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Most of the 27 species of ducks which frequent Kansas are produced in states and the Canadian provinces to the north. Although 14 species of ducks are known to have nested in Kansas, the major portion of the resident breeding population, estimated at about 20, pairs, is composed of wood ducks, blue-winged teal and mallards.

From through the total number of ducks reported during the 14 surveys conducted annually (two per month, September through March) on major waterfowl areas in Kansas varied from a high of 3,, in to a low of 1,, in , and averaged approximately 2,, annually. Generally speaking, duck numbers and harvest declined from levels experienced during the ’s, when an all time high of 10,, ducks were reported during waterfowl surveys in , and the average number observed each year () was 5,, This decline in Kansas duck numbers is largely due to loss of breeding habitat in Canada and states north of Kansas, aging of our reservoirs, and changing agricultural practices in our state.

Central Flyway

The five most common ducks observed during the 14 annual surveys in Kansas include the mallard, northern pintail, green-winged teal, gadwall and blue-winged teal. Kansas is about half way down the Central Flyway’s eastern tier of states, an area crossed by some of the major migration routes of ducks. Of the five most common ducks, blue-winged teal are the first to arrive, peaking in September and early October. The next major influx of migrants occurs in late October and early November. Northern pintail begin a major buildup in late October, with green-winged teal and gadwall arriving and peaking during the first half of November. Mallards are the last of the top five to arrive, peaking in late December. The mallard is king in our state, with numbers observed commonly reaching , during the second half of December.

Although the migration chronology of Kansas ducks varies considerably from year to year, depending on weather, there is usually a gradual increase in duck numbers beginning in late August and peaking during December or early January. While data summarized on a statewide basis may show a gradual buildup of ducks, the numbers observed on a particular wetland may have migration characteristics quite different from the “state average”. A common misconception is that there is a gradual movement of ducks, north to south, during the fall and early winter periods. However, a shallow marsh near the Oklahoma border may have peak numbers in late October while a reservoir near the Nebraska border may not see maximum numbers until late December. Within Kansas, the type of habitat has a greater influence on the timing and species composition of the duck migration than does the location.

Over the long term, the fall and winter populations of ducks in Kansas should roughly correlate with the breeding population index for these species. However, numbers observed are influenced by habitat conditions in our state. Even in years of high flyway populations, poor habitat conditions in Kansas will lower fall populations and harvest in Kansas. Conversely, in years of low flyway populations, good habitat conditions in Kansas will raise Kansas fall populations and harvest.

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Mallards - photo Mike Blair

During the past six years (), Kansas duck hunters averaged approximately , duck hunting days, and harvested about , ducks annually. The highest Kansas duck harvest reported occurred in , when an estimated , ducks were taken. In recent years, mallards have comprised about 50 percent of the total harvest, followed by gadwall at about 14 percent, and green-winged teal at 12 percent.

The future of ducks, unlike geese, is troubling. The long term degradation and loss of wetlands and native prairie on their breeding grounds is a serious problem that is difficult to address. The combination of the agricultural Conservation Reserve Program and record breaking rainfall allowed breeding numbers to rebound during the ’s to levels similar to those observed during ’s. However, discontinuance of the Conservation Reserve Program, or a return to normal rainfall levels on the breeding grounds, will have severe negative impacts on duck production and fall flights. Federal and state agencies, along with a number of private organizations are working to maintain quality breeding habitat, but the task is difficult and far from being accomplished.

CURRENT WATERFOWL NUMBERS ON WILDLIFE AREAS

For weekly updates on waterfowl numbers on Wildlife Areas during the fall and winter period go to the regional waterfowl reports.

REGULATIONS

Waterfowl Hunting regulations are set annually. Click here to view the latest Kansas Hunting & Furharvesting Regulations Summary.

Youth Waterfowl Seasons: In each of the duck zones, two days are set aside for youth waterfowl hunting (ducks and dark geese). Hunters 15 and younger may hunt under the supervision of an adult 18 or older. The adult may NOT hunt.

Youth Season Daily Bag Limit: 6 6 ducks, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup. The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.

Youth Season Possession Limit: Three times the daily bag limit.

Legal Methods of Taking Waterfowl

Bow and arrow, falconry, or shotgun no larger than guage. Shotguns shall not be able to hold more than three shells.

Illegal Methods of Taking Waterfowl

No person shall take migratory game birds:

1) With a shotgun capable of holding more than three (3) shells, in the magazine and chamber combined.

2) With a trap, snare, fishhook, net, rifle, pistol, shotgun slug, shotgun larger than 10 gauge, poison, drug, or explosive.

3) With the use or aid of electronically amplified or recorded bird calls, or imitations of bird calls or sounds.

4) From a sink box (a low floating device, having a depression affording the hunter means of concealment beneath the surface of the water).

5) From or by means of any motor boat or sail boat unless the motor has been completely shut off and/or the sail furled, and its progress from there has ceased.

6) By the use or aid of live decoys. All tame, captive ducks and geese must be removed 10 days before hunting.

7) By driving, rallying, or chasing birds with any motorized conveyance or any sail boat to put them in range of the hunters.

Wanton Waste

By regulation, hunters must attempt to find any game crippled or killed. Retrieved animals must be kept until: 1) cleaned, 2) eaten, 3) taken home, 4) taken to a taxidermist or processor, or 5) given to another person.

Possession of Live Birds

Wounded waterfowl reduced to possession shall be immediately killed and included in the daily bag.

Transporting Harvested Waterfowl

One fully-feathered wing and /or head must remain attached to waterfowl when transported.

Shipment

No person shall ship migratory game birds unless the package is marked on the outside with: 1) the name and address of the person sending the birds, 2) the name and address of the person to whom the birds are being sent, and 3) the number of birds, by species, contained in the package.

Giving or Receiving Waterfowl

No person may receive, possess, or give to another, any freshly killed migratory game birds as a gift, except at the personal abodes of the donor or donee, unless such birds have a tag attached, signed by the hunter who took the birds, stating the hunter’s address, the total number and species of birds, and the date such birds were taken.

Tagging Requirements

No person shall put or leave any migratory game birds at any place (other than at his personal abode), or in the custody of another person for picking, cleaning, processing, shipping, transportation, or storage (including temporary storage), or for the purpose of having taxidermy services performed, unless such birds have a tag attached, signed by the hunter, stating his address, the total number and species of birds, and the date such birds were killed. Migratory game birds being transported in any vehicle as the personal baggage of the possessor are not considered as being in storage or temporary storage.

Electronic or Mechanically Operated Decoys

The use of electronic or mechanically operated decoys that do not produce bird sounds is legal.

Waterfowl Baiting Regulations

Baiting regulations differ between doves and waterfowl, and are among the most troublesome for hunters to understand. For detailed information on waterfowl baiting go to http://www.le.fws.gov/HuntFish/waterfowl_baiting.htm

Some general baiting rules that waterfowl hunters should remember:

- They may not place, expose, deposit, distribute or scatter salt, grain or other feed that could lure waterfowl to, on or over the area where they are hunting.

- They may not hunt a baited area until 10 days after all bait or feed has been completely removed.

Hunters are responsible for ensuring that the area they plan on hunting has not been baited before they start hunting.

- Hunters may hunt all migratory game birds over natural vegetation that has been mowed or manipulated in other ways, or where seeds or grains have been scattered solely as a result of a normal agricultural planting or normal soil stabilization practice.

