total ducks with approx 2/3 Mallards remainder mix of divers; 900+ Canada geese
Water level 1464.8 ft and declining. Summer conservation level is 1467 ft. Winter conservation level is 1463; 
   
Hunting conditions Fair; limited vegetation along shorelines; waterfowl hanging along ice lines and open pockets of water on main body of reservoir.
   
Comments

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

Waterfowl Seasons:

Teal (low plains): September 11-26, 2021

Duck (low plains late zone): October 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and January 22-30, 2022

Dark Geese:  October 30-31, 2021 and November 3, 2021 - February 13, 2022

White-Fronted Geese:  October 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and January 22 - February 13, 2022

Light Geese:  October 30-31, 2021 and November 3, 2021 - February 13, 2022

Light Geese Conservation Order: February 14 - April 30, 2022

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

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 6/7/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

No geese on the area as it is dry

REMINDER: ALL HUNTERS NEED TO CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT. Click here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing 
login credentials.                                         

Water level All pools are dry, there is some sheet water present on the area, but no ducks have been observed using it.
Hunting conditions Moist Soil Conditions are excellent, however all pools are dry. Bird use dependent upon water levels 
Expected hunting success Will depend upon rainfall.
Comments

 Remember:

- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

Low Plains Late Zone Youth/Military Duck Season

10/23/2021 - 10/24/2021

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season

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

 

- Hunters can Check-in / Check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials.

- No ATV's are allowed on Department land and maintained roads.

-ALL shotgun hunters must use NON-TOXIC shot

-No motorized boats allowed. Hunters wanting to utilize boats must carry/paddle them in.

-The area has a no trash policy.  If you take it in, please bring it back out with you.  This includes spent shotgun shells.

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



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 2/22/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers Snow goose numbers have decreased; good variety of ducks around
Water level 1889.34'; 3.11' below conservation pool; water levels are rising slowly.
Hunting conditions Lowered lake level has resulted in large amounts of exposed shoreline and large expanses of mud. There is very little vegetation to conceal large groups of hunters or boats. Most of the reservoir is ice free, although portions are expected to freeze if the wind dies down.
Expected hunting success Poor on the wildlife area; all birds are on the refuge. People have been having some success field hunting.
Comments

Refuge and non-motorized boat area dates: Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. An updated refuge map has been posted.

There is a non-motorized boat area at Webster that is walk-in only that is intended for shore hunters. The area starts at the southeast corner of the reservoir and goes west to Morel boat ramp. This regulation is in effect from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. 

Hunting in or from the shoreline inside the State Park or along the face of the dam is prohibited. Please see the attached PDF and Google Earth file to see updated refuge boundaries and dates. Closed areas will be marked with buoys.

REMINDER: Camping is not permitted on the wildlife area, including in parking lots, except for in designated campgrounds. Ground fires are also not permitted except in provided fire rings within campgrounds.

Blue/Green Algae

There are currently no blue-green algae advisories for the lake.

Webster Reservoir currently does not have zebra mussels. Please be sure equipment is cleaned and dry before coming to Webster from other places.

Teal Season

September 11-26, 2021

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir     

October 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and January 22-30, 2022

Youth Weekend, Duck and Goose

October 23-24, 2021

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  October 30 - October 31, 2021 and November 3, 2021 - February 13, 2022

WHITE-FRONTED   October 30, 2021 - January 2, 2022 and January 22 - February 13, 2022

LIGHT GEESE  October 30 - October 31, 2021 and November 3, 2021 - February 13, 2022

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

February 14 - April 30, 2022

 

 Webster Wildlife Area and Refuge Map

 Click here for PDF

Click here for Google Earth KMZ



WILSON - Last Updated: 1/28/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers Survey ran on 01/28; 9490 total ducks with 7,600 mallards; remainder a mix of gadwall, pintail, wigeon, goldeneye; ~ 730 Canada Geese  
   
Water level 1515.64 ft and steady; (Conservation pool is 1516.0 ft)
Hunting conditions Cedar Creek boat ramp and Elm Creek boat ramp closed due to ICE.  Ice line is east of Elm Creek boat ramp. 
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons: 

Low Plains Late Zone: October 30-January 2; January 22-30, 2022

Refuges are closed Sept 1-Jan 31 to all access except by special permit.

Zebra mussels are in Wilson Lake, so be sure to drain/dry/clean boats and equipment before moving to other areas.

