Region 1

CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 2/23/2015

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

Very Few Light Geese.  Survey will be updated if numbers change. 

Mallard Migration Rank: 7  (1=worst 10=best)

Water level Reservoir is 23 ft. low.  Boat Ramps are open.
Hunting conditions Fair. 
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: 2/27/2015

Waterfowl numbers

Mallard numbers around 8,500

Light geese 500,000+.

Mallard Migration Index (7)

Water level 2.2' below conservation pool and steady.
Hunting conditions Ice coverage 99%.
Expected hunting success Good.  Birds are staying on a few open spots in the middle of the lake.
Comments

Check Area News for updates.

Light goose conservation order open February 16 - April 30, 2015.

Low Plains Early Duck Zone north of Highway 24 is CLOSED.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone which is majority of the property (south of Hwy 24) CLOSED.

Canada and White-fronted goose seasons are CLOSED.

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: 2/25/2015

Waterfowl numbers 3,000 snow geese observed on 2/23/2015, 7,000 ducks, mostly Pintails and 1,000 dark geese.
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 6 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 frozen.

Gamekeeper marsh is one foot 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

Snow Geese are utilizing the area for roosting and loafing throughout the day.  They are feeding on local ag fields. THE LPEZ DUCK SEASON IS CLOSED

The light goose conservation order opened  2/16/2015

REFUGE IS OPEN FOR HUNTING

Expected hunting success

Poor.  With the ice conditions and varying weather, the light geese numbers are fluctuating greatly from day to day.

Light geese numbers fluctuate day to day and are feeding on local ag fields throughout the area.  REMINDER - Hunters must have permission to hunt or shoot on ALL private land.  This includes properties that are enrolled in WIHA that closed on Jan. 31.

Comments
THE REFUGE IS NOW OPEN
 - BOATING WILL BE DIFFICULT IN GAMEKEEPER MARSH SINCE IT IS OVER ONE FOOT LOW. EVEN HUNTERS WITH MUD MOTORS WILL HAVE DIFFICULTY NAVIGATING IN THIS MARSH
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:

- 2015 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: 2/25/2015

Waterfowl numbers 2,000 ducks including divers and puddle ducks. 700 canada geese, a few white-fronts. Over 250,000 light geese are here today (2/25) feeding on private cropland northeast of the reservoir into Nebraska. Most waterfowl loafing in the middle of the reservoir but feeding on private cropland mostly in Nebraska.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 2
Water level Reservoir is 0.6 ft below conservation pool. Inflows (39 cfs) to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal have resumed due to releases from Harlan County Reservoir in Nebraska and natural river flow.
Hunting condition Reservoir is 40% FROZEN today, ( Feb. 25). Private cropland fields open (no snow cover).Most county roads are drying out. Reservoir levels are slowly increasing 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 Low Plains Late Zone Duck and Dark Goose CLOSED. Light Goose Conservation Order OPEN through April 30,2015. Poor for geese on the reservoir but if hunters can find open water and/or loafing/feeding birds it could be better. Will update as conditions change and until we see how much of the reservoir freezes/thaws and how many more birds arrive and stay. Most waterfowl feeding on private cropland. The snow line is northeast Kansas, SE corner of Nebraska, northern Missouri, and the northern South Dakota.
Comments

Only the Cedar Point boat ramp OPEN. Boat ramps in the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area) ,PARK PERMIT REQUIRED.Boat Ramps in the Wildlife Area, (Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek) do not require a permit.The LAND REFUGE CLOSED OCTOBER 1. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1, 2014 THROUGH JANUARY 31,2015. 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: 2/20/2015

Waterfowl numbers 2,000 light geese
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is currently 16.4 feet below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions 100% open water
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/DARK GOOSE SEASON CLOSED



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS WATERFOWL REPORT - Last Updated: 2/6/2015

Waterfowl numbers 1200 Ducks both puddle and divers; 300 Canada geese but no light geese observed today (2/5)
Water level 2.5 ft above conservation pool; 1465.5 ft
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 3

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 Low plains late zone duck season CLOSED. Goose OPEN. Goose numbers low, feeding on private lands.
   
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: 2/25/2015

Waterfowl numbers

10,000 ducks (primarily mallards), 30,000 Canada geese and 187 snow geese.

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 Poor, very few light geese on the Area. 
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

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

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

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

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 16 - April 30, 2015

ICE CONDITIONS:

Reservoir clear of ice.

 

 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: 2/6/2015

Waterfowl numbers

1000 ducks

300 light geese and 1500 Canadas

Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 4

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  Low Plains Late Zone Duck season closed. Goose Open. Lake has ltitle ice. Geese loafing on lake during day and feeding on private lands.
Expected hunting success Good when birds arrive. 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