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Hunters are required to check in using the electronic permitting system.
HUNTERS ARE REQUIRED TO CHECK IN USING THE iSPORTSMAN DAILY PERMIT SYSTEM
HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2. Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

PAPER PERMITS WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS

Of the 5,124 acres of public hunting now available on the area, over 1,900 acres are wetlands. The marshes are very shallow and have accumulated silt from the Marsh Creek watershed. As a result, the Department is embarking on a multiple year renovation for the areas wetlands beginning with Gun Club. Plans include new wetlands, new water control structures and renovation of existing wetlands by subdividing into units so water and vegetation can be managed more effectively. During renovation construction activities will impact and change uses of the area in the process of reaching the renovation goals. The goal of the renovation is to provide optimum wildlife habitat, improved user opportunities and play an important role in the overall Lower Republican River watershed management and life span of the marshes.

This area is located along a major migration route for the Central Flyway. The first waterfowl and shorebirds migrate through the area in late August. An 800-acre refuge is located at the north end of Gamekeeper Marsh. The refuge is closed to all activity from Oct. 1 through Mar. 1 except for the SPECIAL HUNTS conducted during hunting seasons. The refuge gives migratory birds a resting place and increases hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities on the area.

There are varieties of other wildlife habitats on the area. Upland birds and small game species use weeds, crop fields, grasses and shrubs, while big game prefers the timbered areas. The area offers excellent opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. Marsh Creek, Gamekeeper Dam, and Muskrat Landing are shallow boat landings for hunter access to waterfowl areas.

The limited public lands in Kansas require intensive wildlife management and some special restrictions. This area receives heavy hunting pressure. Wildlife population and hunter use surveys are conducted to evaluate management and the effects of heavy pressure on the area.

County/Counties:
Area News - Updated: 09/07/2018

THE DAILY HUNT CARD SURVEY STATIONS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE WILDLIFE AREA.

ALL HUNTERS MUST NOW CHECK IN AND OUT USING THE ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM.

Hunters are now required to check in using the electronic permitting system.
KDWPT IS CONTINUING WITH THE ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2016-2017 HUNTING SEASONS
HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2. Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

PAPER PERMITS WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS

For hunters new to the area, there will be one card station located at the area headquarters.
General Information
County/Counties:

Wildlife Area Manager: Rob Unruh
Lovewell Office Phone: (785) 753-4971.

Wildlife Area Assistant Manager: Matt Farmer
Jamestown Office Phone: (785) 439-6243

A Google Earth Map is now available for the entire property.

Jamestown Google Earth (kmz file)

 
Current Events
WETLAND RENOVATION UPDATES

Construction Projects Still Underway at Jamestown Wildlife Area

Hunters planning to waterfowl hunt at Jamestown Wildlife Area this season will see construction equipment and new infrastructure. While all the planned projects have not yet been completed great progress has been made. Gamekeeper Marsh and Gun Club Marsh will both be kept at a low level while construction on a division berm is underway in Gamekeeper Marsh. Work on raising the height on the Gamekeeper Marsh Dam will begin later in the year. During this time, waterfowl hunting access will be limited, but the managers have been working on providing access for the opportunities that still exist.

While construction is taking place, hunters can find huntable habitat on the south end of the property throughout the waterfowl season. Staff will be pumping select off-channel storage pools from Marsh Creek and Buffalo Creek Marshes for the season. A PDF map of these pools can be accessed by visiting ksoutdoors.com, then clicking “Hunting,” “Reports and Forecasts,” and scrolling down to “Jamestown Wildlife Area.”

“These areas have excellent moist soil food production and teal are starting to show up,” said Matt Farmer, Public Lands Manager for Jamestown. “We just ask that the public be mindful of the tighter spaces this season, and we appreciate their patience while we make improvements to the Wildlife Area.”

Since early July, construction crews have been building a division berm in Gamekeeper Marsh. As of the middle of August, construction is just over half way complete. Borrow areas where the contractors took the earth to build the berm will become new, managed wetlands.  A Pittman-Robertson grant has been submitted to raise Gamekeeper Dam 18 inches in order to accommodate the increased sediment load the marsh has taken on the last several decades. This work could start as early as late winter to early spring. The berm construction and dam increase will allow area managers to flood a larger area and better control water elevations, to manage for optimum moist soil production and increased hunting opportunities. While there is no set date on a final product as working conditions and Mother Nature will determine progress, managers expect an entirely new look for Gamekeeper Marsh by next season.

For more information on the construction taking place at Jamestown Wildlife Area, contact area staff at (785) 439-6243.

 

iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC DAILY PERMIT SYSTEM AT JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA  

This year KDWPT will continue with the new daily permit system in the form of iSportsman at many properties across the state.  iSportsman is an electronic registration/ data collection tool that will make data collection much easier for staff and allow for real time data analysis and stats throughout the season.  What does this mean for hunters?  Initially, users will need to register with their personal information to set up an account in the iSportsman program.  Once this is completed, the system will allow hunter to call in from any phone or log in from any PC or smart phone and "check-in" to hunt the property for the day.  Once the hunt is over, hunter will call back in and report harvest, etc., similar to returning paper daily permits upon the completion of their hunt.  For hunters that are new to the area, one permit station is available at the area headquarters.

HUNTERS WILL NEED TO ACCESS THE SITE TO REGISTER.  Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register, then scroll down to the blue "register" button at the bottom of the page and then provide the required information (not all information asked is required).  

