Hunters Will Face High Water

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ Hunters may have to adjust strategies at Kansas' Glen Elder Reservoir this weekend in the face of heavy rains that have caused the lake to rise 7 feet above normal.

Inflows jumped from a normal of less than 100 cubic feet per second to more than 9,500 cfs for a period in late October. That eliminated 3,500 acres of public land from pedestrian hunting in the 12,500-acre Glen Elder Wildlife Area in northcentral Kansas.

Duck season is on now and goose hunting begins Wednesday. Duck hunters are reporting seeing a lot of pheasants.

There's plenty of room on the public land and in private walk-in hunting areas. But state wildlife officials say the smaller area of public land available to hunters might produce a higher concentration of pheasant hunters and pheasants.

Water is starting to recede this week, but the flooding has left muddy conditions in some areas and portions of access roads are closed.

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