Jamestown Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report

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.
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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!