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 Kansas Waterfowl Report
Region 2 Northeast Kansas

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Region 2 Waterfowl Report Summary
State Report last checked February 19, 2009 at 4:25 p.m.

This is a collection of all the Region 2 Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 2/18/2009
Waterfowl numbers Duck numbers starting to drop. Only small groups of Mallards using our wetlands. (Mallard Migration Ranking = 1)
Water level I have stopped pumping the wetlands.
Hunting conditions Good vegetation in wetlands.
Expected hunting success Waterfowl season has ended for Benedictine.
Comments October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. The application and drawing take place in June through July 15.

CLINTON - Last Updated: 2/16/2009
Waterfowl numbers

Approximately 4,000 Canada geese and 5,000 ducks in the local area this week. Majority of the ducks are mallards. The remainder is a wide mix of both divers and puddle ducks. Several large flocks of snow geese were observed feeding on local private fields over this past weekend. Flocks are migrating north and will likely not remain in the area for very long.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 7

Lake level 875.6 (just above conservation pool)
Hunting conditions Fair. Upper end of lake and marshes currently have 100% open water.
Expected hunting success Poor. Only open season is snow geese.

Duck, Canada geese, and white fronted geese seasons are closed for the season. Light goose conservation season remains open until April 30, 2009.

Remember- a free permit/ survey card is required to hunt in the marsh areas on Clinton 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.

The Refuge area is open for hunting and all activities until October 1st. Identify what you shoot before you shoot it! Please report all wildlife violations no matter how minor they might seem. If you have any questions call Chris Lecuyer- Area Manager at 785-887-6882.

HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 2/19/2009
Waterfowl numbers Waterfowl numbers estimated to be around 2000, mostly mallards, pintail, golden eye, and Canada geese.
Water level Lake level is 915, Pool level is 917.
Hunting conditions Antioch marsh is about 3/4 full, Brown's marsh is 3/4 full. The Wade Branch ponds are about 1/2 full. The Little Bull Creek marsh, (in the State Park below the dam) is about 1/2 full.
Expected hunting success Limited opportunity for geese. Remember season dates-Late zone Duck Season Closed, Dark and Light goose closes Feb 15. Light Goose Conservation Order Feb 16-April 30.
Comments 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 and detailed aerial maps of wetland areas (Hillsdale Map). (Corp daily Reservoir information)

JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 2/16/2009
Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl observed on Jeffrey: Approximately 2,000 ducks, 1000 Canadas and 100 Snows are using the refuge. Approximately 35,000 snows, 1200 Canadas, and 500 Ducks are using the Middle of AUX lake.

Waterfowl observed between Manhattan and Topeka along the Kansas River and near by crop fields: 10000 Snow Geese, 1000 Canada Geese, 500 Ducks mostly Mallard, Pintail.



Water level Auxillary lake is 2' low
Hunting conditions Jeffrey Energy Center has closed AUX lake to all fishing and boating activities. AUX Lake is OPEN to waterfowl HUNTING. Makeup lake currently open to fishing and boating. No hunting activity allowed on Makeup lake.
Expected hunting success

Guard house reported no hunters over the weekend

Fair; AUX Lake has approximately 99% open water. Prospects of Hunting the Kansas River and Private land along the river look Good for Snow Geese.

Ducks and geese are using private fields South of Jeffrey for feeding. IMPORTANT: Landowner permission is required to hunt on any pirvately owned land in Kansas!


Access to AUX Lake is through the main gate at Jeffrey Energy Center which is located just off on Highway 63 about 4 miles North of St. Marys, Kansas. Please call the Guard House (785) 456-6149 if you have any questions about access.

Remember all waterfowl hunters 16 and older must have a federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and all hunters who are required to obtain a license must also have a Kansas State Waterfowl Habitat Stamp and a Kansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) stamp before attempting to take ducks, geese, or mergansers.


Late Zone Ducks - Closed until Fall 2009

Canada Geese - Closed until Fall 2009.

White-fronted - Closed until Fall 2009

Light geese - Open - April 30, 2009 by special conservation order. During this period, there will be no bag or possesion limit on light geese. In addition, participants will be allowed to use unplugged shotguns and electronic calls and take light geese from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset during the period of the conservation order.

MILFORD - Last Updated: 2/18/2009
Waterfowl numbers Approximately 1000 canada geese. 10,000 snow geese that may be here today and gone tomorrow.
Water level The lake is currently holding approximately 2 foot below conservation pool with the current outflow at 25 cfs.
Hunting conditions


Duck season is closed.

White-fronted geese are closed but will re-open February 7th-15th.

Canada goose season is open until February 15th.

Expected hunting success


Pre-hunt scouting is encouraged.


Vehicles are cutting rutts into the dikes and scaring birds off of wetlands. Obeying posted signs will benefit everyone's hunting experience.

Comments Daily Use Permits are free and required for hunting waterfowl in public lands wetlands. Iron rangers are stocked with daily use permits and are located at main entrances to all wetlands.

PERRY - Last Updated: 2/18/2009
Waterfowl numbers Spring migration is on!!! Estimated 30,000 ducks using marshes. Mostly mallards and pintails.5,000 Canada and White-Fronted geese.
Lake level 1.5 feet low
Habitat conditions Good
Expected hunting success Seasons closed.
Comments Best marshes to observed large concentrations of waterfowl include West River, Mitigation, Northwest, Lassiter, and Headquarters.

TUTTLE CREEK - Last Updated: 2/10/2009
Waterfowl numbers

2000 ducks mostly mallards. 1500 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank = 7 (0=no mallards, 10=peak numbers)

Water level Lake is 2.3 ft. above conservation pool level
Hunting conditions fair
Expected hunting success The lake has 40% ice cover. Most of the marshes are opening up. Best hunting are on open patches of the river or on big crop fields.
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the marshes at Tuttle Creek and can be found at the marshes. Please complete this survey.The data collected from this permit/survey supplies the Manager with valuable comments and harvest info to better manage the area. NOTE: The refuge is now open to hunting.

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