Jamestown Marsh Wildlife Area
5,000 light geese with numbers changing daily. 2,000 ducks and 1,000 dark geese . Sandhill cranes migrating through the area. Excellent spring waterfowl migration!
Mallard Migration Rank
Current Rating – 5 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
All marshes are open. Gamekeeper Marsh is 1.5 ft low making access to huntable areas very difficult, even by boat. Gun Club East has an average depth of 15 inches, Gun Club West has an average depth of 18 to 24 inches. Marsh Creek Marsh has a little water in the creek channel only. The four (4) off channel pools pumped during Teal season have dried up. Buffalo Creek Marsh, Pintail Marsh, Ringneck Marsh and Puddler Marsh are all dry.
Snow of 1-3 inches melting. Good – Timely rains throughout the summer have provided water for hunting as well as excellent habitat conditions. The levels on all marshes is declining through evaporation.
Expected hunting success
Fair to poor on private land. Light geese are using the area for roosting and day loafing. Geese are moving in smaller groups. Hunters should have better luck decoying these birds.
Past Success – Hunters averaged 3.17 ducks per hunter throughout the season making 2012 the best early Teal season on record. Youth hunters averaged 4 birds per hunter during the LPEZ youth season. Hunters averaged 2.45 birds during the LPEZ opener. Hunters have averaged over two birds per hunter throughout the season.
THE LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE IS CLOSED-
-Canada Goose season is CLOSED
-White-Fronted Goose season is CLOSED.
-Light Goose Conservation Order will remain open until April 30, 2013.
The Gamekeeper Dam structure was vandalized sometime between Monday, Oct. 22, after 6 pm and Tuesday, Oct. 27 before sunrise. Some water was released into Gun Club East Marsh resulting in a decrease in water on Gamekeeper Marsh. Vandalism will NOT be tolerated and anyone with any information is asked to please contact the area office. (785) 439-6243.
Marsh Creek Marsh is for non-gasoline powered boats only, this includes electric motor boats and boats with no motors. Gasoline engines are prohibited.
HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :
MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
KNOW THIER TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.
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. Managers are utilizing Gamekeeper Marsh as a water storage area. The water that is stored in Gamekeeper Marsh is used to flood the hunting pools of Gun Club and Marsh Creek Marshes. The water levels in Gamekeeper Marsh may drop throughout the fall in order to flood new habitat for migrating waterfowl. THEREFUGE IS CLOSED FROM OCTOBER 1 TO JANUARY 31 on the north half of Gamekeeper Marsh. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!