Lovewell Reservoir & Wildlife Area News

Lovewell Reservoir & Wildlife Area News

  • Lovewell and Jamestown Wildlife Areas-  Daily Hunt Permits now available through an Electronic Check-in/out system

In order to obtain the necessary hunter information a free daily hunt permit is still being required of hunters using these two wildlife areas this Fall. But NEW this year is the option to register your hunting activity electronically through a system called iSportsman.

For several years now, hunters have been required to fill out daily hunting permits if hunting on the property.  Historically, this was accomplished through the use of paper permits that could be picked up at designated areas, free of charge, at any of the "iron rangers".  

This year KDWPT will implement a new daily permit system in the form of iSportsman at many properties across the state.  iSportsman is an electronic registration/ data collection tool that will make data collection much easier for staff and allow for real time data analysis and stats throughout the season.  What does this mean for hunters?  Initially, users will need to register with their personal information to set up an account in the iSportsman program.  Once this is completed, the system will allow hunter to call in from any phone or log in from any PC or smart phone and "check-in" to hunt the property for the day.  Once the hunt is over, hunter will call back in and report harvest, etc., similar to returning paper daily permits upon the completion of their hunt.  For this hunting season, the daily paper permit system will still be in place until hunters have become aware of the iSportsman process.  The area will then go strictly to the electronic system on March 1, 2015.

The system is still under construction, but will go live prior to September 1.  HUNTERS NEED TO ACCESS THE SITE NOW TO REGISTER.  Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register, then scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button and then provide the required information.  

Once registered, hunters will be able to call or log onto the systemSeptember 1 and get their hunting permit for dove opener.  Hunters will also be able to visit the Jamestown page https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Lovewell.aspx to get the latest on waterfowl numbers, water levels and any other news.  More detailed log-in information will be posted on the Jamestown and Lovewell web page and waterfowl reports as we approach Dove and Teal seasons.

Paper Permits will be still 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.  As in the past, 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.

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. Lovewell (785) 753-4971. Jamestown (785) 439-6243.

Habitats are again in excellent condition with near record June rainfall followed by a dry July but rescued by abundant August and September rainfall amounts. June observations recorded many multiple-birth whitetail fawns but turkey and other upland birds are still low with the exception of bobwhite quail. While brood observations have been scarce there is just a lot of vegetation possibly concealing sightings. Mornings are filled with bobwhite whistlings. 

Green cover crops have again been seeded into harvested,standing, winter wheat stubble fields scattered throughout the area to provide green browse for this fall and early spring in addition to the later seeded winter wheat. Soybean fields have been harvested and reseeded to winter wheat to provide cover and green browse for wildlife.

The reservoir mudflats were aerially seeded with Japanese millet to provide cover and food for migrating waterfowl and other wildlife but unexpected inflows into the reservoir have covered much of this seeding..

Reservoir levels are higher than normal this fall due to management decisions by the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District and the Bureau of Reclamation, (Links to the water levels will be added at a later date) and have flooded vegetation and brought water levels close to the shoreline where vegetation can conceal hunters this fall.