- Hunters may use natural vegetation to conceal or construct a blind.

- Hunters may hunt waterfowl over standing crops, standing flooded crops and flooded harvested cropland.

DUCK IDENTIFICATION

Duck regulations include species and sex specific restrictions. The ability of hunters to identify and select desired targets before shooting is important in managing the harvest and allowing maximum hunting opportunity without jeopardizing the future of our waterfowl resource. For help with duck identification go to  -- http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/tools/waterfwl/waterfwl.htm

POPULATION AND HARVEST DATA

A number of population and harvest surveys are conducted annually that are utilized in the development of waterfowl management programs and regulations. To view data for Kansas and the Central Flyway, go to http://www.flyways.us/

REPORTING BANDS

Information obtained from band recoveries reported by hunters and other individuals is, along with harvest and population data, critical to the management of our waterfowl resources. Information derived from banding includes the distribution of the harvest from a particular banding area, the timing of the harvest and most importantly, the harvest rate. This information is utilized annually in the development of harvest frameworks and final regulations. To report a band call 1/// or go to http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/homepage/callhtm

THE FLYWAY PROCESS OF DEVELOPING REGULATIONS

Flyways

Since most ducks are migratory birds crossing state and national boundaries, regulations and management practices that affect their population numbers must extend beyond our state and include other agencies. Establishing waterfowl regulations is an annual process that can be roughly divided into two areas. The first involves the activities of the states and provinces, working through their respective Flyway Councils in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to develop season frameworks. “Frameworks” set the limit on maximum season length and bag limit, shooting hours, and the earliest opening and latest closing dates of the season for a particular species. This process of developing frameworks begins in December and doesn’t end until August.

Once the frameworks are established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has the ultimate authority for the welfare of our migratory bird resources, the states begin the second part of the annual regulatory process. This second phase involves developing and adopting season dates, bag limits and shooting hours specific to their jurisdiction. A state can always be more restrictive than allowed by the frameworks, but it cannot be more liberal. The primary consideration when developing frameworks is the long-term welfare of the species or resource. Although this consideration is still present when states develop their specific hunting regulations, greater emphasis is placed on providing the greatest amount of hunter opportunity and satisfaction within the limits of the frameworks.

The basis for a rangewide approach to duck management was provided by Fredrick Lincoln, who initiated the first large-scale banding in the United States in As Lincoln received bands from his ducks, he became convinced that waterfowl management would have to be tailored to the different migration routes. In , he suggested that four flyways be established across the United States and that management regulations be tuned to the situations that prevailed in those flyways. Adoption of his proposal was slow, and it was not until that the Flyway system was implemented.

Kansas is located within the Central Flyway, which is composed of ten states including Montana and North Dakota to the north, extending south through Texas and New Mexico. Only that area of the West Tier states east of the Continental Divide is currently included within the Central Flyway boundaries. Although the basic responsibility for the management of waterfowl rests with the Federal Government, the states must be involved. In order to transcend state borders, the ten Central Flyway states have joined administratively and formed the Central Flyway Council. The directors of the state fish and game agencies of the flyway states, or their designated representatives, constitute the official voting members of the Council. Delegates from the Canadian provinces participate in Council activities, but do not vote on regulatory recommendations. The Council provides an excellent forum for communication and understanding the problems throughout the flyway and attacking these problems in a cooperative, scientific way. Much of the information needed for the management of ducks is continuously being obtained through banding, survey, and research efforts, planned and conducted by the Flyway Council and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Ducks

Dates: 10/09/ - 01/02/

  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
    Six ducks, which may include no more than five mallards (only two of which may be hens), three wood ducks, two redheads, two canvasbacks, one scaup and one pintail. The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

Dates: 10/09/ - 12/05/

  • Area open: Early Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
    Six ducks, which may include no more than five mallards (only two of which may be hens), three wood ducks, two redheads, two canvasbacks, one scaup and one pintail. The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit


MIGRATORY DOVE (Mourning, white-winged)

  • Season: Sept. 1-Nov. 29,
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 15 (The daily bag limit applies to mourning and white-winged doves, single species or in combination.
  • Possession limit: 45
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Permit

EXOTIC DOVE (Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves only)

  • Season: Year-round
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: No limit
  • Possession limit: No limit
  • There is no limit on Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves, but any taken in addition to a limit of mourning and white-winged doves during the migratory dove season must have a fully-feathered wing attached during transport.

RAIL (Sora and Virginia)

  • Season: Sept. 1-Nov. 9,
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 25
  • Possession limit: 75
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Permit

SNIPE

  • Season: Sept. 1-Dec. 16,
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp

WOODCOCK

  • Season: Oct. Nov. 29,
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Permit

TEAL, HIGH PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. ,
  • Area open: West of Hwy. U. S.
  • Daily bag limit: 6 teal (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)  
  • Possession limit: 18 teal in possession (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. ,
  • Area open: East of Hwy. U. S.
  • Daily bag limit: 6 teal (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)  
  • Possession limit: 18 teal in possession (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, HIGH PLAINS UNIT

  • Season:  Oct. 9, Jan. 2, and Jan. ,
  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 9-Dec. 5, and Dec. 18, Jan. 2,
  • Area open: Early Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 30, Jan. 2, and Jan. ,
  • Area open: Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Season: Nov. 6, Jan. 2, and Jan. ,
  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCK LIMITS

6 ducks, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup.

MERGANSERS

  • Season: Same as duck seasons
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
  • Possession Limit: 15
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

COOTS

  • Season: Same as duck seasons
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 15
  • Possession Limit: 45
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

YOUTH, VETERAN AND ACTIVE MILITARY WATERFOWL SEASONS

(Youth 17 and younger)

  • High Plains Unit: Oct. ,
  • Low Plains Early Zone: Oct. ,
  • Low Plains Late Zone: Oct. ,
  • Southeast Zone: Oct. ,

CANADA GEESE

  • Season: Oct. , and Nov. 3, Feb. 13,
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (including Brant)
  • Possession limit: 18
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 30, Jan. 2, and Jan. Feb. 13,
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 2
  • Possession limit: 6
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE

  • Season: Oct. , and Nov. 3, Feb. 13,
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 50
  • Possession limit: No limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE, CONSERVATION ORDER

  • Season: Feb. April 30,
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Limit: Unlimited
  • Possession Limit: Unlimited
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp
  • Equipment Restrictions: During the Conservation Order, unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

SANDHILL CRANE, CENTRAL ZONE

  • Season: Nov. 10, Jan. 6,
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit

SANDHILL CRANE, WEST ZONE

  • Season: Oct. Dec. 12,
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit

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All waterfowl hunters 16 and older must have a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Waterfowl Stamp), and all hunters who are required to obtain a hunting license must also have a Kansas State Waterfowl Stamp and a Kansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) stamp before hunting ducks, geese, or mergansers. (Those not required to have a Kansas hunting license include people hunting their own land, and residents 15 and younger)

Annual Hunting License - All resident hunters age 16 through 74 must have a resident hunting license unless exempt by Kansas Law.  Nonresident hunters, regardless of age, must have a nonresident hunting license.  Annual hunting licenses can be purchased online by clicking here or through all licensed agents, or Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism offices.

Waterfowl Stamps and Licence - All Waterfowl stamps and licenses can be bought at any licensed Agent , Pratt Operations Office , or online, EXCEPT for the Federal Waterfowl Stamp which is bought at a US Post Office, KDWPT Regional and Park Offices, and select license agents.  All Waterfowl stamps are good through season.

