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Kansas is divided into five regions for KDWPT administrative purposes. Each region has a full-service regional office, as well as numerous local and district offices.

CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

15,000 ducks mostly mallards, widgeon and teal.  A good mix of divers.

3000 Canada Geese and 400 Snows.

 Mallard Migration Rank: 5   (1=worst 10=best)

Water level Reservoir is 22 ft. low.
Hunting conditions Fair.  20% of reservoir is froze.  Duck Flats Froze. Boat ramps are open.
Expected hunting success Fair. 
Comments
Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area is in the Low Plains Early Zone

Land Refuge Closed Sept. 1 thru Jan. 31.

Water Refuge Closed Nov.1 Thru Jan. 31.

Land in the North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting all year.

Youth/Mentor Hunting Areas are available. Check website or contact the Area Office for changes.

Contact Area Manager Kent Hensley at the Cedar Bluff Area Office for additional information 785-726-3212 or Email



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl coming in with the cold front.  Mallard numbers increasing to 70,000 and other ducks 15,000, mostly redheads and ringnecks.

Goose numbers have also been increasing.  Estimating 20,000 Canada geese, 230,000 snows and 6,500 white fronts.

Mallard Migration Index (9)

Water level 2.4' below conservation pool and declining.
Hunting conditions No flooded vegetation and not much for shallow water areas.  Cold conditions have froze over 25% of the area water, this includes the tributaries and shallow areas.  The boat ramps are temporarily frozen in, but could reopen with the warmer weather.
Expected hunting success Should be good.  More birds move in during the week.  Most are staying on open water.
Comments

Check Area News for updates.

Low Plains Early Duck Zone is located north of Highway 24 and is open October 11 - December 7, 2014.  This includes Granite Creek and Oak Creek portions of the Glen Elder Wildlife Area.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone which is majority of the property (south of Hwy 24) is open November 1, 2014 - January 4, 2015.

Canada and Light goose seasons are open November 1 - 9, 2014 and reopens November 12, 2014 - February 15, 2015.

White-fronted goose season is open November 1 - December 14, 2014 and reopens January 17 - February 15,2015.

Both Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31stThe refuges are open to the public until that time.

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is now located in the Granite Creek Refuge and is in effect from October 1 - January 31. Waterfowl hunting from the shoreline area is allowed in the Youth-Mentor Area as long as EACH adult is hunting with a youth 17 years or younger. Boats of any sort are prohibited in the Granite Creek Refuge.

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in Waconda Lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.



JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers Less than 500 ducks and 150 observed on 11/19/2014. The area is 100% covered in ice that is anywhere from 2 to 4 inches thick.
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 area is 100% ice covered except for a few, small holes the birds are keeping open.  Managers are hoping the water will open back up when and/or if the weather moderates back to seasonal temperatures.  Hunters need to be cautious of thawing ice.

Gamekeeper marsh is 8 inches low, Gun Club Marsh is around 75% full with an average depth of 18-30 inches (similar to the water conditions in 2012).  Managers are finished with pumping off storage pools along marsh creek.  Marsh Creek Marsh is around 50% full, Bluewing Marsh, Puddler and Ringneck marshes are dry.  Managers are finished pumping Buffalo Creek Marshes. Buffalo Creek South Marsh has excellent habitat and water with maximum depths at 14-18 inches outside of the main canal.  Buffalo Creek North Marsh has an average depth of 12-24 inches of water.

Hunting conditions Things are looking poor until the ice begins to melt.  HUNTERS NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS ON THE ICE!  THERE ARE AREAS WHERE THE WATER IS CLOSE TO FOUR FEET DEEP OR DEEPER.  If they plan on hunting the ice, managers recommend hunting away from the main hole the birds are keeping open.  There are dry feed fields on the Wildlife Area and some hunter have had luck setting up on the ice and breaking their own small hole.  
Expected hunting success Success is expected to improve as the ice melts.
Comments
KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2014-2015 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 STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS

  

Hunters need to make sure they have all the appropriate licenses and stamps for hunting waterfowl.  The following are required:

- 2014 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 :

  • 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 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!



