Norton Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers The number of light geese at the lake is currently moderate, with moderate numbers of ducks also currently taking up residence on the lake. Small to moderate numbers of dark geese are also currently present at the lake. 
Water level The water level is higher than last year and is at a very desirable level for waterfowl with several areas of shallow water.
Hunting conditions

Be advised that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is present at the Norton Wildlife Area this year. Take proper precautions when handling waterfowl or other birds found dead or seemingly sick. 

Pressure from hunting is expected to be high. Expect to run into other waterfowl hunters. Lake surface is approximately 30% frozen. There are several areas that go from shallow to deeper suddenly and steep shorelines that may drop off into water deeper than waders very rapidly and also created deep mud that may pose a risk to people trying to cross it. 

Expected hunting success Hunting success is expected to be minimal at this time. Hunters should use common sense when planning on hunting and plan around ideal weather patterns to increase success.
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. 


Teal Season: September 16 - 24, 2023

Youth Duck Season (17 and younger): September 30 - October 1, 2023

Regular Duck Season:  October 7 - December 31, 2023 AND January 19 - 28, 2024

Canada Goose Season: October 28-29, 2023 and November 1, 2023 - February 11, 2024

White-Fronted Goose Season: October 28 - December 31, 2023 and January 20 - February 11, 2024

Light Goose Season: October 28 - 29, 2023 and November 1, 2023 - February 11, 2024

Conservation Season: February 12 - April 30, 2024

Sandhill Crane: October 21 - December 17,2023


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.