Once registered, hunters will be able to call or log onto the system to check in and out for each day they hunt on the area.  Hunters will also be able to visit the Jamestown page https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx to get the latest on waterfowl numbers, water levels and any other news.  More detailed log-in information will be posted on the Jamestown web page and waterfowl reports throughout the season.


Special Regulations
  • Non-toxic shot required for all shotgun hunting.
  • Electronic Daily hunt permits ARE REQUIRED for ALL hunting.
  • Special hunts and Refuge areas are in effect Oct-1 - Jan 31.
  • Trapping is by permit only. The permit may be obtained from the Lovewell Area Office.
  • No trash receptacles are provide on the area. Please take your trash with you.
  • All motorized vehicles MUST remain on maintained roadways or parking areas.

Here is a complete list of Public Land Regulations or you can download the regulation summary.

History

Jamestown Wildlife Area is a collection of historical wetlands and associated uplands that have been under state management since 1932. Jamestown's two larger marshes were one of the twelve wetlands sold to provide funding for Emporia State Teachers College. Historically a "salty”, shallow, marshy area, in dry seasons salt was found where the water had been and when there was water an abundance of wildlife was found. The areas marshes attracted Native Americans, early settlers and were important to migrating herds of bison, flocks of waterfowl and other wildlife. Dams were constructed on the lower ends of both large marshes in the early 1900’s to provide a more reliable water supply for recreation.

Jamestown Facilities
Florell Hill
  • Type of Facility: Wildlife Viewing Area
  • Location of Facility: -55.150 41.662
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    This area is located off of Highway 148 overlooking Gamekeeper Marsh from the north. There is a deck style viewing platform with railing for spotting scopes and a mowed parking area.


Southwest Gun Club
  • Type of Facility: Small Craft Launch Site/ Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 38.579 -54.346
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    This single lane, rock ramp with a gravel parking lot will allow access to the southwest corner of Gun Club Marsh.


Marsh Creek North
  • Type of Facility: Small Craft Launch Site
  • Location of Facility: 38.734 -53.261
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    This low water crossing will allow non-motorized boat access to the north end of Marsh Creek Marsh.


Marsh Creek South
  • Type of Facility: Small Craft Launch Site
  • Location of Facility: 37.483 -54.782
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    This small craft launch site will allow non-motorized boat access to the south end of Marsh Creek Marsh.


Gamekeeper Marsh
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 40.999 -55.456
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    This lingle lane gravel boat ramp is located in the northwest corner of the area off KS Hwy. 148 for access to the west side of Gamekeeper Marsh.


Gun Club East
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 39.044 -53.549
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    This new single lane concrete boat ramp with a gravel parking lot is located on the east side of Gun Club Marsh providing access to Gun Club East.


Muskrat Landing
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: 39.657 -54.203
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    This newly renovated area has two, single lane concrete boat ramps. The east ramp gives access to Gun Club East and the west ramp gives access to Gun Club west. There is a gravel parking area with a unisex, vault style toilet.


Gamekeeper Dam
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 39.825 -54.236
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    This single lane, concrete boat ramp with a gravel parking lot is located north of the Gamekeeper Dam on the east side for access to Gamekeeper Marsh .


Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report - 11/14/2019
Waterfowl numbers

3,200 ducks observed 11/14/19.  Mostly Mallard and Green Winged Teal.  Some Pintails, Gadwall and Red Heads as well.  No Geese Observed.  REMINDER: All hunters MUST register and check in to iSportsman if they are hunting on the area.

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area.

Water levels Almost 100% ice covered as of 11/14/19.  Birds are keeping several holes open throughout the area. Ice is expected to melt with the upcoming forecasted warmer weather. Managers are holding water at desired management elevations. Water levels in Gamekeeper are and will remain low (but still huntable in some areas) in order to complete one last part of the sub-dividing berm project and to protect all the fresh earthwork. Gun Club levels will be held below full pool throughout the fall and winter. Water levels in these marshes will be allowed to recede to levels best suited for waterfowl use and habitat. That means there will be shallow areas that may not be accessible by boat. Both of these large marshes have minimal food from the summer flooding. Hunters need to be cautious if boating in these marshes. Buffalo Creek Marshes have excellent moist soil and have been pumped with huntable water. Pintail Marsh is full, Puddler marsh is close to full.  Bluewing Marsh is full. 
Hunting conditions

Fair: Getting access to the birds will be tough until the ice has melted. Hunters need to be cautious of rotten ice, especially in the deeper waters in Marsh Creek Marsh.  Scouting is a must.

Vegetation is thick in Buffalo Creek Marshes as it was too wet to open some holes prior to pumping.  

Remember: NO ATV's are allowed on department lands and roads.

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

REMINDER:  

iSportsman is in use.  ALL hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out when they hunt the area. 

This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.

REFUGE IS CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2020.

Expected hunting success Better than last week with the fresh birds.
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons

Duck (low plains early zone): 10/12/19 - 12/8/19 & 12/14/19 - 12/29/19

Canada Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

White-Fronted Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Light Geese: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19 & 11/6/19 - 2/16/20

Light Geese Conservation Order: 2/17/20 - 4/30/20

Hunters are REQUIRED to check in 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:

  1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.
  2. Provide hunter information.
  3. ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

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 is for non-gasoline powered boats 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 :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

THE REFUGE IS CLOSED on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh. REFUGE WILL BE CLOSED OCTOBER 1, 2019 - JANUARY 31, 2020

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