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Your safety is our priority. In KDWP facilities where foot traffic is allowed, please practice social distancing and observe all safety precautions put in place by staff. Thank you. 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 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. This decline in Kansas duck s 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.
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. 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 s 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 s beginning in late August and peaking during December or early January.
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 s in late October while a reservoir near the Nebraska border may not see maximum s 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, s 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.
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. 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 of private organizations are working to maintain quality breeding habitat, but the task is difficult and far from being accomplished. For weekly updates on waterfowl s on Wildlife Areas during the fall and winter period go to the regional waterfowl reports.
Waterfowl Hunting regulations are set annually. 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 redhe, 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.
Bow and arrow, falconry, or shotgun no larger than guage. Shotguns shall not be able to hold more than three shells. All tame, captive ducks and geese must be removed 10 days before hunting. 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. Wounded waterfowl reduced to possession shall be immediately killed and included in the daily bag.
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 of birds, by species, contained in the package. 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, ed by the hunter, stating his address, the total 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. Baiting regulations differ between doves and waterfowl, and are among the most troublesome for hunters to understand. 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.
A of population and harvest surveys are conducted annually that are utilized in the development of waterfowl management programs and regulations. 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. Since most ducks are migratory birds crossing state and national boundaries, regulations and management practices that affect their population s 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. Fish and Wildlife Service, to develop season frameworks.
Once the frameworks are established by the U. 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 ed administratively and formed the Central Flyway Council. The directors of the state fish and game agencies of the flyway states, or their deated 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. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Printable Version . Those not required to have a Kansas hunting include people hunting their own land, and residents 15 and younger. Annual Hunting - All resident hunters age 16 through 74 must have a resident hunting unless exempt by Kansas Law. Nonresident hunters, regardless of age, must have a nonresident hunting . Annual hunting s can be purchased online by clicking here or through all d agents , or Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism offices.
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