Glen Elder Waterfowl Report

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.
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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.