Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

ATTENTION: The Low Plains Early Zone Duck Season is CLOSED For The Year.

1,000 Ducks, Mostly Mallards; No dark geese observed; 2,500 light geese with numbers fluctuating daily (sometimes hourly)  The refuge is CLOSED. White-Fronted Goose Season will open back up on January 23, 2021.

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area. This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.

Water levels All the major projects are finished and the area is holding good water levels for the upcoming waterfowl season. Gamekeeper Marsh is 98% full with an average water depth of 16 inches.  Gun Club Marsh is 85% full with an average water depth of 12" to 14". Marsh Creek Marsh is 90% full. Buffalo Creek Marshes are 65% full with an average water depth of 12" with a lot of sheet water along the margins of the wetland units. Pintail Marsh is dry.  Puddler and Bluewing marshes are dry.  A rain or big snow would be beneficial.  
Hunting conditions

Goose hunting pressure was been low.  Moist soil production was excellent this growing season.  A major flood event in late July eliminated much of the Japanese millet that was planted, however there are excellent stands of smart weed and wild millet.  Managers were unable to mow decoy holes in some of the units, so hunters need to scout to find natural open holes in the moist soil.  Gamekeeper Marsh dam raise is allowing managers to inundate an additional 490 acres in Gamekeeper Marsh, creating excellent habitat in the refuge.  Buffalo Creek Marshes have been pumped and several Marsh Creek off storage pools will be pumped throughout teal season.

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

There is a no trash policy: If you take it in with you, please bring it out.  This includes spent shotgun shells.

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

REFUGE IS CLOSED 
Expected hunting success All pools are currently 100% ice free. However, goose numbers remain slim to none. The LPEZ duck season closes Jan. 3, 2021.
Comments

REFUGE BOUNDARY CHANGE STARTING OCT 1, 2020

The NW corner of the Gamekeeper Marsh area that was open for hunting will now be included as refuge starting October 1, 2020.  Puddler marsh was a youth/mentor marsh up until the fall of 2019 when managers opened it up to all hunting.  That change, along with the additional 18 inch raise on Gamekeeper Dam will allow managers to move the youth mentor area to a special hunt area starting in the fall of 2021.  The new refuge line will be along Highway 148 from the marsh creek bridge, north and east to the east boundary of the Wildlife Area.

Click here for pdf map of the new area. 

Waterfowl Seasons

Low Plains Early Zone Duck Season

12/19/2020 - 01/03/2021

Canada Geese

10/31/2020 - 11/01/2020 & 11/04/2020 - 02/14/2021

White-Fronted Geese

10/31/2020 - 01/3/2021 & 01/23/2021 - 02/14/2021

Light Geese

10/31/2020 - 11/01/2020 & 11/04/2020 - 02/14/2021

Light Geese Conservation Order

02/15/2021 - 04/30/2021

Hunters are REQUIRED to check in AND OUT 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 in to the system to get their permit. 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 and the West Gamekeeper Marsh is for non-gasoline powered boats or paddle-in / Walk-in 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 REMAIN CLOSED THRU - JANUARY 31, 2021. The refuge boundary has shifted northwest to Highway 148. 

Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!