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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 2/24/2014

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

100 light geese.

Mallard Migration Rank: 8 (1=worst 10=best)

Water level Reservoir is 25.3 ft. low.
Hunting conditions Fair. Reservoir is 30% froze.
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments
Cedar Bluff Reservoir 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: 3/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Light goose numbers = 13,000 and decreasing.

Mallard numbers 3200.

Mallard Migration Index = 4

Water level Water level is about 2.6 feet below conservation (normal).
Hunting conditions No more ice
Expected hunting success Good for geese - Waterfowl are dispersed throughout the area where ever there is open water.  Birds are going out to feed on both public and private land.
Comments

Light Goose Conservation Order Feb 10 - April 30, 2014

Check Area News for updates.

Both Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31stThe refuges and youth/mentor areas are open at this time to the public.

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is now located in the Granite Creek Refuge. If hunting with a youth 17 years and younger, hunting for all species (including shoreline hunting for waterfowl) will be allowed in the refuge area. 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: 4/2/2014

Waterfowl numbers All the light geese have moved on.  There are good numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds on the area to enjoy this spring.
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 All marshes are open. Managers have begun their annual draw down early in Marsh Creek Marsh for construction project. Gun Club Marsh -30"+ (recently dug drainage canals are hidden under the water, those areas will be over 40" deep), Bluewing Marsh is dry, Puddler Marsh is dry, Buffalo Creek South Marsh is dry.  Greenwing Marshes full. Marsh Creek Marsh and all off channel storage pools are dropping daily.
Hunting conditions Wildlife viewing opportunities are good.
Expected hunting success  
Comments
Hunters need to make sure they have all the appropriate licenses and stamps for hunting snow geese during the conservation order.  The following are required:

- 2014 Kansas hunting license

- State waterfowl stamp

- Federal waterfowl stamp

- Kansas Harvest Information Program Stamp (HIP)

Light Goose spring conservation order will run Feb. 10 - April 30, 2014.
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.

FREE DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTING ON THE AREA. PERMITS AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS. Hunters will again be required to fill out a daily use permit to report their hunting activities while on the area. 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. Managers are utilizing Gamekeeper Marsh as a water storage area. The water that is stored in Gamekeeper Marsh is used to flood the hunting pools of Gun Club and Marsh Creek Marshes. The water levels in Gamekeeper Marsh may drop throughout the fall in order to flood new habitat for migrating waterfowl. 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: 4/1/2014

Waterfowl numbers Light Goose Conservation Season OPEN. 2,000,000 - 3,000,000 light geese. 82,000 ducks, all species. 400,000 dark geese and a few white-fronts, with a mix of Canada species and a few white-fronts. Huge JUVIE flight
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 20
Water level Reservoir is 4.5 ft below conservation pool. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal  began 3/15. INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING THRU APRIL 15 TO PROTECT SPAWNING WALLEYE.
Hunting condition RESERVOIR OPEN.
Expected hunting success

 AWESOME everywhere. Geese numbers fluctuate widely. Geese have decreased feeding in Kansas and flying more to South Dakota before returning for the night.

APRIL FOOLS!

Comments

DUE TO LOW WATER, Only boat ramp open is in the State Park(PARK PERMIT REQUIRED) are at the Marina. Cedar Point CLOSED FOR REPAIR. The Refuge opened on March. 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. PERMITS AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS. Hunters will again be required to fill out a daily use permit to report their hunting activities while on the area. 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: 4/21/2014

Waterfowl numbers All migrant geese have left the area.  A few cranes hanging around the reservoir.
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is currently 13.2 feet below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions No flooded vegetation.
Expected hunting success Hunters could have a hard time finding a place to hide in the exposed shoreline. As always, hunters taking advantage of the first few flights of ducks will have the best hunting.
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

Duck season closed.

Dark goose season closed.

Refuge open.

Mallard Migration Rank = 4



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS WATERFOWL REPORT - Last Updated: 1/22/2014

Waterfowl numbers

2200+ mallards; 1800+ divers; 2000 Canada geese; 1500 Snows

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season: Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2013 AND Jan. 18-Jan. 26, 2014

Water level 1.5 ft above conservation pool; 1464.45
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 8.

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 70% of Reservoir is frozen over. Fair opportunities along shoreline; Birds flying NNW and E off property to feed
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

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

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: 3/7/2014

Waterfowl numbers

 5,000 ducks, primarily mallards. 40,000 Canada geese, 5,000 to 10,000 snow geese.

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

Water level 22.3 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 Poor for light geese
Comments

ICE CONDITIONS: As of the morning of March 7, 2014 the main body of the reservoir is 80% covered with ice.  The boat ramps are iced  and unusable.  Warm weather this weekend and next week should open up reservoir.

30+ Bald Eagles have been seen on or around the Area. 

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

 2013 - 2014 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: 1/22/2014

Waterfowl numbers

6000 Mallards and another 2000+ divers; 2500 Canada geese, 1000 Snows

Low Plains Late Duck Zone Season: Oct. 26-Dec. 29, 2013 AND Jan. 18-Jan. 26, 2014

Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 10.

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 1510.64 ft.; 5.4 ft below normal pool.
Hunting conditions 60% ice cover; Birds moving to private lands to feed, but opportunities along shorelines; 
Expected hunting success Good; Birds loafing along ice lines and on open waters; also sitting off points near Lucas, Pelican Point to Spillway Boat Ramp
Comments

Cedar Creek boat ramp is NOT OPEN due to low water conditions

Elm Creek Boat Ramp is iced up.

Refuge CLOSED NOV 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