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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 10/23/2014

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

200 teal a few Gadwalls, Shovelers, Widgeon and Mallards

 Migration Rank: 1 (1=worst 10=best)

Water level Reservoir is 22 ft. low.
Hunting conditions Fair.  Some flooded vegetation at the West end of the reservoir and in the backs of coves.
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: 10/21/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Estimate 900 puddle ducks (mostly mallards and teal) and 700 divers.

Mallard Migration Index (1)

Water level 2.1' below conservation pool and declining.
Hunting conditions No flooded vegetation and not much for shallow water areas.
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments

Check Area News for updates.

Low Plains Early Duck Zone is located north of Highway 24 and opened on October 11, 2014.  This includes Granite Creek and Oak Creek portions of the Glen Elder Wildlife Area.  The majority of the property (south of Hwy 24) is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone which opens on November 1, 2014.

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: 10/16/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 4,000 ducks observed on 10/15/2014.  Mostly Teal, but we are seeing a good mix of big ducks, including Mallard, Wigeon, Pintail And Redhead, with Pintails and Redheads being the predominant big ducks observed.
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 1 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water levels Water conditions are looking excellent for the upcoming season.  Gamekeeper marsh is full, 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 pumping off storage pools along marsh creek.  Marsh Creek Marsh is around 70% full, Bluewing Marsh, Puddler and Ringneck marshes have sheet water.  Managers will resume pumping Buffalo Creek Marshes, the south marsh has excellent habitat and water with maximum depths at 14 inches outside of the main canal.  The north marsh has an average depth of 8 - 16 inches of water.
Hunting conditions The area has had an excellent growing season with abundant moist soil growth.  Gun Club Marsh has substantial barnyard grass, sprangletop and rice cut grass.  Hunters averaged 4.3 ducks per hunter during opening weekend.  Youth hunters averaged 5 birds per hunter during the two day LPEZ youth season. 
Expected hunting success Success is expected to be good.  Hunters are encouraged to scout prior to their hunt and utilize the electronic check in system.
Comments
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:

- 2014 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: 10/10/2014

Waterfowl numbers  40 teal, 25 wood ducks, 5 mallards. Resident Canada goose numbers = 25. Lots of gulls, terns, cormorants and pelicans.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 0
Water level Reservoir is 2.0 ft below conservation pool. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal have ceased. Irrigation season is over.
Hunting condition Reservoir levels are stable and earlier, exposed mudflats have been covered as well as flooding growing vegetation.
Expected hunting success  Poor for early ducks until more birds arrive.
Comments

All boat ramps open is in the State Park(PARK PERMIT REQUIRED) are open. White Rock Creek and Oak Hill ramps are low for unloading LARGER boats at this elevation. Pawnee Point open. The LAND REFUGE CLOSED OCTOBER 1. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1, 2014. 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: 10/24/2014

Waterfowl numbers Less than 100 total ducks on the reservoir. 
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is currently 15.9 feet below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Moderate vegetation close to shore towards the west end.  Ground between Schoen's cove and the dam has little to no vegetation.  Low water levels.
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

Duck season Oct. 11-Dec. 8, 2014 AND Dec. 20, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015

Dark goose season closed.

Refuge open.

Mallard Migration Rank = 1



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS WATERFOWL REPORT - Last Updated: 10/3/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Kanopolis is in the Low Plains Late Zone

Duck and dark goose season closed.

Water level 3.9 ft above conservation pool; 1466.9 ft
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 0.

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 Good
Expected hunting success Good. Thompson creek area west of refuge and small wetlands near 20th Rd and Ave M
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: 10/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers

1,000 ducks and 500 Canada geese.

Mallard Migration Rank 0 (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
Comments

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

 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: 10/3/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Wilson is in the Low Plains Late Zone

Duck and dark goose season closed

Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 0.

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  Fair
Expected hunting success mostly exposed shorelines due to low water.  Opportunities along and east of Horseshoe Bend, Elm Creek area and Hell Creek
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



This is a collection of all the Region 2 Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/23/2014

Waterfowl numbers A few Teal and Wood Ducks   
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 but there is some water

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

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.
Comments

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area will be utilizing an electronic check-in system beginning September 1st. To register, please go to  https://kdwpt.isportsman.net. 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

WATERFOWL USE

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

WATER LEVEL

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.
Comments

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: 10/23/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Youth duck season is October 25th and 26th.

Regular duck season opens on Nov 1st and closes Jan 4th.

Late duck season is Jan 17th-25th.

Few waterfowl were seen using the wetlands, river, or main lake.  336 ducks were counted on the waterfowl survey on the wetland areas.

