Neosho Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers
iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) is required for all hunters, We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman.

NEW REGULATION IN EFFECT FOR 2021-2022 WATERFOWL SEASON: 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).

Early migrants  suck as Gadwall, Blue wing teal, Green wing teal, Pintail and Wigeon starting to show up and utilize the area. 

Water level

Most of the acres of water represented below will be 6" deep or less in very tall, thick rank, smart weed and wild millet with very minimal acres of open water available. 4A and 4B are being kept dry waiting on corn to mature and will not be flooded for teal season.

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.

New pump is currently not working and electricians are supposed to be here on 10.12 to trouble shoot problems. 

Currently pumping with old pump and will continue until new pump is fixed or we run out of creek water.    

Pool 1- 120 acres 40%

Pool 2A- 60 acres 40%

Pool 2B- 125 acres 50%

Pool 3 (Refuge)-  600+ acres 95%

Pool 4A-  0 acres 0%  Walk in and non-motorized boat hunting only

Pool 4B- 0 acres 0%   Walk in and non-motorized boat hunting only

Pool 5- 0 acres 0%

Pool 6- 0 acres 0%

Pool 7- 0 acres 0%

Pool 8- 0 acres 0%

Pool 9- 0 acres 0%

South Unit-  

 

    

Hunting conditions

Good mixture of moist soil plants are currently flooded.  Corn is still filling so it is to early to flood. Things look really good for the upcoming regular season!!  

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

 

Expected hunting success

EARLY TEAL OPENS Sept. 11 - 26, 2021

YOUTH, VETERAN and ACTIVE MILITARY OPENS  Oct 30 & 31,2021

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    

2020-2021 Regular Waterfowl Season: 3,557 Hunters Harvested 6,141 Birds for a 1.73 BPH avg. Last season ranked 27th highest in number of Hunters; 13th highest in number of birds harvested; and 14th highest in BPH based on 54 years of data.

We want to thank everyone for the continued cooperation with utilizing our electronic check-in/out system. We encountered very few issues with compliance during this hunting season.  However, there are still around 70 people checked in and in order to compile and complete the data we need you to please check out.  Area staff look at and manipulate this data in many different ways to make management decisions for upcoming years and to also look at what management strategies worked during the hunting season.    

Comments
Reminder: Motorized watercraft are prohibited on the wildlife area until the day season opens. (i.e.5:00 am Sept. 11,2021 for teal season, 5:00am, November 6,2021 for regular ducks season.)
DAILY REGULATION:  NO ENTRY INTO THE MARSH 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, navigation lights, etc.)
All boats must operate at no wake speeds within boating canals (signs are posted)

If you are having trouble logging into iSportsman, PLEASE DO NOT create a new account! Please contact our office prior to hunting, (620) 449 2539, and leave a detailed message with your name and number and we will get back with you to assist with retrieving your log in information.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, each individual hunter needs to check in/out and report his/her harvest totals. i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

Neosho WA requires all hunters to utilize the daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/to register prior to hunting season.

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