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers 6,500 ducks, divers and puddle ducks with 2,000 mallards. 1,200 canada geese 1,500 light geese and a few white-fronts.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 6
Water level Reservoir is 2.4 ft below conservation pool. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal have ceased. Irrigation season is over.
Hunting condition Frigid temps have finally frozen over 80% of the reservoir. NO BOAT RAMPS OPEN. Reservoir levels are stable and there is a lot of concealing vegetation close to the water. Earlier, exposed mudflats have been covered as well as flooding growing vegetation. Not much moist soil food on the reservoir.
Expected hunting success  Fair if hunters can break ice an open some water. Will update as conditions change and until we see how much of the reservoir freezes and how many more birds arrive and stay. Most waterfowl feeding on private cropland.
Comments

All boat ramps CLOSED, FROZEN including the State Park(PARK PERMIT REQUIRED). Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek ramps FROZEN. White Rock Creek and Oak Hill ramps  are low for unloading LARGER boats at this elevation.The LAND REFUGE CLOSED OCTOBER 1. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1, 2014. Camping cabins are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE

HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • HUNTERS USING BOATS MUST EXERCISE EXTRA CARE WHEN BOATING IN COLD WATER AND NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH KANSAS BOATING REGULATIONS
  • OBTAIN PERMISSION BEFORE HUNTING PRIVATE LAND. IF WRITTEN PERMISSION IS REQUIRED ALL HUNTERS IN THE PARTY MUST POSSESS WRITTEN PERMISSION.

FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.

FREE DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTING ON THE AREA. ELECTRONIC PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE. REGISTER AT THE i-SPORTSMAN LINK ON THE KDWPT WEBSITE. Lovewell Wildlife Area has been requiring all hunters to register with our paper card, Hunter Survey System and this is still required but a new system called i-Sportsman is now in effect that allows hunters to check-in and check-out electronically with a PC, smartphone, any mobile device and even a rotary dial phone. Hunters are encouraged to pre-register for an account on-line and must do so from a PC, establish a password and  PIN. This will really speed up the process over the card system. Follow this link to get registered. https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS. If using the card system, the top portion of the two-part permit must be filled out and returned to the survey station prior to hunting and the bottom portion kept with the hunter to record hunting activity. After the hunt the bottom portion is also returned to the survey station where the permits will be collected and information recorded to assist managers with improving the area. THE REFUGE IS CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER 1 TO JANUARY 31 on the NORTHEAST half of the reservoir and Wildlife Area from 1/8th mile west of the south end of the dam and following a buoy line northwest to the western boundary of the Cabin Area. No hunting from the park shoreline. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



NORTON - Last Updated: 11/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers 2,500 ducks (1,500 mallards) and fewer than 1000 geese.  A few snows mixed in.    
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is currently 15.9 feet below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 70% ice covered west of Duck Blind Point.  Most coves except Leota are frozen.  Leota ramp still usable.  Horseshoe primitive ramp ice locked.   
Expected hunting success Water levels are once again down from last year.  Some vegetation had time to establish on the shoreline towards the west end so hunters will have a few more places to hide this fall.  Nearly 300 geese have been banded and released on the property.
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

Blinds may be used and must be constructed of natural herbaceous materials or woody debris that are present on the site.  Blinds constructed of non-natural materials must be removed from the property each day.  Please do not bring materials from off-site.     

Duck season Oct. 11-Dec. 8, 2014 AND Dec. 20, 2014-Jan. 25, 2014.

Mallard Migration Rank = 5



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS WATERFOWL REPORT - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Waterfowl numbers Mallard numbers have been on the rise with cold fronts -- 1500-1800. Some ringnecks and redheads observed on lake.
Water level 2.5 ft above conservation pool; 1465.5 ft
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 5

This Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak mallard numbers).

