Neosho Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers
iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) is required for all hunters, We now have a zero tolerance policy on failure to comply with iSportsman.

10 to 15,000 ducks consisting of Mallard, Pintail Green Wing Teal and mixed diver species. 1,500 White-fronts, 500 Canada Geese and 10,000 Snow Geese

Water level

Planning water level management strategies for the upcoming growing season.  No water is being released at this time. 

Adequate water in all pools for goose hunting and launching boats.   

Please take a look at the maps below for a layout of the pools and their respective names.


Hunting conditions

Ice conditions exist as of 2/14/20 which could make the goose hunting tough. 

Please see the area news page for a breakdown of habitat types within each pool.  

Expected hunting success
Duck season is closed!
Dark goose season closes February 16th, 2020
Regular Season 2019-2020

Southeast zone duck season was a very successful one on Neosho Wildlife Area. We want to thank everyone for the continued cooperation with utilizing our electronic check-in/out system. We encountered very few issues with compliance this year. Below is some of the general data that can be extrapolated from the information the hunters provide.  Area staff look at and manipulate this data in many different ways to make management decisions for upcoming years and to also look at what management strategies worked during the hunting season.  

Season totals: 3,491 hunter trips (13th overall in hunter numbers) harvested 6,041 birds (10th overall in total harvest, 1300 more than 2018-2019) for a 1.73 BPH average (9th overall BPH).

November Totals (23 days): 1,359 Hunters (39% of 2019-2020 hunters) harvested 2,766 birds, 46% of total harvest (54% Mallards, 30% Green-winged Teal, 4% Pintail) for a 2.03 BPH average. Average of 59 hunters/day harvesting 120 birds/day.

December Totals (31 days): 1,422 Hunters (41% of 2019-2020 hunters) harvested 2,166 birds, 36% of total harvest (82% Mallards, 5% Pintail, 4% Green-winged Teal) for a 1.52 BPH average. Average of 46 hunters/day harvesting 70 birds/day.

January Totals (20 days): 710 Hunters (20% of 2019-2020 Hunters) harvested 1,110 birds, 18% of total harvest (79% Mallards, 5% Pintail, 5% Ring-necks) for a 1.56 BPH average. Average of 36 hunters/day harvesting 56 birds/day. 

32 Youth Hunters Harvested 133 ducks for a 4.15 bph. 20% of the Harvest was teal, 53% Mallards.

Teal Season 2019 - 129 Hunters harvested 384 teal for a 2.98 BPH average 

All Boating regulations are enforced! (Lifejackets, navigation lights, etc.)
All boats must operate at no wake speeds within boating canals (signs are posted)

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, each individual hunter needs to check in/out and report his/her harvest totals. i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

Neosho WA requires all hunters to utilize the daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit register prior to hunting season.

Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.