  • Kansas HIP Stamp: $
  • State Waterfowl Stamp: $10
  • Federal Waterfowl Stamp: $ - Purchased at any KDWPT office or at any US Post Office.
Buy your Stamps Online

State stamps are available at any licensed agent, online , Pratt Operations Office or Regional office. Federal stamps are available at a US Post Office, Pratt Operations Office or Regional office . Federal stamps must be signed across the face of the stamp.

Waterfowl stamps are not required to hunt Coot, Dove, Rail, Snipe, Woodcock, or Sandhill Crane. HIP is required.

If hunting Sandhill Crane, in addition to a hunting license ( if required), a federal sandhill crane hunting permit issued through and validated by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is required to hunt cranes. Crane permits obtained in other states are not valid in Kansas. The validated permit ($ validation fee) is available at any licensed agent , online , Pratt Operations Office , or Regional office .

All Kansas sandhill crane hunters must pass the "Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters" before obtaining a sandhill crane hunting permit.

"Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters." Click this link to take an online test that provides information about identifying whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, and look-alike species, as well as the hunter’s ability to choose safe shots. The test is both entertaining and informative and only takes a few minutes.

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Retrieval and possession of game animals and migratory game birds - Requirements

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Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.

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Doves - Management Unit, Hunting Season, Shooting Hours, and Bag and Possession Limits

Migratory Game Bird Hunters – Why is it important to be “HIP”?

If you hunt doves, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, coots, snipe, rail, or woodcock, you are required to participate in Harvest Information Program (HIP). 

What is HIP?

Harvest Information Program (HIP) is a method by which state wildlife agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) use to provide reliable estimates of the number of migratory game bird hunters, hunter activity and migratory game bird harvest. These estimates provide information needed to make sound decisions concerning hunting seasons, bag limits, and population management. HIP has been a federal requirement of those hunting migratory game birds since

Who needs to be HIP?

HIP, incorrectly, has become associated more closely with waterfowl hunters. HIP applies to all those who hunt any species of migratory game birds. This would include not only ducks and geese but also doves, woodcock, rails, snipe, sandhill cranes, moorhens, band-tailed pigeons, swans, brant, coots and gallinules, for which there is a set hunting season.  If you are required to buy a Kansas hunting license and plan to hunt any migratory game birds in Kansas, you are required to acquire a Kansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit. Even if you hold a lifetime license, you still are required to acquire a HIP permit. Exemptions from HIP include those not required to have a Kansas hunting license such as people hunting their own land and residents 15 and younger and 75 and older. It is the hunter responsibility to fulfill their HIP requirement. Proof of HIP must be carried with the hunter in the field, and, like a hunting or fishing license, must be presented to a wildlife officer upon their request. Hunting migratory birds without HIP certification is like hunting without a license—you could be ticketed or fined. You must be HIP certified for each state for which you hunt migratory game birds. The HIP certification process varies from state to state. Please confer with your local wildlife agency regarding HIP in their state.

How does HIP work?

When you purchase your Kansas HIP permit, you first are identifying yourself as migratory game bird hunter. Secondly, the licensing vendor will ask you a series of short questions relating to your hunting experience during last year's season. These questions place you in a sampling stratum from which the USFWS selects small sample to complete a more detailed survey about this year’s upcoming hunting season. These short questions that you are asked about last year’s hunting experience when you become HIP-certified are not part of the survey, and are not used to compile harvest estimates, but are simply used to identify what types of birds you usually hunt.  This allows the USFWS to target its surveys to the appropriate hunters.  For example, most surveys about dove harvest are sent to hunters who usually hunt doves, while most waterfowl harvest surveys are sent to hunters who usually hunt ducks and/or geese. If you only hunt ducks and geese – no snipe or rails, no moorhens or gallinules – why is it that I have to answer questions about those species? The USFWS needs to be able to contact people who hunt various birds. This narrows the field and allows the USFWS to ask more detailed questions about what was harvested.

If your name is one of the few selected for the national harvest survey, you will receive a personal letter and a hunting record form and will be asked to voluntarily keep a record of the number of migratory birds you harvest during the season. You will be given an addressed, postage-paid envelope to return your hunting form at the end of the season. This survey provides the information used to develop nationwide harvest estimates for all migratory birds. A few select participants are asked to send in wings of migratory game birds they harvest to help determine species, age, sex, and other important harvest data. All HIP responses are kept strictly confidential and are not used for any other purpose.  As soon as the survey is completed, the USFWS destroys all hunter names and address records.

As HIP information is gathered at the time a hunting license is purchased whether at a store or online. At the license counter, the license agent shouldask the HIP questions as part of the licensing process; if they do not inquire, you should remind them of HIP’s requirement. Kansas charges a small fee to cover administrative costs. KDWPT or USFWS receives no income from this program. HIP is strictly to gather information and is not a means of raising money for conservation programs.

What do hunters gain from HIP?

An understandable question is ‘What does HIP mean to me, as an individual asked to participate in this annual series of inquiries?’ The vast majority of hunters who participate are doing so because they know it’s important and understand why it’s important as hunters. Hunters are not just people answering a survey but are partners in data collection that directly affects hunting opportunities. As the threats and concerns for migratory bird populations continue to mount, it is essential to gather the best information possible about the factors affecting these populations. It is in the hunter's best interest to have wildlife management decisions based on scientific evidence, not on opinions, philosophies, or politics. It only takes a few moments to give wildlife managers the information they need to ensure that our migratory bird resources--and hunting tradition--will be around for future generations to enjoy.

To Purchase Your Kansas HIP Permit Online: https://www.kshuntfishcamp.com/

 

For More Information

USFWS HIP: https://www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/harvest-surveys/harvest-information-program.php

USFWS Harvest and Hunter Survey Annual Reports: https://www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/reports-and-publications/hunting-activity-and-harvest.php

Explore Harvest Data visualization for your region: https://fws.gov/harvestsurvey/harvest-vis

Central Flyway Council: https://centralflyway.org/management/harvest-surveys/

27 Species of Ducks Recorded in Kansas

Wood duck Aix sponsa
Green-Winged Teal Anas crecca
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Gadwall Anas strepera
Eurasian Wigeon Anas Penelope
American Wigeon Anas Americana
Canvasback Aythya valisineria
Redhead Aythya Americana
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Greater Scaup Aythya marila
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
Common Eider Somateria mollissima
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
Oldsquaw Clangula hyemalis
Black Scoter Melanitta nigra
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Barrow’s Goldeneye Bucephala islandica
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

CEDAR BLUFF - Last Updated: 10/4/ Print

Waterfowl Numbers

+ Teal-Combination Blue and Greenwing.  Several Thousand "Big Ducks" also (Wood Ducks, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard and Pintail)                    Resident Canada Geese.

NO ACCESS IN THE CLOSED PORTION OF THE LAND REFUGE SEPT. 1 - JAN. 31

NO ACCESS IN THE CLOSED PORTION OF THE WATER REFUGE NOV. 1 - JAN. 31

Cedar Bluff Waterfowl Refuge
Water level Reservoir Elevation - ( ft. low)  
Hunting conditions Shoreline hunting is still difficult with flooded shoreline vegetation
Expected hunting success Good, if you can find a place to set decoys. Hunters accessing by boat should be more successful.
Comments

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area and Reservoir are in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone 

Low Plains Late Duck Zone Season Dates

Teal - Sept Duck - Oct. Jan. 2 and Jan.  