Click here to learn more about the Mallard Migration Rank.

Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair to good setting up off points from Yankee Run to Boldt Bluff and points south.
Comments

Remember the refuge area on the northwest part of the lake is closed SEPT 1- JAN 31 to hunting except by Special Hunt permit.

To track this year's waterfowl migration and post your hunting results visit Ducks Unlimited's Waterfowl Migration Map by clicking the link below:

DU Migration Map



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers

4,000 ducks, 4,000 Canada geese and 300 snow geese.  More waterfowl coming in with colder weather.

Mallard Migration Rank 2 (1 = Worst 10 = Best)

Water level 24.5 feet below conservation level. Irrigation releases have ended for the year.
Hunting conditions No flooded vegetation with low water level. Exposed shorelines & mudflates will attract some early migrants. The area from the southeast corner of the reservoir west to 9 Road is designated as "No Motorized Boats" and is intended for use by walk-in hunters. Exposed mudflats will provide loafing areas.
Expected hunting success Fair, ducks and geese scattered over entire reservoir.  Some along south side and west end. 
Comments

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir

Nov. 1, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015 AND Jan. 17-25, 2015

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Nov. 1-9, 2014 And Nov. 12, 2014 - Feb. 15, 2015

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  Nov. 1 - Dec. 14, 2014 AND Jan. 17 - Feb. 15, 2015

LIGHT GEESE  Nov 1 - 9, 2014 AND Nov. 12, 2014 - Feb. 15, 2015

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 16 - April 30, 2015

ICE CONDITIONS

Boat ramps are iced in with 1/4" thick ice.  Reservoir 50% covered in ice.  Thin ice in shallows, coves and along majority of shoreline. 

ATTENTION HUNTERS:

Hunters need to be aware that 4 Trumpeter swans have been on the Reservoir this week. 

 2014 - 2015 WEBR Waterfowl Refuge Map

ATTENTION HUNTERS: Daily Hunting Permits are no longer required. After 3 years of gathering survey information, the daily hunting permit system is no longer in effect at Webster.



WILSON - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl numbers remain good at Wilson.  Estimate 6000-7000 ducks, mostly Mallards, with other puddle ducks and divers.

2500 Canada geese

Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 8

The Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak Mallard Numbers)

Click here to learn more about the Mallard Migration Rank.

Water level 1508.79 ft; 7.2 ft below conservation pool.  Record Low Elevation
Hunting conditions  Fair to good
Expected hunting success Good. Birds off points from Pelican point to Spillway ramp and along north side in Lucas area.
Comments

Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramps are NOT OPEN due to low water conditions

Refuge CLOSED SEPT 1 through JAN 31

Contact Corps of Engineers at 785-658-2551 for hunting restrictions around Minooka, Lucas and Sylvan Parks

Contact Wilson State Park at 785-658-2465 ext. 1 for hunting restrictions around Hell Creek & Otoe Parks

To track the 2013-2014 waterfowl migration and post your hunting results visit Ducks Unlimited's Migration Map by clicking the link below:

Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Migration Map



This is a collection of all the Region 2 Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers 5,000 Mallards are on the area, mostly using the refuge
Water level

Good water in largest wetland southeast of parking area, open water in the smaller complex when it holds water.

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. The application and drawing will take place online only in 2014. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

 Pumps are not working in the west complex of wetlands but there is some water

Hunting conditions Decent water level and good habitat.
Expected hunting success Fair to good.
Comments

Having pump problems on western wetlands. Will not be able to pump this complex.

The Corps of Engineers has a construction crew at Benedictine Bottoms constructing two new chutes off of the Missouri River. The construction will be ongoing and will last throughout the season. During this time there will be areas that will be closed to public access. As the construction progresses we will keep you updated. This construction should not effect waterfowl hunting except for the increase in vehicle traffic.

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. The application and drawing will take place online only in 2014. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".



