|Waterfowl numbers|| |
1,000 to 3,000 ducks on the area. Mostly Blue-Winged Teal with Mallards, Pintail and Wood Ducks mixed in.
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 - 0 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).|
|Water levels|| |
The high water has receded and water levels are slowly starting to drop. Gun Club and Gamekeeper are significantly lower than last week.
Water levels will be brought down in Gun Club and Gamekeeper Marshes so construction can continue in Gamekeeper Marsh. Water levels will be updated in the weekly waterfowl report.
|Hunting conditions|| |
Due to the construction project, the west road that leads to the boat access area in Gamekeeper Marsh along Marsh Creek will be closed. Hunters that are wanting to launch boats can launch at the ramp just north of the Gamekeeper dam on the east side.
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. 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 OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 1
|Expected hunting success|| |
Fair - Birds have scattered to areas where they are receiving less pressure but remain on or near the Wildlife Area. Hunters have been averaging just over four birds per hunter on the season. Scouting is encouraged to find areas where birds are seeing less pressure.
Several non-game birds have been found shot on the area. Hunters are encouraged to positively identify their targets. If there is any doubt about what it is, DON'T SHOOT!
Teal - Low Plains Early Zone (LPEZ) - September 8, 2018 - September 23, 2018
Youth Duck (LPEZ) - October 6 - 7, 2018
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!