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

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



This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/24/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers Mallard Migration Rank:  3 (Estimate of potential mallard numbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest) 
Water level

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

The wetlands have great habitat, such as, Giant Foxtail, Annual Smartweed, and Barnyard Grass. 

All the wetlands are holding water fairly well. The west wetland pump is going again and is pumping the southern complex. All of the wetlands are having trouble holding water this year due to dry conditions/low water table. Mallards have been seen and heard using the large wetland west of the shop. Lots of geese have been seen flying over the wildlife area. 

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

Hunting conditions  Native vegetation such as annual smart weeds, barnyard grass, foxtail, and sunflowers are the most common vegetation.   
Expected hunting success About 1000 Canada Geese and 1000 Mallard Ducks are using the refuge area. The cold air mass and snow potential should increase duck numbers and hunting success.
Comments The wetlands have a good variety of vegetation. REFUGE IS CLOSED TO HUNTING. 



CLINTON - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Updated 1/31/22- ICE!

Waterfowl numbers are lower with the cold temps and very limited open water.

Waterfowl survey conducted on 1-28-22.

Waterfowl survey results:

Canada geese- 1,800

White-fronted geese- 350

Mallard- 670

Bufflehead- 128

Goldeneye- 350

Scaup- 18

Redhead- 52

Hooded Merganser- 125

Common Merganser- 500

Ducks counted but not identified-750

Total waterfowl counted- 5,033

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Clinton WA marshes

I-Sportsman info from 10/30 to 12/31-

714 waterfowl check-outs/686 birds harvested

Average harvest was just under 1 bird per hunter (0.96)

Lake level

ICE 

Lake level is 875.49 as of 1-31-22

(conservation pool is 875.50)

 

Hunting conditions

All Shallow water is currently frozen.

Lake- Frozen Large mixed-species rafts of geese and ducks have been using the open areas of the lake. Areas protected from the wind often hold small numbers of waterfowl. 

Coblentz & East Coblentz- Frozen.

All the Coblentz marsh pools are less than 25% full and frozen.

East Coblentz project is completed.

KDWPT staff has completed marsh pumping for the waterfowl season.

Shadden marsh is full, hunting space is limited. 

Elk Creek- Pool 1 is full, pools 2, 3, and 4 (Refuge pool) are less than 25% full and iced up. 

KDWPT food plots throughout the complex will provide plenty of food and a variety of water levels.

THE REFUGE AND REFUGE MARSH POOL ARE OPEN TO HUNTING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

Clinton contains miles of creeks, rivers and oxbows on the wildlife area; each of which has unique conditions and frequently hold waterfowl when weather and/or pressure pushes them from marsh pools.
The refuge is OPEN.
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To check-in / check-out, please go to https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials.   

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

Elk Creek (Wakarusa River) and Coon Creek (Lake) boat ramps are open. 

Rock Creek Boat ramp is closed; a gravel launch area for canoes and kayaks is available when lake is near normal pool.



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 7/20/2022 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

The Hillsdale Wildlife Area has experienced a normal year in regards to water levels in 2021.  The reservoir currently sits at conservation pool.  We have had some successful moist soil vegetation growth in all wetland pools this year.  Japanese millet was also planted along side some milo in the Youth-Mentor Wetland and Antioch Wetland.  The upper reaches of Brown's Wetland were planted into Japanese Millet. A fair amount of seed has been produced which should make good forage and cover for waterfowl this season.  Water levels began being brought down on 3/21/2022.  They will continue to be brought down slowly throughout the spring and into the growing season.  The youth-mentor wetland has been drained to near-completion to prepare for dike repairs.            

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.

The weather has been warm throughout the week with rains moving in.  The large numbers of mallards and pintails have moved out of the area.  There are now large groups of northern shovelers, blue-winged teal, and coots using the wetland pools.  There are starting to be large dark geese forming pairs in the marshes and along the lake shore.                                   

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Full and draining slowly

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Full and draining slowly

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Full and draining slowly

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 1/6

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full,  Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - 0% ice cover on lake.  0% ice cover on wetlands

Comments 

Reminder - check-in / check-out is required for all hunting on Hillsdale Wildlife Area. This can be done here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. The information and harvest data collected, along with comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the Hillsdale State Wildlife Area.

https://www.ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Migratory-Birds/Ducks for more information on seasons and limits.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 3/14/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks:  150+ ducks observed on Auxillary lake. Mix of mostly goldeneye and scaup.

