Region 2

This is a collection of all the Region 2 Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/14/2014

Waterfowl numbers 10,000 + ducks, Mostly mallards and a few teal
Water level

Good water in wetland southeast of parking area, still have some open water.

  • 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 2011. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

North wetland (first one) on the west complex is dry so we can apply bentonite clay to seal it when it get dry enough.

Having electrical problems with pump on western wetlands. Pump will run for awhile and then shut off. May or may not be water in that complex.

Hunting conditions Good water level and the habitat is great.
Expected hunting success Fair to good. Some hunters have limited out in a short period of time on Mallards

Having electrical problems with pump on western wetlands. Pump will run for awhile and then shut off. May or may not be water in that complex.

North wetland (first one) on the west complex is dry so we can apply bentonite clay to seal it when it get dry enough.

Starting November 18th 2013 the Corps of Engineers will have a construction crew at Benedictine Bottoms constructing two new chutes off of the Missouri River. The construction will be ongoing and could last over a year. 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 2011. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

CLINTON - Last Updated: 8/8/2014

Waterfowl numbers Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 
Lake level 875.32 (.2 feet below conservation pool).
Hunting conditions The reservoir should provide good opportunities for teal. The wildlife area will be limited. The reservoir has to be at least at conservation pool, or the wildlife area is limited on pumping.
Expected hunting success Good overall on the reservoir and wetlands.

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: 2/12/2014

Waterfowl numbers Approximately 300 Canada geese using the area.
Water level  Current elevation is 914.99, see Corps daily Reservoir information pool is 917.0 (100% ice cover)
Mallard Migration Rank

Current Rank:10

This is a subjective ranking of mallard migration and ranges from 0 (early migration) to 10 (peak migration).

Habitat conditions Brown's, Antioch, and the Youth Wetland areas have some standing water in scattered areas. Habitat conditions are fair, with some good food sources standing in the wetlands. Millet was planted in Antioch and Big Bull Marshes. There are modest numbers of ducks currently around the wetland areas, which may provide some opportunity for persistent hunters.
Expected hunting success

 Please review this years new hunting regulations on migratory birds;

Poor. KDWPT will not be able pump water into the wetlands without large amounts of precipitation. We were able to pump Antioch wetland about 3/4 full with recent rain for a short period of time. Call if you have any other questions about pumping.

Refuge closes to all hunting on October 1st through January 15th.

Some recent rain has brought the reservoir up one foot. Water line is still far enough from the shore, making it hard to hide.


flying duck

Notice: Note that waterfowl numbers may vary from one day to the next due to natural movement in and out of the area. See Hillsdale Wildlife Area web page for the Hillsdale brochure or click on maps for detailed aerial maps of wetland areas (Hillsdale Map), click on the wetland symbols. Water levels=(Corps daily Reservoir information). New : The Big Bull Wetland, or "last wetland" built (east of Spooncreek rd on 223rd st.), is for Mentors and Novice Hunters. A Mentor hunter (21 years and older) must be accompanied by at least one Novice hunter. A novice is a youth under 16 or a person who has not possessed a hunting license in the last 3 years. Both may hunt (during regular seasons). Area is reserved for Mentor, Youth, and Novice hunters for all hunting activities.

JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 2/6/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Light Geese : 20,000

Canada Geese: 100

Ducks: 1000

Water level low
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor for ducks and poor for geese.

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

Aux- Lake is now OPEN to waterfowl hunting. Most of the ducks seen on the survey route were on the refuge. There is ice covering about 85% of Aux lake.

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: 2/6/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Duck Season is Closed.  Dark Goose Season Closes Feb 9th.

Only 200 Canada geese were observed in the area this morning.  The lake is approximately 100% ice covered.  No waterfowl were seen using the wetlands. The wetland cells are still covered with ice as well as the Gatesville Boat ramp.  

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 1144.07 conservation Pool 1144.4 The dam is releasing 75FS. Republican River gauge is frozen.
Hunting conditions


No activites/hunting allowed in the Steve Lloyd Wetland/Refuge.

Due to low flows and the lake being below conservation pool, all pumping of the wetland cells has stopped.

Motorized boats are only allowed in Mall Creek wetland, electric motors are considered "motorized". All other wetlands are open to NON motorized boats and walk in hunting.

Lower Smith Bottom and the Gatesville boat ramp have been reopened for 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.

Flooding in early August filled many of the wetlands but damaged some of the natural vegetation and most of the agricultural crops.

Expected hunting success

Hunter survey report:

Vegetation and water levels are adequate. Flooding in early August has filled most of our wetlands. Many crops and some natural vegetation was damaged to due the early flooding . 


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. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.

PERRY - Last Updated: 1/16/2014

Waterfowl numbers

10000+ Canada Geese, Several Hundred Light geese and 5,000+ ducks mainly composing of Mallards, with some other big ducks, and several species of divers. 500+ mergansers as well were observed. All ducks and geese were observed on the main lake or in the air around the lake.

Mallard Migration Rank = 8 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)

Lake level 0.5 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions

With the wind and warmer temperatures the lake and marshes are slowly opening up.

Overall the marshes are looking really good vegetation wise. 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 Poor to Fair.
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

Reminder: All marshes closed to motorized boats except Kyle East and West.

Kyle: Kyle Marsh East was drained this spring and Kyle West was empty until the flood in June. Quality vegetation growth is primarily in the east pool. The West pool is 50% full. East- HCR-9 with the marsh being 100% water. Some areas in the East pool were disced this summer and spread to Jap Millet. We stopped pumping water into East Kyle at this time due to the river fluctuation, but it is running over the spillway into the West Unit still. West - HCR-3 with invertebrates being the main food source.

Launching boats in Kyle West maybe a little tricky and there is good success at getting boats into Kyle East.

West River: An abundance of moist soil plants are growing and areas of mud flats were sown to Jap Millet. We are pumping this week to fill the lower unit which will be running through the upper unit. North- HCR-6 with 30% water. South- HCR-9 with 100% water.

Upper Ferguson: The vegetation is in excellent quality. HCR-8 with 10% water.

Lassister: Both East and West Lassiter wetlands pool have been trying to collect water all summer. The main vegetation is wild sunflowers. East- HCR-8 with 3% water, will fill if we get enough rain. West- HCR-7 with 0% water

Northwest: Northwest complex dike was topped by our june flood and damage was done to the West end. 20 acres of corn was planted in the west half but the June flood wiped it out. Vegetation growth since the flood is great. HCR-8 with 15% water.

Headquarters: With very little runnoff this spring the marsh has stayed relatively dry all summer. Quality vegetation growth has been good with some cocklebur control efforts. HCR-8 with 0% water

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was dry this summer and reed canary grass was controlled. Vegetation growth has been fair. HCR-6 with 0% water

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer and we removed the upper dike and reshaped and raised the lower dike. The vegetation growth has been excellent this summer. HCR-9 with 0% water

Reichert: Reichart Marsh removation was competed last fall and the wetland is back to functioning fully again. The vegetation growth has been exceptional this summer. The upper West unit had corn planted in it early this spring but the flood in June wiped it out as well. Pig weed grew back fiercely. HCR-9 with 15% 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: 2/6/2014

Waterfowl numbers

Few geese.

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 0

Water level The lake is currently 1.5 feet  below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Significant ice cover, tough hunting conditions. 
Expected hunting success Poor.
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.