Benedictine Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers Mallard Migration Rank:  1  (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.

Waterfowl have been seen using the wildlife area in moderation. The refuge wetlands are holding some waterfowl, mainly Mallards and Canada Geese.

The large wetland west of the shop and refuge wetland are both holding good amounts of water. Minimal waterfowl activity is occurring at both sites, although numbers are increasing with the cold coming in. Snow and Canada Geese flocks are flying over the area on a daily basis. 

The smaller wetlands on the west end of the wildlife area are NOT being pumped at this time due to pump failure. This issue will more than likely not be resolved before the end of the waterfowl season. 

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 Very good wetland vegetation in all complexes.  Native vegetation such as annual smart weeds, barnyard grass, and sunflowers are the most common vegetation.  
Expected hunting success Currently waterfowl numbers have been low. Some waterfowl have been using the large wetland southwest of the shop. Mallards and Canada Geese are using the Missouri River at this time.
Comments The wetlands have some of the best food source vegetation possible. REFUGE IS CLOSED TO HUNTING.