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 WA
  • Cheyenne Bottoms WA
  • Cherokee Lowlands WA
  • Flint Hills NWR
  • Gurley Salt Marsh WA
  • Herron Playa WA
  • Isabel Wetlands WA
  • Jamestown WA
  • Kirwin NWR
  • Marais des Cygnes NWR
  • Marais des Cygnes WA
  • McPherson Wetlands WA
  • Neosho WA
  • Otter Creek WA
  • Quivira NWR, Slate Creek WA
  • Stein Playa WA
  • Talmo Marsh WA
  • Texas Lake WA
  • Wild Turkey Playa WA
  • 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.