Glen Elder Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS  at Glen Elder WA are required to check in and out daily.  This regulation went into effect on September 1, 2017. Users are encouraged to utilize the ISportsman electronic daily hunting permit system, but may also use the phone system or the 3 paper card stations that are on the property. Go to for more information.

Duck numbers are increasing again.  6000 mallards and 8500 divers mostly goldeneyes.

Canada geese - 2500

Light geese - 210,000

Mallard Migration Index (3)

Water level 2.0 feet above (normal) conservation pool and decreasing.  1000 cfs being released.
Hunting conditions Fair - good.  Flooded vegetation again, water everywhere.  Colder temperatures starting to freeze up shallow areas, boat ramps on the main lake are still open.
Expected hunting success

Fair - good, duck numbers are increasing, but most are staying on the main lake.

Good, snow geese numbers have increased again. 


Low Plains Early Duck Zone opens Oct. 13 to Dec. 16, 2018 and Dec. 22 to 30, 2018.  This Zone is north of Hwy 24 and includes the Granite and Oak Creek areas on the Glen Elder Wildlife Area.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone opens Oct. 27 to Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 19 to 27, 2019.  This Zone is south of Hwy 24.

Dark Goose and Light Goose seasons are open November 7, 2018 through February 17, 2019.

White-Fronted Goose season is open until Dec. 30, 2018.  It will re-open January 26 through February 17, 2019.

Both 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.