Bolton Wildlife Area News

Area News

Special Regulations Now in Effect on the Food Plots.

The food plots will now be non-toxic shot only.

Beginning in March 2015 Bolton Wildlife area will be enrolled in the I-Sportsman check in system to monitor harvest and effort, in an attempt to have good usable data to make future management decisions. For more information about I-Sportsman or to create an account go to or contact my office at (785) 539-9999.

The special hunt for opening day of dove season was a big success with 41 hunters harvesting 433 doves, when last year on opening day there were 89 hunters that harvested 437 doves.  Hunters that drew the hunts were pleased, and the hunting was more enjoyable and safer. 

 The native grass pasture on the area has been under patch-burn grazing for the last three years. In this system we have been burning 1/3 or the grass each spring to more closely mimic the traditional burning/grazing patterns of the historic tallgrass prairie. The patch burn this fall was conducted on the middle 1/3 and went well.  The cattle were taken out in the middle of September and the habitat conditions in the pasture look great. The West pond is still not to the normal level, but is high enough to run the stock tank behind the dam. The pond on the East side of the property looks pretty good and supports a healthy largemouth bass population.

Mulberry Creek is flowing again and has sunfish in some of the pools.

2014 Bolton Dove Fields

2014 Bolton Dove Fields (PDF 2.79 MB)