Dark and Light Geese - Oct. and Nov. 2-Feb 13

White-fronted Geese - Oct Jan. 2 and JanFeb 13

Contact Cedar Bluff Area Office for more information.

Water Refuge is in effect November 1- January 31

Land Refuge is in effect September 1 - January 31

North Shore State Park is Closed to Hunting.

Youth / Mentor hunting is also available

Zebra Mussels, Eurasian Milfoil, and Phragmites are present in Cedar Bluff Reservoir.  Please clean and dry all equipment, decoys and boats before hunting other bodies of water.

Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area

Current Weather



GLEN ELDER - Last Updated: 9/29/ Print

Waterfowl numbers

It is YOUR responsibility to know a property's regulations, refuge(s) and duck zone boundaries, etc. BEFORE you hunt. 

Click here for a detailed map of the refuges, youth area, and State Park boundaries.

Survey ran on 9/29

Teal= Very few birds on the area at this time.  Observed about property wide on survey.

Just a few other big ducks such as mallards, wood ducks, gadwall, etc.  A couple thousand coots and cormorants.

Mallard Migration Index (0)

Glen Elder map

Water level 4 inches below conservation pool and falling.  There will be more exposed mudflats in the weeks ahead as the Bureau of Reclaimation is in the process of dropping the lake to 6 inches below conservation.    
Hunting conditions Poor right now as there is virtually no flooded vegetation.  Will be outstanding IF water levels rise significantly later this fall.
Expected hunting success Scouting will be key to finding where the birds want to be.      
Comments

Granite Creek boat ramp is closed November 1 through January 31,

Low Plains Early Zone season will be 10/9 to 12/5/21 and 12/18/21 to 1/2/  This zone includes the area NORTH of US Hwy Youth and Veteran's weekend for Early Zone is 10/2 and 10/3

Low Plains Late Duck Zone season will be 10/30/21 to 1/2/22 and 1/22/22 to 1/30/  This zone includes the area SOUTH of Hwy

Dark geese season 

Whitefront season 

Light geese season 

Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31st.

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is located in the Granite Creek Refuge and is in effect from October 1 - January  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: 10/6/ Print

Waterfowl numbers

Duck numbers are poor. Some teal along with some big ducks showing up, including Pintails, Norther Shovelers and American Wigeon.  Some local Canada Geese and White Fronted Geese were observed earlier in the week.

REMEMBER: Hunters are REQUIRED to check in and check out using iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit system when they hunt the area. This important information gathered from hunt permits helps managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.

Water levels

The area has experienced an extremely dry summer and the managers moved water from storage so pproximately 60% of the area has huntable water.  With that being said, marshes that are open to boats, have lower water levels than in years past. Hunters that plan to utilize boats (especially motorized boats) need to use extreme caution.

Puddler Marsh: Dry Gamekeeper Marsh: 30% full with mostly sheet water with areas of one to four inches; Gun Club West Marsh: 60% full with an average depth of 12 inches. Boating will be difficult in spots until water levels increase; Gun Club East: 60% full at the same elevation as Gun Club West Marsh, average depth of 12 inches.  Boating may be difficult in this marsh as well; Greenwing Marsh; 60% full with an average depth of 12"; Marsh Creek Marsh: 35% full as water was pumped out of this marsh to fill Buffalo Creek North Marsh.  The creek channel itself is around six feet deep.  Buffalo Creek Marshes: The north marsh is 80% full with an average depth of 14", The south Marsh is dry and we will need some rain to have sufficient water to pump that marsh; Pintail Marsh: Dry and will need significant rains to fill.  

All marshes have excellent moist soil habitat and cover. Several areas have been planted to millet, corn and milo during the summer to increase resources for waterfowl.

Hunting conditions

Moist soil conditions are excellent across the property.  Managers were able to repair multiple levee breaches and damage from the flooding in   Scouting will be a must to find birds and huntable water. Conditions are expected to improve throughout the fall, however some more rain would help.

Remember: NO ATV's are allowed on department lands and roads.

There is a no trash policy: If you take it in with you, please bring it out.  This includes spent shotgun shells.

ALL vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. 

Expected hunting success Fair to Poor, with no new water or birds on the area.
Comments

REMINDER - REFUGE BOUNDARY CHANGE FROM YEAR

The NW corner of the Gamekeeper Marsh area that was open for hunting prior to will continue to be included as refuge this year.  Puddler marsh was a youth/mentor marsh up until the fall of when managers opened it up to all hunting.  That change, along with the additional 18 inch raise on Gamekeeper Dam will allow managers to move the youth mentor area to a special hunt area starting in the fall of   The new refuge line is along Highway from the marsh creek bridge, north and east to the east boundary of the Wildlife Area.

Click here for pdf map of the new area. 

Waterfowl Seasons

Low Plains Teal Season

9/11/ - 9/26/

Low Plains Early Zone/Military/ Youth/ ADA

10/02/ - 10/03/

Low Plains Early Zone Duck Season

10/9/ - 12/5/ and 12/18/ - 01/02/

Canada Geese

10/30/ - 10/31/ and 11/03/ - 2/13/

White-Fronted Geese

10/30/ - 01/02/ and 01/22/ - 02/13/

Light Geese

10/30/ - 10/31/ and 11/03/ - 02/13/

Light Geese Conservation Order

02/14/ - 04/30/

Hunters are REQUIRED to check in AND OUT using the electronic permitting system.

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.
  3. Once registered, hunters will be able to call or log in to the system to get their permit. They can also visit the Jamestown Wildlife Area page on iSportsman at  https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Jamestown.aspx

Hunters need to make sure they have all the appropriate licenses and stamps for hunting waterfowl.  The following are required:

Kansas hunting license

State waterfowl stamp

Federal waterfowl stamp

Kansas Harvest Information Program Stamp (HIP)

RINGNECK MARSH IS 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 and the West Gamekeeper Marsh is for non-gasoline powered boats or paddle-in / Walk-in only, this includes electric motor boats and boats with no motors. Gasoline engines are prohibited.

Buffalo Creek & Pintail Marshes are for non-motorized boats and walk-in hunting only.

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.

THEREFUGE WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 - JANUARY 31,  on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh. REFUGE WILL CLOSE ON OCT. 1, AND REMAIN CLOSED THRU - JANUARY 31, The refuge boundary has shifted northwest to Highway  

Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



LOVEWELL RESERVOIR - Last Updated: 10/6/ Print

Waterfowl numbers Several small groups of teal on the reservoir. Resident Canada geese loafing on mudflats
Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Lovewell Reservoir is at or feet below Conservation Pool, (% full) and slowly rising as the BOR and Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District irrigation season ended 9/10/ The Guide Rock Diversion canal inflows are at cfs from the Republican River and are being used to refill the reservoir.
Hunting condition

Mudflats are ringing the entire reservoir and the water is a closer to the shoreline and concealing vegetation.

CLOSED - DUCK and GOOSE

Boat ramps OPEN and usable includes Lovewell State Park Marina and Cedar Point. All on the Wildlife Area at Oak Hill, Pawnee Point and White Rock Creek are not usable at this elevation.

