Map of assigned counties and contact information for private land programs assistance.
Since 1973, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism has employed 16-20 District Wildlife Biologists whose primary responsibility is to work with private landowners to improve wildlife habitat on their land. Because 97% of all land in Kansas is in private ownership, working with farmers and ranchers is critical to managing wildlife in the state. District Wildlife Biologists, upon request, can provide direct and technical assistance to land owners at no charge. Technical assistance can include recommendations on habitat improvement, cover types, and food establishment for all species of wildlife. In addition, there are several state and federal wildlife programs that provide financial assistance for improving wildlife habitat. All district wildlife biologists work closely with their local USDA offices to assist in the delivery of the federal conservation programs.
The walk-in hunting access (WIHA) program kicked off in 1995 in an effort to enhance the strong Kansas hunting heritage by providing hunting access to private property. The program has grown to one of the most successful access programs in the country. By 2004, over 1 million acres were enrolled in the program providing countless opportunities for sportsmen to pursue their favorite game at no additional charge. Although the majority of the acreage provides good to excellent upland game bird hunting, some areas provide opportunites for deer, waterfowl and squirrel hunting as well. Landowners receive a modest payment in exchange for allowing public hunting access. Payments vary by the amount of acres enrolled and length of contract period. Contract dates can be established from September 1 or November 1 through January 31 of each year. In addition, other lands are leased for spring turkey hunting only (April 1- May 31). Land enrolled can be in CRP, native rangeland, wheat or milo stubble and riparian or wetland areas. The area is posted with signs designating it as WIHA, regularly patrolled, and safety zones clearly marked. Liability is waived from private individuals who lease land to the state for recreational purposes. State law provides immunity from damages or injuries resulting from ordinary negligence. For more information fill out the application in the brochure below and send it to the Regional Office in your area or contact Private Lands Coordinator in Pratt Operations Office for more information.
Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks
Private Lands Coordinator
Pratt Operations Office
512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt KS 67124
Or use this Form to Email KDWP.