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 1146.66 conservation Pool 1144.4 The dam is releasing 25FS. Republican River is flowing at 149 cfs.
Hunting conditions

Poor due to warm weather and few birds.  Water levels and vegetation are good to excellent.

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 public hunting 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: 

Teal season

28 hunters reported harvesting 27 ducks.

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

Comments

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: 10/24/2014

Waterfowl numbers

150 Teal and about 100 big ducks including Mallards, Pintails, Gadwalls, and Widgeons were seen on the area on 10/22/14. Also saw a small flock of Ruddy Ducks. 

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

Lake level 2.12 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.
Comments
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 75% water. Only natural vegetation grew in the East Unit. Kyle West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source and due to a recent high water event this unit is nearly 100% full.

Launching boats in Kyle will be possible now with water levels at near full.

West River: An abundance of moist soil plants are growing and areas of mud flats were sown to Jap Millet and Buckwheat. We will be pumping to increase the water level of the North unit prior to the start of duck season. North- HCR-6 with 25% water. South- HCR-9 with 75% water.

Upper Ferguson: The vegetation is in excellent quality. HCR-8 with 25% 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 40% water, will fill if we get enough rain. West- HCR-7 with 25% water

Northwest: Recent work to remove trees from inside Northwest marsh has been done and boards have been removed from water control structures to continue renovations. We have plans to replace the East water control structure and if this happens the marsh will likely have no water this season. More updates will come as we move forward with plans. 

Headquarters: Headquarters started full this spring and over the summer naturally dried up. Quality vegetation growth has been good. HCR-8 with 10% 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 100% 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 25% 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: 10/22/2014

Waterfowl numbers

300-400 ducks.  Wood ducks, teal and shovelers observed.

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 0

Water level The lake is currently 4 feet  above conservation pool.  The Black Vermillion marsh is 70% full (currently pumping) and the Olsburg marsh is 40% full (currently pumping).
Hunting conditions Vegetation around the edges of the lake and favorable water levels should provide good hunting opportunities on the main lake.  Vegetation in the marshes is thick, scouting prior to your hunt is encouraged.
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.



This is a collection of all the Region 3 Waterfowl Report

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 10/24/2014

Waterfowl numbers  We estimate 40,000 to 80,000 total ducks, mostly blue-winged teal.   We are starting to see a few big ducks arriving.  Duck numbers are holding steady, at best, but the ones we have are getting smart with regards to hunting activity.
Water level Pools 1A is about 28 inches, 1B and 1C each are at 30 inches. Pool 2 is near 19.5 inches, Pools 3A is about 12 inches, 3B is about16.5, 4A is near 18 inches, and Pool 4B is about 17 inches and Pool 5 is about 12 inches. 
Hunting conditions Moist-soil plants resulting from the low water early and the June rains are excellent.  Some of the best smartweed in years, as well as millet are present.  With the warm weather the past week, hunter success has dropped.
Expected hunting success For the period of October 18 thru 23 hunters averaged about 2.2 birds per hunter.
Comments

Hunting pools will eventually be held from 15 to 18 inches. Pool 3A will be a primitive pool (no motorized watercraft) for the entire waterfowl season and kept at shallower depths.  Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system being introduced this year.  This will eventually replace the paper permits.

Hunters Appreciation Breakfast at Kansas Wetlands Education Center 
Saturday, Oct. 11 from 8:00am-12:00pm 
Located on Southeast corner of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area along K-156 Hwy 
Free biscuits and gravy, coffee, and juice.  Waterfowl identification and waterfowl hunting informational booths.  Cheyenne Bottoms Ducks Unlimited silent auction. 
Breakfast sponsored by Great Bend Regional Hospital 

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 CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx

PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSEIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.



ISABEL - Last Updated: 10/23/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 50 teal.
Water level The pool along Hwy. 42 is nearly full.  The main lake is full. The pools south and east of the main lake are full.
Hunting conditions Good.
Expected hunting success  
Comments Daily Permit or Electronic Check-In Required - free in each parking lot. Instructions are posted. Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 10/23/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 150 ducks.  Mostly teal.
Water level Pool 1 is full.  Pool 2 is full.   Pools 4, 6, and 8 are full.  There is water north and west of pool 6.  Pool 9 is full.  Pool 3B is full.  Pool 7 has some water with heavy vegetation.  The remaining pools are nearly dry.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success  
Comments Permit or Electronic Check-In required (Free) - available in all parking lots. Remember that only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.