Expected hunting success  
Comments

REFUGE REGULATIONS: The land refuge closed to hunting and other activities year round. Water refuge in effect November 1 through April 15 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  of the State Park. This area open to fishing south and east of the buoy line from the north end of the dam to the Lovewell State Park Twin Coves trailer area. Inlet canal closed to fishing September 15 through April

BOAT RAMPS: SEE HUNTING CONDITION FOR BOAT RAMP STATUS. The State Park boat ramps require a Kansas State Park Permit. The Wildlife Area Boat Ramps are Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek do not require a permit.

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 are REQUIRED for ALL HUNTING on the area. Electronic permits now available. Follow this link to get registered: https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Contact the office for other arrangements.  We thank you for your patience. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!



NORTON - Last Updated: 10/12/ Print

Waterfowl numbers Minimal numbers of big ducks and moderate numbers of teal. Warm weather has pushed most waterfowl that had migrated early back north. 
Water level The water level is lower than last year. 9 feet low - 55% of full.
Hunting conditions Hunting pressure is expected to be high. Expect to run into other hunters. Water loss from irrigation has created mud flats and some muddy shorelines. In spots hunters will have a tough time finding enough vegetation to hide in. The water lost to irrigation has created areas with steep shorelines that may drop off into water deeper than waders very rapidly.
Expected hunting success Low success can be expected for ducks and geese. 
Comments

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 DATES FOR -

Teal Season: September 18 - 26,

Youth Duck Season: October ,

Regular Duck Season:  October 9, - January 2, , AND January ,

Canada Goose Season: October AND November 2 - February 13,

REMINDERS -

The refuge is NO ACCESS. Geese that have been shot at and land in the refuge CAN NOT be retrieved. Please use common sense and choose shots that will not allow shot geese to land in the refuge.

Leaving dead birds laying in the field/parking lots is prohibited. Goose meat taste delicious - there are multiple recipes online that can teach you how to cook it. Leaving dead birds on the wildlife area because you do not know how to cook them is not allowed.

Pick up all your trash. Leaving candy wrappers, pop bottles, and EMPTY SHELLS is considered littering and you will be ticketed.

     



SMOKY HILL/KANOPOLIS - Last Updated: 10/1/ Print

Waterfowl numbers 80 teal and a few big ducks
Water level ft and stable. Summer conservation level is ft
   
Hunting conditions  
   
Comments

Refuge is CLOSED to all access from September 1st through January 31st.

Waterfowl Seasons:

Teal (low plains): September ,

Duck (low plains late zone): October 30, - January 2, and January ,

Dark Geese:  October , and November 3, - February 13,

White-Fronted Geese:  October 30, - January 2, and January 22 - February 13,

Light Geese:  October , and November 3, - February 13,

Light Geese Conservation Order: February 14 - April 30,

Click HERE for duck season, regulation, and research information.

Additional information about hunting at Kanopolis Reservoir can be found HERE



TALMO - Last Updated: 9/29/ Print

Waterfowl numbers

No ducks on the area as it is dry

REMINDER: ALL HUNTERS NEED TO CHECK IN TO HUNT USING iSPORTSMAN                                               

Water level All pools are dry
Hunting conditions Moist Soil Conditions are excellent, however all pools are dry. Bird use dependent upon water levels 
Expected hunting success Will depend upon rainfall.
Comments

 Remember:

- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

Low Plains Late Zone Youth/Military Duck Season

10/23/ - 10/24/

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season

10/30/ - 01/02/ and 01/22/ - 01/30/

 

- Hunters MUST check in DAILY with iSportsman when doing any hunting on the area

- No ATV's are allowed on Department land and maintained roads.

-ALL shotgun hunters must use NON-TOXIC shot

-No motorized boats allowed. Hunters wanting to utilize boats must carry/paddle them in.

-The area has a no trash policy.  If you take it in, please bring it back out with you.  This includes spent shotgun shells.

-ALL vehicles MUST remain on the roads and designated parking areas only.



WEBSTER - Last Updated: 9/27/ Print

Waterfowl numbers Few teal present; Be advised there is a large amount of wood ducks around so be sure to identify your target when hunting during teal season.
Water level '; ' below conservation pool; water levels have dropped slowly 
Hunting conditions Lowered lake level has resulted in exposed shorelines with little vegetation; some mud flats present. 
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

Refuge and non-motorized boat area dates: Nov. 1 through Jan.  An updated refuge map will be posted before the refuge closes on Nov 

There is a non-motorized boat area at Webster that is walk-in only that is intended for shore hunters. The area starts at the southeast corner of the reservoir and goes west to Morel boat ramp. This regulation is in effect from Nov. 1 through Jan.  

Hunting in or from the shoreline inside the State Park or along the face of the dam is prohibited. Please see the attached PDF and Google Earth file to see updated refuge boundaries and dates. Closed areas will be marked with buoys.

Blue/Green Algae

Webster is currently in a blue-green algae watch. 

Webster Reservoir currently does not have zebra mussels. Please be sure equipment is cleaned and dry before coming to Webster from other places.

Teal Season

September ,

Duck Season on Webster Reservoir     

October 30, - January 2, and January ,

Youth Weekend, Duck and Goose

October ,

Goose Season on Webster Reservoir

CANADA GEESE  October 30 - October 31, and November 3, - February 13,

WHITE-FRONTED   October 30, - January 2, and January 22 - February 13,

LIGHT GEESE  October 30 - October 31, and November 3, - February 13,

LIGHT GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

February 14 - April 30,

ICE CONDITIONS

0%

 

 Webster Wildlife Area and Refuge Map

 

Webster Map


WILSON - Last Updated: 10/1/ Print

Waterfowl numbers

50 Canada geese. 

No ducks observed on Wilson, but some Gadwall, Teal, and Mallards on private ponds nearby

   
Water level ft and slightly declining; (Conservation pool is ft)
Hunting conditions Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramp both open
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Waterfowl Seasons: 

Low Plains Late Zone: October January 2; January ,

Refuges are closed Sept 1-Jan 31 to all access except by special permit.

Zebra mussels are in Wilson Lake, so be sure to drain/dry/clean boats and equipment before moving to other areas.

Click HERE for Duck Season, Regulation, and Research information.

Click HERE for hunting regulations in Lucas Park, Minooka Park, and Sylvan Park.



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BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/23/ Print

Waterfowl numbers Mallard Migration Rank:  1  (Estimate of potential mallard numbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest) 
Water level

A map of our wetlands is now available under the Wetland Map tab to the right.

The large wetland southwest of the shop and the small west wetland are being pumped at this time for the upcoming Teal Season. All of the wetlands have great habitat, such as, Giant Foxtail, Annual Smartweed, and Barnyard Grass. 

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

Hunting conditions  Native vegetation such as annual smart weeds, barnyard grass, foxtail, and sunflowers are the most common vegetation.   
Expected hunting success Few Teal have been using wildlife area.
Comments The wetlands have a good variety of vegetation. REFUGE IS CLOSED TO HUNTING. 


CLINTON - Last Updated: 10/1/ Print

Waterfowl numbers

Waterfowl survey conducted 9/

Waterfowl numbers are still very low.

Canada Geese and Coots were counted. 

There were no ducks observed on the survey.

Lake level

 Lake level as of 10/1/  

( feet above normal pool)

 

Hunting conditions

Lake- The current lake level is too high to produce shallow mudflat habitat. As water levels drop, more mudflats and shallow water near tributaries will become available. 

Coblentz & East Coblentz- 

The North and East pools of Coblentz have some water, the middle pool is mostly full.

