Francis Wachs Wildlife Area

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To enhance the area’s wildlife, native grass, food plots, and shrub rows have been planted on the area. Croplands are also planted annually in a wheat, milo, and fallow rotation to maintain successful plant growth and provide wildlife habitat.

The area consists of rolling hills, cedar/shrub rows, several woody draws, native and CRP grasslands, three small ponds, and croplands.

WILDLIFE

The area supports relatively small numbers of both game and non-game species of wildlife. Various species can be viewed throughout the area by hiking or from county roads that border the area.

Hunting opportunities are limited on the area. Since the area is small, wildlife is easily harvested or driven off the area. Once hunting activity dissipates, wildlife will return which can create some good hunts later in the season.

The area supports whitetail deer with an occasional mule deer. A few Rio Grande turkeys are also present on the area with hunting pressure being the heaviest during the spring season.

Upland game birds that frequent the area are pheasants, quail, and morning dove. Cottontail rabbits are common on the area. All fluctuate from year to year depending on weather conditions.

Other wildlife that frequent the area are coyotes, badgers, hawks, owls, bobcats, songbirds, and rodents.

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Area News - Updated: 08/18/2014

User Survey Completed on Francis Wachs Wildlife Area

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has completed the user survey on Francis Wachs Wildlife Area. Survey cards are NOT required to hunt Francis Wachs Wildlife Area.

We appreciate your assistance and understanding in the completion of this survey. If you have questions please contact Michael Zajic, Area Manager, at (785) 425-6775 or michael.zajic@ksoutdoors.com

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Fall Hunting Forecast:

Dove; limited opportunities exist for dove hunting. Some may be taken by walking stubble fields or hunting near the trees in the creek drainage.

Upland birds; expectations are for average bird populations.

Turkey; Limited opportunities exist to harvest a turkey in the fall prior to the upland opener which generally pushes turkeys off the area.

Deer; White-tailed and occasionally mule deer are present on the area.

Spring Hunting Forecast:

Turkey; Limited opportunities exist to harvest a turkey in the spring. However, success is directly proportional to the amount of hunting pressure. As hunting pressure increases, turkeys are pushed off the area and success decreases.

General Information
County/Counties:

Manager: Michael Zajic
Webster Area Office
1140 10 Road
Stockton, KS. 67669
Phone: (785) 425-6775

Area located 11 miles North and 3 miles East of Agra, KS.


Special Regulations
  • Camping is not allowed.
  • Vehicles are restricted to maintained roads and parking areas.
  • Consult information signs for more complete rules and regulations.
  • Wildlife areas are a necessary and vital natural resource for maintaining successful wildlife populations and provide a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Litter inhibits the recreation experience for others, so please take all trash with you when you leave.

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

History

Francis Wachs Wildlife Area is located 11 miles north and 3 miles east of Agra. The property is managed by KS Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and comprises 800 acres of land. The Area dates back to 1984, when it was donated to the Department by Francis Wachs utilizing the Wildtrust program.

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