Geese:  Less than 50 Canadas on Auxillary lake. 30,000-200,000 snow geese on the lake with the population fluctuating quite drastically this time of year

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor-fair
Expected hunting success Poor-fair
Comments

Make-up Lake is closed to waterfowl hunting during waterfowl season. Boats are not allowed on Auxillary lake during waterfowl season.

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: 7/20/2022 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.

Throughout the week and waterfowl survey, around 1155 mallards, 2 redheads,  50 gadwall, 20 buffleheads, 336 goldeneyes, 1150 canada geese and 4,500 light geese were observed.

Lake level Current Lake Level is 1145.78 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 1500 CFS. The inflow into the lake is 200 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production has been above average this year.  We are working at getting the pumps (North Smith and Beichter) still repaired and going for the waterfowl season, due to flooding in the past years and ability to get parts for the pumps. 

Mall Creek and Lower Smith/Gatesville boat ramps are open. 

Wetlands that have water are Mall Creek, Sugarbowl, Lower Smith and Quimby.  The pumps for Beichter/Martin and North Smith are in the process of getting fixed.  

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, Bird numbers were observed throughout the reservoir.  Wetlands are frozen, with a few small open areas.  Use caution when hunting around ice.
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.

Do NOT drive on barricaded roadways.

Hunter's need to be aware of their targets before shooting.

The area is a no trash policy, so if you take it in, please bring it back out with you.  This includes spent shotgun shells

Remember - Hunters can check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. All hunters (youth included) must first register online by creating an account. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.

https://www.ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Migratory-Birds/Ducks for more information on seasons and limits.



PERRY WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 02/08/22 and approximately 1,500 dark geese were observed. As of today, most wetlands are still frozen with small pockets beginning to open up. The Delaware River is still frozen. Launching at ramps is still not possible. Conditions may change as the week of warm weather continues.   REMINDER: Legal shooting light ends AT SUNSET  for waterfowl hunting. 
West River Boat Ramp and parking area renovation is complete. Kyle Marsh water levels are up enough in both the East and West units for boats to launch. 
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Mallard Migration Rank = 5 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 2.0 Feet Above Conservation Pool
Habitat conditions
Mild flooding in the spring, followed by a dry summer has allowed for a good amount of wetland pool work to be completed and habitat conditions are overall good around the area. 
Expected hunting success Poor to Fair
Comments
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: Water levels are adequate for launching in both the East and West Units of Kyle. Water levels were drawn down well especially in the East unit which allowed for a good amount of moist soil vegetation to grow. Some supplemental seeding of millet was completed as well. HCR-6

West River: Pumping has been ongoing and water levels are approaching near 3/4 Full for the entire wetland. We will continue to add some water with a goal of reaching full pool later in November as more ducks arrive. Summer Draw downs were successful in both the upper and lower units which allowed for some disking, mowing, and millet planting. The VFD on the marsh pump needs replaced and we will be unable to pump water until after that is done. We will update water levels as this changes. HCR-8

Upper Ferguson: This wetland grew mostly native smartweed and has little water currently. The refuge is closed Oct 1st thru Jan 15th to ALL Activity HCR-5.

Lassister: Gates on 170th are closed and the marsh has very little water immediately along the levees. Water was drown down in both units to allow for some infrastructure repairs and habitat work to be completed. We are unable to pump this wetland and will rely on runoff to fill it. Some disking, spraying, and mowing along with some supplemental seeding of millet and sorghums occurred. HCR-5

Northwest: Full Pool. Most of this unit was planted to corn and 75% of it will be harvested. The remainder of the marsh grew good moist soil vegetation. This wetland is pumped with our new pump station that doesn't allow for pumping until after October 1st most years.  HCR-7

Headquarters: This wetland was drawn down early and corn was planted in some of it. Once the tenant harvests their 75%, then we will began to try to collect water, no water at this point. HCR-6

Mitigation:  3/4 full with hot dry weather in the later part of the summer causing a lot of evaporation to occur. We held water in this wetland over the summer and it has resulted in some unfavorable vegetation, but does also have some quality moist soil plants as well. HCR-6

Hayward: 2/3 Full. Water was drawn down early allowing for adequate moist soil growth and some millet seeding occurred as well.  HCR-6

Reichart: Full Pool.  All of this unit dried well this summer allowing for disking, mowing, spraying, and millet and sorghum planting throughout.  HCR-8. 

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

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: 1/25/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

35 ducks   1000 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =9

Water level The lake is currently at 1072 and holding
Hunting conditions poor
Expected hunting success poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area. 



