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Hillsdale Wildlife Area News

Hillsdale Wildlife Area News

FIREARMS SEASON DECEMBER 3 - 14

Please use caution and remember to wear blaze orange. 

http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/Hunting/DEC.-3-MARKS-OPENING-DAY-OF-FIREARM-DEER-SEASON

Please email your trophy pictures to eric.kilburg@ksoutdoors.com, and I will post to our Hillsdale Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/HillsdaleWildlifeArea

WETLAND CONDITION AND DUCK USE AT HILLSDALE WILDLIFE AREA (11/20/14)

**Non-Toxic Shot Only**

  • All wetlands have some water. Rainfall earlier this year maintained sufficient water level to permit pumping of the wetlands.
  • All wetlands are frozen due to the recent cold-snap; however, with warming temperatures this weekend they likely will reopen.
  • Low water levels in the reservoir earlier this summer allowed vegetation to germinate on mudflats particularly south of 231st Street near the waterfowl refuge. This vegetation provides quality waterfowl cover and forage.

Currently seeing mallards, shovelers, gadwall, bufflehead, common goldeneye, common merganser, hooded merganser, light geese, and Canada geese. Thousands of ducks were recently seen using the reservoir.

Browns Wetland, upper (east) unit

Disked and seeded Japanese millet last summer. Good plant cover – smartweed and millet. We pumped ~29 acre-feet into this unit in early September. Consistent waterfowl use. Recently resumed pumping.

Browns Wetland, lower (west) unit
Partially disked last summer to set back trees and favor annuals.

Antioch Wetland
Received limited disturbance in 2014 (mowing and noxious weed control). Over 40 acre feet pumped into the wetland. Also, Antioch Wetland is near quality aquatic vegetation in the main reservoir. Consistent waterfowl use

Youth-Mentor Wetland
The Youth-Mentor Wetland was disked and seeded with Japanese millet earlier this summer. An excellent plant response followed and millet has produced many large seed heads. Some water near the water-control structure due to rainfall is sufficient to hold some waterfowl. New pump site needs to be created before this unit can be pumped.

Please contact Eric Kilburg with questions: 913-783-4507.