CLINTON - Last Updated: 10/21/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Not many waterfowl in the area yet.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 0

Lake level 874.6 (.9 feet below conservation pool).
Hunting conditions

The wildlife area will be limited again. Coblentz wetlands are dry. Elk creek wetlands have some water in pool 2 (enough for 2 hunting parties), and very small pools of water in pools 3.

The reservoir has to be at least at conservation pool, or the wildlife area is limited on pumping.

Expected hunting success Fair on the reservoir and poor on the wildlife area.
Comments

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area will be utilizing an electronic check-in system beginning September 1st. To register, please go to  https://kdwpt.isportsman.net. This will be mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters.  

Please remember that trapping is also allowed on the Wildlife Area.

The Refuge area will be closed to ALL activities from October 1st - Janurary 15th, 2011.



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl Numbers Waterfowl use increased significantly over the past two weeks. Thousands of ducks observed using the wildlife area. Species identified during our most recent waterfowl survey (11/20/14) included mallard, gadwall, northern shoveler, bufflehead, common goldeneye, common merganser, hooded merganser, American coot, light geese, and Canada geese. 
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Over half full. Greater than 40 acre-feet pumped. 

Browns Wetland, Upper Unit - Approximately half full with plenty of millet and smartweed inundated. Pumped >30 acre-feet into the unit.

Browns Wetland, Lower Unit - Sufficient for hunting.

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Low. We will be unable to pump this unit this year; however, rainfall has maintained a pool that may hold some waterfowl.

Hillsdale Lake - Normal elevation (See Army Corps Daily Report). Plenty of aquatic vegetation inundated particularly near the Waterfowl Refuge. 

Comments  **Wetlands have frozen over due to the recent cold-snap; however, with warming temperatures this weekend they likely will reopen.**



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Light Geese :40,000

Canada Geese:150

Ducks: 1200

Water level High
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor for ducks and poor for geese.
Comments

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

Aux- Lake will be OPEN to waterfowl hunting on November 1st.

Individuals wishing to hunt Unit #2 of the wildlife area must enter through the main gate and sign in at the guard house. Be sure to have a photo I.D. with you when checking in.

Hunters are required to drive maintained roads only. A map will be provided to all hunters showing open roads as well as parking areas. Vehicles are allowed to park in parking areas only.



MILFORD WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Regular duck season opens on Nov 1st and closes Jan 4th.

Late duck season is Jan 17th-25th.

Only 200 ducks were seen on the survey this week, primarily mallards.  The wetlands are still iced up due to freezing temperatures.

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the numbers of waterfowl on the area.
Lake level 1146.51 conservation Pool 1144.4 The dam is releasing 100FS. Republican River is flowing at NA.
Hunting conditions

Fair due to icy conditions and relatively few birds.  Wetland areas are icing over due to frozen pumps and lack of water flow.  River has ice flows and calm water areas are iced over.  Water levels and vegetation are good to excellent.  Warmer temperatures are forecasted and conditions could improve greatly by Thanksgiving.

No activites/hunting allowed in the Steve Lloyd Wetland/Refuge.

Motorized boats are only allowed in Mall Creek wetland, electric motors are considered "motorized". All other public hunting wetlands are open to NON motorized boats and walk in hunting.

Lower Smith Bottom and the Gatesville boat ramp have been reopened since the 2013 fall hunting and fishing season.

The lower refuge dike has been repaired and both the upper and lower refuge pools are holding good amounts of water which should help to attract waterfowl to the area.

Expected hunting success

Hunter survey report: 

Nov 10th- 17th 52 hunters had harvested 132 ducks with an average of 2.5 ducks/hunter.

Vegetation and water levels are adequate. High water has filled most Mall Creek and Sugar Bowl wetlands.  

Comments

Do NOT drive on dikes. Vehicles disrupt and discourage waterfowl from using the wetland areas. We have had several dikes being damaged due to unauthorized vehicles driving on them. Scouting is best done on foot to evaluate bird numbers and habitat conditions.