This is a collection of all the Southwest Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 8/11/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

Low

If the report has not been updated in a few days, please assume that conditions and bird numbers are the same as the last update.

Water level 1A-dry, 1B-dry, 1C-dry, 2-dry, 3A-dry, 3B-dry, 4A-dry,  4B-dry, 5-dry.  No way to replenish water levels due to ongoing construction and dry weather.  As soon as construction of the new pump station in the west hub is complete, water will be brought in if available.  Even without construction, the creeks and river where water is diverted from have minimal flow and would have little to no water available for diversion since October of 2021.  With hot dry weather, the little rain we have had soaked up and there was no runoff.
Hunting conditions Pool 2-  Began disking cattails in the eastern portion of the pool. Last year there was 428 acres of cattails sprayed in Pool 2.    Pool 3B- All cattails have been disked multiple times.  All blind islands have been rebuilt.  25 acres of millet and 25 acres of milo planted, but neither will produce due to the drought. Pools 3A, 4A, 4B, 5- Past cattail control efforts have paid off with quality habitat and an abundance of natural waterfowl forage available in all of these pools.  
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

ALL BOATS MUST BE OPERATED AT NO WAKE SPEEDS.  REGARDLESS OF THE TIME OR SCENERIO, ALL BOATS MUST BE OPERATED AT NO WAKE SPEEDS 100% OF THE TIME, NO EXCEPTIONS.

POOL 4A IS CLOSED AT 1 P.M. DAILY TO MOTORIZED BOATS.  ANY BOAT WITH A MOTOR ON IT MUST BE OUT OF THE WATER AT 1 P.M.  NO MOTORING OUT PRIOR TO 1 P.M. THEN ROWING OR DRAGGING BOAT BACK IN AFTER 1 P.M.

3A IS CLOSED TO MOTORIZED BOATS

MOTORIZED BOATS ALLOWED ONLY DURING OPEN WATERFOWL SEASON.  THIS MEANS NO SCOUTING FROM A MOTOR BOAT PRIOR TO SEASON. 

ALL WATERCRAFT ARE PROHIBITED FROM APRIL 15-AUGUST 15 TO PROTECT NESTING BIRDS ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

DURING THE YOUTH/VETERANS/MILITARY WEEKEND, POOL 4B IS DESIGNATED AS A YOUTH ONLY POOL.

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.

DO NOT LAUNCH TRAILERED BOATS FROM DIKES OR FOOT CROSSINGS.  ANY BOATS ON A TRAILER MUST USE DESIGNATED BOAT RAMPS.

NO TRASH POLICY ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

CAMP IN DESIGNATED CAMPGROUND ONLY

Use footcrossings in Pools 3A, 3B, 4A, and 4B as the ditches have been cleaned out and are very deep.

1 DRAWN SPECIAL HUNT FOR 1 PARTY OF 3 YOUTH WILL BE HELD EACH SATURDAY MORNING OF REGULAR DUCK SEASON IN POOL 5.  CHECK OUT KSOUTDOORS.COM TO APPLY AND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPECIAL HUNTS PROGRAM.

For waterfowl season dates, Cheyenne Bottoms is in the Low Plains Early Zone.

Hunters are required to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system through the GoOutdoorsKS app. 

Annual information night will be held August 25th at 7 p.m. at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.



ISABEL - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed 1/27
Water level The pool adjacent to Hwy. 42 is approximately 75% full.  The main lake is approximately 75% full and there is no water Northwest of the main lake. The pool south of the main lake is nearly full.
Hunting conditions 100% ice-covered
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  September 11-September 26, 2021

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 23-24, 2021

Ducks (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 30, 2021 - January 2, (first segment) and January 22 - January 30 (second segment)

Hunters can check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 

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



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers Less than 25 mallards observed periodically over the last few days.
Water levels Currently pools 1, 2, and 3B are full.  Pools 4, 6, 8, and 9 have some water.  Pool 7 is dry. There is some water north of pool 6.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  9/11/20-9/26/20

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/2/21 - 10/3/21

Regular Ducks (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/9/21 - 12/5/21 and 12/18/21 -1/2/22

Hunters can check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 

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

CHENEY - Last Updated: 1/24/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers 196 dabbling ducks were seen with majority being Mallards, 650 divers were seen majority being Goldeneye and around 50 Mergansers were seen. There were also 345 Canada Geese seen using the reservoir.   
Water level  2 feet below Conservation Pool on reservoir.
Hunting conditions

 Poor

The reservoir was at a nearly full level most of the summer, so very few native food producing plants were able to establish along the shoreline. The recent drop in water level has left a large stretch of bare ground between concealment cover and water around most of the wildlife area. Despite the lack of food plants, hunting should improve if the reservoir comes back up. 