 

KDWPT staff will start pumping marshes about 2 weeks prior to waterfowl season.

Shadden marsh is about half full and filled only by rainfall. 

Elk Creek- marsh pools have low water levels and will only be filled by rain and runoff until after a portion of the corn has been harvested. Recent rains and KDWPT food plots throughout the complex will provide plenty of food and a variety of water levels.

THE REFUGE AND REFUGE MARSH POOL ARE CLOSED TO HUNTING AND ALL OTHER ACTIVITIES

The Wildlife Area refuge contains several oxbows, a acre marsh, and shallow lakebed. These are good places to find a few teal as they begin to arrive.

The Elk Creek marsh pump is completed and fully operational. 

While lake or river levels remain elevated we will begin pumping around the middle of October.

Clinton contains miles of creeks, rivers and oxbows on the wildlife area; each of which has unique conditions and frequently hold waterfowl when weather and/or pressure pushes them from marsh pools.

The refuge is CLOSED TO ALL ACTIVITIES until

Expected hunting success FAIR
Comments

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To register, please go to  https://kdwpt.isportsman.net. This is mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters. The card survey stations have been removed. Plan ahead and sign up for I-sportsman now.  

Please remember that trapping is also allowed on the Wildlife Area.

Elk Creek (Wakarusa River) and Coon Creek (Lake) boat ramps are open. 

Rock Creek Boat ramp is closed; a gravel launch area for canoes and kayaks is available when lake is near normal pool.



HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 10/7/ Print

Waterfowl Numbers

The Hillsdale Wildlife Area has experienced a normal year in regards to water levels in   The reservoir currently sits feet above conservation pool, and rains have kept things moist.  We have had some successful moist soil vegetation growth in a wetland pools this year.  Japanese millet was also planted along side some milo in the Youth-Mentor Wetland and Antioch Wetland.  The upper reaches of Brown's Wetland were planted into Japanese Millet. A fair amount of seed has been produced which should make good forage and cover for waterfowl this season.  Pumping began in early September.  All marshes will continue to be pumped and catch rain throughout the fall in order to provide the most ideal habitat, forage, and hunting opportunities possible. Pumping efforts have been successful on both the Youth-mentor area as well as Antioch Marsh.  Pumping efforts began this week on Brown's wetland.              

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.

Weather has been very warm throughout the summer.  With the beginning of fall, some cool weather has also swept through Hillsdale.  Over the last couple days, highs have been in the low 70's and overnight lows have been in the 50's. A cool rain came through the area on October 6th.  Temperatures will rise again over the coming weekend topping out around 90 before cooling back off to the 70's again next week.  During this week's survey, very few waterfowl were present.  Small groups of teal are still around, but not in the numbers seen previously.  There are a few groups of Canada Geese with around 20 birds in each group on the main body of the lake.  Smaller groups of blue wing teal were also observed working in, to land on the Youth-Mentor wetland. Groups of Wood Ducks have been observed on the wildlife area.             

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Full

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 1/2

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 1/2

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 3/4

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full,  Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - 0% ice cover on lake.  0% ice cover on wetlands

Comments 

Reminder - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Hillsdale Wildlife Area. All hunters (youth included) must register online and create an individual account.  Hunters can then check in using the I-sportsman system from any phone or internet device. This can be done immediately before the hunt or the night before the hunt.  The information and harvest data collected, along with comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the Hillsdale State Wildlife Area.

https://www.ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Migratory-Birds/Ducks for more information on seasons and limits.



JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 9/8/ Print

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks:  There have been no teal observed on the area during waterfowl routes.

Geese: 50 or so Canada geese are utilizing the area

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

Make-up Lake is closed to waterfowl hunting during waterfowl season. Boats are not allowed on Auxillary lake during waterfowl season.

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: 9/23/ Print

Waterfowl numbers

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.

During the waterfowl survey around teal were observed with a handful of Pintails and decent number of Wood Ducks.  

Lake level Current Lake Level is  and Conservation Pool is The dam is releasing CFS. The inflow into the lake is CFS.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production has been above average this year.  We are working at getting the pumps still repaired and going for the waterfowl season, due to flooding in the past years and ability to get parts for the pumps. 

Mall Creek and Lower Smith/Gatesville boat ramps are open. 

Wetlands that have water are Mall Creek, Sugarbowl, Lower Smith and Quimby.  The pumps for Beichter/Martin, Youth/Mentor, Zach and North Smith are in the process of getting fixed.

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

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

Expected hunting success Average
Comments

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.

Do NOT drive on barricaded roadways.

Hunter's need to be aware of their targets before shooting.

The area is a no trash policy, so if you take it in, please bring it back out with you.  This includes spent shotgun shells

Remember - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Milford Wildlife Area. All hunters (youth included) must first register online by creating an account.  Hunters can then check in using the I-sportsman system from any phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.

https://www.ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Migratory-Birds/Ducks for more information on seasons and limits.



PERRY WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/17/ Print

Waterfowl numbers
Lake level Feet Above Conservation Pool
Habitat conditions
Expected hunting success Poor to Fair
Comments

Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools.  Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.

Kyle: Water level is low, launching of especially larger boats is not possible at this time. Water levels were drawn down well especially in the East unit which allowed for a good amount of moist soil vegetation to grow. Some supplemental seeding of millet was completed as well. HCR-6

West River: No water. Summer Draw downs were successful in both the upper and lower units which allowed for some disking, mowing, and millet planting. The VFD on the marsh pump needs replaced and we will be unable to pump water until after that is done. We will update water levels as this changes. HCR-8

Upper Ferguson: This wetland grew mostly native smartweed and has little water currently. The refuge is closed Oct 1st thru Jan 15th to ALL Activity HCR

Lassister: No water. Water was drown down in both units to allow for some infrastructure repairs and habitat work to be completed. We are unable to pump this wetland and will rely on runoff to fill it. Some disking, spraying, and mowing along with some supplemental seeding of millet and sorghums occurred. HCR-5

Northwest: No water. Most of this unit was planted to corn and 75% of it will be harvested before water is put on. The remainder of the marsh grew good moist soil vegetation. This wetland is pumped with our new pump station that doesn't allow for pumping until after October 1st most years.  HCR-7

Headquarters: This wetland was drawn down early and corn was planted in some of it. Once the tenant harvests their 75%, then we will began to try to collect water, no water at this point. HCR-6

Mitigation:  Full Pool. We held water in this wetland over the summer and it has resulted in some unfavorable vegetation, but does also have some quality moist soil plants as well. HCR-6

Hayward: 1/3 Full. Water was drawn down early allowing for adequate moist soil growth and some millet seeding occurred as well.  HCR-6

Reichart: No water. All of this unit dried well this summer allowing for disking, mowing, spraying, and millet and sorghum planting throughout.  HCR 

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.

Perry WA has transitioned to a daily permit system called iSportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Perry WA. Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

   


TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 9/24/ Print

Waterfowl numbers

ducks   Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank () =0

Water level The lake is currently at and holding steady
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  The only water on the Wildlife Area is at the north end of Rolander Rd and the north cell of the Black Vermillion Marsh.


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CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 10/7/ Print

Waterfowl numbers

PLEASE NOTE NEW WILDLIFE AREA REGULATIONS BELOW FOR THE FALL SEASON

If the report has not been updated in a few days, please assume that conditions and bird numbers are the same as the last update.

