|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 and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area. This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.
|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.|
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.
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 create an account in iSportsman by going to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net and follow these simple directions:
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 :
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!