Expected hunting success  Poor
Comments

Cheney Wildlife Area is located in the Low Plains Late Zone

Low Plains Late Zone Youth/Veteran/Military Season is Oct. 23-24, 2021. 

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct 30, 2021-Jan 2rd, 2022, and Jan 22-30, 2022.

Daily bag limit: 6

Six ducks is the daily bag limit, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup. 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.

The refuge at Cheney Wildlife Area, located on the south side of Pretty Prairie Rd between Obee Rd and Kent Rd, extends out from the shoreline 100 yards into the water. What this means is that water along the shoreline of the refuge is included in the restricted access area and is off limits to hunting. Accessing the refuge by boat or hunting near the refuge shoreline is not permitted.

Remember Cheney 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. Area roads are in the process of being upgraded - please use caution as some gravel may not have been fully spread. Off road vehicle use is strictly prohibited.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620) 459-6922. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics. In the event of an emergency, please call 911. 



BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 1/19/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers We are now carrying around 150 ducks and at times 250 geese on the area.  With the duck season closed currently.  The water is open today (Wednesday) but may close up again tonight if the wind lays down.  
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  All 8 marshes just north and west of the lake are full.  The west 2 of the 3 marshes south of the highway are holding huntable water.  During this week's cold nights, most of the marshes froze over at least partially.   
Hunting conditions

Hunting conditions are dominated by closed ice conditions on the marshes, ponds, and lake.  There is limited open water available on the river and some of its oxbows.                     

 

Expected hunting success    Limited by number of birds in the area.  
Comments  



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 3/11/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers No snow geese.  Approximately 600 Canada geese, 275 ducks (primarily mallard, pintail, and goldeneye), and 475 mergansers observed on 3/11/22.        
Water levels 0.4 feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 3/11/22.    
Hunting conditions Full lake levels persisted through the summer and prevented the establishment of food producing plants along lake edges.  As such, food resources are diminished within lake environments.  
Expected hunting success Poor.                
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season and Dark Goose seasons are CLOSED.  Light Goose Conservation Order is open thru April 30.                           



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 1/27/2022 Print

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 3500 ducks  (mostly diver ducks and a few Mallards) and 2900 Canada geese observed on 1/27/22.
Water level At 1338.66' approximately .34' below conservation elevation (1339'). 
Hunting conditions Most of the summer the lake was at or slightly above conservation pool.  Food producing plants in the reservoir were limited due to the higher water.  
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

Season: January 15-30, 2022



KAW WILDLIFE AREA. - Last Updated: 1/27/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers There are some waterfowl in the area at this time.  Mostly flying around.  
Water level Low
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 11-26, 2021

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 6, 2021 - January 2, 2022 AND January 15-30, 2022

Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit:6

Possession limit: Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

ATTENTION: All hunters MUST check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 

THURSDAY, 10 FEBRUARY 2022:

***THE LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED***

***GOOSE SEASON IS OPEN UNTIL FEBRUARY 13TH, 2022***

At the time of this posting, the wetlands were approximately 25% frozen.  Goose numbers have increased a little with the recent thaw.  Approximately 2,500 geese were observed on the area Thursday morning.

Remember that all activities in the north and south refuges in the Big Basin are prohibited.  

Current Information  Be aware of new regulations in effect for the 2021 season:  The use of motorized boats is prohibited, and centerfire rifles and handguns are prohibited. 
Water levels

The wetlands are in serious need of abundant rainfall!  Water levels continue to decline, but all three units have at least some huntable water.  Scouting will be critical in determining which wetlands have water. 

Pumping efforts are complete for the 2021 season.

Big Basin:  Decent water in some of the wetlands that are open to public hunting, and good water in the refuge.

Chain of Lakes:  Water is very limited in this unit.  Be aware that the majority of the pond on the east boundary is privately owned. 

Little Sinkhole Unit:  Huntable water in a few of the wetlands.

