Region 2

This is a collection of all the Region 2 Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 12/5/2014

Waterfowl numbers 400-500 Mallards are on the area, mostly using the refuge
Water level

Good water in largest wetland southeast of parking area, open water in the smaller 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 2014. 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.

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 2014. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

CLINTON - Last Updated: 12/12/2014

Waterfowl numbers

2000+ Mallards, 500 other ducks and 1500+ geese.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 4

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: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl Numbers Waterfowl use increased significantly over the past two weeks. Thousands of ducks observed using the wildlife area. Species identified during our most recent waterfowl survey (11/20/14) included mallard, gadwall, northern shoveler, bufflehead, common goldeneye, common merganser, hooded merganser, American coot, light geese, and Canada geese. 
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Over half full. Greater than 40 acre-feet pumped. 

Browns Wetland, Upper Unit - Approximately half full with plenty of millet and smartweed inundated. Pumped >30 acre-feet into the unit.

Browns Wetland, Lower Unit - Sufficient for hunting.

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 - Normal elevation (See Army Corps Daily Report). Plenty of aquatic vegetation inundated particularly near the Waterfowl Refuge. 

Comments  **Wetlands have frozen over due to the recent cold-snap; however, with warming temperatures this weekend they likely will reopen.**

JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 12/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Light Geese :40,000

Canada Geese:150

Ducks: 500

Water level High
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: 12/18/2014

Waterfowl numbers

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

Late duck season is Jan 17th-25th.

Roughly 900 ducks and 100 Canada geese were seen on the survey this week.  The main lake and river are primarily open, wetlands are primarily frozen.

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 1146.04 conservation Pool 1144.4 The dam is releasing 1600 CFS. Republican River is flowing at 133 CFS.
Hunting conditions

Fair due to relatively few birds spread across the area.  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: 

Vegetation and water levels are adequate. High water 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 can register and check in using the new I-sportsman system from any rotary phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.

PERRY - Last Updated: 12/16/2014

Waterfowl numbers

 All wetlands and the Delaware River are currently still 100% thawed. With upcoming cooler weather the wetlands may begin to freeze again. A survey was conducted on 12/16/14 and around 1,000 ducks were observed including Mallards, Gadwalls, Goldeneyes, and Buffleheads with 90% being Mallards. Also very few Canada geese were observed, about 500, and no Snow Geese. With all water being thawed birds are spread out all around making it more difficult to get the most accurate of total numbers. As this cold front moves in waterfowl numbers should increase.  

Mallard Migration Rank = 5 (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 Fair to Good. 
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 60% 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. North- HCR-6 with 50% water. South- HCR-9 with 75% water.

Upper Ferguson: The vegetation is in excellent quality. HCR-8 with 50% 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. Work is in progress to remove the East water control structure and soon the remaining water will be removed from this wetland. Installation of a new structure will follow. 

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: 12/10/2014

Waterfowl numbers

5,000 ducks

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 7

Water level The lake is currently 3 feet  above conservation pool.  The Black Vermillion and Olsburg marshes both have huntable water.
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.