Non-Toxic Shot & Non-Toxic-Shot-Only-Areas


Kansas requires non-toxic shot for hunting ALL migratory game birds except dove and woodcock. This includes ducks, geese, coots, mergansers, rails, sandhill cranes, and snipe. Legal shot is steel, bismuth-tin, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-iron, tungsten matrix, tungsten-nickle-iron, tungsten-ironnickel- tin, and steel shot coated with copper, nickel, zinc chromate, or zinc chloride.

It is illegal to possess lead shot while hunting waterfowl or hunting in a Non-Toxic-Shot-Only area. “Possession" means that lead shot cannot be in a hunter’s gun, pockets, or in reach while in the process of hunting. Lead shot left in a vehicle is not considered “in possession.”


In these areas, non-toxic shot is the only shotgun load allowed, whether ducks, upland game, or other small game are being hunted.

  • Benedictine Bottoms Wildlife Area
  • Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
  • Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge
  • Herron Playa Wildlife Area
  • Isabel Wetlands Wildlife Area
  • Jamestown Wildlife Area
  • Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge
  • Marais des Cygnes NWR
  • Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area
  • McPherson Wetlands Wildlife Area
  • Neosho Wildlife Area
  • Otter Creek Wildlife Area
  • Quivira NWR
  • Slate Creek Wildlife Area
  • Stein Playa Wildlife Area
  • Texas Lake Wildlife Area
  • Wild Turkey Playa Wildlife Area
  • other areas as posted

NOTE: Birds such as pelicans, cormorants, grebes, herons, gulls, and shorebirds not listed in this brochure are illegal to take or possess under federal and state law.