Hunting conditions We have treated approximately 500 acres of cattails, Lotus, and other undesirable vegetation this growing season.  As the treated vegetation dies off and the desirable moist soil vegetation completes seed production, we will continue to roller chop / manipulate vegetation as the season moves forward.  Waterfowl food production (native moist soil vegetation) has been fairly good across the area this year, and approximately 400 acres of millet was planted in various wetlands.  The rain before teal season was a tremendous help, but the area needs more rain to hold water all season.
Expected hunting success Fair if significant thawing occurs.
Comments

ATTENTION:

**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: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl
numbers
There are no waterfowl present on the area at this time. Ice coverage is 100%.  Water might open up with the warmer temps this weekend.
Water
 level
Low  
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

Slate Creek Wetland Public Announcement

Due to some erosion problems at the wetland, we will not be able to hold water for the 2021-22 waterfowl season.  There will be some water in the pools, it will be just in the low-lying areas.  But all of this will depend on rain fall.  The low water levels will allow us time to get some valuable imagery/survey of the area.  This will help us resolve current erosion issues and help us map the whole wetland system for future development.  We thank you for your understanding and patience.

Hunters can check-in / check-out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 11-26, 2021
  • 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. 30, 2021-Janaury 2, 2022 AND Jan. 22-30, 2022
  • 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.



MARION - Last Updated: 2/25/2022 Print

Waterfowl Numbers

The reservoir has approximately 16,500 geese consisting mostly of  Snow's Canada and a few White-Fronted Geese mixed in.   Approximately 300 ducks were observed with a mix of Mallard, Pintail, and Goldeneye.

Numbers and conditions can change daily.

Ice The reservoir currently has approximately 95% ice coverage.
Water level Lake level is at 1348.66 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Fair.

The reservoir was at or near conservation pool most of 2021. There was very little natural food production along the shoreline this year in the way of moist soil vegetation like barnyard grass and yellow nut sedge. Crops on the area look good. Water levels are dropping leaving behind exposed mud between the water and shoreline.

Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments

The refuge at Marion Wildlife area, located on the south west part of the reservoir along French creek, extends out from the shoreline 100 yards into the water. What this means is that approximately 110 acres of water along the shoreline of the refuge are included in the restricted access area, and are off limits to hunting. Accessing the refuge by boat or hunting near the refuge shoreline is not permitted.

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.

ELK CITY RESERVOIR/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers Ducks appear to have dispersed off of the lake after season opened again. Still quite a few mergansers (hooded and common) and snow geese using the main lake, but the mallard numbers seem to have declined from last week. The waterfowl numbers are expected to fluctuate with migration, hunting pressure, and changing habitat conditions.
Water level The water levels in the marshes vary across the area. Some have huntable water and some are empty, but none of the marshes are full. We do not have the capability to pump any of the marshes on the wildlife area. Heavy rains will be required to get runoff to fill the marshes. Today, the reservoir is 0.41 ft above pool level. For current Reservoir levels visit http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELKC.lakepage.html
Hunting conditions The water situation in the wetlands is still poor. Heavy rain is still needed to improve hunting conditions.
Expected hunting success Poor to Fair. Opportunities are limited with the current conditions.   REGULAR DUCK SEASON IS NOV. 6-JAN. 2 AND JAN. 15-30
Comments Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Boats cannot drive through the refuge area on the water. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam), at the State Park (on the lake side), and online at https://ksoutdoors.com/content/download/20944/140278/file/ELK%20CITY%20RES%20&%20WA.pdf



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/14/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1/14/22

Descent amount of divers on the lake and some of the small ponds in the area.  Still seeing a few small groups of big ducks in the area. If conditions get cold and smaller bodies of water ice over you can expect to see much better numbers on the reservoir.  Geese are present in good numbers on fields in the area but not many using the wildlife area as of yet. Birds continue to move in and then out very quickly so scouting a day before any hunt would be advantageous.

Water level Reservoir is at conservation pool. 
Hunting conditions Conditions have been mild but frontal system should bring some colder temps and new birds in.
Expected hunting success Limited
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.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/4/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers 1000 mixed divers, 1000 mixed pudlers, and 3000 dark geese, and some 3,500 snow geese.
Water level Current Level: 1041.2 Conservation Pool Level: 1041
Hunting conditions
 TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE
  • Season: Sept. 11-26, 2021
  • Area open: East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6 teal (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)  
  • Possession limit: 18 teal in possession (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

 

YOUTH, VETERAN AND ACTIVE MILITARY WATERFOWL SEASONS

(Youth 17 and younger)

          Southeast Zone: Oct. 30-31, 2021

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE
  • Season: Nov. 6, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022 and Jan. 15-30, 2022
  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp
DUCK LIMITS

6 ducks, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup.