Please report any vehicles on dikes and anyone seen disturbing our pumps. Without the pumps in optimal condition we are unable to pump the wetlands to their greatest potential.

Remember- a free permit is required to hunt waterfowl in the wetland areas on Milford Wildlife Area. These are available at all of the marsh parking areas, or hunters can register and check in using the new I-sportsman system from any rotary phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.



PERRY - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Wetlands are 100% frozen, areas of the Delaware River and Lake Perry do have open water with ice in areas as well. A survey was conducted on 11/19/2014 and about 4,500 ducks were observed, mostly Mallards with some Redheads, Ring-necked ducks, and both Common and Hooded Mergansers. About 2,000 Canada Geese and 5,000 snow geese were also observed. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 5 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)

Lake level 2.12 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
All wetland complexes have developed some of the best vegetation seen at Perry in the last several years. All marsh complexes are dependent on natural runoff to fill the complex except West River North & South and Kyle East.

We are currently in the process of working with Ducks Unlimited to apply for a grant to build a Marsh Pump to pump NorthWest and Reichart marshes. We have put some money together from local donors to aid in this project. If you are interested in helping with this project call the Wildlife Area office at (785) 945-6615.

Expected hunting success Fair to Good. 
Comments
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools.  Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.

Kyle: Kyle Marsh East was drained this spring but did not dry all the way out. Quality vegetation growth is primarily in the east pool. East- HCR-9 with the marsh being 60% water. Only natural vegetation grew in the East Unit. Kyle West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source and due to a recent high water event this unit is nearly 100% full.

Launching boats in Kyle will be possible now with water levels at near full.

West River: An abundance of moist soil plants are growing and areas of mud flats were sown to Jap Millet and Buckwheat. North- HCR-6 with 50% water. South- HCR-9 with 75% water.

Upper Ferguson: The vegetation is in excellent quality. HCR-8 with 50% water.

Lassister: West Lassiter pool was drained this spring and worked for corn planting however do to untimely rains no corn was planted.  However, the vegetation response was great.  East- HCR-7 with 40% water, will fill if we get enough rain. West- HCR-7 with 25% water

Northwest: Recent work to remove trees from inside Northwest marsh has been done and boards have been removed from water control structures to continue renovations. Work is in progress to remove the East water control structure and soon the remaining water will be removed from this wetland. Installation of a new structure will follow. 

Headquarters: Headquarters started full this spring and over the summer naturally dried up. Quality vegetation growth has been good. HCR-8 with 10% water

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was held this summer. Vegetation growth has been good. HCR-7 with 25% water

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been excellent this summer. HCR-9 with 100% water

Reichert: Reichart pools were held at reatively low levels but retained water most of the summer. The vegetation growth has been exceptional. HCR-9 with 25% water.

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.

   



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Several thousand ducks and geese observed in the area, using open water areas in the river.

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 6

Water level The lake is currently 3.5 feet  above conservation pool.  The Black Vermillion and Olsburg marshes both have huntable water.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation around the edges of the lake and favorable water levels should provide good hunting opportunities on the main lake.  Vegetation in the marshes is thick, scouting prior to your hunt is encouraged.

All marshes and most all water north of K16 bridge is currently froze up.

Expected hunting success Poor, until more water opens up.
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Black Vermillion and Olsburg marshes and can be found at the parking lots adjacent to each marsh. Please complete this survey. The data collected from this permit/survey supplies the Manager with valuable comments and harvest information to better manage the area.



This is a collection of all the Region 3 Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers  We estimate 9,000 to 15,000 total ducks, comprised of a good mix of big duck species and green-winged teal.   We estimate goose numbers to be 100,000 to 200,000, with a few more snow geese than dark geese.
Water level Pools 1A is about 19 inches, 1B and 1C each are at 28 inches. Pool 2 is near 17 inches, Pools 3A is about 12 inches, 3B is about 16, 4A is near 17 inches, and Pool 4B is about 18 inches and Pool 5 is about 12 inches. 
Hunting conditions

Moist-soil plants resulting from the low water early and the June rains are excellent.  Some of the best smartweed in years, as well as millet are present. 

