Lovewell Reservoir & Wildlife Area News

Lovewell Reservoir & Wildlife Area News

  • Lovewell, Cedar Bluff and Webster Wildlife Areas- Turkey Study and Daily Hunt Permits

Turkey Study Enters Second Year in 2009 - Through a cooperative agreement with the National Wild Turkey Foundation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, a three year study is ongoing at three Reservoir Wildlife Areas: Cedar Bluff, Lovewell and Webster and surrounding private lands. This study focused on movement and harvest between these public lands and adjoining private lands to gain insight for future management of this resource. Thirty-three wild turkeys were trapped and fitted with leg bands and 22 of those birds were equipped with radio transmitters to monitor harvest and survival. Almost 60% of the transmittered birds are still alive. The 40% mortality has been attributed to death by predation and one is suspected of being harvested illegally by a poacher. No hunter harvest was reported at Lovewell. It will be important for hunters harvesting birds to report the band and/or transmitter find to the department. Transmitters found need to be returned to the department for further use.

In order to obtain the necessary hunter information a free daily hunt permit is still being required of hunters using these three wildlife areas this Fall. Permits are available at strategic locations around each property where permits can be obtained prior to hunting and dropped off with needed information after hunting. At these survey station locations, which are depicted in agency brochures and area websites linked to kdwp.state.ks.us, a self user survey station has been placed to dispense permits and provide for collection. Prior to the day’s hunt, hunters will need to pick up a permit, fill out the top portion and place it in the designated box, and carry the bottom portion of the permit with them while on the area hunting. When the hunt is finished, the bottom portion of the permit needs to be returned to the survey station with completed information on the day’s hunt. Hunter participation and cooperation is critical to the success of this study. During the spring of 2009 Lovewell had over 200 separate hunts and 20 gobblers and 7 jakes were harvested.

While this survey system is new to these properties, it has been used successfully for nearly a decade at other select public hunting areas in Kansas to provide better management information. Persons wanting additional information or questions should contact the Hays Regional Office at 785-628-8614 or the specific area they plan to hunt. Cedar Bluff-785-726-3212, Lovewell 785-753-4971 or Webster 785-425-6775.