Geese

CANADA GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 30-31, 2021 and Nov. 3, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (including Brant)
  • Possession limit: 18
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 30, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022 and Jan. 22-Feb. 13, 2022
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 2
  • Possession limit: 6
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 30-31, 2021 and Nov. 3, 2021-Feb. 13, 2022
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 50
  • Possession limit: No limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE, CONSERVATION ORDER

  • Season: Feb. 14-April 30, 2022
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Limit: Unlimited
  • Possession Limit: Unlimited
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp
  • Equipment Restrictions: During the Conservation Order, unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

John Redmond and Otter Creek Wildlife Area Fall 2021 Conditions-

I expect average habitat conditions this year for waterfowl on John Redmond Reservoir.  Otter Creek Marshes, located below John Redmond Dam- Only the upper marsh will have water this year. It has excellent vegetation, and is currently full.   

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

Expected hunting success  Shallow water, and shorlines starting to ice up.  Boat ramps are currently open but could lock up with below average temperatures. I expect above average success for boat hunters out on the reservoir. 
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: 6/17/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

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 To check-in / check-out. Hunters, go to this site: https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin Use your licensing login credentials to access the check-in / check-out functions. 

Low numbers of ducks in the refuge.               

Hunting success was good for the second opener and until marshes froze up.    

Water levels

Ice Report: Morning of 01/27/22.  90% ice.  Some natural open water can be found.  More ice likely thawing in the the next couple days. Most the ice that is remaining is soft and rotten.  Ice is not thick enough to walk on.  Be careful.  Some ice will likely build back at night.  

Due to shorter vegetation height, hunters can expect to have slightly shallower water than previous years. Boats may be difficult to launch and use in the majority of units.    

Water levels are good in the following units: A-North, A-East, F-West, F-South, F-East, C-South and Unit G.  Stage ups will occur through out the remainder of the season.  All refuge units have good water.  Most smaller units that can be pumped, have been pumped.  Unit E has very little water in it and will require a large rain event for that to change.  

With a little scouting, hunters should be able to find opportunities.  

Hunting/ Habitat conditions

Early flooding and late droughts made for an adverse growing season. In addition, there were several cycles of army worms that destroyed hundreds of acres of desirable vegetation, with Unit G being hit the hardest.  In spite of these factors, wetland food production across the area was only slightly below average.  Hunters should expect shorter vegetation and more shallow water than typical.  With the late season heat and drought, hunters may also have to deal with a little extra cocklebur.    

Japanese Millet was planted in a few small areas.

Milo was planted in C-South and F-East.   

Season Dates

SOUTHESAT LATE ZONE DUCK SEASON OPENS Nov. 6,2021 - Jan. 2, 2022 and Jan 15 - Jan. 30, 2022

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE OPENS Oct. 30,2021 - Jan 2, 2022 and Jan. 22 - Feb. 13, 2022

DARK GOOSE SEASON OPENS Oct. 30 - 31,2021 and Nov. 3 - Feb. 13, 2022 

Light GOOSE SEASON OPENS Oct. 30 - 31,2021 and Nov. 3 - Feb. 13, 2022

Conservation Light Goose season is from February 14  - April , 2022

Comments

Gas motors are restricted to Unit G and the boat lane in Unit A-East. Outboards cannot be used in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted.

Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.

Atv's of any kind are not allowed on the area (side by sides, utv's, amphibious vehicles, "argos", this also means no electric bicycles)

Campgrounds on the area are primitive. (No electric, No water) Take your trash with you!

Please remember to fill out the daily 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.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 7/20/2022 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 number of waterfowl on the area.   

84 Mallards

27 Common Goldeneye

64 Common Merganser

4 Canada Geese

400 Snow Geese

Mallard Migration Rank = 5 (0 = no mallards and 10 = peak migration)

Water level Lake level = 1034.92; Conservation pool = 1036.00; Target goal for the lake is 1034.00.         30% Ice cover on Melvern Lake.
Hunting conditions

Melvern Lake and the Wildlife Area fall within the Low Plains Late Zone. Duck Season is CLOSED until the second split: January 22nd-30th. 

3 Duck Marsh- The wetland is a mix of corn and moist-soil production. Both units are full.

Willow Marsh- This wetland is full of moist soil vegetation and will provide excellent habitat. This wetland is full.