With the temperature moderation forecast to continue through the weekend, we should loose most of the ice cover we currently have (about 80%).

Expected hunting success For the period of November 17 thru November 19 duck hunters averaged a bit more than 4 ducks per hunter.  Goose hunters using the Goose Hunting Zones are averaged about 1.25 goose per hunter. Pheasant hunters for the same period averaged less than 1 bird per hunter.  A few geese have also been taken in the Pools.
Comments

Hunting pools will eventually be held from 15 to 18 inches. Pool 3A will be a primitive pool (no motorized watercraft) for the entire waterfowl season and kept at shallower depths.  Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system being introduced this year.  This will eventually replace the paper permits.

Duck numbers dropped significantly with the cold weather arriving, but are rebounding and providing good hunting opportunities.  As we loose our ice their numbers may continue to increase. 

KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2014-2015 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 CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx

PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSEIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.



ISABEL - Last Updated: 11/7/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 50 ducks.
Water level The pool along Hwy. 42 has a small amount of water.  The main lake is full. The pools south and east of the main lake are full.
Hunting conditions Good.
Expected hunting success  
Comments Daily Permit or Electronic Check-In Required - free in each parking lot. Instructions are posted. Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 500 ducks in the general area. Mostly mallards.
Water level Pool 1 is full.  Pool 2 is full.   Pools 4, 6, and 8 are full.  There is water north and west of pool 6.  Pool 9 is full.  Pool 3B is full.  Pool 7 has some water with heavy vegetation.  The remaining pools are nearly dry.
Hunting conditions Still nearly 100% ice cover as of 11/20.
Expected hunting success  
Comments Permit or Electronic Check-In required (Free) - available in all parking lots. Remember that only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.



This is a collection of all the Region 4 Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Waterfowl numbers Duck numbers are fluctuating around 800.  500 Canadian geese are using the lake.  
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is about 17 inches low due to work being done to the dam and dry weather.  The four main marshes west of the lake are full.  The 3 marshes north of the lake are just now getting water.  Two of the three marshes south of highway 54 have some water however they are not full and have limited space for ducks to land.
Hunting conditions The lake is completely frozen over as are the marshes and ponds.  WARNING-New rip rap has been added to the Kingman State Lake dam and until the metal has been removed, it poses a hazard to hunters, fishermen, and their dogs. Marshes have excellent food plants available once they get flooded. 
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments The hunting permits required for the past several years have been eliminated. Hunters do not need a daily permit to hunt.



CHENEY - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers  Canada 1006, Mallard 319, Buffle Head 11, Snow 1, Golden Eye 3
Water level  below conservation pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments The recent cold has pushed more birds into the area.



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 1,950 ducks (primarily mallard with some goldeneye), 460 Canada geese, and 125 mergansers on 11/19.        
Water levels 2.6 feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 11/19.
Hunting conditions Difficult.  Ice is beginning to form in shallows and wind protected areas.  Lake approximately 1% ice covered.  Declining lake levels have pulled water away from cover edges.  Hunters may find it challenging to conceal themselves.  A thin fringe of food producing vegetation exists along some lake edges, but will not be available to feeding waterfowl without precipitation and increases in lake levels.
Expected hunting success Fair/Good.  
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season - Nov. 1 - Jan. 4, 2015 AND Jan. 17-25, 2015



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks: Approximately 2,800 ducks - roughly a 50/50 split of mallard and goldeneye.  

Geese: 4,300 Canada Geese.

