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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 2/24/2014

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

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Waterfowl numbers

100 light geese.

Mallard Migration Rank: 8 (1=worst 10=best)

Water level Reservoir is 25.3 ft. low.
Hunting conditions Fair. Reservoir is 30% froze.
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments
Cedar Bluff Reservoir 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: 4/28/2014

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Check Area News for updates.

Both Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31stThe refuges and youth/mentor areas are open at this time to the public.

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is now located in the Granite Creek Refuge. If hunting with a youth 17 years and younger, hunting for all species (including shoreline hunting for waterfowl) will be allowed in the refuge area. 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: 8/18/2014

Waterfowl numbers Very few teal are have been observed in the past week.  Numbers are expected to increase with cooler weather and with our current habitat conditions.
Mallard Migration Rank Current Rating - 0 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 40% full with an average depth of 12 - 14 inches (similar to the water conditions in 2012).  Managers will be pumping off storage pools along marsh creek within the next few weeks.  Marsh Creek Marsh is around 15% full, Buffalo Creek Marshes, Bluewing Marsh, Puddler and Ringneck marshes are currently dry.
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.  This should bode well for the teal opener.
Expected hunting success Success is expected to be good depending on the weather and migration for the early teal opener September 13.
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: 8/18/2014

Waterfowl numbers Resident Canada goose numbers = 85
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 0
Water level Reservoir is 4.5 ft below conservation pool. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal are high.
Hunting condition RESERVOIR OPEN.
Expected hunting success  AWESOME sometime this year!
Comments

All boat ramps open is in the State Park(PARK PERMIT REQUIRED) are at the Marina. White Rock Creek and Oak Hill ramps are too low for unloading boats at this elevation. Pawnee Point open The Refuge opened on March. 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. PERMITS AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS. Hunters will again be required to fill out a daily use permit to report their hunting activities while on the area. 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: 8/4/2014

Waterfowl numbers Teal season is just around the corner!
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is currently 15.4 feet below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions No flooded vegetation.
Expected hunting success Hunters could have a hard time finding a place to hide in the exposed shoreline. As always, hunters taking advantage of the first few flights of ducks will have the best hunting.
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

Duck season closed.

Dark goose season closed.

Refuge open.

Mallard Migration Rank = 0



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS WATERFOWL REPORT - Last Updated: 8/4/2014

Waterfowl numbers No current updates - Check back during waterfowl season
Water level 1.5 ft above conservation pool; 1464.45
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is .

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.

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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: 8/18/2014

Waterfowl numbers

100 ducks, primarily mallards. 300 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: 8/4/2014

Waterfowl numbers No current reports - Check back during waterfowl season for updates
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = .

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 1510.64 ft.; 5.4 ft below normal pool.
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Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramp is 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