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 Kansas Waterfowl Report
Region 1 Northwest Kansas

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Region 1 Waterfowl Report Summary
State Reports Last Checked February 19, 2009 at 4:32 p.m.


Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather

Waterfowl numbers

Duck and Dark Goose Season are Closed.

2000 Light Geese. Changes Daily.

Mallard Migration Rank 9 (1=worst 10=best)

Water level Reservoir is 16.5 ft. low
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success Low Hunting Pressure on Light Geese.


Water Refuge Closes November 1 - Feb 1. and Land Refuge Closes Sept. 10 - March 1.

Daily Hunter Survey is Required for all Hunters. Available at Information Centers

Contact Area Manager Kent Hensley at the Cedar Bluff Area Office for additional information

785-726-3212 or Email

GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 2/9/2009
Waterfowl number

26,000 Canada geese, 3,300 whitefronts, and 113,000 snows.

MMR - 7

Water level 1.5 foot below conservation pool. Releases have been decreased to 300 cfs to hold the lake level near it's wintering stage at 1' - 2' below conservation pool..
Hunting conditions

Fair. High winds clearing the ice off the lake today.

Boat ramps should be usable with the warm temperatures and high winds clearing the ice from the lake.

On windy days, the geese are sitting along shorelines.

Geese have been flying out morning (early) and evening. Using crop fields on private land, WIHA, and on the Wildlife Area.

Expected hunting success Geese - Good field hunting and pass shooting on windy days when birds are flying low. Success rate was good this past weekend, geese have been decoying.

Hunters have been violating the Granite Creek Refuge trying to find north shore hunting. Some tore down signs before trespassing. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE THE REFUGE LINES ARE BEFORE HUNTING!!

The State Park allows hunting from its shoreline in non-refuge areas and the Marina Cove.

JAMESTOWN - Last Updated: 2/17/2009
Waterfowl numbers SPRING MIGRATION ON! 150,000 light geese resting in the refuge and in Gun Club Marsh. A handful of mallards sitting with the geese.DUCK AND DARK GOOSE SEASON CLOSED.
Water level Nearly all small and large marshes are full. The youth/ novice areas Puddler and Ringneck Marshes have good water.
Hunting conditions Areas open and mostly ice-free.
Expected hunting success Fair. Migration just beginning. Good walk-in access.
Comments FREE DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTING ON THE AREA. PERMITS AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS. Hunters will again be required to fill out a daily use permit to report their hunting activities while on the area. 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.Refuge in effect from Oct. 1 - Mar. 1 in the northeast corner of Gamekeeper Marsh.

LOVEWELL - Last Updated: 2/17/2009
Waterfowl numbers SPRING MIGRATION ON! LET THE CONSERVATION ORDER BEGIN! 350,000 light geese in the area. Dark goose and duck season CLOSED. These waterfowl are resting in the refuge in the east and middle of the reservoir.
Water level Reservoir is 1.0 ft below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% open today, back of coves still iced in. Some willows still flooded. Some mud flats on shoreline. All boat ramps open.
Expected hunting success Poor for geese on the area. Some tough hunting for decoy-shy geese on private land. Hunter activity light.
Comments Refuge in effect October 1 - March 1. A No Hunting Refuge is located east of a line from the cabin area boat ramp on the north shore, southeast to a point on the south shore 2700 feet west of the outlet structure or south end of the dam. Fishing is allowed in the western end of the refuge from the Twin Coves Trailer Area in Lovewell State Park west to the refuge line.Take a youth or novice hunting during this coming season. DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED-AVAILABLE ON SITE AT INFORMATION CENTERS AND PRAIRIE DOG CREEK AND WHITE ROCK CREEK AREA ROADS.

NORTON - Last Updated: 2/19/2009
Waterfowl numbers 12,000 Canada geese, 400 snows; 5,000 ducks various species.
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is 10.19 feet below conservation pool, which is 5.74 feet higher than this same time one year ago.
Hunting conditions No ice.
Expected hunting success Poor due to low numbers of light geese.

High Plains Regular Duck & Goose Season is closed.

Light Goose Conservation Order is in effect through April 30, 2009.

Waterfowl Refuge is in effect Nov. 1 - March 1.

SMOKY HILL/ KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 2/11/2009
Waterfowl numbers Approximately 1500 ducks mostly mallards; 3500 Canada geese; 500 whitefronts
Water level 1463.32 ft. ; 1/3 ft. above conservation pool and stable.
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 7.

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

Ducks - Closed for season on JAN 25

White Front Goose Season OPEN FEB 7-15.

Geese - Field hunting fair on public and private ground as birds leaving lake to feed. Permission is required to hunt private property.


Remember the refuge area on the northwest part of the lake is closed to hunting except by Special Hunt permit Oct 1-March 1.

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: 2/12/2009
Waterfowl numbers 4,000 larger ducks primarily mallards, 10,000 Canada geese, 2,000 snows, and 2,000 white-fronted.
Water level 1.5 feet below conservation level, this is 20.5 feet higher than last year.
Hunting conditions Good flooded vegetation along South shoreline and Western end of reservoir.
Expected hunting success Fair to Good


Goose seasons: All geese Oct 25-26. Canada and Light geese: Nov 5 - Feb 15. White-fronted geese: Nov. 5 - Jan 4 and Feb 7-15.

ATTENTION HUNTERS: New for 2008 is the implementation of daily hunting permit system at Webster. See Webster Area News for complete details of the Hunter Survey Station system.

Refuge modified for current water levels.

Webster 2008-2009 Refuge Map

Refuge in effect November 1 - January 31. All boat ramps are useable at present, including Old Marina Boat Ramp. See above link for this year's refuge. The success and response to the walk-in hunting last year has prompted management to again this delineate the very western portion of the lake as walk-in/nonmotorized boat area. Good opportunities present for big and small boats and walk/wade in.

WILSON - Last Updated: 2/5/2009
Waterfowl numbers 1000 ducks mostly mallards, 2000 Canada geese, 2000 Snows, 500 whitefronts
Mallard Migration Rank

Mallard Migration Rank = 9.

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 1516.20 and steady; .20 ft above conservation pool
Hunting conditions 60% ice cover, but breaking up quickly with warmer weather. Birds are concentrated on and around open pockets of water on main body, along north shore from Cooper's Point to Rocktown to Lucas Point. Waterfowl moving off area mornings and evenings to private lands. Written permission required to hunt on private land.
Expected hunting success

Fair to Good

Ducks CLOSED Jan. 25

White Fronted Goose Seson Closed Until FEB 7


Wilson is in the low plains late duck zone that opens on October 25th. Remember the refuge closes October 1 except for Special Hunts.

To track the 2008-2009 waterfowl migration and post your hunting results visit Ducks Unlimited's Migration Map by clicking the link below:

Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Migration Map


  contact USFWS website www.fws.gov/kirwin/ or call 785- 543-6673

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