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Wilson Wildlife Area is located in the scenic Smoky Hills of northcentral Kansas and is on the upper end of 9,000 acre Wilson Reservoir. The 8,069 acre public hunting area is made up of 5,000 acres of rugged rolling hills of native prairie, approximately 2,000 acres of cropland, and 1,000 acres of riparian timber along the Saline River, Cedar Creek, Turkey Creek, and Elm Creek.

Area management focuses on providing a quality experience for visitors, and managing wildlife and wildlife habitats for optimum hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities. Pheasant, quail, turkey, dove, rabbit, whitetail deer, waterfowl, furbearers and many songbirds and non-game wildlife inhabit or pass through and use the area.

The area has a waterfowl refuge that was established in 1996. Hunting opportunities are fair for deer, turkey, waterfowl, and upland birds. The area receives heavy hunting pressure during season openers and can provide less crowded conditions later in the hunting seasons.

Information shelters on the area and the Wilson Area Office have more information available.

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Area News - Updated: 08/31/2013
2016 Managed Dove Fields (OCTET-STREAM - 3.13 kB)

Updated August 18th, 2016

Sunflower fields will have portions of fields mowed leading up to the season.  Wheat fields will be burned, mowed, or lightly disked. 

Dove Field #1 – Wheat – Youth/Mentor Only (5 ac) - 3/4 mile west of 196th on Reservoir Ln, field on north side of road; excellent wheat production; field will be disked, mowed, and/or burned.  From Sept. 1st-11th, this field will be open to youth 17 and younger.  Youth must be accompanied by an Adult. Adult Mentor may also hunt.  Open to all hunters starting Sept 12.

Dove Field #2 – Sunflowers – Youth/Mentor Only (8 ac) -3/4 mile west of 196th on Reservoir Ln, field on south side of road; fair sunflower production; strips will be mowed in mid/late August.  From Sept. 1st-11th, this field will be open to youth 17 and younger. Youth must be accompanied by an Adult.  Adult Mentor may also hunt.  Open to all hunters starting Sept. 12.

Dove Field #3 – Sunflowers – Open to All Hunters (8 ac) – ¾ mi. east of 192nd on Mellard Rd; excellent sunflower production; strips will be mowed in mid/late August.

Dove Field #4 - Sunflowers – Open to All Hunters (7 ac) Park in Hunter Lot ½ mi north of Saline River Bridge on east side of 192nd; field is ¼ mi. walk NE of parking lot; good sunflower production; strips will be mowed in mid/late August.

Dove Field #5 – Sunflowers – Open to All Hunters (7 ac) Take Decker Rd west from 192nd to KDWPT info sign, park and walk ¼ mi. south on river access road, field is on west side of road; cover crop fields produced a fair stand of sunflowers on far west end of field, but overall poor production; strips will be mowed in mid/late August.

Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required through the first full weekend of dove hunting season and will be available at each field.

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Wilson Wildlife Area

Contact: Scott Thomasson

Phone: (785) 658-2465

Wilson Area Office
#3 State Park Road
Sylvan Grove, KS, 67481

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                                CURRENT EVENTS
ATTENTION: The refuge at Wilson Wildlife Area will be closed to all activities Sept 1 - Jan 31 except by special permit.
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Special Regulations
  • Camping and off road vehicle use are not allowed on the area.
  • No Cliff jumping

 

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

History

The 8,069 acre Wilson Wildlife Area was made available to the Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission under the terms of a license with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1965.

Wilson Facilities
Elm Creek Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 38.936369 -98.629865
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    This Boat ramp is used for small watercraft and is not usable when lake is 5 feet low.

    Located 6 miles north of Bunker Hill.


Cedar Creek Boat Ramp

Area Maintenance Building
  • Type of Facility: Information Center
  • Location of Facility: 39.973018 -98.723434
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    Field office and equipment storage.

    Located 6 miles north of Bunker Hill.


Wilson Wildlife Area Calendar

    Wilson Waterfowl Report - 09/09/2016
    Waterfowl numbers No teal observed on 9/9/16
    Mallard Migration Rank

    Mallard Migration Rank = NA

    The Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak Mallard Numbers)

    Click here to learn more about the Mallard Migration Rank.

    Water level 1518.05; 2 ft above conservation pool and rising
    Hunting conditions Difficult from shore with 7 ft rise in lake elevation Since Sept 1
    Expected hunting success Poor until more birds arrive
    Comments

    Refuge CLOSED SEPT 1 through JAN 31

    Contact Corps of Engineers at 785-658-2551 for hunting restrictions around Minooka, Lucas and Sylvan Parks

    Contact Wilson State Park at 785-658-2465 ext. 1 for hunting restrictions around Hell Creek and Otoe Parks