Water level 1A", 1B", 1C", ", 3A" 3B-dry 4A-dry 4B" ".  Due to current construction work, water will not be added to 4A until the week of 10/11/  Please be patient with water levels, work in the pools in nearing completion and water will be added where and when possible.  Short term disruption to management is for the long term good of the property.  Pool 3B will remain dry this fall and winter for cattail control.
Hunting conditions Pool 2- lot of cattails, some holes sprayed and roller chopped, acres of cattails sprayed on August 10th Pool 3A- some moist soil plants Pool 3B- lot of cattails, over half of the pool has been disked once  Pool 4A all cattails have been disked multiple times, acres of millet planted however most dried up or never germinated due to dry weather, acres mature wheat, some moist soil plants.  Pool 4B- some moist soil plants Pool 5- some moist soil plants
Expected hunting success Poor to fair.  Hot dry weather took it's toll on stored water and habitat.  Moist soil plants that looked good early on dried up and did not produce much seed.  Success was very spotty during teal season. 
Comments

SOME WILDLIFE AREA ROADS WILL BE CLOSED FOR DAYS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AND FALL DUE TO CONSTRUCTION WORK ON WATER CONTROL STRUCTURES. PLEASE BE PATIENT AS WORK CONTINUES.  ALTHOUGH THERE WILL BE SOME SHORT TERM DISRUPTION TO THE WILDLIFE AREA, THE WORK CURRENTLY BEING DONE WILL GREATLY IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT CAPABILITIES OF THE WILDLIFE AREA FOR YEARS TO COME.

ALL BOATS MUST BE OPERATED AT NO WAKE SPEEDS.

POOL 4A IS CLOSED AT 1 P.M. DAILY TO MOTORIZED BOATS.  ANY BOAT WITH A MOTOR ON IT MUST BE OUT OF THE WATER AT 1 P.M.  NO MOTORING OUT PRIOR TO 1 P.M. THEN ROWING OR DRAGGING BOAT BACK IN AFTER 1 P.M.

3A IS CLOSED TO MOTORIZED BOATS

MOTORIZED BOATS ALLOWED ONLY DURING OPEN WATERFOWL SEASON.  THIS MEANS NO SCOUTING FROM A MOTOR BOAT PRIOR TO SEASON. 

ALL WATERCRAFT ARE PROHIBITED FROM APRIL AUGUST 15 TO PROTECT NESTING BIRDS ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

DURING THE YOUTH/VETERANS/MILITARY WEEKEND, POOL 4B IS DESIGNATED AS A YOUTH ONLY POOL.

LEGAL SHOOTING HOURS ARE 30 MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

UNLAWFUL TO SHOOT FROM ROADS OR DIKES ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

DO NOT PARK BLOCKING ROADS, GATES, BOAT RAMPS, FOOT CROSSINGS, ETC.

DO NOT LAUNCH TRAILERED BOATS FROM DIKES OR FOOT CROSSINGS.  ANY BOATS ON A TRAILER MUST USE DESIGNATED BOAT RAMPS.

NO TRASH POLICY ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

CAMP IN DESIGNATED CAMPGROUND ONLY

Use footcrossings in Pools 3A, 3B, 4A, and 4B as the ditches have been cleaned out and are very deep.

1 DRAWN SPECIAL HUNT FOR 1 PARTY OF 3 YOUTH WILL BE HELD EACH SATURDAY MORNING OF REGULAR DUCK SEASON IN POOL 5.  CHECK OUT KSOUTDOORS.COM TO APPLY AND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPECIAL HUNTS PROGRAM.

Teal - Sept. 11, - Sept. 26,

Youth/Military/Veteran - Oct. 2 and 3,

Ducks, Low Plains Early Zone -  Oct. 9, Dec. 5, and Dec. 18, Jan. 2,

Goose Seasons:

Canada - Oct. 30 and 31, , and Nov. 3, Feb. 13,

Whitefront - Oct. 30, - January 2, and Jan. 22 - Feb. 13,

Light - Oct. 30 and 31, , and Nov. 3, Feb. 13,

Light goose conservation order - 

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall.  There will not be any cards available this year, so please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.  

Hunters are required to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system. 

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 CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx



ISABEL - Last Updated: 9/24/ Print

Waterfowl numbers 6 blue-winged teal observed 9/
Water level The pool adjacent to Hwy. 42 is nearly full.  The main lake has some water with thick vegetation. The remaining pools are nearly dry.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  September September 26,

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Late Zone):  October ,

Ducks (Low Plains Late Zone):  October 30, - January 2, (first segment)

Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system this year. 

KDWPT IMPLEMENTED AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM STARTING THE 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.

PAPER PERMITS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT ISABEL WETLANDS. iSportsman WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY ON THIS AREA IN

Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 10/7/ Print

Waterfowl numbers Less than 50 ducks observed 10/7.  Mostly blue-winged teal.
Water levels Currently, pools 1, 2, and 3B are full.  Pools 4, 6, and 7 have water.  Pool 8 is nearly full.  Pool 9 is 50% full.  There is some water north of pool 6.
Hunting conditions  
Expected hunting success  
Comments

Teal Season (Low Plains Zone):  9/11//26/20

Youth Waterfowl (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/2/21 - 10/3/21

Regular Ducks (Low Plains Early Zone):  10/9/21 - 12/5/21 and 12/18/21 -1/2/22

KDWPT IS CONTINUING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 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.

PAPER PERMITS MAY STILL BE AVAILABLE AT SOME OF THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.



This is a collection of all the South Central Waterfowl Reports

CHENEY - Last Updated: 2/9/ Print

Waterfowl numbers Large numbers of Canadian and Snow geese using reservoir and area crop fields.
Water level   feet below Conservation Pool on reservoir. Area ponds are dry.
Hunting conditions

 Poor

The reservoir was at a nearly full level most of the summer, so very few native food producing plants were able to establish along the shoreline. The recent drop in water level has left a large stretch of bare ground between concealment cover and water around most of the wildlife area. Despite the lack of food plants, hunting should improve if the reservoir comes back up. 

Expected hunting success  Poor
Comments

Cheney Wildlife Area is located in the Low Plains Late Zone

Low Plains Late Zone Youth/Veteran/Military Season is Oct. ,  

Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is Oct 31, Jan 3rd, , and Jan ,

Daily bag limit: 6

Six ducks is the daily bag limit, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup. The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon.

Possession limit: Three times the daily limit.

The refuge at Cheney Wildlife Area, located on the south side of Pretty Prairie Rd between Obee Rd and Kent Rd, extends out from the shoreline yards into the water. What this means is that water along the shoreline of the refuge is included in the restricted access area and is off limits to hunting. Accessing the refuge by boat or hunting near the refuge shoreline is not permitted.

Remember Cheney Reservoir has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water.

Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on. Area roads are in the process of being upgraded - please use caution as some gravel may not have been fully spread. Off road vehicle use is strictly prohibited.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at () Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics. In the event of an emergency, please call  



BYRON WALKER - Last Updated: 9/10/ Print

Waterfowl numbers  Welcome to waterfowl! I sat on the lake dam this morning (9/10/21) for 20 minutes and only saw 2 wood ducks.    
Water level Kingman State Fishing Lake is full.  Currently, millet has been planted in 6 marshes and one pond.  Time will tell just how successful that project has been.  One additional marsh is expected to be planted in the next days.  All marshes except 1 are dry to mainly dry.      
Hunting conditions

  Due to late drying in the marshes, we will not have water other than the lake, river, and ponds for the teal season.  We hope to start catching water when the millet matures.              