Mallard Migration Rank = 5

Water level Lake is at 1337.10' as of 11/20 (conservation pool 1339.0')
Hunting conditions Poor/Fair.  The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake. Thin ice is currently covering the upper ends of the reservoir and is melting fast.
Expected hunting success Fair.   Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily.
Comments

NOTE: El Dorado is located within the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Regular Season - Nov. 8-9, 2014 AND Nov. 15, 2014 - Jan. 25, 2015

Canada Geese - Nov. 1-9, 2014 AND Nov. 12 - Feb. 15, 2015

White-Fronted Geese - Nov. 1 - Dec. 14, 2014 AND Jan. 17 - Feb. 15, 2015

Light Geese - Nov. 1-9, 2014 AND Nov. 12 - Feb. 15, 2015



KAW WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers There are approximately 85 ducks and 25 geese using the river at this time.
Mallard Migration Rank=4 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Fair
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Poor/Fair
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 13-28, 2014
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Season:Nov. 8-9, 2014 AND Nov. 15, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015
  • Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 11/13/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 500 ducks at this time. 
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 3

This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water level Good, but 90% ice covered this morning (11/13). All pools have some huntable water. 
Hunting conditions Moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area.  Smartweed and barnyard grass production has been exceptional this year.  Another good run-off rain would imporve conditions.
Expected hunting success Good. 
Comments

PLEASE CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT WITH EITHER THE ISPORTSMAN PROGRAM OR PAPER DAILY PERMITS!  PLEASE DO NOT USE BOTH. 

 

Early teal season results:

890 hunters harvested 1,890 teal for a 2.12 teal / hunter average.  This ranks as the second best teal season harvest on record at MPWL.

MPWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

The Little Sinkhole/Farland Lake marsh unit is included in the EARLY low-plains duck zone (as is the rest of MPWL).

MPWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will be able to login from PC, smartphone, or call in from a cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

 

Newsletter:

We are currently producing a McPherson Valley Wetlands electronic newsletter that will be distributed bi-annually. The newsletter will highlight season results, upcoming projects, forecasted fall flights, and other information that hunters / users should be aware of if they plan to visit the area. If you are interested in recieving this newsletter please Click here.

 

Other:

For refuge locations, please see the link McPherson Wetlands brochure and map on the McPherson Wetlands web page for these changes or contact the area office for more information at (620)-241-7669.

All shotgun hunters at McPherson Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgement before entering these roadways. IF ROADS ARE WET, PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL ON THEM! It is very difficult and very expensive to get wrecker assistance once stuck.



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl
numbers
Approximately 50 ducks on the property.  Most of the pools are open with a few frozen areas.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:5

 This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water
 level
Good.  All pools have water in them.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

SCWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at SCWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 13-28, 2014
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season:Nov. 1, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015 AND Jan. 17-25, 2015
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

Also, all shotgun hunters at Slate Creek Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

 Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgment before entering these roadways.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620)-876-5730. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics.



MARION - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 145 Mallard, 150 Goldeneye, 3000 snow geese, and 2200 Canada geese are using the area at this time.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=1 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is currently 1348.85 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels are just below conservation pool and the North end of the reservoir, French Creek cove, all of the smaller coves have vegetation along the shoreline for cover. There was very little moist soil production this year for food since the reservoir has maintained high water levels since summer 2012.
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments Remember the Reservoir now has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on. 



This a collection of all the Region 5 Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/18/2014

Waterfowl numbers 2500 ducks, mostly mallards. 
Water level Reservoir is 0.4' above conservation pool, Marsh at 54 hwy is dry.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is nearly 100% ice covered, however ice is less than 1/2" thick at Toronto point boat ramp.  Ice should likely disappear. 
Expected hunting success Fair - good
Comments Counts are done on a weekly basis and information will be posted immediately following counts. For other info. call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 11/13/2014

Waterfowl numbers  4000-5000, mixed bag of mostly divers, teal, pintails, shovelers, and a few more mallards showing up. Some white-fronts moving through.
Water level Reservoir up 0.3 feet.
Hunting conditions Wetlands have excellent but rank moist soil vegetation and very good water  but starting to freeze. Quaker/Chetopa Creek access road is open during duck season. Some mud flats on the shoreline.
Expected hunting success  Good conditions, depending upon weather and reservoir water levels. 
Comments For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/18/2014

