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Glen Elder Waterfowl Report

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl numbers have increased some within the past week.  Mallard numbers up around 5,500 and other ducks 8,000, mostly goldeneyes.

Canada goose have decreased to 2,000, but there was an increase in light geese to 53,000.

Mallard Migration Index (3)

Water level 2.4' below conservation pool and steady.
Hunting conditions No flooded vegetation and not much for shallow water areas.  Most of the water has open up again due to warmer temperatures.  Boat ramps are usable at this time.
Expected hunting success Should be fair to good.  Most birds are staying on open water.

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Low Plains Early Duck Zone is located north of Highway 24 and is open October 11 - December 7, 2014 and then reopens December 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015.  This includes Granite Creek and Oak Creek portions of the Glen Elder Wildlife Area.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone which is majority of the property (south of Hwy 24) is open November 1, 2014 - January 4, 2015 and then reopens January 17-25, 2015.

Canada and Light goose seasons are open November 1 - 9, 2014 and reopens November 12, 2014 - February 15, 2015.

White-fronted goose season is open November 1 - December 14, 2014 and reopens January 17 - February 15,2015.

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.