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CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

15,000 ducks mostly mallards, widgeon and teal.  A good mix of divers.

3000 Canada Geese and 400 Snows.

 Mallard Migration Rank: 5   (1=worst 10=best)

Water level Reservoir is 22 ft. low.
Hunting conditions Fair.  20% of reservoir is froze.  Duck Flats Froze. Boat ramps are open.
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: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl coming in with the cold front.  Mallard numbers increasing to 70,000 and other ducks 15,000, mostly redheads and ringnecks.

Goose numbers have also been increasing.  Estimating 20,000 Canada geese, 230,000 snows and 6,500 white fronts.

Mallard Migration Index (9)

Water level 2.4' below conservation pool and declining.
Hunting conditions No flooded vegetation and not much for shallow water areas.  Cold conditions have froze over 25% of the area water, this includes the tributaries and shallow areas.  The boat ramps are temporarily frozen in, but could reopen with the warmer weather.
Expected hunting success Should be good.  More birds move in during the week.  Most are staying on open water.
Comments

Check Area News for updates.

Low Plains Early Duck Zone is located north of Highway 24 and is open October 11 - December 7, 2014.  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.

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.



JAMESTOWN WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 11/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers Less than 500 ducks and 150 observed on 11/19/2014. The area is 100% covered in ice that is anywhere from 2 to 4 inches thick.
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

The area is 100% ice covered except for a few, small holes the birds are keeping open.  Managers are hoping the water will open back up when and/or if the weather moderates back to seasonal temperatures.  Hunters need to be cautious of thawing ice.

Gamekeeper marsh is 8 inches low, 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 with pumping off storage pools along marsh creek.  Marsh Creek Marsh is around 50% full, Bluewing Marsh, Puddler and Ringneck marshes are dry.  Managers are finished pumping Buffalo Creek Marshes. Buffalo Creek South Marsh has excellent habitat and water with maximum depths at 14-18 inches outside of the main canal.  Buffalo Creek North Marsh has an average depth of 12-24 inches of water.

Hunting conditions Things are looking poor until the ice begins to melt.  HUNTERS NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS ON THE ICE!  THERE ARE AREAS WHERE THE WATER IS CLOSE TO FOUR FEET DEEP OR DEEPER.  If they plan on hunting the ice, managers recommend hunting away from the main hole the birds are keeping open.  There are dry feed fields on the Wildlife Area and some hunter have had luck setting up on the ice and breaking their own small hole.  
Expected hunting success Success is expected to improve as the ice melts.
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: 11/19/2014

Waterfowl numbers 6,500 ducks, divers and puddle ducks with 2,000 mallards. 1,200 canada geese 1,500 light geese and a few white-fronts.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 6
Water level Reservoir is 2.4 ft below conservation pool. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal have ceased. Irrigation season is over.
Hunting condition Frigid temps have finally frozen over 80% of the reservoir. NO BOAT RAMPS OPEN. Reservoir levels are stable and there is a lot of concealing vegetation close to the water. Earlier, exposed mudflats have been covered as well as flooding growing vegetation. Not much moist soil food on the reservoir.
Expected hunting success  Fair if hunters can break ice an open some water. Will update as conditions change and until we see how much of the reservoir freezes and how many more birds arrive and stay. Most waterfowl feeding on private cropland.
Comments

All boat ramps CLOSED, FROZEN including the State Park(PARK PERMIT REQUIRED). Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek ramps FROZEN. White Rock Creek and Oak Hill ramps  are low for unloading LARGER boats at this elevation.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: 11/17/2014

Waterfowl numbers 2,500 ducks (1,500 mallards) and fewer than 1000 geese.  A few snows mixed in.    
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is currently 15.9 feet below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 70% ice covered west of Duck Blind Point.  Most coves except Leota are frozen.  Leota ramp still usable.  Horseshoe primitive ramp ice locked.   
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

Blinds may be used and must be constructed of natural herbaceous materials or woody debris that are present on the site.  Blinds constructed of non-natural materials must be removed from the property each day.  Please do not bring materials from off-site.     

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

Mallard Migration Rank = 5



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS WATERFOWL REPORT - Last Updated: 11/21/2014

Waterfowl numbers Mallard numbers have been on the rise with cold fronts -- 1500-1800. Some ringnecks and redheads observed on lake.
Water level 2.5 ft above conservation pool; 1465.5 ft
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 5

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 Fair
Expected hunting success Fair to good setting up off points from Yankee Run to Boldt Bluff and points south.
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: 11/20/2014

Waterfowl numbers

4,000 ducks, 4,000 Canada geese and 300 snow geese.  More waterfowl coming in with colder weather.

Mallard Migration Rank 2 (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 Fair, ducks and geese scattered over entire reservoir.  Some along south side and west end. 
Comments

Refuge dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.31.

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir

Nov. 1, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015 AND Jan. 17-25, 2015

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  Nov. 1-9, 2014 And Nov. 12, 2014 - 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, 2014 - Feb. 15, 2015

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

Feb. 16 - April 30, 2015

ICE CONDITIONS

Boat ramps are iced in with 1/4" thick ice.  Reservoir 50% covered in ice.  Thin ice in shallows, coves and along majority of shoreline. 

ATTENTION HUNTERS:

Hunters need to be aware that 4 Trumpeter swans have been on the Reservoir this week. 

 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: 11/21/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl numbers remain good at Wilson.  Estimate 6000-7000 ducks, mostly Mallards, with other puddle ducks and divers.

2500 Canada geese

Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 8

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 to good
Expected hunting success Good. Birds off points from Pelican point to Spillway ramp and along north side in Lucas area.
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