|Waterfowl numbers|| |
Less than 200 mallards and less than 100 dark geese observed on 12/7/18.
REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area.
|Mallard Migration Rank||Current Rating - 1 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).|
|Water levels||The recent rains have created a lot of shelf ice that is less than one inch thick making it very treacherous. All marshes are full or flooded.|
|Hunting conditions|| |
Waterfowl activity has been extremely slow due to freezing conditions. 99% ice cover with several small holes the birds are keeping open.
Due to flood conditions and the construction project, the west road that leads to the boat access area in Gamekeeper Marsh along Marsh Creek will be closed. Those that are wanting to hunt Gamekeeper Marsh south of the refuge line will be able to launch on the east boat ramp directly north of the Gamekeeper dam. However, with the decreasing water levels, launching a boat will become more challenging.
Boaters need to make sure their registration is current and they have all necessary equipment on board and operational, including life jackets and navigation lights.
ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas.
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
|Expected hunting success||Poor - With the ice and cold nights in the forecast, the area will not thaw out until we see highs in the upper 30's and lows above 25 degrees.|
Duck (LPEZ) - October 13, 2018 - December 16, 2018 & December 22, 2018 - December 30, 2018
Canada Goose - October 27 - 28, 2018 & November 7, 2018 - February 17, 2019
White-Fronted Goose - October 27, 2018 - December 30, 2018 & January 26 - February 17, 2019
Light Goose - October 27 - 28, 2018 & November 7 - February 17, 2019
Conservation Order - February 18, 2019 - April 30, 2019
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:
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)
PUDDLER AND RINGNECK MARSHES ARE 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.
HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :
THE REFUGE IS CLOSED FROM OCTOBER 1 to January 31 on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh.
Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!