This is a collection of all the Region 4 Waterfowl Reports

BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 10/22/2014

Waterfowl numbers Teal numbers are fluctuating around 100.  A good number of woodducks are also using the lake. 
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is about 17 inches low due to work being done to the dam and dry weather.  The inlet canal and middle marsh are full.  The large marsh at the west end of the lake is just beginning to fill.
Hunting conditions WARNING-New rip rap has been added to the Kingman State Lake dam and until the metal has been removed, it poses a hazard to hunters, fishermen, and their dogs. Marshes have excellent food plants available once they get flooded. 
Expected hunting success Limited.
Comments The hunting permits required for the past several years have been eliminated. Hunters do not need a daily permit to hunt.



CHENEY - Last Updated: 1/30/2014

Waterfowl numbers  Canada 1067, Snow 73,
Water level  At conservation pool
Hunting conditions poor on the reservoir
Expected hunting success poor
Comments With the lake being full and having flooded brush conditions for waterfowl this year should be better than the past few years.



COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 10/23/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 10 ruddy ducks and 10 Canada geese on 10/23.  285 coots.        
Water levels 2.0 feet below conservation elevation (1,274') on 10/23.
Hunting conditions Difficult.  Declining lake levels have pulled water away from cover edges.  Hunters may find it challenging to remain concealed.  A thin fringe of food producing vegetation exists along some lake edges, but will not be available to feeding waterfowl without precipitation and increases in lake levels.
Expected hunting success Poor for youth season.
Comments

Low Plains Late Zone YOUTH Season - Oct. 25-26.

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season - Nov. 1 - Jan. 4, 2015 AND Jan. 17-25, 2015



EL DORADO - Last Updated: 10/23/2014

Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks: less than 200 ducks, mostly wood ducks and resident mallards with a few divers mixed in.  Several hundred coots are also using the reservoir. 

Geese: Approximately 800 Canada Geese.

Mallard Migration Rank = 0

Water level Lake is at 1337.56' as of 10/22 (conservation pool 1339.0')
Hunting conditions Poor.  The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake.
Expected hunting success N/A
Comments

NOTE: El Dorado is located within the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Teal Season - Sept. 13-28, 2014

Youth Season - Nov. 1-2, 2014

Regular Season - Nov. 8-9, 2014 AND Nov. 15, 2014 - Jan. 25, 2015

Canada Geese - Nov. 1-9, 2014 AND Nov. 12 - Feb. 15, 2015

White-Fronted Geese - Nov. 1 - Dec. 14, 2014 AND Jan. 17 - Feb. 15, 2015

Light Geese - Nov. 1-9, 2014 AND Nov. 12 - Feb. 15, 2015



KAW WILDLIFE AREA WATERFOWL REPORT - Last Updated: 9/26/2014

Waterfowl numbers Only a few teal are using the river at this time.
Mallard Migration Rank= The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Fair
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 13-28, 2014
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Season:Nov. 8-9, 2014 AND Nov. 15, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015
  • Area open:Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit



MCPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS - Last Updated: 10/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers 2,000 ducks at this time.  Mostly blue-winged teal, but a decent number of pintails, mallards, and other early migrants. 
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank: 1

This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water level Good. All pools have some huntable water. 
Hunting conditions Moist soil vegetation is good to exceptional across the area.  Smartweed and barnyard grass production has been exceptional this year.  Another good run-off rain would imporve conditions.
Expected hunting success Good. 
Comments

PLEASE CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT WITH EITHER THE ISPORTSMAN PROGRAM OR PAPER DAILY PERMITS!  PLEASE DO NOT USE BOTH. 

 

Early teal season results:

890 hunters harvested 1,890 teal for a 2.12 teal / hunter average.  This ranks as the second best teal season harvest on record at MPWL.

MPWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

The Little Sinkhole/Farland Lake marsh unit is included in the EARLY low-plains duck zone (as is the rest of MPWL).

MPWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at MPWL.  Hunters will be able to login from PC, smartphone, or call in from a cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

 

Newsletter:

We are currently producing a McPherson Valley Wetlands electronic newsletter that will be distributed bi-annually. The newsletter will highlight season results, upcoming projects, forecasted fall flights, and other information that hunters / users should be aware of if they plan to visit the area. If you are interested in recieving this newsletter please Click here.

 

Other:

For refuge locations, please see the link McPherson Wetlands brochure and map on the McPherson Wetlands web page for these changes or contact the area office for more information at (620)-241-7669.

All shotgun hunters at McPherson Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgement before entering these roadways. IF ROADS ARE WET, PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL ON THEM! It is very difficult and very expensive to get wrecker assistance once stuck.



SLATE CREEK WETLAND - Last Updated: 9/26/2014

Waterfowl
numbers
Approximately 25 teal on the property and about 100 teal around the area.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:

 This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water
 level
Good.  All pools have some water in them.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Poor to Fair
Comments

SCWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at SCWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 13-28, 2014
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season:Nov. 1, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015 AND Jan. 17-25, 2015
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

Also, all shotgun hunters at Slate Creek Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

 Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgment before entering these roadways.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620)-876-5730. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics.