 

Expected hunting success    Limited.  
Comments  


COUNCIL GROVE - Last Updated: 10/8/ Print

Waterfowl numbers No ducks or geese observed on 10/8/  Approximately 20 coots.         
Water levels feet below conservation elevation (1,') on 10/8/    
Hunting conditions Full lake levels persisted through the summer and prevented the establishment of food producing plants along lake edges.  As such, food resources are diminished within lake environments.  
Expected hunting success                 
Comments Low Plains Late Zone Duck Season is October 30 thru January 2 AND January 22 thru                        


EL DORADO - Last Updated: 9/23/ Print

Waterfowl Numbers No teal observed on 9/23/21
Water level At ' approximately ' below conservation elevation ('). 
Hunting conditions Most of the summer the lake was at or slightly above conservation pool.  Food producing plants in the reservoir were limited due to the higher water.  
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments

NOTE: El Dorado Lake is located within the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Low Plains Zone Teal Season is September



KAW WILDLIFE AREA. - Last Updated: 9/23/ Print

Sours: https://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Migratory-Birds/Ducks

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Ducklings spotted jumping off fifth floor balcony in Glasgow

Cara Donnelly, 30, was the lucky resident who watched the ducklings hatch and grow under their mother’s care.

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Glasgow Times:

However, the Shawlands resident is no stranger to this sight as this is the ninth year in a row that mallard’s have chosen her balcony as a nesting spot.

Cara, a community staff nurse, said: 

“In the first year when this happened I couldn't understand why the plant I potted kept on coming out of the pot until I spotted the duck there one morning.”

“I love that she chooses to live with me for a month every year.”

“I think it was the same duck for eight years but a different one this year as her beak and mannerisms were different”

“She goes to the river most evenings to get food, we leave out water but she never touches it.”

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“And to ensure she comes back we just don't plant anything in that pot now!”

“She doesn't even seem fussed about my cat, Hank, although he isn't allowed on the balcony while she’s there.”

While this may appear like strange behaviour for mallards, it is in fact perfectly normal at part of nature.

In the wild mallards will nest in trees for safety and, because of the ducklings being very light and covered in fluffy down, they usually come to no harm during the fall. 

Glasgow Times:

Cara states this too, saying that all of the ducklings were fine and most landed in the soft bushes nearby.

Mallards and their nests are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act , which makes it an offence to intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird, or to take, damage or destroy its nest, eggs or young. So if you find one check the RSPB’s website for more information.

Sours: https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/ducklings-spotted-jumping-off-fifth-floor-balcony-glasgow/

Body of missing Kinston man found five miles from where police said he jumped from bridge

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) &#; Kinston Police said Wednesday morning the body of a man was found after officials said he jumped from a bridge last Saturday.

Dakota Gray, 23, was reported missing Saturday. Members of the Kinston Police Department responded to the block of South Queen Street for a person who had jumped off the Queen Street Bridge. Police confirmed the person was Gray, who lives in LaGrange.

The Kinston Fire Department was called for assistance with the water rescue. However, firefighters and officers were unable to locate Gray. Since that time, Kinston Police said officers there along with members of the Kinston Fire Department, Lenoir County Emergency Management and surrounding volunteer fire departments have been searching for Gray.

Wednesday morning, around , Gray&#;s body was found around five miles from the bridge.

Police said although there is no foul play suspected, detectives are still looking into the events that took place that night. If anyone has information about this incident, please call the Kinston Police Department’s Tips Line at () or Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at ()

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Sours: https://www.wnct.com/local-news/body-of-missing-kinston-man-found-five-miles-from-where-police-said-he-jumped-from-bridge/

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10 things all waterfowlers should do in their lifetime

A lot of folks keep "to do" lists for their adult lives. For some, the list is studded with sincere goals or accomplishments; others compile lists that are more adrenaline charged. But if you are the kind of person who would rather be in a duck blind on a bright November morning than anywhere else, you don't want to jump off a perfectly good bridge anyway. In your world, bungee cords are meant to hold duck boats in pickup beds. Following is a compilation of items that might be included on a duck hunter's "life list" to help you get inspired to start on a list of your own.

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DU Magazine: Snow Goose Guns

Choosing the right shotgun can increase your harvest during the conservation order

DU Magazine The Light Goose Conservation Order is an exciting time for waterfowlers. There are no bag limits, and unplugged shotguns are standard equipment. But simply removing the plug from your firearm and calling it a snow goose gun may be little more than wishful thinking. Tony Vandemore, waterfowl guide and co-owner of Habitat Flats in Missouri, shares his tips on how to choose the right gun, chokes, and loads to make the most of light goose hunting opportunities in your area.

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March Gear Guide

Next season's gear

Gear Guide Waterfowl seasons have ended for most, yet spring continues to elude much of the country. Luckily for those still focused on waterfowling, this is the time of year when many companies announce new gear for next season. The March Gear Guide contains new products from manufacturers that will be available for the waterfowl season. It's only six months away – start planning now.

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Video Goes Viral Of Baby Ducks Jumping Into Water

Spring at Walt Disney World means baby ducks waddling around the theme parks. Most of the time they walk around unencumbered. Then there are times park guests get in their way and these waterfowl families need to take some extreme measures to get to the safety of greenery or water.

Recently I witnessed this at the Magic Kingdom where a mother and her ducklings were minding their own business crossing the bridge between Tomorrowland and the hub when tourists got in the way.

This specific bridge has a clear view of the Cinderella Castle that is often used as a backdrop for photos.  Here the ducks were walking from Tomorrowland to the hub, trying to get to the grass and eventually down to the water.

The mother led the group of five ducklings at a steady pace over the bridge when guests decided to take a closer look at the family. They blocked the path momentarily, but long enough for momma duck to turn the group around and attempt to cross back over the bridge.

But the walk seemed long and the potential tourists getting in the way plentiful. So momma duck decided there was only one way to get to the water. Jump off the bridge.

The mother duck was first to go. She took a step up the ledge and looked at her family. A few of the ducks followed and climbed up the concrete step. The audience on the bridge grew in size. Murmurs of  “What is she doing?” and “No” could be heard.

The mother duck took one last glance around and jumped. She spread her wings and landed with a splash, craned her neck up and started quacking for her ducklings to follow.

One by one the little ones went to the edge, as you can see by the sequence of photos I captured, they took the leap. It should be noted that baby ducks don’t fly. They fell straight down into the water. The lighter ones bounced a little, but eventually, they all made it down safely. They swam around for a bit and then went off to spend the rest of their day in the Magic Kingdom –  which they call home.

Please, make sure you take some time with the photos to see where the duck is going down before looking at the closeup.

A baby duck jumped off a bridge at the Magic Kingdom At Walt Disney World Resort.
A baby duck jumped off a bridge at the Magic Kingdom At Walt Disney World Resort.
A baby duck jumped off a bridge at the Magic Kingdom At Walt Disney World Resort.
A baby duck jumped off a bridge at the Magic Kingdom At Walt Disney World Resort.
A baby duck jumped off a bridge at the Magic Kingdom At Walt Disney World Resort.
A baby duck jumped off a bridge at the Magic Kingdom At Walt Disney World Resort.
Sours: https://disneydiary.com//05/photos-baby-ducks-at-jump-off-bridge-at-disney-world-to-escape-tourists/

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