Sundance Marsh- This wetland remained underwater until early August due to high lake levels. There was some response by moist soil vegetation and the wetland is 100% full. 

Lowman's Cove- Due to high rainfall totals this wetland remained full and produced little food within the marsh. There will be plenty of cover around the edges but lots of open water within the wetland.

Shoveler Slough- This wetland is a mix of corn and moist-soil production. Habitat conditions are looking excellent. This wetland is full. The parking lot for this wetland is located at the intersection of 317th and S. Davis Rd. 

Refuge-The refuge is on the west end of the lake and directly east of Willow Marsh. It produced good moist soil vegetation but due to dropping lake levels there is very little habitat available. The Refuge Area is CLOSED October 1st through January 15th.

Expected hunting success Moderate
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://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 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: 8/11/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers
Hunters can check in here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. Check-in / check-out is required for all hunters!
NO ENTRY (by foot, boat, etc) INTO THE MARSH (water) BY ANY HUNTER UNTIL 5:00AM AND MUST BE OUT OF THE MARSH BY 1 HOUR AFTER SUNSET (LEGAL SHOOTING TIME).
Several hundred resident wood ducks using the area at this time.
Water level

Most of the water acres listed below are shallow sheet water to 6" deep at this time. Please see area news for habitat conditions

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.

Pool 1- Ditches have been filled

Pool 2A- 60 acres

Pool 2B- 130 acres

Pool 3 (Refuge)-  

Pool 4A- 75 acres   Walk in and non-motorized boat hunting only

Pool 4B- 35 acres   Walk in and non-motorized boat hunting only

Pool 5-  (Lower Pool-  Middle Pool-  Upper Pool- )  

Pool 6-  

Pool 7- 

Pool 8- 20 acres  

Pool 9- 

South Unit- 40 acres 

 

    

Hunting conditions

Good mixture of moist soil plants and millet are currently flooded.  Things look really good for the upcoming season given the drought conditions and extreme heat we have been dealt this summer!!  

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

 

Expected hunting success
Low Plains Teal Season: Sept.  10-25,2022  

2021-2022 Regular Waterfowl Season: 4,449 Hunters Harvested 7,395 Birds for a 1.66 BPH avg. Last season ranked 13th highest in number of Hunters; 8th highest in number of birds harvested; and 18th highest in BPH based on 55 years of data. This was our highest harvest and highest number of hunters since 2010-2011 season. Overall a fantastic season!

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. 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
ATTENTION: Federal waterfowl stamps purchased online are only valid for 45 days after purchase. After 45 days of being purchased the actual stamp must be in your possession, signed across the face of the stamp, while hunting!
Reminder: Motorized watercraft are prohibited on the wildlife area until the day season opens. (5:00am, November 6,2021 for regular duck season.)
DAILY REGULATION:  NO ENTRY INTO THE MARSH (water) BY ANY HUNTER UNTIL 5:00AM AND MUST BE OUT OF THE MARSH BY 1 HOUR AFTER LEGAL SHOOTING TIME.   
All Boating regulations are enforced! (Lifejackets must be out and accessible, navigation lights, etc.)
All boats must operate at no wake speeds within boating canals (signs are posted)
No shooting is allowed from interior dikes
Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hr before sunrise to SUNSET!
Required Licenses/stamps: Hunting License, Federal Waterfowl Stamp, Kansas State Stamp, and Kansas H.I.P. Stamp. It is your responsibility to make sure you have the required licenses/stamps. You MUST also check in and check out here, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 
Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays. There must be at least one youth per adult if the adult is hunting. (You can't have 5 adults and one youth).
Atv's of any kind are not allowed on the area (side by sides, utv's, amphibious vehicles, "argos")
Campgrounds on the area are Primitive campground. (No electric, No water) Take your trash with you!!

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.



TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 1/14/2022 Print

Waterfowl numbers

1/14/22

Descent amount of divers on the lake and some of the small ponds and marshes in the area.  Still seeing a few small groups of big ducks in the area. If conditions get cold and smaller bodies of water ice over you can expect to see much better numbers on the reservoir.  Geese are present in good numbers on fields in the area but not many using the wildlife area as of yet. Birds continue to move in and then out very quickly so scouting a day before any hunt would be advantageous.

Water level Lake is at conservation pool and all marshes in the area are full.
Hunting conditions With recent warmer weather the ponds and other smaller bodies of water have opened up.  Smaller bodies of water will ice over with some colder weather.  
Expected hunting success Moderate
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.