Region 2

This is a collection of all the Region 2 Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/12/2014

Waterfowl numbers 20 - 30 Teal are using the wetland southeast of the parking area.  
Water level

Good water in both wetlands southeast of parking area, thick aquatic vegetation in the north complex, open water in the south complex.

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. The application and drawing will take place online only in 2011. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

 Pumps are not working in the west complex of wetlands

Hunting conditions Decent water level and good habitat.
Expected hunting success Fair to good.

Having pump problems on western wetlands. Will not be able to pump this complex.

The Corps of Engineers has a construction crew at Benedictine Bottoms constructing two new chutes off of the Missouri River. The construction will be ongoing and will last throughout the season. During this time there will be areas that will be closed to public access. As the construction progresses we will keep you updated. This construction should not effect waterfowl hunting except for the increase in vehicle traffic.

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. The application and drawing will take place online only in 2011. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

CLINTON - Last Updated: 10/21/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Not many waterfowl in the area yet.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 0

Lake level 874.6 (.9 feet below conservation pool).
Hunting conditions

The wildlife area will be limited again. Coblentz wetlands are dry. Elk creek wetlands have some water in pool 2 (enough for 2 hunting parties), and very small pools of water in pools 3.

The reservoir has to be at least at conservation pool, or the wildlife area is limited on pumping.

Expected hunting success Fair on the reservoir and poor on the wildlife area.

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area will be utilizing an electronic check-in system beginning September 1st. To register, please go to This will be mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters.  

Please remember that trapping is also allowed on the Wildlife Area.

The Refuge area will be closed to ALL activities from October 1st - Janurary 15th, 2011.

HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 10/1/2014


Few ducks and geese using the wildlife area sporadically wherever water is available. 


Antioch Wetland - Currently pumping. Over 12 acre-feet pumped into Antioch as of 10/1. 

Browns Wetland, Upper Unit - The unit is approximately half full with plenty of millet and smartweed inundated. Pumped 29 acre-feet into the unit in early September.

Browns Wetland, Lower Unit - Low but huntable and pooled near the west end of the unit.

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Low. We will be unable to pump this unit this year; however, rainfall has maintained a pool that may hold some waterfowl.

Hillsdale Lake - 1 foot below normal elevation (See Army Corps Daily Report). Plenty of aquatic vegetation inundated particularly near the Waterfowl Refuge. 

JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 10/6/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Light Geese :0

Canada Geese: 30

Ducks: 12

Water level low
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor for ducks and poor for geese.

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

Aux- Lake will be OPEN to waterfowl hunting on November 1st.

Individuals wishing to hunt Unit #2 of the wildlife area must enter through the main gate and sign in at the guard house. Be sure to have a photo I.D. with you when checking in.

Hunters are required to drive maintained roads only. A map will be provided to all hunters showing open roads as well as parking areas. Vehicles are allowed to park in parking areas only.

MILFORD WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/26/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Teal Season opens September 13th and closes September 28th.

Few waterfowl were seen using the wetlands, river, or main lake.

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the numbers of waterfowl on the area.
Lake level 1146.24 conservation Pool 1144.4 The dam is releasing 25FS. Republican River is flowing at 164 cfs.
Hunting conditions


No activites/hunting allowed in the Steve Lloyd Wetland/Refuge.

Motorized boats are only allowed in Mall Creek wetland, electric motors are considered "motorized". All other wetlands are open to NON motorized boats and walk in hunting.

Lower Smith Bottom and the Gatesville boat ramp have been reopened since the 2013 fall hunting and fishing season.

The lower refuge dike has been repaired and both the upper and lower refuge pools are holding good amounts of water which should help to attract waterfowl to the area.

Expected hunting success

Hunter survey report: 

28 hunters reported harvesting 27 ducks.

Vegetation and water levels are adequate. Flooding has filled most Mall Creek and Sugar Bowl wetlands.  


Do NOT drive on dikes. Vehicles disrupt and discourage waterfowl from using the wetland areas. We have had several dikes being damaged due to unauthorized vehicles driving on them. Scouting is best done on foot to evaluate bird numbers and habitat conditions.

Please report any vehicles on dikes and anyone seen disturbing our pumps. Without the pumps in optimal condition we are unable to pump the wetlands to their greatest potential.

Remember- a free permit is required to hunt waterfowl in the wetland areas on Milford Wildlife Area. These are available at all of the marsh parking areas, or hunters and register and check in using the new I-sportsman system. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.

PERRY - Last Updated: 9/11/2014

Waterfowl numbers

100 Teal, 20 Mallards and 24 Canada Geese were counted on the Area 9/11.

Mallard Migration Rank = 0 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)

Lake level 2.45 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
All wetland complexes have developed some of the best vegetation seen at Perry in the last several years. All marsh complexes are dependent on natural runoff to fill the complex except West River North & South and Kyle East.

We are currently in the process of working with Ducks Unlimited to apply for a grant to build a Marsh Pump to pump NorthWest and Reichart marshes. We have put some money together from local donors to aid in this project. If you are interested in helping with this project call the Wildlife Area office at (785) 945-6615.

Expected hunting success Poor to Fair.
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools.  Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.

Kyle: Kyle Marsh East was drained this spring but did not dry all the way out. Quality vegetation growth is primarily in the east pool. East- HCR-9 with the marsh being 25% water. Only natural vegetation grew in the East Unit.  We starting pumping water into the East Unit Tuesday. West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source 15% water.

Launching boats in Kyle will probably be nonexistent until regular duck season.

West River: An abundance of moist soil plants are growing and areas of mud flats were sown to Jap Millet and Buckwheat. We are pumping this week into the lower unit which will be running through the upper unit. North- HCR-6 with 20% water. South- HCR-9 with 20% water.

Upper Ferguson: The vegetation is in excellent quality. HCR-8 with 10% water.

Lassister: West Lassiter pool was drained this spring and worked for corn planting however do to untimely rains no corn was planted.  However, the vegetation response was great.  East- HCR-7 with 25% water, will fill if we get enough rain. West- HCR-7 with 0% water

Northwest: Northwest complex was also drained to plant corn this spring but rains prevented it. Vegetation growth since the drawdown was great. HCR-8 with 15% water.

Headquarters: Headquarters started full this spring and over the summer naturally dried up. Quality vegetation growth has been good. HCR-8 with 0% water

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was held this summer. Vegetation growth has been good. HCR-7 with 25% water

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been excellent this summer. HCR-9 with 80% water

Reichert: Reichart pools were held at reatively low levels but retained water most of the summer. The vegetation growth has been exceptional. HCR-9 with 15% water.

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.


TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/26/2014

Waterfowl numbers

A few small groups of teal in the area.

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 0

Water level The lake is currently 4 feet  above conservation pool.
Hunting conditions The north end of the reservoir will provide the best hunting conditions for teal season.  There is some water in the north pool of the Black Vermillion marsh.  The Olsburg marsh is currently dry. 
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Black Vermillion and Olsburg marshes and can be found at the parking lots adjacent to each marsh. Please complete this survey. The data collected from this permit/survey supplies the Manager with valuable comments and harvest information to better manage the area.