MARION - Last Updated: 10/15/2014

Waterfowl Numbers Waterfowl numbers are low at this time. 50 to 100 Canada geese are currently using the reservoir and surrounding ponds.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=0 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is currently 1349.26 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels are just below conservation pool and the North end of the reservoir, French Creek cove, all of the smaller coves and the shorelines have vegetation.
Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments Remember the Reservoir now has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on. 



This a collection of all the Region 5 Waterfowl Reports.

TORONTO RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers No ducks seen on the reservoir today
Water level Reservoir is 2.0' above conservation pool, Marsh at 54 hwy is dry.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments Counts are done on a weekly basis and information will be posted immediately following counts. For other info. call 620-583-6783.



ELK CITY - Last Updated: 10/16/2014

Waterfowl numbers  A few hundred ducks, mixed bag of teal, pintails, shovelers and some white-fronts moving through.
Water level Reservoir up 2 feet, but is being drawn down by the Corps of Engineers.
Hunting conditions Wetlands have excellent but rank moist soil vegetation and very good water.
Expected hunting success  Good conditions, depending upon reservior water levels.
Comments For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).



FALL RIVER RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 9/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers No ducks seen on the reservoir today
Water level 0.6' above conservation pool
Hunting conditions Reservoir is open.
Expected hunting success fair
Comments Counts are conducted on a weekly basis and information is posted immediately following counts. For other questions call: 620-583-6783.



JOHN REDMOND - Last Updated: 1/31/2014

Waterfowl numbers    250 Large Canadian Geese, 750 Snow geese, 500 ducks, mostly mallards.  
Water level

Current Level: 1040.99

Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0

Hunting conditions  85% Ice Up on lake and marshes.  Ramps still ice locked.
Expected hunting success  Poor
Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.



MARAIS DES CYGNES - Last Updated: 10/15/2014

Waterfowl numbers Oct 10 = <1,000 ducks, mostly teal, wood ducks, and early migrants. Appeared to be new migrants early this week, but no revised count at this time.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 0.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels Unit A-East = 70%, A-North = 10% (pumping), C-South = 0%, E = 100%, F-East = 50% (staging up), F-South and F-West = full-->currently discharging water, and G = 50% (very shallow).  Water levels in refuge units are good.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions Good.
Hunting success Teal season total:  389 teal / 209 hunters = 1.9 success.
Comments

Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area is in the Southeast Zone - opening day is November 8.

We cannot pump into Unit C-South until corn is harvested and with current conditions, this will likely not occur for some time yet.  Progress and conditions elsewhere are good.

Waterfowl hunters must register before hunting and report harvest after the hunt (KAR 115-8-1).  Notice: You must fill out reports completely and accurately. False reports will be prosecuted.

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.

Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.



MELVERN LAKE - Last Updated: 9/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 100 teal
Water level Lake level 1035.42.
Hunting conditions No water is available in the marshes due to low flow in the river and minimal runoff.  Teal hunting opportunities are available in the refuge portion of the lake.  Moist soil vegetation looks excellent.  Portions of planted corn in 3-Duck and Willow Marshes were flooded out in June.    
Expected hunting success  Poor-Fair
Comments

Mallard migration: 0

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/    For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Rd.  Paper permits will also be available through the 2014 hunting season.

Youth waterfowl season is October . Regular waterfowl season opens October  2014.

Refuge Area is CLOSED Oct. 1st through Jan. 15th



NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 10/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers 3500 mixed ducks, 100 Canada Geese.
Mallard Migration Rank

MMR=1

0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level Refuge pool is currently 2 ft.  Pools 1, 2 and 4 currently have water.  Pumping stopped on Monday Oct 13 and will resume sometime the week of Oct 20th.  We had over 3 inches of rainfall over the last week that brought pool elevations up several inches.  We are still trying to get into pools and mow openings since most plants are just now to the mature stage.    
Hunting conditions Currently vegetation is tall and water is shallow.    
Expected hunting success  
Comments

For those of you who did not make it to the public meeting and have questions about the area please feel free to give us a call or stop by the office and we would be happy to visit with you.

2014-15 South East Zone season dates are YOUTH Nov 1-2. Regular Season Opens Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 15-Jan 25.

Neosho WA is transitioning to a new daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunitng to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.

For additional area news please visit the area website at: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News.



POMONA RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 11/22/2013

Waterfowl numbers 1500, 50/50 mix of divers and puddle ducks mostly mallards
Water level Lake is 973.19 ft. conservation pool is 974
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success poor
Comments

The marshes on Pomona require run off for filling and are currently dry or holding very little water.