Berentz-Dick (Buffalo Ranch) Wildlife Area

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The Wildlife Area has several small stockwater ponds and one larger pond. These ponds provide the angler with an opportunity to fish for largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. The larger pond is stocked bi-annually with channel catfish. Length and creel limits apply and are also posted on area information signs. The area is open to fishing daily. The wildlife area consists of three separate tracts totaling 1,360 acres. Vegetation on the rolling hills is primarily native grassland, interspersed with oak timber. The area wildlife includes quail, dove, deer, turkey, squirrel and rabbit. Hunting is restricted to Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday only. Camping is restricted to the two parking areas. Due to the large grasslands, open fires are not allowed. Small food plots are located on the western boundary of the property.

5089 CR 2925
Independence,KS    67301
Area News - Updated: 01/06/2016

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The Berentz-Dick Wildlife Area, also known as the Buffalo Ranch, is located in the Cross-Timbers region of Kansas and is comprised of 1360 acres of native grass, oak timber and ponds.  The property is called the Buffalo Ranch due to the fact it was used to graze buffalo in the 1950's. The property was purchased by a donation by Lynn Berentz from Max Dick in 1993. 

The Berentz-Dick Wildlife Area (Buffalo Ranch) requires a mandatory check in to be completed prior to entering the property. Registration Iron Rangers are located at two points of entry FOR NON-HUNTING INDIVIDUALS.  These are found on the east central parking lot off the blacktop road and one on the northwest entrance parking lot. A portion of this card is carried while in the field, and the second portion is deposited in the collection box.  When exiting the property, the carried portion is completed and deposited in the collection box as well.

The I-Sportsman Daily Hunt Permit System is a new registration system and is now operational for this property. This is a mandatory check in for all hunters.  This is a free service and will be required of all hunters in 2016 and the traditional paper card system will be eliminated.  Hunters can check in electronically prior to hunting and then complete the survey when finished hunting. The web site to register and check in is found at or by Phone at 1-844-500-0825.  Hunters must register on-line for an account before their first check in. 

Sunflowers were planted in 2015, but due to cold and extremely wet weather the stand was only fair.

The area will be open to hunting on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays only with shotguns or archery only.  No muzzle loaders or center fires are allowed.  Rimfire .22 caliber is only allowed in conjunction with trapping activities. 

General Information
5089 CR 2925
Independence, KS    67301

Manager: Darin Porter
Phone: 620-331-6820

Special Regulations
  • All non-hunting users are required to register daily at the iron rangers located at the two primary parking areas at the northwest corner and on the east 80 acres on the blacktop road.
  • The area is open to hunting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only.  Hunters are required to use I-Sportsman to register for all hunting activities. This electronic registration system is used in place of paper permits. Hunters must pre-register with I-Sportsman.  Hunters then sign in to I-Sportsman prior to arriving to hunt and sign out through I-Sportsman after completing their hunt.  Hunters are encouraged to sign in early for the day they are wanting to hunt due to possible slow responses to the I-Sportsman Accounts. 
  • Hunting is limited to shotgun with slugs or pellets and archery only. No muzzleloaders, centerfire or rimfire firearms are allowed.
  • The area is open to fishing and hiking every day. Fishing is allowed on area ponds and statewide restrictions are in place.
  • All off-road vehicles are prohibited.
  • Camping is restricted to two parking areas.
  • No open fires are allowed, due to the large expanses of grassland.

Special Features: The Buffalo Ranch gets it name locally from the herd of Buffalo that were held on the ranch in the 1950's.

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


Berentz-Dick Wildlife Area, more commonly known as the Buffalo Ranch, is comprised of 1360 acres of native grass, oak timber and ponds. The ranch was grazed by buffalo in the 1950's. The property was purchased and donated to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks by the estate of Lynn Berentz. Mr. Berentz passed away in 1991, and designated a portion of his estate be utilized to establish a wildlife area in southeast Kansas. The property was selected and purchased from Max Dick in 1993. Funding for the operation and development of the property is provided by the Lynn Berentz Wildtrust Fund.  Cattle grazing is a historical use of the property, and a portion is grazed under contract during the summer months.