Waterfowl numbers 6500 ducks, mostly mallards on the reservoir today.
Water level 0.3' above conservation pool
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 50% open.  Boat ramp at engineers cove is open and likely will remain open through the coming weekend.
Expected hunting success Good
Comments Counts are conducted on a weekly basis and information is posted immediately following counts. For other questions call: 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Waterfowl numbers  Much Improved- 2500 Large Ducks, mainly Gadwall and Mallards, some divers mixed in.  300 Large Canadian Geese, 450 Snow Geese. 
Water level

Current Level: 1043.01

Conservation Pool Level: 1043.0

Hunting conditions  Poor on main Reservoir,  Marsh below damn-Upper is full and holds good vegetation, lower is 50% full and has good vegetation.  
Expected hunting success  Fair
Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Waterfowl numbers Waterfowl numbers are changing daily with ice conditions.  15,000 +/- ducks, few geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 6.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels All units have good water levels for early in the season.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Marshes are still frozen this morning, but ice is generally thin and weak.  This week, hunters have been breaking ice with some success.  If weather predictions are accurate, we anticipate considerable thawing over the next several days.
Hunting success Wednesday and Thursday:  85 ducks / 37 hunters = 2.3 success.  Season:  1,382 / 561 hunters = 2.5 success.  Dark goose harvest = 1.
Comments

Waterfowl hunters must register before hunting and report harvest after the hunt (KAR 115-8-1). Notice: You must fill out reports completely and accurately. False reports will be prosecuted.  Isportsman electronic registration is not available for Marais des Cygnes this season.

There is construction work along the river side of Unit G – for your safety, please stay away from the construction area.

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.

Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE/WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 8,000 ducks (6,000 dabblers and 2,000 divers, primarily redheads) and 1,500 geese.  A mixed bag of dabbling ducks but about 85% mallards.  80% of birds observed were on the refuge.
Water level Lake level 1034.97; Conservation pool = 1036.
Hunting conditions There is huntable water in all wetlands.  Most ice cover should be off of shallow water areas by this weekend with the warmer forecast weather.  Moist soil vegetation looks excellent.     
Expected hunting success  Good
Comments

Mallard migration: 5

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/    For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Rd.  Paper permits will also be available through the 2014 hunting season.

Youth waterfowl season is October . Regular waterfowl season opens November 1, 2014.

Refuge Area is CLOSED Oct. 1st through Jan. 15th



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers 25,000 mixed puddle ducks mainly Teal and Mallards and various divers species.  150 Canada Geese. 
Mallard Migration Rank

MMR=6

0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level Refuge pool is currently 2 ft.  Pools 1, 2 and 4 currently have water.   Area beginning to thaw out.  Should be open by 11-21-14.  The South Unit pump project is on hold for now as there was a problem arise with the pump and its ability to work under low river flows. Contractor is supposed to be here sometime the first week of December.  Water levels on the main area are at normal stages or above for this time of year and pools will continue to build as the season progresses.  Boats should be able to access into any pool.  Pumps running 24 hours a day since 11/13/14.    
Hunting conditions Good.  Beginning to thaw out.    
Expected hunting success Good.  Please remember to utilize the isporstman electronic check in and out system.  We have had good compliance but still a few that are using the old paper system.  We are running low on cards so we encourage everyone to use electronic system.  Thanks so much for your cooperation in transitioning into this new system!!! 
Comments

2014-15 South East Zone season dates are Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 15-Jan 25.

If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks

Neosho WA is transitioning to a new 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 hunitng to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

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, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

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

For additional area news please visit the area website at: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/14/2014

Waterfowl numbers 2000-3000 ducks, 
Water level Lake is 972.41 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.