John Redmond Wildlife Area
The 1637 acre John Redmond Wildlife Area lies on both sides of Otter Creek which flows into John Redmond Reservoir along its southwest shoreline. There are approximately 200 acres of riparian area and 465 acres of cropland. Approximately 970 acres that are native grass or have at sometime been planted to native grasses. Up to 75 percent of the wildlife area is very heavily flood proned and it is difficult to sustain a good permanent cover such as native grass on the area.
The management objective for John Redmond Wildlife Area is to provide the public with a quality outdoor experience, managing the wildlife and wildlife habitat with an ecological based approach, while providing quality hunting, fishing and other outdoor opportunities. Species managed for include deer, turkey, quail, doves, and waterfowl .
Manager – John Johnson
Phone - (620) 637-2748
- Starting this Fall (2007), deer hunting will be restricted to Shotgun and Archery Only.
- Off Road vehicles, including ATV’s and horse use is prohibited.
- Only Steel Shot may be used on the area.
Special Features: John Redmond Wildlife Area is bordered on the west by the Fish & Wildlife Services, Flinthills Wildlife Area, and on the southeast by Corps of Engineers property. The user needs to be aware of these boundaries, as hunting regulations do differ from agency to agency.
The Kansas Fish and Game Commission entered into a lease agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 to lease 1637 acres along the southwest side of John Redmond Reservoir .
|Waterfowl numbers||6500 Mallards, 2000 Divers, 3000 Snow Geese, 1500 Dark Geese.|
|Water level||Current Level: 1041.52 Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0|
|Hunting conditions|| |
Southeast Zone- Opens Nov. 11, 2017 through December 31, 2017 and January 6, 2018 through January 28, 2018
Fair, once again not much shoreline vegetation this year. Edges of shoreline starting to ice, marshes and creeks have thin 1/8" skim of ice.
DU Marsh is open, and consist of standing flooded Milo and Corn, 85% of full water level. Lower marsh will not be filled this season, as it needs a dry down and infrastructure project completion. Upper Marsh below dam is open to hunting. Ducks are loafing in open water thorough day. The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership, but should benefit all, as protected loafing areas that are out of the wind.
|Expected hunting success||Good. Lots of birds roosting on lake at night, and loafing during day. Birds holding in lee areas during windy days, but open water when calm. Conditions and bird movements are highly variable day to day. Need colder weather to start closing smaller ponds and pockets of water to concentrate bird numbers.|
|Comments||For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.|