Rutlader Wildlife Area

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The Rutlader Wildlife area consists of a mix of old crop fields and pasture. Food plots are planted annually to enhance wildlife habitat. Primary vegetation in the old pasture area includes brome grass, red cedar, locust, and Osage orange. Wooded draws within the area include sycamore, cottonwood, ash, elms, and oak. Approximately 15 acres of native grass and 600 trees have been planted since 1992 including pecan, persimmon, walnut, and cherry. Food plots generally contain corn, beans, sunflower and clover. Wildlife on the area includes deer, turkey, quail and rabbit. Birdwatchers will find a variety of finches, warblers, sparrows, and hawks.

Area News - Updated: 08/05/2015

Rutlader Wildlife Area News

Dove Hunting

Heavy May and June rains severely stunted sunflower fields at Rutlader. Sunflowers likely will not produce seed for the 2015 dove season.


Hunting is permitted with shotguns and archery equipment only. 

General Information

Manager: Eric Kilburg
Phone: (913) 783-4507

Special Regulations
  • Vehicles are only permitted in designated parking areas.
  • Camping is not an authorized activity.
  • Alcoholic liquor and cereal malt beverages are prohibited.
  • Hunting is permitted with shotguns, muzzleloaders, and archery equipment only.
  • No Trash Policy - Please take your trash with you.

Here is a complete list of Public Land Regulations or you can download the regulation summary.


Mr. James Rutlader donated approximately 125 acres to Kansas Wildlife and Parks in 1989 for the purpose of preserving the property as a wildlife management area.

Rutlader Facilities
2nd Parking Area
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.51940 -94.67359

Main Parking Area
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.51836 -94.67716